Archives for October, 2007

The Cats in Baghdad

Sunday’s New York Times offers a poignant look at some of the victims of the Iraq War: IT was a bitterly cold night in the Baghdad winter of 2005, somewhere in the predawn hours before the staccato of suicide bombs and mortars and gunfire that are the daily orchestration of the war. Alone in my…

Fodor on Natural Selection

Philosopher Jerry Fodor offers up the latest example of a familiar genre: essays declaring the forthcoming demise of natural selection, coupled with very little in the way of supporting argument. He is writing in the London Review of Books. There’s quite a bit I find wrong with Fodor’s essay. In this post, however, I will…

Tidbits From the RNCSE

The new issue of the Reports of the National Center for Science Education turned up in my mailbox the other day. As always, it contains lot’s of interesting nuggets. Michael Ruse reviews Sahotra Sarkar’s recent book, Doubting Darwin: Creationist Designs on Evolution. The review is well done, by which I mean it says exactly what…

Krugman on Fire

Paul Krugman does his usual fine job of exposing the utter lack of conscience on the American political right:

How Does This Affect the Jews?

UPDATE: October 12, 5:00 pm. It has been pointed out to me that my statement that support for Israel has been a constant of post WWII American foreign policy is not correct. President Truman recognized Israel upon its formation, but relations between Israel and the US were distinctly chilly through most of the fifties and…

Reviewing Ayala and Kitcher

My reviews of Phillip Kitcher’s Living With Darwin and Francisco Ayala’s Evolution and Intelligent Design are now available over at Skeptic’s website. Enjoy! I should probably mention that I wrote this review some time ago, and in the meantime Ayala has published a slightly more detailed book on the same subject, entitled Darwin’s Gift. I…

Prager Joins the Party

As if worried that fellow lunatic Michael Barone might receive the honor for the silliest attack on universities in recent memory, Dennis Prager steps in with his own worthy pretender to the title. His jumping off point is the recent “editorial” in the Colorado State University student newspaper that said, in its entirety, “Taser this…

Two Minutes Hate From Barone

Town Hall columnist Michael Barone has a bee in his bonnet about universities: I am old enough to remember when America’s colleges and universities seemed to be the most open-minded and intellectually rigorous institutions in our society. Today, something very much like the opposite is true: America’s colleges and universities have become, and have been…

Craig and Cable News

It seems that Larry Craig is not resigning: Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho, defying the wishes of many in his own Republican Party, said Thursday that he would remain in the Senate through next year despite a court ruling against him in Minnesota, where he had sought to rescind his guilty plea stemming from…

Revolution in Jesusland?

Take away the question mark and that’s the name of a blog maintained by Zack Exley. I came across it by following links from BoingBoing and Andrew Sullivan. Exley’s premise is that “secular progressives” ought to take a second look at Evangelical Christianity. He writes: Right after the 2004 elections, a cynical map made the…

Nailing Thomas

From the stopped clock department, two of my least favorite New York Times columnists have managed to get it right on the subject of Clarence Thomas. Here’s Frank Rich:

Anand Wins World Chess Championship!

Viswanathan Anand of India is the new, mostly undisputed, World Chess Champion, thanks to his stellar performance at the Mexico City tournament. The Chess Ninja has the details. By all accounts Anand is a class act and a well-deserving champion. He played, and lost, a title match with Gary Kasparov in 1995. This steback did…