Archives for June, 2008

Back From Kentucky!

I’ve just got back from a road trip to Marrowbone, KY (!!). Mostly I was there for a friend’s wedding. Here’s the church where the wedding took place. Pretty, but truly in the middle of nowhere. And, yes, I did find time to pay another visit to the Creation Museum, even though it is in…

My Review of Saving Darwin

Theistic evolutionists have a bumper crop of books to choose from this summer. I’ve already reviewed Ken Miller’s new book Only a Theory. Michael Dowd’s Thank God for Evolution! is on deck in my “To Read” pile. The subject for today, however, is Karl Giberson’s Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in…

I Gotta Get Me One of These!

I am totally drooling right now. (Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan).

Wisdom From Hitchens

Over at Slate, Christopher Hitchens provides some much needed pushback against the deluge of Tim Russert hagiography:

Diary of an ICC Addict

The new issue of New in Chess magazine arrived in my mailbox this weekend. It contains an article by British grandmaster Daniel Gormally about what it is like to be addicted to the Internet Chess Club. I know the feeling well, and can affirm that this is only a small exaggeration:

George Carlin Dead at 71

George Carlin was absolutely the very best stand-up comedian in the history of the business. Only Robin Williams in his prime was even in the same league. I have quite a few of his albums, and I find I can still listen to them with pleasure even though I have most of the routines memorized.…

My Review of Only a Theory

I have spent the last few days working my way through Ken Miller’s new book Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul. (OAT) Short review: Worth reading, but also a bit disappointing. Now for the long review: My first published piece of writing on evolution was a review of Miller’s book Finding…

Thanks to David Killoren for directing me to this excerpt from Bloggingheads. Science writers John Horgan and George Johnson spend a few minutes disucssing the Monty Hall problem. Johnson recently reviewed Leonard Mlodinow’s book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which contains an explanation of te problem. After Johnson gets frustrated trying to…

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

That’s the title of an interesting article from the current issue of The Atlantic, written by Nicholas Carr: Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going — so far as I can…

Brief Blog Break

I’m going to be hitting the road this weekend for one of my periodical tours of some of the great highways in the Northeast. I’ll be visiting the ‘rents at my New Jersey office, will jaunt on up to Brooklyn to see big bro and the niece and nephew, and will probably putter around Princeton…

The Illusion of Virginity

Here’s a delightful article from today’s New York Times: The operation in the private clinic off the Champs-Elysees involved one semicircular cut, 10 dissolving stitches and a discounted fee of $2,900. But for the patient, a 23-year-old French student of Moroccan descent from Montpellier, the 30-minute procedure represented the key to a new life: the…

Pig to Giraffe: Hahahahaha!

It seems giraffes are now considered kosher: I don’t know how this escaped me, but a rabbi named Shlomo Mahfoud (which sounds like a made-up name, in the “Zohan” sense) has declared that giraffe meat is kosher. This must come as a huge relief to the vast Jewish population of the Serengeti.

From Robert Novak’s column in today’s Washington Post: Shortcomings by John McCain’s campaign in the art of politics are alienating two organizations of Christian conservatives. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family is estranged following the failure of Dobson and McCain to talk out their differences. Evangelicals who follow the Rev. John Hagee resent McCain’s disavowal…

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Wheaton College English Professor Alan Jacobs argues that religion is overrated as a social force. My SciBling Razib has already written a lengthy response. Jacobs gets down to business in the third paragraph:

Ruse States it Plain

Here’s an interesting essay from Michael Ruse, published in the Georgia newspaper the Rome News-Tribune: