Archives for May, 2012

Anand Wins!

After some nervous moments, Viswanathan Anand defeated Boris Gelfand to keep the title of World Chess Champion. When the classical games resulted in a tie (one win for each with ten draws), the match was decided via a mini-match of four rapid games. All four of the games were exciting and hard-fought, with neither player…

Religion and Women

A while back P. Z. Myers posted an essay entitled, “You Want Evidence That Religions is Bad for the Species? OPEN YOUR EYES.” Myers was replying to an earlier essay by David Sloan Wilson. Here’s an excerpt from Myers: Whenever I hear that tripe about the beneficial effects of religion on human cultural evolution, it’s…

Commenting Woes

I have now done three posts since the migration, but I have not received any comments. Now, the first entry was a chess post, and I’m used to not getting any comments on those. I raised an eyebrow when I got no comments on the House post, surely I’m not the only one around here…

If the assertion, “Science and religion are incompatible,” simply means, “It is highly unreasonable to accept simultaneously the claims of modern science and the claims of traditional Christianity,” then I agree with it. The trouble is that the word “incompatible” is vague. People often take it to mean something like “logically contradictory,” and I do…

No More House

As we continue to get caught up on the most important issues of the past week, we really should take note of the final episode of House. The first episode I ever saw was Season Two, Episode 19, entitled “House vs. God.” The patient of the week was a fifteen-year old faith healer who claims…

It’s time to stop sulking about the various headaches caused by the migration and get back to blogging.  I managed to get the banner the overlords sent me to load properly, so that seems like some sort of victory at least.  Alas, there doesn’t seem to be much space between the base of the banner…

ScienceBlogs Migration

ScienceBlogs is moving to a new publishing platform this evening. As of 7:00 tonight, any comments left here will not be transferred to the new site. Regular blogging will resume as soon as the transfer is complete. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Hikaru Nakamura has won the U. S. Chess Championship by a full point. It was a dominating performance, capped off with a stunning win with black, in the penultimate round, against the other pre-tournament favorite Gata Kamsky. This is Nakamura’s third title. So, congratulations to him. Today’s tactical exercise comes from the tenth round game…

Good Times in Richmond

I had a pleasant trip down to Richmond on Wednesday. I spoke to a small crowd of twenty people about evolution and creationism and all that jazz. I think most of the audience was to the left of me on these issue. Whenever I said something about evolution challenging religion it was all smiles and…

More precisely, if we say that theistic evolution is a form of intelligent design, then we have to stop saying that intelligent design is a form of creationism. Over at HuffPo, Victor Stenger writes: But when surveys ask moderate Christians what they really believe, they all say that evolution is God-guided. Well that’s not Darwinian…

O’Donnell States it Plain

When MSNBC fired Keith Olbermann and replaced him with Lawrence O’Donnell, I was a bit annoyed. But now that Olbermann had crashed and burned over at Current TV, and O’Donnell has turned into a pretty effective pundit, I have changed my mind. For an example of why I like O’Donnell so much, consider this depressingly…

More Chess!

The World Championship continues to be a snooze. Five games down, five draws. Only one game has made it past the thirtieth move. Both players seem very hesitant and completely uninclined to take any risks. Still seven games left, though, so we will see what happens. Happily, the U. S. Championship continues to produce one…

Creation Superconference!

Sometimes I wonder what the mailman thinks of me. One day he’s delivering the new issue of Free Inquiry, the next he’s leaving something from Creation Ministries International. The latest missive from CMI contains a lengthy pamphlet advertising their forthcoming Creation Superconference. Of course, having been to the Creation Megaconference at Liberty University back in…

In Richmond on Wednesday!

This coming Wednesday, May 16, I will be speaking at the Library of Virginia. I will be discussing my book Among the Creationists Refreshments go from 5:30-6:15. The talk will go from 6:15-7:15, with the plan being to speak for thirty minutes, and then take questions for the remaining time. Then there will be a…

Can Atheists Enjoy Fiction?

Economist Robin Hanson poses an odd challenge to atheists: A few days ago I asked why not become religious, if it will give you a better life, even if the evidence for religious beliefs is weak? Commenters eagerly declared their love of truth. Today I’ll ask: if you give up the benefits of religion, because…