Archives for August, 2011

I will not be actively supporting Obama’s reelection next year. I will not donate money to his campaign. I will not even put a sign on my lawn. In the end I will vote for him, but only because to do otherwise would be to reward the Republicans for their appalling and unpatriotic behavior over…

An Interview With Leo Behe

The Humanist has posted a fascinating interview with Leo Behe, son of ID luminary Michael Behe. The younger Behe does not share his father’s faith, and has become outspoken about his lack of belief. That takes some courage, given his upbringing: The Humanist: Talk about your early life and education. Leo Behe: I was homeschooled…

From the department of self-promotion, let me call attention to the current volume of The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. If you click on the link and scroll down to P164, you will find a barn-burning, rhetorical masterpiece of a paper entitled, “Isoperimetric Numbers of Regular Graphs of High Degree With Applications to Arithmetic Riemann Surfaces.”…

Hilbert’s Hotel

One upside to my recent convalescence has been that I have had plenty of time for reading. Currently I’m working my way through Graham Oppy’s book Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. Oppy is best known as a philosopher of religion, writing from a generally atheistic perspective. His book Arguing…

Probability and Evolution

A number of years ago I attended an ID conference near Kansas City. One of the breakout sessions featured a fellow from the Heritage Foundation (an ultra-right-wing political think tank) presenting a lecture about probability and evolution. His talk was mostly just a watered-down version of William Dembski’s standard talking points. His triumphant conclusion was…

The Unity of Scripture

In his latest HuffPo piece, Karl Giberson writes: The story of Adam and Eve originated as a Hebrew oral tradition, which is a long ways from an English prose translation. And there are more complex filters related to culture, author intent, literary form, historical setting, anticipated audience and so on. Application of these filters leads…

My Back Hurts

Sorry for the disappearing act. I’ve been using this time to better myself by learning about new things. Like the various causes of sciatica. Or where you go in Harrisonburg when you need to have your back X-rayed. Turns out I have a degenerate disc in my lower back. When you consider that there are…

Coyne on Morality

Your required reading for today is Jerry Coyne’s essay in the USA Today. His topic? Where morality comes from if not from God. Here’s an excerpt: So where does morality come from, if not from God? Two places: evolution and secular reasoning. Despite the notion that beasts behave bestially, scientists studying our primate relatives, such…

Back From the Big Reunion

I have now returned from my twenty-year high school reunion. It was a lot of fun, but it’s really quite shocking just how blurry my memory of high school really is. There were about fifty alums there, but I recognized less than half of them. Happily, two of my closest friends from high school were…