Monthly Archives: October 2007

Quick shorts

* I will some time, honest, write a proper review of Oliver Morton’s book _Eating the Sun._ For the moment I just want to say that it is the first pop science book I have read since _The Extended Phenotype_ … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dennett and the appearance of design

“Potentilla, in comments,”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/2007/10/03/mary_midgley_update.html#comments draws attention to Steve Fuller’s [“defence of his own testimony”:http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/?p=50] at the Dover ID trial. There is a 115 comment thread on the _Philosopher’s Magazine_ blog, in which Fuller attempts to defend himself against all comers. Life … Continue reading Continue reading

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Random notes

* The “monologue here”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,,2183208,00.html from the _Guardian’s_ Weekend Magazine, seems to me quite flawless. It is a teenage girl being censorious about another’s thong. * The latest [“Pew Global Attitudes Survey”:http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=258] is out, and I really wish I had access … Continue reading Continue reading

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Not growing old: the Dorian Gray convention

I went to the Indie 21st anniversary bash last night; it was held in the upstairs room of the Angel, a sleazepit almost unchanged in twenty years. Even the man behind the bar was the same Irishman. I had expected … Continue reading Continue reading

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Short, vulgar, accurate

This “picture”:http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w89/pickledpizza/facebook2.jpg — from B3ta and jwz — is more or less the whole of the facebook experience, except for scrabble and a horrible webmail interface. Be warned. It uses crude language. Continue reading

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Mary Midgley update

She had been due to speak today at “a discussion of Intelligent Design”:http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/mary-midgley-to-debate-id-in-the-uk-october-3rd-kings-college-london/ in London; she is ill and won’t make it. That’s a shame. I would in any case have missed it, since I have to go to a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Enoch Powell considered as a Christian

One of the things about having used computers for a long time is that your records go back a long way In particular, because I have been using Ecco, on and off, for nearly fifteen years now, I have some … Continue reading Continue reading

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In which I pose on a stack of amps

But you’ll have to click “This link”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/rgcom.png.html to see it. A curious piece of domain name squatting. I have linked to a copy of the original page, so as not to reward the bastards with clicks. How did my name … Continue reading Continue reading

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