World's Fair

Archives for January, 2008

Wilkins had a post that linked to a Monty Python sketch. So why not watch (or re-watch, if that be your angle) another sketch, pasted below for your viewing ease? Always good fun.

Well, maybe not. It’s just that… is it me, or is this Oscar (will it happen will it not?) thing everywhere in the news these days? There’s such media saturation that it brought to mind the following thought I had the other day. Say I was an alien coming down to Earth, and I wanted…

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion As I was saying, I love that Morris gets peeved at the expert’s claims for certainty. It…

The Pathetic Fallacy

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion Here’s a supposition, as I continue this series of posts on seeing and knowing: those Morris essays…

“On this broad but synthetic continent of plastics, the countries march right out of the natural world – that wild area of firs and rubber plantations, upper left – into the illimitable world of the molecule. It’s a world boxed only by the cardinal points of the chemical compass – carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen.” This…

Foucault on Curiosity

“Curiosity is a vice that has been stigmatized in turn by Christianity, by philosophy, and even by a certain conception of science. Curiosity, futility. The word, however, pleases me. To me it suggests something altogether different: it evokes ‘concern'; it evokes the care one takes for what exists and could exist; a readiness to find…

In my hunt for things to incorporate in a lecture later today, I came across this great video (Ma and Pa Kettle) on the mathematics divide. In the end, I won’t actually be using it, but hey, I wonder if it also feels about right to those continually addressing the skeptics.

Today at the SCQ, we’ve put up a journal club entry (i.e. full citation details and you can also get the pdf of the first page of the article at that link). It’s kind of an obvious one, which simply shows data whereby you’re more likely to exert energy when playing Nintendo Wii vs the…

Going from a previous comment in my brainspace post earlier this week… This is kind of sad really. Here is what it looks like. The axes imply relative number of searches since it doesn’t seem like you get hard numbers on this (from Google Trends). What’s kind of interesting is that you can kind of…

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion I wrote earlier (here, to be precise) that there are numerous ways a picture can manipulate its…