Assorted Topics: 31 May 2010

Books: while in Chicago I made the mistake of stopping at Borders. I finished reading the book Idiot America by Charles Pierce ; his premise is that America has gone from being a “crank friendly” country to elevating cranks into the mainstream. He has three premises of Idiot America:
1. Someone’s expertise is determined by how popular they are (e. g., Michael Behe (and Intelligent Design crank) is considered on a par with the top biologists because his books have sold relatively well)
2. Anything is true if said loudly or passionately enough and
3. Something is considered true (or at least a valid alternative to be seriously considered) if enough people believe it.

Note: though many of my friends (and ok, me too) think of the right wing, this sometimes holds true among those considered left-wing (think of the bogus claim that there is a link between vaccines and autism). One might think of some of the absurd left wing academic claim (e. g., Newton’s calculus book may well be called “Newton’s Rape Manual“) but given the lack of popular support, this is basic crack-pot stuff; the stuff of cranks.

I am also half way though Mano Singham’s book God Vs. Darwin; Singham is a physics professor who has had experience in science education. He outlines the many cases in which religious groups have sought to retard the teaching of evolution in public schools or at least water it down. He proceeds with the assumption that evolution is an established fact (my favorite books on this are Jerry Coyne’s, Richard Dawkins’ and Doug Futuyma’s). I’ll report more when I am finished; this is a small book broken into easy to digest chapters (perfect bedtime reading) and is really focused on the battle to keep evolution out of the classroom.

For a pre-ID history of creationism, I recommend the book by Ronald Numbers. .

For a blow-by-blow refutation of creationism nonsense, I recommend this older book (1983) which was complied by Lauri Godfrey.

For an interesting history on evolution (e. g., how evolutionary theory evolved from Darwin’s day), I recommend this Barns and Noble Portable Professor Series CD set by Chandak Sengoopta.

For an enjoyable, easy to read but not insulting book on evolution which focuses on the connection between fish and humans, read Neil Shubin’s book. Note: it contains a section on a transitional form called the tiktaalik: it was a form between fish and tetrapods (e. g., it had a neck).

Speaking of evolution: Jerry Coyne discusses human cognition (e. g., the ability to think abstractly) here; the questions are along the lines of “is this trait the consequence of some natural selection” when, in fact, they would have produced little reproductive advantage, say, 50,000 years ago?

But Wallace’s question remains a good one, and is posed anew by Steven Pinker in a nice paper in a recent online issue of PNAS:

. . . why do humans have the ability to pursue abstract intellectual feats such as science, mathematics, philosophy, and law, given that opportunities to exercise these talents did not exist in the foraging lifestyle in which humans evolved and would not have parlayed themselves into advantages in survival and reproduction even if they did?

Pinker proposes an answer—that these feats are byproducts of selection for early humans to inhabit a “cognitive niche.” This answer may well be right, but at the very least will make you think. (You can find more discussion of the cognitive niche idea in chapter 3 of Pinker’s How the Mind Works and chapters 5 and 9 of The Stuff of Thought.)

What Pinker sees as the “cognitive niche” (a term invented by John Tooby and Irv DeVore) is a lifestyle of using both thought and social cooperation to manipulate the environment. […]

I think Pinker’s theory is right—at least, it makes a lot more sense than other theories of human evolution. But, as always, there’s a big difference between thinking a theory is right and showing it’s right. Ironically, in the case of human evolution, we are prevented by our evolved morality from using our evolved skills to test theories about our evolved cognition.

He goes on to discuss the ethics of trying to test out this conjecture.

Social Criticism Miranda Celeste Hale isn’t impressed with trying to make the mundane profound:

I don’t throw the word “loathe” around lightly. But I loathe all things Sex and the City. Perhaps that’s because there are few things I find more boring or unpleasant than shopping, an activity that the show’s characters seem to find endlessly thrilling and fulfilling. Or perhaps it’s because, as exemplified by Carrie’s columns and silly voice-overs, the show attempts to turn banal, shallow, and utterly conventional activities into deep and profound “lessons” about the true meaning of being a woman in today’s society, implying that the characters are somehow defying the expectations of what a woman “should” be and are thus helping to make the world a more progressive and female-friendly place.

That is part of modern society, isn’t it?

SLAPP Lawsuits This sometimes happens: a company (or some powerful entity) screws someone over. The person complains via the internet (don’t use company X: they screwed me). The company files a lawsuit against this person, attempting to get them to take down their page, tweet or whatever. One of my favorite bloggers is an attorney who sides with the “little guy” in these cases; he is quoted in this New York Times article:

They consider the lawsuit an example of the latest incarnation of a decades-old legal maneuver known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or Slapp.

