September 2, 2012
[update 9/04/12: added round n+5]
(Okay, some odd spelling there, to have every word start with ‘f’).
Draw up your chairs. Bring plenty of popcorn. This might be fun.
August 20, 2012
Just take a look at a recent post at Uncommon Descent: Why people laugh at Creationists but have a harder time refuting ID-ists.
The discussion to that thread (the comments) provides plenty of reasons to laugh.
August 11, 2012
New Republican VP nominee, Paul Ryan, has praised Romney for his principles.
I’ll have to admit that he has a point. Romney’s principles are perfect. As a mathematician, I cannot think of anything that could be more perfect than the empty set.
May 27, 2012
Seen in a comment at UD:
I.D. Is finally making some truly profound objections to evolution theory. Also, why are there still apes if we evolved from them?
Well, okay, that was only a comment. Perhaps we can’t assume that all ID proponents agree. But it does give us a moment of humor for this weekend.
May 11, 2012
An imaginary part of the human anatomy that some people are able to use to increase their power of self-delusion.
April 13, 2012
I was watching a fight over on the blogosphere, when all of a sudden, a discussion of free will broke out.
In the left corner, it is Jerry Coyne. In the right corner, we find John Horgan. Coyne accuses Horgan of a nasty and mean-spirited attack on Sam Harris. And he suggests that Horgan gives his psychological motivations at the outset.
I don’t know how others see this. But I see Horgan’s “mean-spirited attack” and list of “psychological motivations” as an attempt at self-deprecating humor. Admittedly, humor often doesn’t carry very well in Internet postings, and perhaps John Horgan isn’t all that good at humor. Still, I think Coyne might have considered the possibility that it was not intended to be a “mean-spirited attack.”
According to one way of describing history, at a time past a glob of molecules that went by the name “Jerry Coyne” made some completely involuntary tics, that resulted in meaningless ink marks on paper. The first few of those meaningless ink marks looked a little like this:
Why Evolution is True
According to a different way of describing history, the biologist Jerry Coyne wrote an interesting book titled “Why Evolution is True”, a book filled with meaningful ideas.
Horgan seems to favor that second way of describing history. Because of that Jerry Coyne accuses Horgan of being a dualist.
If I go by blind faith in the inerrancy of a highly literalistic reading of scientific laws, that favors Coyne’s position. If I go by the evidence, that seems to support Horgan’s position.
I think I will go by the evidence.
March 4, 2012
In a recent post “Free will: what do we do next?“, Jerry Coyne wonders:
Given that we all agree on these issues, what comes next?
Well, it is really quite simple. Nothing much comes next. Given that it is all an illusion, you might as well set back and watch the illusion as it unfolds. And, if we are unable to choose otherwise, then that is obviously what we shall do.
When thinking about this yesterday, …
Well you weren’t really thinking about it. After all, thinking is that aspect of our lives where we consider ideas and make choices about them. But if making choices is an illusion, as your view of “free will” asserts, then that thinking must also be an illusion.
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March 4, 2012
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
That seems to provide the basis for science, the study of the heaven (cosmology, physics) and the earth (geology, physics, chemistry, biology), the study of material things.
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And that seems to provide for philosophy and theology, the study of abstract propositions and logic, the study of immaterial things, the basis for dualism.
January 1, 2012
I predict a year for ID which will be as successful as the last year.
- As before, they will find zero evidence that is against ID. (If you are not looking, you won’t find much).
- As before, they will find as much evidence for ID as against it. (0 is both +0 and -0 at the same time).
- The ID proponents will continue to have success in their search for gaps in which they can place their god of the gaps. Unfortunately, the gaps they find will be gaps in their understanding of science, rather than real gaps in the science.
- They will refute Darwinism at least 365 times. Oops, better make that 366 times, since 2012 is a leap year.
Some predictions are too easy.
December 28, 2011
An open letter to Massimo Pigliucci, should he happen to read it. I doubt that Massimo even knows that I exist, and there is probably no reason that he should. So I doubt that he will actually read this.
There seems to be a war of words going on in the atheist blogs. First, Massimo posted a negative obituary for Christopher Hitchens. Then Jerry Coyne posted a reaction to this. So now Massimo has posted a reaction to that reaction. To top it off, PZ is now reacting to Massimo’s posts. Well, okay, PZ is actually reacting to a different post by Massimo, but a post that criticizes the gnu atheists.
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