Archives for November, 2007

Anyone Here Play Bridge?

I have in front of me an anthology of bridge (as in the card game) essays entitled For Experts Only, edited by Pamela and Matthew Granovetter. Essay number six was written by Phil Martin, and is entitled “The Monty Hall Trap.” Sounds interesting, but I am most definitely not an expert at bridge. In fact,…

10,000 Comments!

I am pleased to report that Jim’s comment in the big Creation Museum post is the 10,000th comment left at this blog since the jump to ScienceBlogs. As always, many thanks to all the folks who have stopped by to offer their thoughts!

Creation Museum Doing A Booming Business

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati newspaper The Enquirer brings us this delightful story about what a smashing success the Creation Museum has been: Inside, visitors will walk through the Garden of Eden, see dinosaur bones, and watch the solar system unfold as “evidence of God’s creativity.” All of it supporting the idea that God created Earth in…

The Times Discovers the Young-Earthers

Every so often a mainstream news outlet rediscovers that young-Earth creationists still exist. This leads to bemused, but respectful articles. The most recent example is this article from The New York Times Magazine. It was written by Hanna Rosin. It’s the usual perfunctory effort so typical of this genre. We get paragraphs like this:

Congratulations to Lynch and Lehrer!

Impressive company I’m keeping! Two of my SciBlings have recently received some deeply cool honors. Over at Stranger Fruit, John Lynch has received the Carnegie/CASE professor of the year award for the state of Arizona. Very nice! Meanwhile, Jonah Lehrer of The Frontal Cortex has snagged a place on Amazon’s ten best science books of…

Why I Like Keith Olbermann

From Tuesday’s show:: OLBERMANN: Yes, I understand that. You know, one of the other you’s in there is Karl Rove that story about him possibly being in charge of the presidential library, the creation museum of presidential libraries then. What does this tell us about the relationship of the truth to now not the administration…

Jewcy on Evolution

The wonderfully named online magazine Jewcy, has been hosting a discussion about evolution and ID. Three entries so far: Neal Pollack gets the ball rolling by suggesting that he wants his children to grow up “utterly intolerant” of creationism. My kind of guy! Discovery Institute flak David Klinghoffer recites the standard talking points. Yours truly…

In the Monty Hall problem, you are confronted with three identical doors, one of which conceals a car while the other two conceal goats. You choose a door at random, number one say, but do not open it. Monty now opens a door he knows to conceal a goat. He then gives you the option…

Roughgarden on Behe

Over at The Christian Century, biologist Joan Roughgarden serves up this review of Michael Behe’s The Edge of Evolution. The good news is that Roughgarden is unambigously pro-evolution and anti-ID. She writes:

Ira Levin Dead at 78

The New York Times is reporting that author Ira Levin has died of apparently natural causes at the age of 78: Ira Levin, a mild-mannered playwright and novelist who liked nothing better than to give people the creeps — and who did so repeatedly, with best-selling novels like “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Stepford Wives” and “The…

George Carlin once asked, “If you’re going to have a rain dance, wouldn’t you have to have rain dance practice? And what I’m wondering is, does it rain during practice? Because if it doesn’t, how do you know if you have it right? And if it does, why bother with the dance in the first…

Lions for Lambs

Robert Redford’s new movie Lions for Lambs is struggling at the box office. It’s also been getting largely negative reviews. But since I saw Bill O’Reilly and other right-wing outlets bashing it for its supposed anti-American bias, I felt honor-bound to go see it. I guess there’s no accounting for taste. I loved this movie.…

Ancestral Monty

You might have noticed that blogging has been a bit erratic lately, and I have fallen off my usual pace of updating every weekday. There’s a reason for that! Regular readers of this blog are aware that I have a small obsession with the Monty Hall problem. I managed to convince Oxford University Press that…

Another Democratic Cave

On the subject of national politics, I come from the blind loyalty wing of the Democratic Party. When I look at the sort of things Democrats do when they have power compared to the sorts of things Republicans do, it seems clear to me that the Dems do a far better job of running states…

Fish on Evil and Suffering

Writing in The New York TImes Stanley Fish discusses two new books on the problem of evil. Since Fish hails from the pompous, pseduo-intellectual school of writing, in which it is considered extremely low-brow to actually make a point with force and clarity, he has little light to shed on the issue. He does manage…