I’m going to put the poster, if I can find it, for the 80s movies I use as my titles for these links posts, from now on.
Stephan Hartmannand Jonah Schupbach critically review Michael Strevens’ book Depth, on scientific explanation.
Drake Bennet at The Boston Globe, has a piece on how low status individuals can be comforted by knowing their place. [h/t 3QuarksDaily]
Sharon Astyk at Casaubon’s Book has an excellent piece on why gay marriage is right.
Matt Ridley is a corporate shill? Possibly, according to George Monblot at the Guardian.
The magazine Antennae has a piece by Donna Haraway on our relations to animals.
Cosma Shalizi at Three Toed Sloth demolishes, totally demolishes, Colin Martindale’s The Clockwork Muse, in which he misuses data to show that artistic genius is a simple algorithmic process. Read it for a wonderful piece of informed snark. For those who know the references, the title is also wonderful: “In which Dunning-Krueger meets Slutsky-Yule, and they make music together”.
Thony Christie has harsh, but fair, words to say about journalists reporting on the recent Plato Code stuff.
Cardinal Schönborn, the ID proponent from Austria, has been censured by his pope for outing child abuse among priests…
Finally, read this excellent, measured, and nicely written musing on the agnosticism/atheism debate by Alan Pavlik, at Just Above Sunset, which has found its way into my RSS feed.