Archives for July, 2006

In Part One of this essay I discussed my answer to the question of whether mathematicians were qualified to discuss evolution. The inspiration for these musings was this post, from Discovery Institute blogger Casey Luskin. We now pick up the action in the second paragraph of Luskin’s post: The truth is that mathematics has a…

Via Gene Expression I came across this post, at the Discovery Institute’s blog, from erstwhile ID lackey Casey Luskin. It’s title: Mathematicians and Evolution. Hmmmm. Sounds like something I should read. Luskin writes: As recently highlighted here, mathematics is an academic locale where scientific skepticism of Neo-Darwinism can survive the current political climate! Discovery Institute…

Derbyshire States it Plain

Writing in National Review Online, John Derbyshire provides a nice characterization of what it’s like to argue with creationists: I’ll also say that I write the following with some reluctance. It’s a wearying business, arguing with Creationists. Basically, it is a game of Whack-a-Mole. They make an argument, you whack it down. They make a…

What is a Conservative?

I have written previously that the current mainstream of modern American conservatism lies with the religious, anti-science, fanatically pro-Bush folks. More evidence of that is provided by a recent spat between the National Review‘s Ramesh Ponnuru and Time‘s Andrew Sullivan. Writing at NR’s blog, Ponnuru said: Since another panelist had quoted one of [Sullivan’s] sermons…

Kinsley on Stem Cells

Michael Kinsley has an excellent column up at Slate about the inconsistency of the anti stem-cell crowd: Against this, you have the fact that embryonic stem cells are extracted from human embryos, killing them in the process. If you believe that embryos a few days after conception have the same human rights as you or…

Check out my most recent review. Maybe I’ve been too hard on this site….

Nature‘s List

Also while I was away, Nature published its list of the top blogs by scientists. EvolutionBlog was listed in a tie for the twentieth spot, based on my Technorati rank (whatever that is). Cool. All such lists have to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, but it’s always nice to be noticed.…

The Passion of the Superman

I managed to find time during my break to catch the new Superman movie. It mostly holds your interest, though it could certainly have been thirty minutes shorter without losing anything. The action sequences are impressive, and the acting is good (especially Kevin Spacey, whose even better than the always excellent Gene Hackman as Luthor).…

Chess in Philadelphia

The World Open went well. I managed six points out of a possible nine. Sadly, you needed six and a half to win any money. Did manage to pick up a handful of rating points, however. My final tally was four wins, three draws, one loss, and one half-point bye, which I will explain in…