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The Four Stone Hearth blog carnival first opened its gaudy tent flap almost four years ago, in October 2006. Since then, 50 blogs have hosted it, 32 of which are still active. The record for most 4SH hostings is shared by Afarensis and Remote Central, both of which have hosted seven carnivals. Well done, everybody!
Here are the submissions for the 100th instalment:
The carnival rarely gets many submissions: as you can see, even this even-number instalment got only nine counting my own. This means that bloggers don’t care much about the Four Stone Hearth. Does the carnival have regular readers that follow it around to the various venues where it appears? Dear Reader, if you are a committed 4SH regular, please say so in a comment.
Blog carnivals seem to be going out of fashion. The Skeptics’ Circle, The Tangled Bank and The Carnival of the Godless have all folded. Months pass between instalments of the History Carnival. And I’ve decided to let go of the Four Stone Hearth. Anybody want to take over as its coordinator? I’ve paid the domain registration for the next twelve months. Will #100 be the last time the Four Stone Hearth is lit?
It’s been more than two years since the last time I hosted the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival. Now it’s my turn again with number 66!
The Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is currently going over a rough patch. For this instalment, I had no host and only two submissions. So now I’ve been your host, Dear Reader, and I have rummaged around the web for a collection of mostly non-submitted great material. Anthro bloggers everywhere, submit your best new stuff and line up for hosting! It’s a great way to make contacts and attract high-quality traffic — smart people who share your interests!
Hey everyone, and welcome to the 96th Tangled Bank blog carnival! This is where you can toadally catch up with the best recent blog writing on the life sciences.
- Charles at Science and Reason discusses FoxO transcription factors that affect genes related to cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, longevity, and embryonic development.
- The Bad Idea Blog reports on new findings about the early evolution of the RNA-protein complex.
- Ian at Mystery Rays from Outer Space tells us that clams have herpes. But do they have crabs?
The 97th Tangled Bank will come on-line at The Inoculated Mind on 23 January. Don’t forget to submit good stuff — your own or others’.
Dear Reader, welcome to the 76th instalment of the Skeptics’ Circle, your bi-weekly portal to the best skeptical blog writing on this or any other world-wide web.
Well, folks, that’s all for this time. Tune in to Whitecoat Underground on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 105th birthday, 3 January, for the next carnival. And don’t forget to submit good stuff!
[More blog entries about superstition, skepticism, alternativemedicine, woo; skepsis, skepticism, alternativmedicin, vidskepelse, kvacksalveri.]
Welcome everybody to the Carnival of the Godless, a bi-weekly collection of good blogging from a perspective unclouded by notions of friendly guys in the sky who provide pie when you die.
- Alexander the Atheist explains why both Christians and the god they worship need Satan.
- Franklin’s Journal tells us why Franklin is an optimist.
- Austin at About.com gives us a run-down of the various ways in which religion, religious groups, and religious beliefs are privileged.
- Aerik at The Science Ethicist relays three Kansan newspaper letters-page entries about atheism.
- Greta Christina compares the theistic trope, “How can you experience any meaning to your life without God?” to the secular tropes of “How can you experience any meaning to your life without children, art, political activism, Battlestar Galactica, etc.”.
- … and then she muses about the meaning of death.
- The Whited Sepulchre discusses Mitt Romney, Mormons, Moses and Muslims.
- … and the Oral Roberts Jr scandal.
- Elena at Godless in America has written a letter to Mitt Romney.
- Susie Bright gives us her deconversion story in “The Night I Stopped Believing”.
- Doctor Biobrain vents his frustration with a religious demonstration obstructing a Hallow’e’en celebration.
- Hell’s Handmaiden comments on seven Columbian youths’ alleged visit to Heaven
- No More Mr. Nice Guy! reports that Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps of “God Hates Fags” infamy, has been sentenced to paying $10.9 million in damages to the family of an Iraq casualty whose funeral the congregation disrupted. Yay!
- Ridger at the Greenbelt explains that theology is all about assuming the desired conclusions as premises of an argument. “God is good, ergo, God is good. QED.”
- Francois Tremblay takes a look at two major ways in which people fail to understand basic moral concepts.
- Doc at Everyone Needs Therapy offers a piece of playwriting on The Gift of Speech.
- Miller at Skeptic’s Play ponders Hell vs Altruism.
- Stefan at Polypyloctomy gainsays John McCain regarding the essential christanness of a certain country in the New World.
- EnoNomi takes a look at ethical aspects of bonking inanimate objects such as bicycles and human cadavers.
- Chris at The Uncredible Hallq expresses his disgust with the people who are taking advantage of poor old Antony Flew.
