Brooklyn went back on the needles for a little correction. CheriM points out that a few washings will erase the problems caused (potentially) by the collar issue, so I am just going to go ahead. With the driving test, work, class, and then all the time I spent hanging around talking with Partygirl and Westie, I haven’t gotten anything done beyond the frogging and correction.

I do have an update on the matter of Nestle’s. If you go to this site, you can find information on child labor which will make it clear to you why I joined the boycott of Nestle, one of the bad guys in the scenario. The good news is that they are moving toward fair trade coffee. Moving slowly, admittedly, but it is worth celebrating. It is also worth keeping their feet to the fire. If you would like to add a little social action to your Hallowe’en celebrations, check this out.

And we must not miss an update to the question of storing reading materials in the bathroom: the current issue of Elle Decor suggests that readers “introduce furniture in the bathroom” in order to “create a sitting area for relaxing, reading and reclining.” Since the bathrooms at our house are about 10′ square, the mind boggles slightly at this suggestion. Even in a large and well-appointed bathroom, surely the person settling down to recline and read would think, “Couldn’t I do this in a room with a better view?”

This reaction of mine reminds me of one of my favorite parts of The Blind Watchmaker.

This book, in typical Dawkins style, responds to one question by approaching it from so many different and interesting angles that the reader ends up with a feast of interesting things to think about.

The original question is the famous one about walking through a field and finding a watch. If you walk through a field and find a stone, you do not have to wonder how it got there. You might just figure it had always been there. But if you find a watch, you have to think about how it got there, and you probably have to assume that there was a watchmaker involved. Thus, for people who favor this argument, the very complexity of life forms implies intelligent design.

Dawkins sets out to show how complexity in life forms could be the result of evolution.

But one of my favorite parts in the book is his explanation of the Argument from Personal Incredulity.

You know how, in school, you learned about the classic logical fallacies, such as the Argumentum Ad Hominem and the Reductio ad Absurdum. Well, Dawkins offers a new one: the Argument from Personal Incredulity. When a theologian says that there does not seem to be any adaptive advantage to polar bears in being white, Dawkins says, what that theologian is really claiming is, “I, sitting in my study and knowing nothing about polar bears and never having even been to the Arctic, can’t think of any reason for polar bears to be white.”

This is what I have done with the question of fully-plumbed reading rooms. If you want a reading area in your bathroom, as someone over at Elle Decor apparently does, go right ahead. But I hope that you will give some thought and perhaps a little reading time to the issue of child labor and slavery before you buy your Hallowe’en candy this year. The arguments against supporting child labor are far more compelling than the Argument from Personal Incredulity.