Archives for December, 2008

The natural basis for gender inequality

Naturalism is a potential source of guidance for our behavior, morals, ethics, and other more mundane decisions such as how to build an airplane and what to eat for breakfast.1 When it comes to airplanes, you’d better be a servant to the rules of nature or the airplane will go splat. When it comes to…

Start with The Zodiac

… So, if you drive the boat downstream past the hippos they watch you go by, the big male feints attack a few times, you get past them, and everybody gets over it. Up ahead, the next pod of hippos has observed this, and they are waiting for your arrival…. Read the rest.

George Bush Makes Me Laugh

Who? Yes, the Who too! So, I’m watching a bit of the Kennedy Center’s annual super duper awards. Morgan Freeman won an award. Did you know he was discovered as the driver in Driving Miss Daisy, though he had a long and undistinguished career before that? Did you know that B.B. King has gotten really…

Alligator Alien in Australia

From the BBC: Wildlife officials in Australia are investigating how an alligator native to North America was found wandering around a campsite in New South Wales. Campers at the site in Pambula managed to snare the beast in a volleyball net and held its jaws shut. Police first issued a press statement saying it was…

How fast does evolution happen?

… and other matters. The following list represents widely held beliefs, either first order beliefs (things you hear people say) or second order beliefs (things implied directly by what people say):

My Friend Curly and the President Elect

Obamadog. Barack Obama’s first serious mistake since the election. A true story starring Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Franken Coleman Update

The next few days will be the most interesting, potentially, in the Franken Coleman recount. Notice that I do not use any words like “Debacle, Fiasco, Circus, Swampmire” and so on when speaking of the recount. This is because this is a democratic (as in America! The Greatest Democracy in the World Love it or…

Without distinctions and boundaries, the race concept cannot apply to a given species. Species with observable geographical differences in one or more traits may be better described as having clinal variation. Without correlation among traits, the race concept has none of its usual utility, whereby we place individuals into categories and then predict invisible traits…

I am the angry left

The Bush Anti-Patriot Act and its paper minions across the states is nothing less than the undoing of the fundamentals of American freedom. Ironically, this has been done with the collusion of the poorly educated Libertarian and Rightist supporters of the conservative movement, who really, honestly, are primarily concerned with clinging to their guns and…

…I notice the door man take a quick glance up the street and subtly drop his smoke out of sight next to the stairs. He steps half way onto the sidewalk. Sure enough, Baronelli himself is coming down Hanover, walking his dog … a tiny frenetic brown thing … leash in one hand and an…