A welcome news story that a US court has, after pressure from parents, banned the Dover, PA education board from teaching of IDC as a scientific alternative to Evolution, moving it to it’s rightful place as a religious idea. Restores your faith.
3 December 21, 2005 at 1:46pm by Psybertron
2 December 18, 2005 at 1:41pm by Psybertron
Interview and review in New Scientist with Leonard Susskind, author of “Cosmic Landscape – string theory and the illusion of intelligent design”. Linking string theory, the cosmological constant, the anthropic principle, the multiverse, and the plausibility for an intelligent design creationist conclusion to explain the conditions that support intelligent life. [via Jorn]
2 December 16, 2005 at 11:49am by Psybertron
For those who, like me, responded to Daniel Dennett’s 1991 “Consciousness Explained” with “Hardly” [*], I must heartily recommend his short 2005 book “Sweet Dreams – Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness” and his interview with Sue Blackmore in her 2005 “Conversations on Consciousness” as altogether more satisfying. As he admits “Fantasy Echo”, his […]
0 December 14, 2005 at 12:09pm by Psybertron
A story about political forecasting [via qB at Frizzy]. Not rocket science, as the piece says, the odds tend to be with the obvious. What is interesting is the range of metaphors qB brings into it. Knowledge as context. Context [etymologically] as weaving together.
0 December 14, 2005 at 11:50am by Psybertron
Not a million miles away from Lisa Jardine’s point in the previous post. Scott Kaufmann reports a bizarre “sexual harrassment” story, that almost got out of hand when formal responses to official channels were actually moving in completely opposite directions. A funny read anyway. [Original Report] [ Final Update] [via Gimbo] This is the key […]
0 December 14, 2005 at 9:11am by Psybertron
Lisa Jardine’s contribution to the BBC’s annual poll is pretty well my own agenda. She says Health and Safety controls life today. Rules rule – it’s kinda obvious. Her objection was to those people entrusted with applying the rules in every walk of life. Rules like HS&E get authority from their rationlality. You’d be hard […]
0 December 8, 2005 at 4:12pm by Psybertron
Just to test out PlayTagger Hamsters – I Don’t Live Today (Live, Hendrix) Hamsters – Love or Confusion (Live, Hendrix) [Play tagger from del.ici.ous also via Robot Wisdom] As Jorn says, priceless. Free too. [And ... post note .... now defunct. Oh well.]
0 December 8, 2005 at 3:50pm by Psybertron
Pinter pulls no punches in pretty extreme anti-American stuff from Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. [via Robot Wisdom] The heavy morality of international politics you can read for yourself, but I was struck by this opening quote of something Pinter wrote in 1958. There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what […]
0 December 4, 2005 at 10:06am by Psybertron
Thanks to Rivets for this link.
0 December 4, 2005 at 3:06am by Psybertron
They (and the biting cold wind) keep the red flags flying in Tiananmen Square It’s that man again, overlooking those entering the Forbidden City No stealing the photons now, Red is not the only colour, Does the guard on the bridge know he’s 6 inches off centre ?
0 December 1, 2005 at 12:31pm by Psybertron
Yes, that’s a submarine on the HuangPo.
0 November 30, 2005 at 11:42pm by Psybertron
This 10x lifesize statue of Mao overlooks the main square here in Fuzhou.
0 November 27, 2005 at 5:33pm by Psybertron
Linked to Nova Spivak’s blog “Minding The Planet” once or twice before, but intrigued to find here that Peter Drucker was his grandfather ?
4 November 27, 2005 at 5:06pm by Psybertron
Web 2.0 IS Google, says Cringley. 300+ portable and strategically located container-sized data processing centres are the key. [via Euan Semple]
0 November 23, 2005 at 5:46pm by Psybertron
Fascinating novelty item [via Rivets] of a week’s worth of activity through locks on the Panama canal compressed into 11 minutes of time-lapse video. Must be something about the sequence of locks and holding pools, but there are long inefficient sequences with all boats going in the same direction, lock’s repeatedly filling with no up-bound […]
0 November 22, 2005 at 5:08pm by Psybertron
I’ve been raving about Deutsch’s Fabric of Reality world view, and mentioned that he didn’t play as strongly as expected on his quantum information work. I see he was just last week awarded a prize by The Edge for his pioneering work in quantum computing.
1 November 22, 2005 at 4:39pm by Psybertron
Wow, after just rediscovering how much there was behind management guru Peter Drucker, I hear he died last Friday 18th November 2006, just short of his 96th birthday. Strange on the Wednesday two days before, my boss just used a Drucker quote I’d given him in a management presentation in the conference I was at. […]
3 November 21, 2005 at 2:43pm by Psybertron
Been away from blogging for a week, spending a week at a business development and golf sales conference in Koh Samui, Thailand. Beautiful location, fun time. Flying back, Bangkok to London, I continued to read Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”. 75% through, it’s a great read. Whacky style, funny, serious period of childish biographical Indian history […]
0 November 9, 2005 at 5:47pm by Psybertron
Browsing The Edge (see previous post) I see this article by Canadian paleontologist and broadcaster Scott Sampson. He sees cross-discipline eco-focussed education projects as shifting the evolution debate from history on geological timescales to here and now relevance, and creating a better informed population in the process. As a pan-Darwinist, I’d have to agree.[My last […]
0 November 9, 2005 at 5:31pm by Psybertron
Freeman Dyson used the title to describe Google on a recent visit, which he wrote about here at The Edge. [A "must read" says Mark Federman] Edge editor John Brockman says Some sincerely believe we are entering a golden age of wonder and Google is leading the way. And I am pleased to add from […]
0 November 9, 2005 at 2:18pm by Psybertron
A cross hit search link looking for Pirsig and Hofstadter threw up this essay by Ram Samudrala. In fact Ram’s is an interesting personal web-site. I guess being a fan of Harry Potter isn’t yet a capital offence.