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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 27 2010

How to write like a science journalist

Martin Robbins provides a handy template.

Sep 27 2010

Baxter, the Wonder Dog

He just turned five.

Sep 27 2010

Book review: The Grand Design (Part 1 of 4: The nature of the problem)

This new book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow has generated some publicity and so I thought I’d check it out. The first part of my review will explain the basic questions that are being addressed by the book, the second will describe the physics behind the solutions that the authors propose, the third part …

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Sep 26 2010

More on the unbearable whininess of rich people

Bill Maher adds a great ‘new rule’ to add to my earlier post on this topic

Sep 26 2010

Elite bigotry

Sep 26 2010

Back to the future

Blog reader Norm sent me this link to something called “The first annual conference on geocentrism” to be held in South Bend, Indiana near the University of Notre Dame. It has the title Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right. My first reaction was that this was an Onion-type spoof but it seems to be …

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Sep 25 2010

The Mystery of the She-Pope

A young Catholic woman dresses up as a man and joins the priesthood (not hard, given that the robes they wear), goes to Rome, and ends up as the pope. She then gets pregnant and delivers the child on a public street during a procession in which she is wearing the full papal regalia. The …

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Sep 24 2010

Dean Baker on solving the budget deficit problem

I just returned from a talk by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and he said that there is no crisis in social security and the real crisis is the rapid rise in health care costs that, if unchecked, could raise the budget deficits from their current value of around …

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Sep 24 2010

The accommodationists’ best case (Part 3 of 3)

(Part 1 and Part 2) Continuing with the case for accommodationism as made by the NAS, on page 37 they describe the other group of believers, those who think that science should conform to revealed religion and their holy books. This group is hostile to science but people who believe these things are politically powerful …

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Sep 23 2010

And now, for something completely different from Fry and Laurie

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