In America, we had something called It Gets Better. It’s run by Dan Savage who tells young gay kids that the second you turn 18 ‘things will get better, stick it through, stick it through’.
I’m like to be honest. It doesn’t get better. You turn 18 and you’ll still get called a faggot. The only problem is you have to pay your own rent and your mother’s not doing your f***ing laundry. I just want to remind everyone that people are going to pick on you regardless, but you can turn that into something artistic, something exciting. Or it can f***ing destroy you. I don’t believe in God but I definitely believe in Darwinism, so keep your head up and realize that adulthood doesn’t fix the problem but you definitely have the power to decide how it affects you.
—  Sharon Needles (Interview by Glam Adelaide)

This is painful to watch. Ken Ham is a horrific representation of anything. If I were a creationist, I would be even more ashamed to live after watching this. 

Thomas Nagel and Materialism

Originally published in Prospect magazine October 23rd, 2012.

If we’re to believe science, we’re made of organs and cells. These cells are made up of organic matter. Organic matter is made up chemicals. This goes all the way down to strange entities like quarks and Higgs bosons. We’re also conscious, thinking things. You’re reading these words and making sense of them. We have the capacity to reason abstractly and grapple with various desires and values. It is the fact that we’re conscious and rational that led us to believe in things like Higgs bosons in the first place.

But what if science is fundamentally incapable of explaining our own existence as thinking things? What if it proves impossible to fit human beings neatly into the world of subatomic particles and laws of motion that science describes? In Mind and Cosmos (Oxford University Press), the prominent philosopher Thomas Nagel’s latest book, he argues that science alone will never be able to explain a reality that includes human beings. What is needed is a new way of looking at and explaining reality; one which makes mind and value as fundamental as atoms and evolution.

For most philosophers, and many people in general, this is a radical departure from the way we understand things. Nagel, according to his critics, has completely lost it. Linking to one particularly damning review in The Nation, Steven Pinker tweeted, “What has gotten into Thomas Nagel? Two philosophers expose the shoddy reasoning of a once-great thinker.”

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Primer Tráiler de “Learning to Drive” con Patricia Clarkson y Ben Kingsley

Broad Green Pictures ha lanzado el primer tráiler de “Learning to Drive” cinta dirigida por Isabel Coixet y protagonizada por Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer,Samantha Bee, y John Hodgman.

La película se centra en Wendy (Clarkson), una escritora de Manhattan que decide sacarse el carné de conducir mientras su matrimonio se disuelve. Para ello toma clases con Darwan (Kingsley), un refugiado político que se gana la vida como taxista e instructor en una escuela de manejo.

Su fecha de estreno es el 21 de Agosto,