Archive for June 9th, 2006

Does failure come from “fear or laziness”?

| June 9, 2006 | 14 Replies
Does failure come from “fear or laziness”?

The puzzle goes like this: young student actor Wiley Wiggins, star of the trippy, philosophical film Waking Life, walks into a bar. There he finds University of Texas Professor of Philosophy Louis Mackey, who muses on two kinds of human suffering: those that suffer from an “overabundance of life”, like Professor Mackey himself, and those […]

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NASA cancels/delays global warming projects

| June 9, 2006 | 3 Replies
NASA cancels/delays global warming projects

Today, the Boston Globe reported that NASA is “canceling or delaying a number of satellites designed to give scientists critical information on the earth’s changing climate and environment.”  The paper further reports that The space agency has shelved a $200 million satellite mission headed by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor that was designed to […]

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Creationism vs Logic: Gaming the gaps in the fossil record

| June 9, 2006 | 6 Replies
Creationism vs Logic: Gaming the gaps in the fossil record

The discussion this week about cognitive dissonance has gotten me thinking about creationism, a religious “theory” that virtually screams with cognitive dissonance.  Let’s look at how creationists game the gaps in the fossil record.  Let’s imagine we start with two fossils — we’ll call them A and Z to illustrate that they are widely separated […]

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