Archive for July, 2006

Peter Huber Defends Big Pharma

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Commentary - Of Pills and Profits: In Defense of Big Pharma "If you like the way Canada operates its health-care system, you will never like the way Big Pharma does drugs."

AlterNet Readers on Religion and Politics

Monday, July 31st, 2006

AlterNet: Readers Write: The Growing Threat of Right-Wing Christians Does faith have a role in politics? AlterNet readers react to an article about right-wing Christians -- and end up questioning the legitimacy of religion itself.

Brin: The Decadence Excuse

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Contrary Brin: The Decadence Excuse... The Song Sung by All Our Foes. comments on the anti-intellectual attitudes of bushite right wing america

The New Yorker: Fact

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

This article about Wikipedia in the New Yorker continues the debate about how much need there is for "authority" in order for such a resource to be useful. My own view is that all information sources should be taken with a grain of salt, and that it is foolish to expect otherwise, but that (especially […]

Reviews: 'Illusions of identity' by Kenan Malik | Prospect Magazine August 2006 issue 125

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Reviews: 'Illusions of identity' by Kenan Malik | Prospect Magazine August 2006 issue 125

Philosophy of Real Mathematics: Dawid on probabilities

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Philosophy of Real Mathematics: Dawid on probabilities

Producing mathematics for the Web

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Producing mathematics for the Web is a posting by Zac in Singapore on his 'squareCircleZ' blog about the tools he uses to produce his Interactive Mathematics website

Welsey Fryer on "Modern-day Gnosticism"

Friday, July 21st, 2006

In this posting on "Modern day gnosticism" edTech blogger Wesley Fryer revisits an earlier discussion of Elaine Pagel's book “Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas.” This may be someone worth engaging with regard to why people adopt religion (but I won't be banking on it).

Contrary Brin: An Interesting Guest Posting...

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Contrary Brin: An Interesting Guest Posting...

The Pig and the Box

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Push the Third Button Twice: The Pig and the Box comes from 'MCM' in Victoria via Michael Geist and Stephen Downes. It's about the despicable attempt by the Canadian Copyright Crew to introduce biased materials into the early education curriculum

squareCircleZ on teaching gambling in math

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

squareCircleZ: Should we teach gambling in math classes?

MT on BF

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Mark Twain's "The Late Benjamin Franklin"

Bartholomew's Notes on Religion

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

This post was linked to from an article in AlterNet on the "Christian" right wing tactic of publishing home addresses of oppponents.

A Quote from M Willett

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

In Evil and the Satan Hypothesis mwillet says: Doesn't it make sense just to live a good life and avoid doing anything you will later be ashamed of? That's not to presume there is a life after death, just a working hypothesis that there is probably going to be a day after today and most […]

Does Islam deserve respect?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Does Islam deserve respect?

Memes and the Christian

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

This extended exchange of emails between an atheist and a christian posted by Martin Willett doesn't really resolve anything but may eventually lead somewhere

Debate Unlimited by Martin Willett

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Debate Unlimited by Martin Willett

Mashup.DarwinianWeb.com: Creating my first Google map by hand

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Mashup.DarwinianWeb.com: Creating my first Google map by hand

Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

democracyarsenal.org on the Guantanamo ruling It's time to really expose the falseness of the Bushites' claims to represent what are claimed to be true American values (or, less likely, for them to show the world that they can truly accept and live up to those values)