Archives for February, 2009

Lunacy From Campolo

Writing at Christian Today Tony Campolo has unleashed a stunningly stupid barrage of attacks against Charles Darwin. Campolo is a bit of a celebrity among the evangelical left. He can thump his Bible with the best of them, but also defends progressive political positions. That he is usually a rare voice of political moderation in…

Familiar Insanity From UD

The general blog drought around here lately will, regrettably, continue a while longer as I dig out from under a big pile of work that isn’t getting done on its own. But I just had to poke my head up for a minute to comment on this bit of silliness from the lunatics over at…

Chess in Parsippany

After my last class tomorrow I will hop into the Jasonmobile, spend some quality time on I-81 and the Pennsy Turnpike, say hello to the ‘rents in central New Jersey, and then wander up to Parsippany for the annual chess extravaganza known as the U.S. Amateur Team East. I first played in this event back…

The Big Darwin Bicentennial

By now you have surely heard that Charles Darwin turns 200 today. Happy Birthday! In honor of that fact, Darwin articles in various media outlets are currently a dime a dozen. Some good, some pretty bad, many just standard boilerplate. Here’s one that caught my eye, from The Times of London. It was written by…

Why Chess, Swords, and Beer Do Not Mix

From the San Jose Mercury News: An evening that started with two friends playing chess and drinking beers ended with one man stabbed to death and another booked on murder charges Tuesday, Alameda police said. Kelly Scott Kjersem, a 40-year-old Alameda man, arrived earlier in the evening at 1220 Park Avenue with a 12-pack of…

Harris, Pinker Join the Party

Sorry for the lack of blogging. Such are the vicissitudes of academic life. Piles of free time one week, crazy busy the next. The fallout over Jerry Coyne’s recent article in TNR continues. Sam Harris and Steven Pinker have now contributed responses. Both are excellent. Click here and scroll to the bottom. Harris goes for…