Archives for May, 2009

I’m Going to Kentucky

One of the nice things about summer vacation is the chance to visit beautiful and scenic locales. Like Bowling Green, Kentucky. That is the home of Western Kentucky University, which in turn is hosting the 22nd Annual Cumberland Conference on Graph Theory, Combinatorics and Computing. Figured I’d drop in, give a talk, see some old…

My Second Review

Jeffrey Shallit was kind enough to mention my book over at his blog. He writes: A pleasant surprise arrived in the mail today: Jason Rosenhouse’s new book, The Monty Hall Problem. I read a first draft of the book and found it excellent. The second draft is even better, thanks in large part to Jeffrey’s…

My First Review!

Update, 10:27 pm: It turns out the book is available for sale right now! So go buy one right this very second! Don’t know what that June 4 date was all about… And it’s a good one! The official release date for the Big Monty Hall Book (BMHB) is June 4, but some review copies…

You remember the story, don’t you? On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart did a segment showing how thoroughly inept CNBC had been in the build up to the big recession. The segment was very funny and painfully true, which led to it getting a lot of play. One small piece of the segment dealt with…

Inevitable Humans?

Jerry Coyne has a post up on the subject of whether a highly-intelligent, self-aware species is the inevitable end result of the evolutionary process. He begins:

Bringing Your Kids to Synagogue

Writing in Slate, Marc Oppenheimer has a thoughtful piece about bringing his young daughter to synagogue: I don’t kid myself that Rebekah has some unusual, precocious spirituality. She loves ritual, as all children love ritual. Nothing, except milk and maybe Graham crackers, is more comforting to a toddler than a fun routine enjoyed at predictable…

Taibbi on Eaglefish

Matt Taibbi opens a can of whoop-ass on the hapless tag team of Stanley Fish and Terry Eagleton. I discussed the same essay in this post. Taibbi writes:

Accommodationism and All That

The evolution blogosphere has lately been abuzz over the question of compatibility between science and religion. Jerry Coyne got the ball rolling with this post, criticizing the accommodationist views of the National Center for Science Education. He writes: Here I argue that the accommodationist position of the National Academy of Sciences, and especially that of…

Coyne on Natural Selection

Jerry Coyne offers some further thoughts on the Richard Lewontin essay I discussed in yesterday’s post. Specifically, he addresses the question of why natural selection deserver pride of place among evolutionary mechanisms. He writes:

Lewontin on Darwin

The current issue of The New York Review of Books features this essay, by Richard Lewontin. Officially it’s a review of three recent books about Darwin and evolution. But since this is the NYRB we are discussing, the essay doesn’t really say much about the books themselves. The essay is disappointing, since for the most…

They make creationists sad: Driving home from church recently, I spotted one of two new billboards sponsored by a local coalition of atheists. “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” was their message, an attempt, the group declares, to let the city know that good people in Dallas, like atheists, don’t need God. I’m…

Angels and Demons

Odious Catholic League President William Donohue had this to say about the forthcoming Ron Howard film Angels and Demons: Finally, the pop culture offers many challenges. The film “Angels & Demons,” the prequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” opens May 15. Once again, the tag team of Dan Brown and Ron Howard have collaborated in…

Coulter on a World of Wonders

That’s Michael Coulter, production editor for The Sunday Age. Commenter mrcreosote left a link to a magnificent essay by Coulter in in my post of two days ago. It’s so good I felt it deserved a post of its own. Let’s have a look.

The subject of evolution has come up twice on recent editions of the MSNBC show Hardball, hosted by Chris Matthews. Our host has just discovered that the Republicans have a problem with science, you see, and has decided to explore this troubling development. Better late than never, I suppose. The Repubs were virulently anti-science all…

Are Atheists Lonely?

New York Times columnist Charles Blow recently wrote this interesting column about the persistence of religion. Here is an apt summary: While science, logic and reason are on the side of the nonreligious, the cold, hard facts are just so cold and hard. Yes, the evidence for evolution is irrefutable. Yes, there is a plethora…