Many people point to Scandinavia as an example of a successful, moral atheism. Anyone who has paid attention knows that Denmark and Sweden are among the least religious nations in the world. Polls asking about belief in God, the importance … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: February 2009
In which David Frum points out that a large contingent under the republican big tent believes in a dangerous myth. The myth is the myth of the Goldwater triumph of 1964. It goes approximately as follows: In 1964, after years … Continue reading
About ten years ago, I was very taken with The Straight Dope, and every now and then – and against my better judgment – I go back and read it for old times’ sake. The same things about the style … Continue reading
Y’all have been following the there is probably no god campaign on buses in London? You can make your own now.
Roger Ebert has written a powerful, meandering essay about shame. It made me examine my own shame. Continue reading
The political blogs for the last few weeks have been talking about something called Liberaltarianism. It’s based around the idea that libertarians have more in common with a certain kind of liberal than they do with mainstream conservatives – or … Continue reading
Kalid at Better Explained likes to find intuitive ways to explain difficult mathematical concepts like, Why does 00 = 1 ? I like Kalid.
Steve Freemand observes (We are not craftspeople yet) the poor opinion that the general public has of software development as a profession. Recently the (London) Times put the dire state of UK government IT projects on their front page. One … Continue reading
“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several … Continue reading
The Sombrero Galaxy – 28 million light years from Earth – has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across. and it’s very pretty.