Archives for March, 2009

Dembski on Bluffing

Here’s William Dembski holding forth on the bacterial flagellum. Requiring no great conceptual leaps or being unable to find a case where Darwin’s theory could not possibly apply is not the same thing as providing evidence. Sure, the proteins in the flagellum may have homologues that serve functions in other systems. And we can imagine…

Distressing news from Florida: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announced its plans to cut 10% from its budget. It targeted three departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Religion; and Geology. These three departments will take a far larger cut than 10% in order to ‘preserve’ the integrity of other departments. In an era of…

Krugman Despairs

Paul Krugman is disturbingly convincing about the merits of Obama bank bailout plan: But it’s immediately obvious, if you think about it, that these funds will have skewed incentives. In effect, Treasury will be creating — deliberately! — the functional equivalent of Texas S&Ls in the 1980s: financial operations with very little capital but lots…

Mooney, Jarraud Spank Will

For reasons that are obscure, George Will has a reputation for being the most intellectual of conservatives. Not for him the cheap theatrics of Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. He’s the thinking man’s conservative, or so goes the CW. On at least two recent issues, however, Will has shown himself to be just another delusional…

P.Z. Spreads the Gospel!

You’ve heard of those parasites that can invade other creatures and turn them into zombies, mindlessly doing the parasite’s bidding? Well, if Ken Ham is is to be believed, that’s pretty much what has happened to our own P.Z. Myers:

Israel on My Mind

The recent war in Gaza, coupled with the rejection of Israel-critic Charles Freeman for an intelligence post in the Obama administration, has led to a renewed round of hand-wringing over America’s relationship with Israel. Let’s kick things off with this delightful article from today’s New York Times. It reports on Israel’s growing isolation from the…

Stewart vs. Cramer InstaBlogging

11:23 First commercial break in the big Jon Stewart — Jim Cramer interview. So far it’s Stewart in a rout. Cramer’s making a fool of himself; I actually feel a bit bad for him. It’s pure train wreck time. Hard to watch but impossible to turn away. 11:30 Colbert’s coming on so I’ll keep this…

Computers Learn to Play Go

We chess players have had to put up with taunts from our Go playing counterparts for quite some time. First there was the jibe that Go is so much easier to learn than chess. Then the dubious charge that Go is actually more complex than chess. Some have argued that the superiority of Go over…

As you have probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging lately. This is largely because I have been working on some other writing projects, which involves many hours spent in frustrated contemplation of a blank computer screen, which leaves me decidedly unmotivated to then embark on lengthy blog entries. Having just read this insufferably pompous, not…