November 2008

John Sundman. John Damien Sundman. John Compton Sundman. John. F. X. Sundman. Who is this man of mystery? I haven’t seen him since early in 2005, when he and I had dinner with Dan Dennett and Doug Hofstadter. But 19 years earlier, we had been an unbeatable team working together at Sun, first on PC-NFS…

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Leave it to the Queen to ask the obvious question: The latest Occam’s razor award goes to Her Majesty the Queen. In the unlikely surroundings of the London School of Economics, she last week cut to the quick. Describing the credit crunch as “awful”, she tapped a gilded economist on the proverbial shoulder and asked:…

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PZ fisks the creationist’s old chestnut about evolution violating the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The bottom line: To spell it out, there’s about a trillion times more entropy flux available than is required for evolution. The degree by which earth’s entropy is reduced by the action of evolutionary processes is miniscule relative to the amount…

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