Archives for January 27, 2008

What would be worse, Crows or Robots taking over the world?

Marvin Minsky at Gadgetoff 2007

… I usually become very nauseated or fall asleep. (If I was Woody Allen there would be a joke about sex right about here) Anyway, I’m with Bill…

Ted Kennedy to Endorse Obama

Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts will endorse Senate colleague Barack Obama for president, party officials confirmed Sunday. The endorsement will be announced Monday in Washington, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the record. An official close to the senator said the announcement will…

I’ve chosen one to whet your appetite: See the rest at Laelaps.

So there, ‘intelligent’ cdesign proponentists, eat your hearts out.

Monstrous Hope: Reply to Coturnix

This is my reply to a post by Coturnix called The Hopeless Monster? Not so fast!

“Eventually, I came up with a name for it. I called it ‘irreducible complexity’”

“Counterknowledge,” I would have thought, includes things like how a particular customer likes her eggs, or if another customer gets antsy if he does not get his refill right way. You know, like in a diner. Counter knowledge. But it turns out that Counterknowledge is stuff like creationism, creation science, Scientology, alternative medicine, and so…

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

J.J. Abrams traces his love of the unseen mystery — the heart of Alias, Lost, and the upcoming Cloverfield — back to its own magical beginnings, which may or may not include an early obsession with magic, the love of a supportive grandfather, or his own unopened Mystery Box.