Archives for March, 2008

Kristof States it Plain

Nicholas Kristof has a good column in today’s New York Times. Here’s a taste: From Singapore to Japan, politicians pretend to be smarter and better- educated than they actually are, because intellect is an asset at the polls. In the United States, almost alone among developed countries, politicians pretend to be less worldly and erudite…

EoE Reviewed in CT

Christianity Today has now published a review of Michael Behe’s book The Edge of Evolution. You might dimly recall this book, since it was briefly big news among the ID folks upon its publication last year. It disappeared pretty quickly on account of it being not only wrong scientifically, but dreadfully boring to boot. CT…

Quantum Monty

The big Monty Hall book is rapidly coming together. I may even have the first draft done in the next few weeks. It’s certainly been a lot more work than I expected when I began. Originally I envisioned a straight math book, where each chapter would present a different variation of the problem followed by…

Wisdom From Polkinghorne

If you are not already familiar with Oxford’s series of Very Short Introductions, I recommend having a look. I’ve read about two dozen of them to this point and have found them to be consistently excellent. I’ve just finished reading the volume on Quantum Theory, written by John Polkinghorne. I especially liked his concluding two…

Boycott the Olympics?

The Olympics are coming, and with them a new opportunity for the holier than thou amongst us to urge boycotts in the service of political agendas. Anne Applebaum of Slate gets the party started with this essay. She doesn’t actually call for a boycott, but she seems awfully sympathetic to those who are calling for…

The Whole Expelled/Framing Thing

Have you been following this? P. Z. Myers got recognized at a screening of Expelled and was thrown out. Richard Dawkins, who was with Myers, did not get recognized and was allowed in. Hilarious! I think most people would agree with Dawkins’ take: The blogs are ringing with ridicule. Mark Mathis, duplicitous producer of the…

I suspect that everyone reading this has heard the story of what happened when P.Z. Myers and Richard Dawkins tried to attend a screening of Expelled in Minneapolis last week. Short version: P.Z. got recognized and was not allowed in. Dawkins was not recognized and was allowed in. If you’ve been living in a cave…

Chris over at Mixing Memory argues, both in this post and in the subsequent comments, that he is. I think that claim is deeply silly and trivializes the term fundamentalist. I’ve been mixing it up with Chris and some of his readers in the comments to his post. Having spilled so many words on the…

Heller Wins Templeton Prize

The New York Times is reporting that Michael Heller, a Roman Catholic Priest and cosmologist from Poland, has won the 2008 Templeton Prize. The Christian Science Monitor offers some further details here. In case you are unfamiliar with it, the Templeton Prize is a 1.6 million dollar (!!) prize given out to those attempting to…

Blackburn on Religion and Respect

This paper (PDF format) by British philosopher Simon Blackburn is getting some attention in the blogosphere. Let’s have a look. Blackburn addresses the question of what it means to respect religion, from the perspective of an atheist. The essay is perfect, by which I mean that it says exactly what I think needs to be…