The label has traditionally referred to meritless defamation suits filed by businesses or government officials against citizens who speak out against them. The plaintiffs are not necessarily expecting to succeed — most do not — but rather to intimidate critics who are inclined to back down when confronted with the prospect of a long, expensive court battle.
Many states have anti-Slapp laws, and Congress is considering legislation to make it harder to file a Slapp. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, and Charles Gonzalez, Democrat of Texas, would create a federal anti-Slapp law, modeled largely on California’s statute.

Because state laws vary in scope, many suits are still filed every year, according to legal experts. Now, with people musing publicly online and businesses feeling defenseless against these critics, the debate over Slapps is shifting to the Web.

“We are beyond the low-tech era of people getting Slapped because of letters they wrote to politicians or testimony they gave at a city council meeting,” said George W. Pring, a University of Denver law professor who co-wrote the 1996 book, “Slapps: Getting Sued For Speaking Out.”

Marc Randazza, a first amendment lawyer who has defended clients against Slapps stemming from online comments, said he helped one client avoid a lawsuit last year after the client, Thomas Alascio, posted negative remarks about a Florida car dealership on his Twitter account.

“There is not a worse dealership on the planet,” read one tweet, which also named the dealership.

The dealership threatened to sue Mr. Alascio if he did not remove the tweets. Mr. Randazza responded in a letter that while Mr. Alascio admitted the dealership might not be the worst in the world, his comments constituted protected speech because they were his opinion.

Note that Mr. Randazza is passionate enough about this area to actually oppose a politician (Rep. Grayson, D-FL) whose views he agrees with because Rep. Grayson went after a political critic who wasn’t following established campaign finance rules. I see this as purity trolling (it isn’t a fair political fight if only Democrats have to follow the rules) but what the heck. 🙂

The Silly
I love the quote between 1:15-1:20, that says that religious fanatics hate other religions more than they hate anything else.

Note to Mormons: this is “poe”; of course some of the criticism leveled at you in this video is supposed to be patently absurd. If you want real criticism here it is:


(serious point: if you think that you have the right to go around and attempt to proselytize, then others do too)

The funny This is just a short blub about what your e-mail address says about you. 🙂 Note: I once had my own domain, but it kept getting stuck in other people’s “spam” folders so I abandoned it.

The bizarre:
This sounds like an “Onion” parody, but evidently isn’t:

Justin Davis noticed his friend Jarrod Wyatt acting strangely earlier in the day after drinking some wild mushroom tea. Davis left the Requa, California home, then returned early in the morning to pick up his dog. He instead found a grisly sight…

Wyatt, described as a 26-year-old cage fighter, was standing in the living room naked and bloodied with the brutalized body of his friend, Taylor Powell. Wyatt told Davis he was going to cut out Powell’s heart.

Davis left to find a pay phone and call police. When deputies arrived, they found Wyatt on the couch with Powell’s body. Most of his face had been removed. An eyeball was laying in the middle of the living room. There was a large cut in his chest, which Wyatt used to remove some of Powell’s organs, including his heart. He told deputies that he had thrown the heart into a fire.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, blogs, books, civil liberties, creationism, evolution, humor, nature, political humor, politics, politics/social, quackery, ranting, science, social/political, superstition | Leave a comment

31 May 2010 (noon)


No, this guy is NOT isolated. No, I don’t welcome people like this; he is ignorant and morally repulsive.

What is more puzzling is why people are so reluctant to denounce bigotry that stems from religion, especially if it comes from a religion that they feel is being picked on:

Nicholas Kristof seems like a decent enough fellow, with a concern for humanitarian causes. He’s also something of a simpering apologist for religion — anything with a whiff of godlessness seems to put him on edge and start him whining about intolerant, obnoxious atheists.

He is definitely not the right person to have review Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book. He might be able to sympathize with the human rights issues she confronts, but at the same time he’s got a kind of willful blindness to the contributions religion makes to human misery, and is guaranteed to belittle the problem of Islam.

If you haven’t read Ali’s previous book, Infidel(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), get cracking; you’ve got to catch up. It was a harrowing description of the life of a Muslim girl in a poor country who managed to escape both poverty and her misogynistic faith. Her new book is Nomad(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), about her move to America. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on the list.

Kristof’s review is aggravating, though, because it is so thick with — and here I’ll use a word often applied to atheists — condescension. He is a privileged white American male criticizing a black African woman…and he is completely incapable of appreciating her opposition to Islam.

