Friday Quote – William C. Easton II

God says “Do what you wish, but make the wrong choice and you will be tortured for eternity in Hell.” That, sir, is not free will. It would be akin to a man telling his girlfriend “Do what you wish, but if you leave me, I will track you down and blow your brains out.” When a man says this, we call him a psychopath and cry out for his imprisonment. When God says the same thing, we call Him “Loving” and build churches in His honor.

William C. Eastton II

Michael Shermer Blasts Lack of Ideological Diversity in Social Sciences

His article in Sci-Am is worth a read.

Shermer begins with saying the insanity taking place on college campuses can be laid at the feet of having no other ideologies to act as a reality balance. Locked in an echo chamber, it’s a race to the extremes – kind of like a primary race. 

Then Shermer lays out that bias affects not only the descriptive terms used during studies (conservative values as indicators of mental disorders), but in how the data is interpreted. 

RTWT

Brown Eyes Blue

So, that’s where my brother and I got our sparkling blues.

Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found.

Scientists studying the genetics of eye colour have discovered that more than 99.5 per cent of blue-eyed people who volunteered to have their DNA analysed have the same tiny mutation in the gene that determines the colour of the iris.

This indicates that the mutation originated in just one person who became the ancestor of all subsequent people in the world with blue eyes, according to a study by Professor Hans Eiberg and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen.

H/t Peter Grant (who you should be reading and buying his books)

Friday Quote – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Many well-meaning Dutch people have told me in all earnestness that nothing in Islamic culture incites abuse of women, that this is just a terrible misunderstanding. Men all over the world beat their women, I am constantly informed. In reality, these Westerners are the ones who misunderstand Islam. The Quaran mandates these punishments. It gives a legitimate basis for abuse, so that the perpetrators feel no shame and are not hounded by their conscience of their community. I wanted my art exhibit to make it difficult for people to look away from this problem. I wanted secular, non-Muslim people to stop kidding themselves that “Islam is peace and tolerance.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali