I had papers to grade yesterday, so naturally I did a lot of web surfing.
Jerry Coyne has been taking apart Jerry Fodor--convincingly, and with wit. (Though I have to say--Jerry Fodor is someone I esteem so highly I once named a cat after him.)
I'm the last on my block to see it, but this is a great interview with Peter Singer covering "humane meat," incrementalism, what he eats, how he sees other animal advocates, etc. A must read.
Recently I was pondering radical life extension, cryogenics, and the like, so this story caught my eye. Family fights over grandma's head. Seems she'd signed on for a brain freeze, and the kids didn't like the idea.
Here we have Alexander Pruss explaining how atheists parents can't (logically) love their children properly, because they can't love them as gifts from God. Plus, atheist kids must (logically) have a distorted relationship with their parents, since they must feel grateful to them, rather than God, for their existence. So we have: insufficiently loved kid bowing down (is that it?) to unloving parent. It's not an empirical claim, but that's what you'd get (he seems to think) if atheist parents and children had attitudes consistent with their beliefs.
I think in my household our attitudes are consistent with our beliefs. So his theory yields a prediction about us. Amazingly enough, it's....false.