# Archives for August, 2010

With classes set to start on Monday I am not in the mood for heavy fare. So how about some entertainment blogging! Like all sensible people I am a big fan of the James Bond movies. That none of them, let’s face it, are actually all that good, does not affect my inability to change…

# P. Z. On the Mend

P. Z. Myers had heart surgery yesterday, to implant a few stents. It was all very worrisome, but since he is already back to yelling at HuffPo it seems that things will work out OK. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, P. Z.

# Two Quick Thoughts About the Prop Eight Ruling

By now you have no doubt heard that a federal judge in California has struck down Proposition Eight, a voter referendum that outlawed gay marriage. Go here for a quick summary of the basic facts. I have not had a chance yet to read the entire decision, and I do not intend to attempt a…

# Schaeffer Plays the Village Atheist

The second good post comes from Frank Schaeffer, making an argument that usually gets you dismissed as a village atheist. Here’s the set-up: There is a verse in Timothy that says that all Scripture is for our edification. This verse, not the many Bible stories of the many killings “ordained by God,” is the scariest…

# Stenger on Quantum Woo

I can’t quite believe I am writing this, but the HuffPo religion section actually has not one, but two, good posts up. The first is from Victor Stenger talking about some of the daffier misapplications of quantum mechanics. It makes a nice follow-up to Monday’s post about Michael Shermer’s essay. In short, a physical object…

# It’s Never Really About Civility

Here’s Rod Dreher giving lectures about civility: What is it with science-oriented advocates who consider contempt a virtue? Who, exactly, do they think they are going to persuade? (You could say the same thing about sneering political bloggers, sneering religious bloggers, and, well, sneerers in all forms of public discourse, inasmuch as sneering seems to…

# Shermer Spanks Chopra

Michael Shermer has has an excellent essay responding to Deepak Chopra’s “quantum flapdoodle.” Chopra’s use and abuse of quantum physics is what the Caltech quantum physicist and Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann calls “quantum flapdoodle,” which consists of stringing together a series of terms and phrases from quantum physics and asserting that they explain something in…

# Monday Math: The Infinitude of the Primes

Last week we saw that every positive integer greater than one can be factored into primes in an essentially unique way. This week we ask a different question: Just how many primes are there? Euclid solved this problem a little over two thousand years ago by showing there are infinitely many primes. His proof was…