• General

    Einstein Rules (again/still/more)

    http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/einstein-bounces-back-as-doubt-cast-another-fundamental-theory-confirmed-20110929-1ky3o.html (PS He was right about the speed of light, too, I confidently claim. Evidence pending…)

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    Albums of My Life 2 – Watch

    A couple of years later than ‘Year of the Cat’, in 1978, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band released the album ‘Watch’. It has a number of covers of songs written by other artists including Bob Dylan and members of The Band as well as some originals, and two live tracks. It’s…

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    Bjork and the appeal of the bleak

    It’s kind of a strange juxtaposition. Bjork’s song ‘Hyperballad’ does a lovely job of why I like to listen to grim, bleak stuff like black metal. Here are the lyrics: we live on a mountain right at the top there’s a beautiful view from the top of the mountain every…

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    Albums of My Life 1 – Year of the Cat

    An occasional series in which I talk about albums that have influenced me deeply that might surprise you. 😉 I’ll leave aside the metal, the Pink Floyd and so on, and go for stuff that’s mainstream but under-appreciated. There are things – like ELO – that I enjoyed at the…

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    Science

    David Hancock posted a longish post about science in a forum I frequent. It’s easier to do a bit of a line-by-line response here than there, I hope it’ll be interesting. Science seems now to be venerated to the extent that religious writings used to be. IMHO science has become…

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    Following the Evidence Wherever It Leads (Even If It’s In The Opposite Direction)

    Listening to ABC Radio National’s excellent ‘Counterpoint’1 program on the radio in the car the other day, I heard this interview with Peter Sounders: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/counterpoint/stories/2011/3318416.htm He’s written a book called ‘When Prophecy Fails’, which is a critique of another book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett called ‘The Spirit Level’.…

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    Faster than Light? – Potentially Very Interesting

    http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/particles-found-to-break-speed-of-light-challenging-laws-of-physics-20110923-1kntb.html Little bit of ‘science by press release’, which is worrying, but the quoted scientist is appropriately cautious and measured. If true it’s the seeds of a scientific revolution… but my best guess is its a non-replicable artefact. Hope I’m wrong.

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    Gamers FTW

    Coolest story for a while: harnessing the power of games and gamers to do real and serious – potentially lifesaving – science: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/games/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-20110919-1kgq2.html

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    In case we needed reminding…

    J.B.S. Haldane said “…my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”1 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/the-other-side/gordon-ramsays-dwarf-porn-double-percy-foster-dies-in-badger-den/story-e6frfhk6-1226137701868 Someone will pay to make, and watch, porn featuring the likeness of Gordon Ramsay The dwarf likeness of Gordon Ramsay Who was found, dead, inside a…

  • Philosophy - Religion

    What Am I?

    I mentioned to some friends on Facebook that the label ‘Christian’ doesn’t really fit me well these days. People tend to assume I’m a Christian when I say I believe in God, and to then interpret what I say from that perspective, which means they tend to miss what I’m…

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    I Used To Be Smarter

    Occasionally I dig back through the archives of this blog, and that’s the conclusion. There’s some great stuff there, if I do say so myself! I feel bad about the more recent posts, which are all pretty brief. I used to write a page or so of thoughtful stuff bringing…

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    We’re Stuffed (and that’s the polite version)

    H G Wells said “We are in a race between education and catastrophe”. These ^$^#es are quite happy to put weights on education’s legs for a profit. Match fixing with the death of society as a side effect. http://www.salon.com/life/education/index.html?story=/politics/feature/2011/09/06/shockreform

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    From Verse to Worse

    Our beloved nation Indubitably diverse Is, to my frustration Going from verse to worse http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/in-a-land-of-sweeping-plains-poetry-is-hardly-thriving-20110904-1js5r.html