Archive for the 'society' Category

Domestic Terrorism

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Right-wing bloggers spent quite a bit of time last month complaining about an FBI report warning of the dangers posed by right-wing extremists, calling it an Obama-orchestrated “hit job” on conservatives, among other things.  One of the many passages found objectionable reads as follows (emphasis mine): Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly […]

President-Elect Obama’s Christmas Present to America: Science

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

“…promoting science isn’t just about providing resources.  It’s about protecting free and open inquiry.  It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology… because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth, and a greater understanding of the world around us.”

Ghost Strippers!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Below is a report I just recieved from my friend, Junjiang Gao. I thought it needed to be passed on to the curious. “There was a news report about a religious activity held in a Taiwanese city. The picture went along with the article showed a stage with a couple of female pole dancers. The […]

Hard Problems

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

If we consider progress to be an improvement in traditional measures of human welfare-life expectancy, leisure time, and the goods and services available for consumption, a definite pattern can be seen over time: the long march of human history has yielded both progress and an increase in the rate at which progress has occurred. This […]

Two Critiques of Intelligent Design

Friday, August 5th, 2005

The first: Paul “I have the best opportunity in the world to talk to people about economics but I don’t use it very often because it seems that I’ve forgotten that I’m a respected economist, not just a pundit” Krugman takes on Intelligent Design… sort of. He opens his column with the sentence, “I’d like […]

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