Archives for May, 2012

Chess Update

We’re two games down in the big World Chess Championship. The challenger is Boris Gelfand of Israel, squaring off against the defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India. Both games were quick draws, but things have been a little more interesting than that makes it sound. Gelfand whipped out the Grunfeld Defense in game one, which…

I will now follow-up on my post from Tuesday. In that post I made some criticisms of a recent talk given by philosopher Elliott Sober at the University of Chicago, the video of which is available here. In the ensuing comments, couchloc linked to this paper that Sober had written, the early sections of which…

When Cynicism is a Good Thing

I’m planning to do a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about Elliott Sober’s recent talk. That is likely to be a long post, so ti may be a day or two before I can get to it. In the meantime, go have a look at my new post over at The Huffington Post. I suggest that…

Obama Supports Gay Marriage!

I only have time for a quick post today, so let us take note of the happy fact that Obama has now come out squarely in support of gay marriage. In an interview today he said: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and…

A Big Month for Chess Fans

For anyone who likes chess, the next few weeks are going to be very good indeed. The United States Chess Championships started today in St. Louis. The first round started a little over ninety minutes ago, but there has already been a strange occurrence. Have a look at this position: Playing white was Alexander Stripunsky,…

If you spend any significant amount of time doing science or mathematics then some amount of philosophical reflection is inevitable. At some point you are going to take a step back and wonder what it is you are actually doing. I think it is good that there are people out there who ponder such things…

I recently had a conversation with Greg Gorey of Think Atheist Radio about my book Among the Creationists. We discussed the history and cultures of creationism, the problem of evil, methodological naturalism, my experiences socializing with creationists and several other things besides. From my end I can honestly say it was one of the most…

Stephen King on Taxes

Stephen King has been on a roll lately. His most recent novel 11/22/63 was a welcome return to form and his best work in years. And now he has this excellent essay, in The Daily Beast, on the subject of taxes: Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems…

As swamped as I’ve been for the past two weeks, I nonetheless found time to visit the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair on April 28. It was held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The drive to Richmond is a little over two hours each way, and I had to leave the fair early to…

Whedonpalooza!

It is finished. My grading, I mean. Over the last few days I have graded roughly one thousand math problems, some of which were even done correctly. But that’s all finished now. Except for graduation tomorrow, the semester is now over! Yay! So what better way to celebrate than with a little Joss Whedon film…