Archives for August, 2012

Remember that scene in Die Hard, where Bruce Willis drops a huge pile of explosives down an elevator shaft, blowing up the lobby of the building and killing a few terrorists, but also shattering the building’s huge glass windows? You might recall that right after he does that the officious deputy police chief says to…

Set Theory, Now?

During my time in New York, I had lunch with some friends from England. We were discussing evolution and creationism, and religious fundamentalism more generally. Somewhere along the line I mentioned that creationists routinely use mathematical arguments in their writing, and one of my friends replied that he had heard that some fundamentalists even have…

Religiosity Declines Worldwide

I’m on the road, again. I’ve been in New York City since Tuesday, and I am currently sitting in my tiny room at a Comfort Inn near Central Park on 71st Street. Alas, I’ve been sworn to secrecy regarding the purpose of my trip (ooooooh), but suffice it to say that after this afternoon the…

I Love the Olympics

Jerry Coyne has a sourpuss post up about his lack of enthusiasm for the Olympics: This year, I can’t get energized at all. I watch the highlights on the evening news, but the revelation that Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian of all time leaves me cold. And I never watch the evening’s recaps.…

In this post over at HuffPo, Rabbi Adam Jacobs serves up one of the standard replies to the problem of evil. After recounting a harrowing story of having to subject his 16 month old son to a difficult medical procedure, he writes: I have found this story to be helpful for explaining to people the…