Monthly Archives: March 2007

Harris in L.A.Times

This article by Sam Harris makes the point that “Within every faith one can see people arranged along a spectrum of belief.” and that “The problem is that wherever one stands on this continuum, one inadvertently shelters those who are … Continue reading

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Kudos to Fox News ?

Thanks to Theodore Labadie who posted the link on the ‘Transforming Langara’ listserv, but this is not surprising. The interview subject is promoting the purchase of “carbon offsets” and the opportunities for fraud in that are so magnificent that no … Continue reading

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Robert Lanza’s “New Theory of the Universe”

This is generally well-informed nonsense from a very smart nut.

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Journalist Boasts of Anonymity

A Washington journalist announces that for a period of over 24 hours the only person who chose to read his free on-line bio with any care was a “self-appointed hall monitor”. If someone was paying me in the hope that … Continue reading

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Math Awareness Month

April is Mathematics Awareness Month and this year the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics have announced that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month 2007 is … Continue reading

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Faces Just 6 Pixels Wide

This post by Stephen Downes presents an interesting link, but I don’t agree that it supports his thesis about human reasoning. Pattern recognition at this level is characteristic of many species and devices, and it’s a capability that is probably … Continue reading

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