What happened to my credit card? I’ve been using credit (and debit) cards for around 40 years. In that time, the card has barely changed: 85.60 × 53.98 mm laminated plastic, rounded corners, with the number embossed across the middle, my name and the expiration date embossed below it, and a signature panel on the…

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I just finished reading the slim account of a debate between Dan Dennett and Alvin Plantinga, entitled “Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?”. Dennett’s conclusion is straightforward: Plantinga wanted to show… that science and religion are not just compatible: Science depends on theism to underwrite its epistemic self-confidence. […] [But] Our capacity to discover the…

Read More What leads to the Argument From Personal Incredulity?

Quote of the day, from an epidemiologist writing to Andrew Sullivan: There is no such thing as “alternative medicine”, only “alternatives to medicine”. Once something has been proven efficacious, it simply becomes medicine. To which Kate commented, “Unless the insurance company says so.” The bloody US system rears its head again.

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I just had occasion to search for a bunch of former colleagues on Facebook and LinkedIn. It was strange to see how many of them still show “Sun Microsystems” as their employer. It’s not that they are inactive on either site; they have been adding to their networks, and posting news and comments. Odd…..

Read More I wonder when all those ex-Sun people will get around to changing their LinkedIn and Facebook affiliations