Archives for December, 2014

Sunday Chess Problem

Well, it’s taken me longer to get back to this than I originally planned, but how about a second look at the Babson Task? The problem below was composed by Leonid Yarosh, in 1983. It’s white to move and mate in four: Remember that white is always moving up the board and black is always…

Cops

I was all set to do a big post about the police, but then Kevin Drum went and said exactly what I was thinking: It shouldn’t be too hard to hold two thoughts in our minds at once. Thought #1: Police officers have an intrinsically tough and violent job. Split-second decisions about the use of…

Adam and Eve, Continued

Let’s continue with the discussion I started in yesterday’s post. We are considering whether it is reasonable to persist in believing in the reality of Adam and Eve given the findings of modern science. The problem is that the Bible seems clear that at the time of their creation, Adam and Eve were the only…

Adam and Eve

A common theme at this blog is that I don’t like blanket statements to the effect that science and religion are incompatible. The main problem I have is that “religion” means so many different things to different people that it is pointless to paint with such a broad brush. A secondary point is that science…

Intelligent Design: Still Dead

Actually, I wrote that last post partly because I wanted to comment on this one, from David Klinghoffer. He likens the plight of TNRs former staff to the situation of ID proponents: I identify with TNR’s ex-staff, too, in a more fundamental way. In the evolution controversy, it’s supporters of intelligent design who stand for…

The Demise Of The New Republic

While it’s hardly the most important thing going on in the world right now, we should take a moment to note the effective demise of The New Republic. There was a time when TNR was one of the best liberal journals of opinion to be found. In the late seventies and eighties, when the magazine…

One More Post For the Endless Discussion

Well, it seems the big discussion is still going strong, even after six weeks. Incredibly, the comments still seem to be substantive and interesting. So here’s another post to continue the discussion. Plus with my own ongoing blog lethargy, it’s nice that there’s any activity going on around here at all! So feel free to…