Monthly Archives: June 2006

Shadi Hamid in DemocracyArsenal

In, Shadi Hamid makes a Note to Muslims objecting to a the claim by Zaid Shakir that his wish for an Islamic law is shared by “every Muslim who is honest”. Perhaps the wish for a Muslim country governed … Continue reading

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Iraq’s War Porn

AlterNet: War on Iraq: Iraq’s War Porn is powerfully written and has stimulated a thoughtful set of responses – well worth reading.

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Follies of the Wise

This Butterflies and Wheels Article is the introduction by Frederick Crews to his book ‘Follies of the Wise’

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Hi-tone Phones

At first I thought this might be a case of “the emperor’s new tones” but when I cranked the volume way up I did start to get that nasty sensation that tends to precede a hard drive crash. Since it’s … Continue reading

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Weapons of Math Instruction

This has been around for at least a couple of years but keeps returning to the email inbox so I thought I’d point out that although the authors of the joke seem to see “al-gebra” as just a funny coincidence,I’ve … Continue reading

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Confusion about Wikipedia

In Edge; DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism, Jaron Lanier garbles many concepts. His complaints about Wikipedia are best answered by the response of Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, who point out his apparent ignorance of the … Continue reading

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Captain Copyright Caught Copying

This is amusing but also frightening. Our public institutions are being blackmailed into paying huge fees to an organization which is aggressively promoting a wrong understanding of ethics and the law mainly for the benefit of institutions which have no … Continue reading

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Dyson on Dennet in NYReview of Books

Freeman Dyson reviews Daniel Dennet’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. He gives what appears to be a fair summary of the book, but takes issue with Dennet’s opinion that religion is harmful and states “I see religion … Continue reading

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Whiteboard Movies

Whiteboard Movies

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David Brin discusses how tribalism may be an evolved characteristic of humans which appears to follow a pattern in which the scope of altruistic feeling is inversely related to the amount of fear generated by the environment. Good idea and … Continue reading

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Flemming Rose on “Europe’s politics of victimology”

Jyllands Posten editor Flemming Rose defends himself re the mohammed cartoons which idiot Mullah Krekar decried as a “declaration of war” against Islam claiming without apprent irony about Western secularists that “as the losing side, they commit violence.” Unfortunately Rose … Continue reading

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check out

This does seem worth looking at for K-8(+) level online math activities.

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