Entries from May 2009
0 May 28, 2009 at 3:20pm by Psybertron
0 May 21, 2009 at 2:53pm by Psybertron
Hitchens and Dawkins that is, according to Terry Eagleton in this NYT review of his “Reason, Faith and Revolution” by Stanley Fish. Linked via a great piece from Ben Goertzl. Don’t entirely agree with Ben. OK, so the philosophical / metaphysical questions like “why is there something rather than nothing” are not exactly “theological” questions – […]
0 May 21, 2009 at 2:39pm by Psybertron
Garbage via Rivets. And more of the stuff, via StumbleUpon
0 May 13, 2009 at 2:16am by Psybertron
Great George Monbiot piece in the Grauniad. Thay tyranny of numbers again. These men would’ve stopped Darwin. Science research in Britain is now all about turning knowledge into business, rather than the beauty of exploration. Of course the problem is that neither side of that choice is the right one – knowledge purely for its […]
1 May 13, 2009 at 2:13am by Psybertron
… that isn’t bad going for keeping your trap shut and selling what ever integrity you ever had down the swanny …
0 May 12, 2009 at 6:14am by Psybertron
A sense of proportion on the MP’s expenses “furore”. I almost posted yesterday to react to the constant focus of “what” MP’s expenses cover rather the why and how expenses are paid, but this reaction from Ffoulkes puts the media in its place.
0 May 10, 2009 at 8:38am by Psybertron
Interesting piece from Clay Shirky on interactive media as a kind of industrial revolution. Let them drink gin ? Let them watch TV ? Very much in the Douglas Adams / Church of the Interactive Network mode. (Interesting at least partly because I’m currently re-reading Bronowski’s “Man Without a Mask” study of William Blake.) (Via […]
0 May 10, 2009 at 8:04am by Psybertron
Sun rays and other atmospheric effects. Via Rivets.
0 May 8, 2009 at 1:22am by Psybertron
The idea that experience and evaluation are practically simultaneous reinforced in this David Brooks NYT piece. “Our brain is computing value at every fraction of a second.” [Posted on MD by Platt back on 7th April and again by Steve Peterson a couple of days ago.]
3 May 7, 2009 at 10:38am by Psybertron
Two absolutely useless referees in charge of the Euro semi-final second-leg games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both constantly awarding petty fouls for all physical contact (outside the penalty area) both red-carding players for “technical” last-man fouls, with little or no malice or even intent by the offenders and no judgement required (or considered) by the official. […]
0 May 6, 2009 at 2:15am by Psybertron
They are not mutually exclusive. Understanding risk.
0 May 4, 2009 at 4:03pm by Psybertron
Alternative National (UK) Treasures from The Independent on Sunday 3rd May. So here in your cut-out- and-keep guide to the rough diamonds of Britain, we’ve selected the top 10 figures who will never be “institutions”, but who deserve two cheers for that very reason. The decent people of Britain might always love Cliff Richard, but […]
0 May 4, 2009 at 2:02am by Psybertron
Interesting piece from Mary Hrovat at Thinking Meat. [Pushed for time right now - must follow-up later.]
0 May 3, 2009 at 3:32am by Psybertron
Andy Hamilton expressed it well this week on the BBC News Quiz. The media hysteria (inc BBC News) over the swine flu “pandemic” is the best case for media censorship there ever was.