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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 18 2009

Here’s to you, Bishop Robinson.

You didn’t see it. You didn’t hear it. Neither did I. But Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire gave a brief convocation today at the inaugural events in Washington, D.C.. I suppose CNN can’t show everything that goes on… my only hope is that if the directive came down, “don’t show the controversial preacher”, …

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Jan 18 2009

Free For All!

Good morning, class; Today, we’ll callThe “Academic Free-For-All”—We’ll take a break from evidence,From peer-review, from making sense,From climbing up atop our giantsAnd other silly ways of science.Today, I’d like to talk aboutThe theories often done without;The ones held by tenacious few(And yes, they laughed at Einstein, too!) Today, I’d like to speak with youOn “Origin …

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Jan 17 2009

Oh, Nothing…

I wish to register a complaint. About nothing. And I’m serious. It’s this “strong vs. weak atheism” business. I’m sure you have heard the terms; they purport to categorize those who “believe there is no god” and those who “hold no belief in a god”, respectively. A weak atheist allegedly does not believe, but a …

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Jan 15 2009

The Digital Pack-Rat, Vol. 11

I really don’t think my readership contains a whole lot of people who are offended by strong language, or who cannot recognize satire, but if either or both of those describe you, I am warning you that the last verse this time might be one you want to miss. So, as it turns out, what …

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Jan 13 2009

The Cuttlefish Genome Project

So, Steve Pinker’s genome is going to be made public. He comes across as quite willing to recognize genetic determinism, but in my view he is all too dismissive of our ability to systematically analyze our environmental variability. “Nonshared environment” is “just a fudge factor” in twin studies; to my ear, it sounds like a …

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Jan 12 2009

Reading This Just Increased Your Carbon Footprint

News Item: Being Alive Today Is Hazardous To The Environment. erm… not quite… Actual News Item: The Environmental Impact of Googling It’s getting to the point, these days, where looking at the newsIs utterly depressing—it’s the information blues;Not merely the economy, although that’s bad enough;But politics, environment, and scientific stuff—For instance, just this morning as …

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Jan 10 2009

The Digital Pack-Rat, Vol. 10

While the ScienceBlogs are cooling their heels, I’ll do a little housekeeping, and tidy up some of the comments from elsewhere. First, a reaction to a pro-Paliban website. The question at hand was–can this website possibly be for real? Once upon a late December, If correctly I remember,Waiting for the year’s last ember soon to …

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Jan 09 2009

Thought For The Day

Wow! Somebody posted one of my poems on the BBC blog! Way down at comment 183. Comment 184 calls it “hardly poetry”. (Actually, it is not one of my favorites at all–I always found it clunky and stilted–but objectively speaking, the writer of comment 184 is a jerk.) More to the point, though… the question …

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Jan 09 2009

Live Free Or Die, Octopus Style

They’re letting my Uncle Sid out of the slammer! (photo of Sid at the link… copies prohibited.) Sid’s great escape from the Portobello Aquarium is about to become permanent. …“We are still trying to catch a new octopus to replace Sid, who will then be set free.” Bummer for the new guy, of course, but …

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Jan 07 2009

Love and “Chemical Cocktails”

In today’s BBC News, we have a story by someone who obviously is not a reader of The Digital Cuttlefish. Specifically, the story asks the question “Is love just a chemical cocktail?“ It is said that love is a drug. But is it just a drug? That is the contention of Larry Young, a professor …

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