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Penguicon & Blook

As to whether today's readers want a 500 page tomb:

I haven't done a study, and I'm sure there are other examples. But the two books I can think of that drew large numbers of excellent students to do research with the authors are Douglas Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach" and Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind". Both are surprisingly difficult to read.

The Amazing Virgin Pregnancy

Eliezer, The claim isn't that you should not hate religion. The claim is that sociologically, this post is a bit like giving the Hated Enemy a kick in the pants. The point in it is fairly obvious (though, as people point out with the chronology, possibly historically false). People who already want to laugh at religion get to go "har-har", and people who for whatever reason want to not laugh at religion get to feel alienated from whatever it is you're up to here.

It is one of those posts that makes me wonder more acutely what you are up to he... (read more)