Archives for June, 2006

Finding Time To Blog

Here’s the latest question from HQ: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog so prolifically? Good question. I often wonder about it myself. In my case, a big part of the answer is that…

Cordova Steps in It

My old sparring partner Salvador Cordova recently posted this essay over at Uncommon Descent. Salvador describes his intent as follows: Intelligent design will open doors to scientific exploration which Darwinism is too blind to perceive. The ID perspective allows us to find designed architectures within biology which are almost invisible to natural selection. Thus, the…

Another Transitional Form

MSNBC is reporting the discovery of yet another transitional form, this time linking ancient and modern birds: Dozens of fossils of an ancient loonlike creature that some say is the missing link in bird evolution have been discovered in northwest China. The remains of 40 of the nearly modern amphibious birds, so well-preserved that some…

Dyson on Religion

The current issue of The New York Review of Books features this article by physicist Freeman Dyson. The subject is Daniel Dennett’s recent book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Dyson begins as follows: Breaking the spell of religion is a game that many people can play. The best player of this game…

Replying to Coulter?

P. Z. Myers says all the right things on the subject of replying to Ann Coulter. She’s loathsome, dishonest and ignorant. But we can’t simply pretend she doesn’t exist. I haven’t managed to get a copy of her book yet, but when I do I expect to have some things to say about her evolution…

U. S. Amateur East

While I was away I managed to find time to play in the U.S. Amateur East chess tournament. You can find the full details here. I managed 4 points out of 6, which was good enough to pick up some rating points but not good enough to win any money. I did, however, manage to…

Ask a Science Blogger

The latest Ask a Science Blogger question is: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why? I had to smile a bit when I saw this question. You see, one of the main reasons I went into mathematics…

Did I Miss Anything?

Well, let’s just roll up the old sleeves, sit down at the computer, see what’s up in the blogosphere. Start with Science Blogs, of course. Ah, yes, there’s the link over on the left. Just give it a little click there and….Holy Crap! What’s this? Who are all these people? So…..many…..blogs. It looks like I…

Brief Blog Break

I’ve been travelling for the last two weeks, which explains the lack of blogging. I had intended to try to keep up with things while I was out of town, but that has proven more difficultthan I had intended. Sorry about that. Regular blogging will resume on Tuesday. When I return: Some thoughts on Freeman…

I recently received an e-mail Ken Parejko, a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin at Stout. He described his experiences in taking the PRAXIS II Content Exam in science. He points out that the exam is overwhelmingly based on the facts of science, with no attention paid to science as a process. I think…