Monthly Archives: May 2011

For Geoff, before his Stats Final

Happy Now?

Happy Now?

Thanks to icanhascheezburger.com.

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Garry Winograd, Jerome Liebling, Man Ray, Paul Strand

Some inspirations I’ve found in Yale University’s newly released “Open Access” collective catalog.

Search the collection here: http://discover.odai.yale.edu/ydc/

Browse from here using an nice, simple interface.

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The Creationist’s Mistake

“I’m not a believer, but I’m friendly to religion, partly because it goes with being human—it’s an odd kind of humanism which is hostile to something which is so quintessentially human as religion.” That said, “I’m very opposed to investing science with the needs and requirements of religion. I’m equally opposed to the tendency within religion, which exists in things like creationism and intelligent design, to turn religion into a kind of pseudo-science. If you go back to St. Augustine or before, to the Jewish scholars who talk about these issues, they never regard the Genesis story as a theory. Augustine says explicitly that it should not be interpreted explicitly, that it’s a way of accessing truths which can’t really be formulated by the human mind in any rational way. It’s a way of accessing mysterious features which will remain mysterious. So it was always seen right up to the rise of modern science—as a myth, not a theory. What these creationists are doing is retreating, they’re accepting the view of religion promoted by scientific enemies of religion, and saying, no, we have got science and it’s better than your science. Complete error.”

A review of John Gray’s book The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death from the Daily Beast, Book Beast column,Human Quest For Immortality: John Gray on New Book, The Immortalization Commission.

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Wondrous!

Space Shuttle Endeavour lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Monday May 16, 2011 as seen from an aircraft window.

From: Stefanie Gordon, http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

Via: Boing Boing, http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/16/space-shuttle-endeav-6.html

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APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn’t human? Then you might be the Opportunity rover currently exploring Mars.

For more, see APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot.

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99¢ DREAMS

I’m not dancing or jubilating… we’re not children and this isn’t a fairy tale.

99¢ DREAMS

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