November 2006

From The Seattle Times Puget Sound-area residents spent much of Wednesday bracing for another anticipated snowstorm…. But the predicted snow was interrupted off and on with rain and November became Seattle’s wettest month on record. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported a monthly total of 15.37 inches late Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 15.33 inches…. At…

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Back in the north-east, a couple of inches of light snow would barely make the front page of the local section of the Globe. But here in Seattle…. Drivers inching their way through the evening commute cursed the snow that returned to the Puget Sound region this afternoon, shutting down at least one highway and…

Read More Massachusetts drivers may be notoriously bad, but at least they can drive in snow

Via Charles and the WNMTC* list comes this forthright piece by Steven Pinker on the subject of Harvard’s Report of the Committee on General Education. First, he objects to the way in which the Science and Technology Requirement is justified: The report goes on to emphasize the relevance of science to current concerns like global…

Read More Pinker rips Harvard on the balance between science and religion

In all of the recent brouhaha over theism, atheism, and science (especially evolution), there’s one question which I haven’t seen much discussed. Since I can’t see an obvious answer, I thought I’d blog about it. This question is specifically addressed to those people who accept the current state of brain science, and who also themselves…

Read More How do people reconcile science with the idea of an afterlife?