Archives for December, 2009

More on Science/Religion Disputes

My post about science/religion disputes has prompted responses from my SciBlings Bora Zivkovic and Mike Dunford (here and here respectively. Since they are among my favorite bloggers, it pains me to have to disagree with them. Alas, disagree I must. I will begin with Bora, since I fear he has misunderstood my central point. The…

Avatar

Saw Avatar earlier tonight. Short review: Wow! What a great movie! Slightly longer review: OMG! What a freaking awesome movie!! Longer review, with no spoliers (!!) below the fold.

Sherlock Holmes

I saw the new movie Sherlock Holmes over the weekend. Short review: I liked it far more than I expected to, though it is a bit silly in places. Longer review, with a few spoilers, below the fold.

Does anything strike you as odd about the following sentence: Historians have shown that the Galileo affair, remembered by some as a clash between science and religion, was primarily about the enduring political question of who was authorized to produce and disseminate knowledge. It comes from Thomas Dixon’s book Science and Religion: A Very Short…

The Vileness of Pro-Life Fanatics

Democratic (!!) representative Bart Stupak, apparently concerned that the Senate health care bill is insufficiently misogynistic, might be willing to try to kill health care reform unless the anti-abortion language is strengthened: Stupak’s continued opposition to the Senate plan, despite those conversations and intense pressure from the White House, suggests that reconciling it with the…

Hacker on Health Care

For an eloquent statement of what I have been trying to say for the last few days, have a look at this essay by Yale University Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker. Hacker is generally considered the father of the public option. In his view, the Senate health care bill still does more good than harm,…

Snowpocalypse!

Gosh, there sure is a lot of snow out there! Update (1:00 am): Whoo hoo! My street just got plowed. God bless taxes!

Is Obama to Blame?

As I think I have made clear in my last two posts, I am as annoyed as anyone about the way the health care debate has played out in Congress. But there is one line of complaint that I do not understand. That is the idea that somehow Obama is to blame for the compromises…

Should the Bill be Killed?

I’m talking about the health care bill, of course. The people I tend to trust on these sorts of questions, such as Robert Reich and Paul Krugman (here and here respectively) say the bill does more good than harm, and sets us down a path towards further improvements later. They also point out, rightly in…

Gloomy Post

I have always scoffed at people who say there is only the Republicrat party in this country, but after reading this depressing piece by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone I’m not so sure. What’s taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political…

An Amusing Letter

Science Magazine has now published a letter to the editor in response to the review, published in early October, of the big Monty Hall book. The letter writer is Simon Levay, of West Hollywood, California. Here it is in full: In his Book Review “Two doors and a goat” (9 October, p. 231), the answer…

Another Russell Quote

Sorry for the lack of blogging. It is final exams week around here, which means busy, busy, busy. It certainly has not been for lack of blog fodder. For example, have a look at this post from P.Z. Myers. Essential reading. So how about another Bertrand Russell quote? Like the last one, this is from…

Quote for the Day

I have long been a fan of Bertrand Russell, and I am endlessly fascinated by issues in science and religion, so perhaps it is surprising that I have not read Russell’s book Religion and Science. Until now, that is. I have now read the first three chapters and anticipate finishing the book later this week.…