- Kevin Z at The Other 95% offers a music video explaining that invertebrates do not believe in God.
- Aaron at Symbolic Order points out an advantage of atheism: solidarity and empathy instead of sin as bases of morality.
- Alonzo at Atheist Ethicist discusses two models of godless living: Living Large vs Living Right.
- Ron at Bay of Fundie examines hostile christian responses to the forthcoming Golden Compass movie.
- Rebecca at Protoscholar responds to a recent religious-apologist article in the Economist.
- Akusai at Action Skeptics examins the “X is just another religion” claim.
- Charles at Science and Reason discusses the way that religion and war may be associated starting from research described in the October 26 issue of Science.
- Vjack at Atheist Revolution is reading The Old Testament and reports some astonishing finds. God hates yeast! Somebody register the website before Fred Phelps does!
- John at Debunking Christianity is most emphatically not a “New Atheist”.
- Mike White offers a linguistic perspective on why the god hypothesis doesn’t lend itself to refutation.
And Bob’s your uncle. If you’ve enjoyed the carnival, feel free to FedEx me some pie. The next instalment will appear in the virtual flesh on 25 November at Sexy Secularist. Submit here.
[More blog entries about atheism, agnosticism, religion, christianity, politics, ethics, godless; ateism, agnosticism, religion, etik, politik.]
History is the study of past societies through surviving text and images. I just got back home to Sweden, whose narrative history starts in the 9nd century AD and is even then really patchy for centuries. I have spent the past two weeks in China, where recorded history starts some time in the mid-2nd millennium BC. And what did I find in my long-neglected in-box when I got home? The makings of the 58th History Carnival!
A blog carnival, for those of you who don’t already know, is an ambulatory and periodical collection of good blog writing relevant to a certain theme. Here today, somewhere else in a month. I got loads and loads of submissions for this edition, and so I have been selective: submissions that I found non-good and/or non-relevant were dropped as a service to the reader.
To the carnival! Before we dive into the past, just let me plug Cliopatria’s History Blogging awards. Mustn’t forget them, my preciousss.
Welcome everyone to Aardvarchaeology and the 89th Tangled Bank blog carnival. Aard is strictly focused on whatever strikes the fancy of its archaeologist proprietor. The Tangled Bank provides a leafy warren for all little furry bloggers with an interest in the life sciences. We have good stuff here, so dive in!
Not half bad if you ask me! The 90th Tangled Bank will come up on 10 October at The Other 95%. Until then, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair and a hibernating stoat in your undies.
Welcome to Aardvarchaeology and the 68th Skeptics’ Circle blog carnival! For first-time visitors, let me say that this is a blog about whatever runs through the mind of a skeptical research archaeologist based in Stockholm, Sweden. For first-time carnivalers, let me explain that here, skepticism means to not believe anything without good reason, and to reserve judgement in uncertain cases. This carnival is about reason and critical thinking from all around the world. Onward to glory!
The next instalment of the Skeptics’ Circle will come on-line at Unscrewing the Inscrutable on 13 September. Submit good skeptical blog entries (your own or even better somebody else’s) here.
[More blog entries about skepticism, criticalthinking; skepticism, skepsis, kritiskttänkande.]
People have been everywhere on Earth and whatever they did originally in a certain spot rarely continues into the present. The Swedish legal definition of an archaeological site is that it should contain remains of people’s activities in the past that have become permanently discontinued. This means that our planet’s entire surface (including the waste-strewn ocean floors) is a cultural landscape, a single humongous archaeological site. Our global culture layer also extends to celestial bodies such as neighbouring planets, moons and even a comet. A weightless culture layer orbits Earth in the shape of space junk.
When we think of archaeological sites, however, we usually like them to be pretty old and really dense in information. We don’t just want a piece of land where someone’s sheep grazed and shat in 1950. We want a settlement, a cemetery, a fort, a well-preserved field system, we want artefacts and structural remains. And such sites are also extremely common. I have asked fellow bloggers and archaeology buffs to write something about the nearest archaeological site they’re aware of. The following one-off blog carnival showcases the kind of sites bloggers live around.
[More blog entries about science, medicine, biology, carnival, tangledbank; vetenskap, biologi, medicin.]
Welcome to Aardvarchaeology and the 83rd Tangled Bank blog carnival! This is the blog where all of science — natural, social and historical — is just seen as one big bunch of adjunct disciplines to the study of societies of the past. “What about medicine?”, I hear you ask. It is very good for prolonging the working lives of archaeologists. “Physics?” We do need dating methods, you know. “Zoology?” Help us classify faunal remains and reconstruct ancient economy. “Astronomy?” It’ll get us to distant inhabited planets with interesting material culture.