November 6, 2012
Browsing through the items showing in my RSS reader, I noticed an advertisement at the foot of one blog post:
If the presidential election were held today Who Would You Vote For?
There was, of course, a link to a polling site. The message I was reading was dated 8:56 am today (local time, CST), election day and I had already voted.
October 5, 2012
Wikipedia, in its definition of “primrose path” says:
Not to be confused with “led up the ‘garden path'”, which is an idiom suggesting that one is being deceived or led astray.
Strictly speaking, I am making that confusion. For this is about a blog post by Cornelius Hunter, where he unwittingly shows that he has led himself up the garden path. His blog post is, in part, about primroses and that is the basis for the title that I chose.
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September 2, 2012
This is just too funny.
Seen in a comment on an ID blog:
Of note: It might surprise some to learn that Godel’s incompleteness theorem actually supports the resurrection of Christ
Yet they wonder why people laugh at ID proponents, why some folk call them IDiots.
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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