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.
Entries from December 2005
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.