# Extended Cognition and Literary Criticism

I usually avoid linking to the continental philosophy blogs that I read because I’m well aware of the attitudes towards “pomo” stuff among many of the readers of this blog, but this post at Larval Subjects (a blog by a Deleuze scholar who, if I’m not mistaken, also practices some form of Lacanian psychoanalysis) got…

# Angier’s The Canon and New Atheism at Prosthesis

I’ve been out of town since Saturday, with no internet access. Thank goodness for tiny islands on the gulf coast of Florida. Unfortunately, I’m still sick, and I’m exhausted, so I’m going to have to hold off on posts that actually require work. Just to give you some previews, I’m working on some posts related…

# Connectionist Propaganda

“Connectionist Sticker Propaganda” by atomicity, some rights reserved. I may actually keep this picture up.

# Pay No Attention

Through Saturday, a bunch of posts containing pictures and little more will be showing up here while I’m traveling on airplanes. They’re meant to make a point, but what that point is will be clear only to a few of you. Some of the pictures are kinda cool, but for most of them, I recommend…

# Fractal Expressionism?

Here is an interesting article by Taylor, Micolich, and Jonas (via Integrated Science) on Jackson Pollock and the physics behind his work’s appeal: This question triggers reservations from both scientists and artists. However, for the abstract paintings produced by Jackson Pollock in the late 1940s, scientific objectivity proves to be an essential tool for determining…

# The Basics of Statistics V: A Quick Example

So the last post was pretty dense, and I haven’t used an example since the first post, so I thought I’d throw one out there that you can play with. In what follows, I pretend to use the equations, but I’m actually doing all this in Excel. If you’ve got Excel, here are some helpful…

# The Basics of Statistics IV: Confidence Intervals

So far we’ve been talking about different distributions and their parameters. If we’re looking at a population with known parameters, then we’re going to be dealing with either a normal distribution or a standardized normal distribution (Post I and II). If we’re dealing with samples, we’re going to use either the sampling distribution of means,…

# The Basics of Statistics III: Samples, Sampling Distributions, and t Distributions

Before we start in on new stuff, let’s recap what we’ve covered so far. We started with the Central Limit Theorem, which tells us that if a bunch of random variables go into determining the values of yet another variable, then the values of that variable will approximate a normal distribution. The normal distribution is…

# The Plight of the New Atheists

I’m sorry, I simply couldn’t resist.

# Happy 4th

For the 4th of July I give you America circa 1995, in 4 minutes and 50 seconds, as seen through a Super 8, and with a soundtrack: