Gene Expression

Archives for February, 2009

In light of my previous comments on Judeo-Christianity, here is a interesting survey about Israeli Jewish views of other religions, in particular Christianity. Some results:

The circle of life

In Turnabout, Children Care For Sick Elders: Partly paralyzed, with diabetes and colitis, Linda Lent needs extensive care at home. But with her husband working long hours at a bowling alley, Ms. Lent, 47, relies on a caregiver who travels by school bus toting a homework-filled backpack: her 13-year-old daughter, Annmarie. Younger people caring for…

White male atheists love science!

I was curious as to how trust in science related to questions like human evolution or the danger of nuclear power. So I looked at the variables NUKEGEN, SCITEST4 and TRUSTSCI in the GSS, which ask questions about the danger of nuclear power, the truth of human evolution and our trust in science, respectively. Below…

Check out Southern Fried Science

I recently got bored and played a joke on Southern Fried Science a few days ago…my usual PC-tard schtick,* see the comments. In any case, the author of the weblog suggests that I was being unkind at his expense. I won’t stop playing these sorts of jokes (see this Greg Laden comment thread), but I…

Reader Survey

It’s been a while since I did a reader survey, so I posted 15 questions here. I’ll put up a csv file with the results in a week.

Religion is not just about God

Ed Yong has an excellent post reviewing new research which suggests that collective religious rituals are more predictive than religious belief as to support for suicide bombings. The novelty and insight from these studies is that they decompose the independent dimensions from which religious phenomena are constructed. Consider for example that religion may consist of:…

Credit snobs remembered….

Ziel points me to an amusing post, The Credit Snobs: I rather like the title “voodoo priest of free market economics” so I am happy to take the blame for the sub-prime mortgage defaults and at the same time stick a few pins in Nouriel Roubini. Roubini and others generating hysteria about defaults in the…

Socks is gone

I mentioned a few months ago that Socks was in end stage cancer. It ended today. R.I.P. Socks.

One of the great things about the internet is that you can always look back. See the 5 star reviews for The Bush Boom: How a Misunderestimated President Fixed a Broken Economy. Pretty funny. Here’s a sample: Jeff and Larry have written a volume destined to stand alongside “The Hoover Miracle” and “Lyndon Johnson: Triumph…

Conor Clarke interviews Robert Shiller

Over at The Atlantic. Shiller is the author of Irrational Exuberance, The Subprime Solution and Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global. As I’ve noted before, Shiller’s specific arguments about the causal sequences behind manias and crashes leave a lot to be desired, but it seems entirely correct…