Archives for December, 2006

Sarkar on Stealth Creationism

Be sure to have a look at Sahotra Sarkar’s essay at The American Prospect. He describes the recent shift of emphasis on the ID side away from biology and towards physics instead. Sarkar writes: Initially largely unnoticed by their critics, creationists began to co-opt the fine-tuning argument when, in their book Rare Earth (2000), paleontologist…

Greetings, SciBlings!

The all encompassing Science Blogs Combine has gobbled up two more members. Go say hello to Orli over at Neruontic and to the group over at Integrity of Science. As if I didn’t have enough to read!

David Bronstein, 1924-2006

Chess Life is reporting that David Bronstein has died of unknown cuases at the age of 82. Bronstein resides on a short list of players, along with Paul Keres and Viktor Korchnoi, who can vie for the title of Greatest Player Never to Win the World Championship. His peak came in the late forties and…

Holocaust Deniers Assemble in Iran

From The New York Times: Holocaust deniers and skeptics from around the world gathered at a government-sponsored conference here today to discuss their theories about whether six million Jews were indeed killed by the Nazis during World War II and whether gas chambers existed. In a speech opening the two-day conference, Rasoul Mousavi, head of…

Who Linked?

According to the Site Meter, I’ve received over 13,000 hits today. I assume that means some large fish in the blog pond has linked to me. So, thanks for the link! Anyone want to fess up?

Multiplication by Zero

If you made it through that last post and thought about it for a while, you might think that I pulled a fast one. At a few places I commented that if x is any element of an arbitrary ring, then we know that x0 = 0. That is a certainly a familiar fact about…

More on Division by Zero

Some of the commenters to yesterday’s post raised some interesting questions on the subject of dividing by zero. So interesting, in fact, that I felt the subject deserved another post. My SciBling, revere, of Effect Measure: writes the following:

Symbolic Nonsense

As mentioned in the previous post, the BBC article contains video of Dr. Anderson explaining how his work allows us to evaluate the expression 00. I’ll save you the trouble of having to watch it. Here it is: We define the number N=0/0. The number N stands for nullity, and is the new number Dr.…

Math Cranks

Mark Chu-Carroll beat me to this BBC story about a computer science professor in England claiming to have resolved a twelve-hundred year old problem. The story begins: Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading’s computer science department, says his new theorem solves an extremely important problem – the problem of nothing. “Imagine you’re landing…

ISCID RIP?

Remember the ISCID? That’s the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design. From their website: he International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID) is a cross-disciplinary professional society that investigates complex systems apart from external programmatic constraints like materialism, naturalism, or reductionism. The society provides a forum for formulating, testing, and disseminating research on…

Kramnik Defeated

Vladimir Kramnik lost the sixth game of his match against the computer prgoram Deep Fritz today. He thereby lost the match by a score of 4-2. The finla game saw the super sharp Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. This was in stark contrast to the careful positional play of the earlier games. The computer…

O’Reilly on Webb

Here’s Bill O’Reilly pretending to be outraged by Jim Webb’s lack of respect for the presidency (see yesterday’s post for the details): Now that was rude on Webb’s part. The president, knowing Webb’s anti-war sentiments, went out of his way to engage the senator-elect about his son. That was a nice gesture, was it not?…

New York Bans Trans Fats

I’m a big government kind of guy, but this is insane: The New York City Board of Health voted today to ban artificial trans fats in the city’s eateries, establishing more rigorous limits than any other American city on an ingredient considered by doctors and nutritionists to increase the risk of heart disease. The new…

That’s My Senator!

I was more than a little surprised when Jim Webb defeated incumbent George Allen in the recent Virginia Senate election. I voted for him happily, but didn’t rate his chances very high. My confidence in him has only soared in light of recent events. Here’s George Will: Wednesday’s Washington Post reported that at a White…

Moran Replies

Larry Moran has replied to my previous post criticizing his treatment of Ken Miller’s views on science and religion. I’ll let him have the last word, except for the quick comment that I still think he’s misinterpreting Miller’s intent. Certainly Miller believes that God is active in the world and might influence events in ways…