January 2008

This sounds promising: Welcome to Secular Philosophy, a site dedicated to the exchange of ideas and debate relating to all things secular with an emphasis on philosophy. Here you will find exclusive films, books and blogs by Daniel Dennett, Colin McGinn and Massimo Pigliucci, as well as the Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast…

Read More Secular Philosophy

They finally broadcast the last episode of Life on Mars here in the USA. I thought that the writers handled it well, within the time constraints of a single one-hour episode. ((Shorter in the UK – BBCAmerica has tons of ads.)) They managed to sustain just the right level of uncertainty throughout: as the account…

Read More The end of Life on Mars

Back on December 3, I placed a “Give One, Get One” order with OLPC. I knew that demand had been high, so I checked in at laptopgiving.org occasionally to see how things were going. Each time I’d enter my email address and confirmation number, and get a message about “sometime in January”. No problem. Today…

Read More OLPC: Give one, lose one?

I just received (from Amazon, naturally) a fresh shipment of what every self-respecting expat Brit needs in his kitchen cupboard. Yes, that is a small container of Patum Peperium at the front. The QFC that I patronise, up on Capitol Hill, carries a couple of really nice sharp Cheddars, slightly crumbly, that go beautifully with…

Read More Emergency supplies

John Scalzi fisks Goldberg: I’ve not read Goldberg’s book so I’m not entirely sure what alchemy he uses to argue that a right-wing, anti-socialist political movement is and always was actually a left-wing socialist political movement, but I do suspect whatever argument it is, Mussolini himself would have found it less than satisfying, and being…

Read More Piling on Jonah (as he richly deserves)

Fascinating article over at Seed: For nearly 50 years, the central dogma of biology has been that genetic information is contained within DNA and is passed by rote transcription through RNA to make proteins. Tiny changes in the information content of the underlying DNA are what then drive evolution. But this information may not be…

Read More Redefining Genes