Goodbye freedom

Ten years ago tomorrow tonight I was watching an episode of West Wing, and, as I do, channel surfing during the ads. One channel showed a fire in the World Trade Centre, which less than a month earlier I had stood at the base of looking up like the Australian tourist I was. I watched, Read More…

Did Synthese bow to Intelligent Design pressure?

A while back I published a paper in a special edition of Synthese on “Evolution and its rivals”. My paper was titled “Are Creationists Rational?” in which I argued that yes, in a bounded sense they are. I was very pleased to be invited to publish in this front rank journal by the special editors. Read More…

Statism and Wikileaks

So, I have not said much about Wikileaks because it is as discussed a topic as can be, but I’m feeling curmudgeonly, so here goes. Regular programming will resume after this rant. Dogs gotta howl, cats gotta kill small things, and states gotta act like secretive bastards. And woe betide anyone who uncovers their secrets. Read More…

Do not pity progessives

From an article at Truthdig entitled “Do not pity the Democrats” by Chris Hedges, this opening paragraph: There are no longer any major institutions in American society, including the press, the educational system, the financial sector, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our dysfunctional political parties, which can be considered democratic. The intent, design Read More…

Repo Link

So many links, and so little time (I’m preparing subjects!) Ray Kurzweil responds to PZ Myers’ claim that he doesn’t understand the brain, by showing that he doesn’t understand biology. Why Uner-Tan Syndrome is not evidence for evolution, again. That’s where the family doesn’t walk on two legs in Turkey. Good article attacking a stupid Read More…

EFA Summarises Australian Party policies on censorship

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Australian internet filter dead in water

Forners may not be aware of an extremely boring federal election in Australia right now. Indeed, few Australians seem aware of this. This is as it should be. Elections that are Interesting usually turn out to be Dangerous. But there is one good that has come out of this. The Coalition of conservative parties has Read More…

The Evil Links I

Why are there more Christian congregations where there is more crime? On Quasispecies; Abbie notes an open source paper in FEBS on viral quasispecies. I worry that it fails to attend to the work of Sergey Gavrilets on holey landscapes, though. Psycasm on Academic Twittering. Contrasting plant diversification histories within the Andean biodiversity hotspot in Read More…

The Links Strike Back

Today we have a new science blogging site, Scientopia, that takes many of the emigrés from Scienceblogs. When I get the time I’ll update the links at the right. A discussion on the use of “respect” ensued. Some of those bloggers do not know the meaning of that word, so it will be interesting to Read More…

The first casualty

The increasing intention of western and non-western governments to censor the internet is usually put in terms of “child protection”, although it is very unlikely to be affected by censorship, merely by using uncensorable techniques like Torrents. But one has to wonder if the real reason is more to do with preventing this sort of Read More…