August 28th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Thursday

John Gillette at the Bettendorf Public Library cites Mainspring as an examplar of steampunk — In the same breath as The Difference Engine, even.

io9 accuses me of Intelligent Design — Not inaccurately, as it happens. Some nice analysis of me and Karl Schroeder over there.

3D Logic — Tetris meets Rubik’s Cube. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

More on vaccination protestors — Sorry, but your wilful misunderstanding of medical science does not trump my child’s health and safety. (Thanks to lt260.)

Cancer Test for Women Raises Hope, and Concern — Interesting article about the ethics of cancer testing. As a cancer patient, I was (and am) extremely interested in all possible data, even that with variable degrees-of-confidence. (Thanks to lt260.)

So, Yankee Stadium Takes This No Moving During “God Bless America”-Thing Rather Seriously — Right, because patriotism is about a song. Instead of, say, not starting pointless foreign wars which kills thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of other human beings. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Time in saddle: 25 minutes (switched back to non-load-bearing exercise)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.0
Currently reading: The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

Originally published at You can comment here or there.


[religion] Intelligent Design

I’ve managed to get myself into an argument with an Intelligent Design troll over on Yes, I really do know better. But there’s a really important point about Intelligent Design that most people seem to miss.

The concept of “irreducible complexity” lies at the heart of Intelligent Design’s attempted argument. Irreducible complexity essentially says that “since I can’t imagine how such a thing came about through natural processes, God must have done it.”

The statement is ridiculous for two reasons. First, it reflects the poverty of imagination of ID proponents far more than it reflects any realities of the complexity of the observable universe.

Second, it doesn’t address anything at all about that complexity, it just abstracts complexity from the observable universe to the unobservable deity. That solves nothing.

Which is why arguing with Intelligent Design trolls is deeply pointless. They proceed from unconsciously false premises, and are not subject to reasonable discourse in the first place.

Originally published at You can comment here or there.