Links 4 – 3/9/13

Having had a rather full last couple of days, I wasn’t able to find the time to post some links. I thought that I would take the opportunity now to post a few before I return to Durham tomorrow. As usual, my criteria for posting links is not agreement, but the thought-provoking, challenging, diverting, or amusing quality of the material.

1. Want to Win a Political Debate? Try Making a Weaker Argument

2. From the Lab to the Street: How Three Illegal Drugs Came to Be

3. Tattoos, Options & Cognitive Biases (and Cheryl Cole & the Decline of Liberalism)

4. Eating Italy: On the Relation between Reading and Living

5. When Miracles Don’t Happen

6. Bill Watterson: A Cartoonist’s Advice

7. Disagreeing with Bill Watterson (in his style)

8. All of the Buildings in the Netherlands, according to their year of construction

9. The 20 Big Questions in Science

10. A Cheer for the Mystics

11. He Looked Like a Sinner

12. On Not Reading Barth: My Measly Resistance

13. …and for those who don’t want to show such resistance

14. I Don’t Need Reminding – about violence against women

15. The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia, and the Battle of the Sexes

16. What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?

17. We Still Don’t Know Why We Look Like Our Parents

18. The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality

19. Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You

20. How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

21. Oliver O’Donovan, on the Purpose of Discussion

22. The War Over Christian Beards

23. Kicking the Outrage Habit in the Blogosphere (with Stick Figure Cartoons!)

24. What You Need to Know About Hans Urs von Balthasar

25. The Dark Age Myth: An Atheist Reviews “God’s Philosophers”

26. The Gender Wage Gap Lie

27. Birth Stories: How Science is Changing Parenthood

28. Chemical Weapons: Holding the Line

29. The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage, a response from Ross Douthat, further thoughts from Joseph Bottum

30. 15 Unmistakeable, Outrageously Secret Signs that you are an Extrovert

31. The Racial Empathy Gap

32. Man Thinks his Young Son was Killed, then Discovers that he Wasn’t

33. Return to the Rainforest: A Man’s Search for his Amazonian Mother

34. A Letter From Fred

35. Tetris: Theme ‘A’ Acapella

36. Thomas the Tank Engine Crash Compilation

37. What if you Stopped Going Outside?


Don’t forget to check out the blog recommendations in response to my recent post!

And here are a few pictures that I took over the weekend:

Cricket01 DSCF1822 DSCF1831 DSCF1834 DSCF1858 Nottingham02Nottingham06Nottingham05

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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5 Responses to Links 4 – 3/9/13

  1. Caned Crusader says:

    How on earth do you find all of these? I read widely, but I’m rarely exposed to such a wide range of topics outside this list.

  2. Matthew Petersen says:

    Sorry, that wasn’t quite the video, but only contained a link to the video. Here’s the video:;jsessionid=24318FACA80319A17E5841ADF99EDF23

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