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Archives for August, 2008

“Bad priest! Stupid women!”

Mike Price has a nice piece over at Smithsonian.com on how the rediscovery of Galilaeus Galilaeus His Life: In Five Books, by Thomas Salusbury, a biography of Galileo written just twenty years after his death is causing some to reinterpret the cause of Galileo’s trial. In short, Salusbury proposed that Galileo was raked over the…

The most awesome obit notice ever?

From here: Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her…

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain attended an economic forum in Aspen Thursday where he chastised Congress for going on recess "while people are paying $3.75 a gallon for gas." (source) This from a man that has missed 407 votes (63.8%) during the current Congress, including one to “increase the supply and lower the cost…

Mmmmmm …. roadkill *drool*

Via Chad, a list of 100 food items. You are supposed to bold the ones you have eaten (55) and strike-through those you’d never try (4).

Poem (0815)

Like a desert flower waiting for rain, like a river-bank thirsting for the touch of pitchers, like the dawn longing for light; and like a house, like a house in ruins for want of a woman – the exhausted ones of our times need a moment to breathe, need a moment to sleep, in the…

Why does iTunes suck so bad?

I have a large digital music collection. Every file is correctly tagged and album art is both embedded in the file and available as a jpg in the album folder. All of that took about four straight days to do over the summer using MediaMonkey (which I now also use to sync my collection with…

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In a follow-up to his post on Behe’s conduct as a scientist (which I discuss here), Steve Matheson has now posted the second part of his critique, this time examining Behe’s “scientific” arguments regarding malaria. There will be a part IIb in the future.

Sarkar v Fuller? No contest.

We’ve mentioned Steve Fuller before on this blog both when he was giving “expert” testimony in Kitzmiller and when he went and produced a book (Dissent Over Descent: Intelligent Design’s Challenge to Darwinism) on his thoughts regarding intelligent design. Now, John Wilkins brings to our attention a review of Fuller’s book by philosopher of science…

Tim @ Deltoid beat me to posting about the new (online at least) Naomi Oreskes talk in which she discusses the tactics of the Western Fuels Association (go here), so instead I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight a paper she and Zuoyue Wang contributed to the Isis Focus section on the value of…