Saturday, July 30, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
If you're a mathematics layperson, as I am, you'll need to wind your way through the trade talk. The following quote gave me a good introduction to the article:
Now, let me turn to the Edge 162 of June 8, 2005 headed by a synopsis of the story Rebecca Goldstein is telling:
"Gödel mistrusted our ability to communicate. Natural language, he thought, was imprecise, and we usually don't understand each other. Gödel wanted to prove a mathematical theorem that would have all the precision of mathematics — the only language with any claims to precision — but with the sweep of philosophy. He wanted a mathematical theorem that would speak to the issues of meta-mathematics. And two extraordinary things happened. One is that he actually did produce such a theorem. The other is that it was interpreted by the jazzier parts of the intellectual culture as saying philosophically exactly the opposite of what he had been intending to say with it."
This may sound interesting, but, disregarding history and context, it is misleading a potentially receptive audience. Ms Goldstein's claim to knowledge of Gödel's personal motivations is presumptuous.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
For more than 40 years, comparing an administration'senemies to Hitler has been a reliable way to convince apliant media and unquestioning public to go to war. [the article]
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Is your world getting noisier? Pealing cell phones, blaring personal stereos, constant chatter -- sometimes it can be difficult to endure the relentless drone of modern life. But beneath the racket, there's still a creative and natural soundscape all around you -- the music of nature, the laughter of friends and neighbors, even the sound of your own inner voice. Perhaps listening to what really matters will soothe your soul. -- Utne magazine, July/August 2005
Judges are apt to be naif, simple-minded men, and they need something of Mephistopheles. We too need education in the obvious—to learn to transcend our own convictions and to leave room for much that we hold dear to be done away with short of revolution by the orderly change of law.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Want to read Jo March's "The Curse of the Coventrys" or Eccentrica Gallumbits' "The Big Bang Theory, A Personal View"? Sorry, you can't. They're fictional. Not books of fiction, but fictional books. These and all the other books listed in The Invisible Library are imaginary titles dreamed up by authors and referenced in actual works of fiction. Librarian Brian Quinette, with help from friends also obsessed with fictional fiction, has carefully cataloged hundreds of non-existent titles. Browse the names of real authors and titles to find the pseudo versions. From the "books" written by Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's novels, to the "Misery" series created by the fictional hero of Stephen King's "Misery," to the mysterious "Necronomicon" by H.P. Lovecraft's Abdul Alhazred, this library boasts lists of potentially rich reading material -- if only they existed. (in Arts & Humanities > Literature)
Sunday, July 24, 2005
The Palace, palace goto.infinitechurch.com : 9998
have not attended yet
Trinity Church, Manhattan, NY
they also have some nice Vespers services and other concerts archived
have not attended yet
Norwich Tabernacle, Norwich, CT
Sundays, 10am, 6pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm
7/24: has good messages about living with Jesus, but overly concerned with getting "poisoned" by differing opinions
First Unitarian Society, Madison, WI
Sundays, 9am & 11am (Central)
have not attended yet
Renaissance Unity, Warren, MI
Sundays, 9am & 11am (Eastern)
11/6: looks like one of those megachurches, but it's not Fundamentalist, Billy Graham stuff. It's somewhere between the earthy/humanist Unitarian services and Episcopal services. The person who did the sermon today was GREAT.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
from SciTech Daily:
graphical design vs. subject expertise
Borderline Personality Disorder is a very depressing topic, but it does help to understand what is known and not known about it [more] [on Wikipedia][Dialectical Behavior Therapy]
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The article makes me want to seek out more info on "history of American Christianity". This particular article does not delve into topics such as evolution to Quakers or Mormons. Perhaps there's a "family tree" of the growth of American types of Christianity?
While looking around for another text on this subject, I found this library search utility. Cool.
Update 7/20: Wikipedia's History of Christianity article
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Prayer's Power to Heal Strangers Is Examined (The Washington Post) By Rob Stein, Page A08, July 15, 2005
Praying for sick strangers does not improve their prospects of recovering, according to a large, carefully designed study that casts doubt on the......
Thursday, July 14, 2005
By Frank Klein, Baltimore City Paper
Time and time again, photographer Frank Klein saw the Oxendine family getting drunk, fighting, and screaming outside their rowhouse in Southwest Baltimore, a neighborhood plagued by drugs and alcohol. He began documenting their tumultuous lives with his camera, and over the course of a year, got to know the family. Klein enlisted the frank voice of one family member to give captions to his bleak and touching photos. -- Archie Ingersoll [the story]
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
One thing we discussed was, "why do you suppose people write such candid things in their blogs?" For instance, people will write about their work and get fired for saying inflammatory or trade secret types of things.
My thoughts ranged in a couple of directions:
1. online journaling has gotten SO popular. Perhaps people don't really realize who is reading their information. I bet that, when secured blogs become more prevalent, more people will move in that direction (have secret blogs)
2. vanity. There's something satisfying about seeing your words in print.
3. devil-may-care beligerance. The attitude that one doesn't give a --it who sees their stuff.
My reason for blogging has generally been to save up those articles that I want to get around to reading. Instead of having gobs of printouts of articles that will get lost in the mountains of paper floating around my house, I have them archived here, where I'll be able to find them more readily later.
That, and the fact that I used to send so many articles to my "peeps" that I'm sure they were getting quite annoyed with me. Now they don't get so many; only if they sign up here.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
How would universal democracy usher in a better future for all the world's people?
7/12 update: I really did read it at the time I posted it. I'm not sure I can buy-in to what she's saying. I'm wondering if she's getting some inspiration from the same place our forefathers did. I suspect yes. I don't think she's an indepth philospher, though. More like a pop-philosopher.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Theologian Don Richter notes that the practice involved in sports can be just as fruitful in teaching moral values as attending church services. [the story]
Now I can feel less guilty about missing church!
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
“If men were rational in their conduct,” wrote Bertrand Russell, “intelligence would be enough to make the world almost a paradise.” It might, of course, make the world a hell... more»
7/7 update: extremely wordy, and high in the use of vocabulary words. I will have to read and re-read to get a better picture of what he's talking about. One thought that was interesting, though: we can't expect that technology will enable us to be nicer people; that would suggest that we were nice in the first place.