Archive for March, 2012

Mixed Feelings

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Russell Blackford seems to like the fact that a recent Pew survey shows more Americans are getting wary of religion in politics. So do I. I am offended by the view that religions should have privileged treatment under the law and I disagree strongly with many of their other views on how society should be […]

Is Free Will an Illusion?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

This 'debate' at The Chronicle Review came to my attention via Jean Kazez and Russell Blackford.

The Future of Print

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The fact that Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes has purchased The New Republic is a good sign that those who bewail the impact of the web on serious writing.

The Neanderthals and Us

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This New Yorker article gives a nice blend of personal,  scientific,  and species history. It would be interesting to know if what we picked up from our bigger brained but ultimately less successful cousins was just random or if it includes anything useful. And as to the question of how "we" won, I am still inclined […]

repeated addition redux

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Some minds are changed a bit, and I think for the better, by this LinkedIn discussion, but it also includes a good example of exactly what I was concerned about in my comment on Keith Devlin's original piece on the topic. Here's the link: Should kids be told that multiplication is repeated addition? | LinkedIn. […]

A Last Conversation with Jim Green

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The Tyee's David Beers has a nice story about the guy who was cheated out of the Vancouver Mayor's chair in 2005.

Less is More

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

But not, I'm afraid, in a good way. Less Wrong comes down on the wrong side  of the "Sleeping Beauty" problem. Sleeping Beauty volunteers to undergo the following experiment and is told all of the following details. On Sunday she is put to sleep. Afair coin is then tossed to determine which experimental procedure is undertaken. If the coin […]