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Peter Singer on Animal Rights and Violence *

Jul 30th, 2004 | Filed by

Condemning the use of violence against sentient beings, human or non-human.… Read the rest

Francis Crick-Related Articles from NY Times *

Jul 30th, 2004 | Filed by

DNA, chemistry, Rosalind Franklin, how science works, and more.… Read the rest

Francis Crick, New York Times *

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DNA discovery showed how biology could be explained via physics and chemistry.… Read the rest

Another Other List

Jul 29th, 2004 8:20 pm | By

And here is Mark Pitely’s list:

1) Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind – Julian Jaynes. Brilliant, eye-opening, and quite possibly wrong. It definitely changed by thinking, even my thinking processes.

2) How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler. Fascinating. I love all of his library science efforts.

3) Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies – Douglas Hofstadter (et al). My coding and AI leanings are showing. Great stuff here that it lightyears ahead of the rest in AI. His methodologies and tactics changed my approaches.

4) Cybernetics – Norbert Weiner. Complicated and varying, even unfocused, but a glimpse of how his mind worked.

5) Blood Rites: Origin and History of the Passions of War- … Read the rest


Jul 29th, 2004 4:05 pm | By

Do excuse me – I just feel like making a small boast. Doing a little auto-back-patting. I won’t take long – and anyway there is a sort of point behind it.

It’s Normblog’s first birthday, by the way – and he chose the occasion to mention his favorite blogs, in which select group he included B&W. I blushed unbecomingly to see that. And the same day – the very same day, I tell you – a guest poster at Pharyngula (guests are posting there to keep things going while PZ is at a conference in Calgary or Saskatoon or Kamloops) told the world of his discovery of B&W – so that my face became even more frighteningly florid. But … Read the rest

Nonsense Files

Jul 29th, 2004 | By

This one is self-explanatory. It’s where we store the irrationalist, social constructivist, postmodernist, ‘High Theoretical’ and other Nonsense that we find. Check it often, because there is always more.

External Resources

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But the Science Dog Did Bark *

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Richard Dawkins on Prospect poll, science in media and education, new book.… Read the rest

Francis Crick *

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The discovery earned Nobel Prize and touched many aspects of modern life. … Read the rest

Francis Crick *

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James Watson: ‘I will always remember Francis for his extraordinarily focused intelligence’… Read the rest

Francis Crick, 1916-2004 *

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Crick helped discover the double helix shape of DNA along with James Watson.… Read the rest

Nanotechnology Needs New Laws *

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Probably to shut Prince Charles up…… Read the rest

British Islamic Colleges Back Terrorism? *

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Calls for inquiry as lecturers voice support for Taliban and Hamas.… Read the rest

Another List

Jul 28th, 2004 10:13 pm | By

Good, here’s another list. I think it falsifies the one-item-in-common hypothesis. This is Phil Mole’s.

1) Bertrand Russell – Why I am Not a Christian and Other Essays. This book really stimulated my own thinking about religion, and probably gave me the decisive shove toward atheism.

2) William James – Varieties of Religious Experience. After reading this, I became very interested in the psychological components of religious experience.

3) Stephen Jay Gould- An Urchin in the Storm. This is a collection of Gould’s book reviews. Reading this collection taught me a great deal about the art of the book review, not to mention the art of critical thinking.

4) C. Vann Woodward – The Strange Career of Jim Crow. Opened … Read the rest

On The Move? *

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Will the bones be going home?… Read the rest

Animal Activists Harm Economy *

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GlaxoSmithKline spends millions of pounds protecting its staff.… Read the rest

Crackdown On Animal ‘Rights’ Activists *

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UK government to unveil new strategy to deal with extremists.… Read the rest

Islamism & Multi-culturalism: A United Camp against Universal Human Rights in Canada

Jul 28th, 2004 | By Azam Kamguian

In my speech, I will argue against the Islamic tribunals and will discuss how the Islamic Sharia law brutally violates human and women’s rights. I will try to demonstrate how Islamism and multi – culturalism are a united camp against universal human rights in Canada. At the end, I will emphasise the urgency of stopping the Islamic tribunals in Canada.

As we all know, Islamists in Canada have recently set up an Islamic Institute of Civil Justice to oversee tribunals that would arbitrate family disputes and other civil matters between people from Muslim origin on the basis of the Islamic Sharia law. This is the first time in any western country that the medieval precepts of the Sharia have been … Read the rest

List B

Jul 27th, 2004 10:40 pm | By

My colleague is, I believe, writing a list of books that have not changed his life, so while he is doing that I will go ahead and do the dull boring plodding literal humourless N&C I had in mind, which is partly an adaptation of my own list and partly a reaction to a new one as well as partly a reaction to Norm’s reaction. See how dull I am? Sigh. My colleague is the one who gets to make all the jokes around here, while I just trudge along, saying tedious flat-footed obvious things all the time. It’s so unfair.

Yes sure enough, there’s his list now, and it made me shriek with laughter. You see how unfair that … Read the rest

Ten More Books

Jul 27th, 2004 9:31 pm | By

Okay, since people are very keen on listing books, I thought I’d offer up ten books which haven’t changed my life.

1. Thus Spake Zarathustra – haven’t read it (not sure I can spell it either).

2. A Critique of Pure Reason – nope, not read this either (pretty sure that’s all spelt correctly, though).

3. Capital, vol 1 – can’t really claim to have read this (have looked at it in a bookshop, though).

4. Capital, vol 2 – haven’t read it (but I have read Marx for Dummies).

5. On Liberty – I make a point of reading nothing written before 1893.

6. The Fountainhead – like I’d read that!

7. Economy and Society (Max Weber) – … Read the rest

Blither *

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Surely he’s kidding – right? No?… Read the rest