Monthly Archives: April 2009

An Aid to Thought

Over at “wattupwiththat”, a commenter opined some time ago: I remember when I was a kid playing with a bicycle pump that compressing a gas heats it up. Is it possible that some of the high surface temps on Venus are because of that pressure? Why not have a cold beer to help think that… Read More »

Russell Blackford and Telling Science Advocacy Organizations to Shut Up Already

Philosopher Russell Blackford takes issue with various science advocacy organizations pointing out that many people of faith also manage to accept the findings of science when it comes to evolutionary science. Blackford thinks this is wrong, essentially because the science organizations are infringing on philosophical turf: This leaves aside the arrogance of science organisations appearing… Read More »

Skewering the Clueless in the Peoria Journal Star

The Peoria Journal Star’s opinion page has a couple of recent entries. Here’s a disappointing rant from someone who claims to be a middle school science teacher: The Texas Board of Education allowing evolutionary theory to be questioned is long overdue. All science theories should be scrutinized. Otherwise, Einstein would not have proven that time… Read More »

Another Paper for the CV

Back around 2001, Jeff Shallit of the University of Waterloo asked me about collaborating on a critique of various claims made by William Dembski. Late in 2002, we had a completed manuscript. However, Dembski is not considered a hot topic most places, given that his claims have almost entirely appeared in popular rather than academic… Read More »

The “Weasel” Saga — With Math (Part 1)

Richard Dawkins provided a description of a program in his 1986 book, “The Blind Watchmaker”, that was meant to illustrate the difference between random chance and cumulative selection. Dawkins used a string taken from Shakespeare, “METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL”, and used that as a target. Simply randomly putting capital letters and spaces together,… Read More »

Trip to Nashville

There was no sight-seeing, but I went to Nashville, Tennessee from last Sunday to last Thursday. This was to present at a conference, the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. I had a paper in the Artificial Life session that I presented on Tuesday, and it seemed to me that it went well. The Aritficial… Read More »