Archives for October, 2009

Deep thought

Saying “creationism suck” insults black holes. Discuss.

Irrationality is adaptive?

I’m not a cognitive scientist, so I’ll be curious to see what the blog commentary on this paper might say, but apparently people get smarter when they think about things that don’t make sense. Whether or not irrational beliefs are epistemically compatible with science, this would suggest that they are cognitively helpful for the practice…

Obama’s peace prize

A co-worker of mine recently visited Canada for a wedding. The day she arrived in her preferred unpopulated stretch of tundra, President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was announced. Now, my first reaction upon hearing about the award was that it was too soon, at least. Then again, it wasn’t until 8 hours later that it…

Praise Gadus

Massachusetts has a Sacred Cod. What are the establishment clause implications?

It seems like a better hypothesis than that religion is epistemically incompatible with science. (Trying to replace political science with CNN? Really?) Consider. Roughly half of scientists are religious, but fewer than 10% are conservatives. John McCain, the leader of the Republican party, denigrated astronomy education by calling a star-projector for a planetarium “foolishness” and…

Deep Thought

I have 1193 unread items in the Politics section of my feedreader. I have 1249 unread items in my “toys” section (BoingBoing, funny blogs like Jesus’ General, etc.). The News section, with NYT and WaPo feeds (but not my local news feeds from Bay area and Kansas papers) has 2503 unread items. I have 486…

Health care reform seems on track

I haven’t been following it closely because of blog drama, but it looks like health care reform with a public option has a good shot. That doesn’t mean you should stop calling your congresscritters to tell them you’re watching, of course. It’s a moral imperative. Buncha stuff going on today, but if you need a…

Guess who came to dinner?

We had a special guest at NCSE today. The photo below shows NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch, me, some guy who writes about blind watchmakers, and Steve Newton. It turns out, my shirt was rather appropriate for the occasion: And no, blog drama did not spill over into the real world. It was a great…

In which I get all accommodationist

I still don’t know if I’m using that word right, but Science and Religion Today asked me a question about the award Chad wants to give me. They wonder “Do moderates have a responsibility to be more vocal in science and religion discussions?” It’s an admittedly vague question, and they left off my epigram, from…

Disco. does creationism

The Disco. ‘Stute is upset. Not only has disco been overtaken by that rap music, but you can’t even hear the good stuff any more. Also, no one returns their phone calls. Atheist Richard Dawkins dodges Debate Challenge: Ray Comfort, author of the Amazon.com?s best seller, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You…