Monthly Archives: January 2011

A modest proposal about uncertainty

Joan Roughgarden in Beyond Belief made a very astute observation of a problem, and then proposed a lousy solution to it. The problem she was addressing had to do with the public perception of evolution as something quite uncertain scientifically … Continue reading

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The Economics of Religion: More good than harm?

There are some that argue that religion should be eliminated because of all of the harm it does, such as the suicide bombings, honor killings, the Inquisition, etc… This includes the “New Atheists”, like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Others … Continue reading

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Rounds in Australian Open

In a previous post, I included predictions for Round 1 of the Australian Open. I am posting the next Rounds’ predictions here. Round 2 Upper Lower Round 3 – Given Jan 20, 2011 Upper Lower

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Predictions for the Australian Open

I am not really into sports, but a student of mine is doing a project on developing an automated system for predicting professional tennis matches. We are posting his system’s predictions for the Australian Open. I’ll post more, before each … Continue reading

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Religion, Science, and Humility

I’ve been listening to the “Beyond Belief” workshop, where many very bright people discuss the role of science and religion in society.  I need to go back and re-listen to some of them, but I was struck by the attached … Continue reading

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Francis Collins, Science and Religion: How Religion Halts Science

In reading Francis Collins‘ book, “The Language of God“, I was struck by the way in which the religious claims enter into the scientific discussion.  There were three main arguments that he used: The parameters of the universe (e.g. speed … Continue reading

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