Even now, she needs bodyguards.

That’s partly because she is by nature a provocateur, the type of person who rolls out verbal hand grenades by reflex

In all honesty, I think that Kristof is trying to point out that the sort of Islam that Ms. Ali experiences isn’t the type that most experience:

She is at her best when she is telling her powerful story. And she is at her worst when she is using her experience to excoriate a variegated faith that has more than one billion adherents. Her analysis seems accurate in its descriptions of Somalis, Saudis, Yemenis and Afghans, but not in her discussion, say, of Indonesian Muslims — who are more numerous than those other four nationalities put together.

To those of us who have lived and traveled widely in Africa and Asia, descriptions of Islam often seem true but incomplete. The repression of women, the persecution complexes, the lack of democracy, the volatility, the anti-Semitism, the difficulties modernizing, the disproportionate role in terrorism — those are all real. But if those were the only faces of Islam, it wouldn’t be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world today. There is also the warm hospitality toward guests, including Christians and Jews; charity for the poor; the aesthetic beauty of Koranic Arabic; the sense of democratic unity as rich and poor pray shoulder to shoulder in the mosque. Glib summaries don’t work any better for Islam than they do for Christianity or ­Judaism.

Of course, I find it nauseating that Mr. Kristof seems more concerned about her being strident in her denunciations than in the horrors that she is denouncing.

I think that this applies:

To the Editor:

Nicholas D. Kristof is one of many commentators to find the tone of the newly resurgent atheism “obnoxious” or “mean.”

Ubiquitous as they are, such epithets are not borne out by an objective reading of the works he cites: Sam Harris’s “Letter to a Christian Nation,” my own “God Delusion” and (I had not been aware of this splendid Web site; thank you, Mr. Kristof).

I have scanned all three atheist sources carefully for polemic, and my honest judgment is that they are gentle by the standards of normal political commentary, say, or the standards of theater and arts critics.

Mr. Kristof has simply become acclimatized to the convention that you can criticize anything else but you mustn’t criticize religion. Ears calibrated to this norm will hear gentle criticism of religion as intemperate, and robust criticism as obnoxious. Without wishing to offend, I want “The God Delusion” to raise our consciousness of this weird double standard.

How did religion acquire its extraordinary immunity against normal levels of criticism?

Richard Dawkins
Oxford, England, Dec. 4, 2006

Islam, as practiced by many who still follow the faith as written, IS an intolerant, morally repulsive religion. Of course, moderate Muslims who abide by the laws in a free, secular society are welcome. Those who issue death threats (and attempts) for religious “crimes” are not.

Yes, there are Christians who act this way as well, but they tend to be moderated by the societies in which they live, and I know of no state sanctioned/endorsed Christian group that enforces the death penalty for religious crimes. Yes, there are the domestic terrorists that bomb abortion clinics, but mainstream Christians denounce them and they are brought to justice by the government.

I see it more or less this way:

The educated Christian moderates keep the pin in the grenade and won’t let the rabid fundies pull it.
Atheists in the larger society are harmless; where atheism becomes harmful is when it is enforced by a state that requires unquestioned obedience and loyalty (e. g., Pol Pot’s regime); that to me is “statism”.

Rejection of the supernatural does not inoculate one against being evil and unreasonable.

Social/Political/Economic Robert Reich: explains why the President should BP under a temporary receivership. In a nutshell: the President doesn’t have the legal authority, at this time, to tell BP what to do or to keep the public fully informed.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | civil liberties, environment, politics, politics/social, religion | 3 Comments

31 May 2010: Memorial Day Race

Workout notes Yesterday: Wildlife Prairie Park Floodplain Trail; untimed. I head a large bullfrog. It got hot toward the end. (so: 4 miles of easy walking). Here is the course; it was much greener yesterday.

Today: 4 mile Peoria Chief’s walk in 43:06; it was hot and sticky though we missed the thunderstorm. 10:35; then my shins just killed me (not enough warm up nor speed work). 12:03; then 10:55 and then 9:30. That last mile, though accurately measured, was a bit of a sham. It was a shuffle/ugly power walk; Barbara said that I looked like I was running. But it was painless; right now it is about conditioning and not causing pain.

After the operation I’ll have a ton of technique work to do. In the mean time I can do leg weights and toe raises by the hundreds. 🙂

Barbara did the one mile walk and Tracy did the 4 mile run and won an age group award.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | racewalking, time trial/ race, training, walking | 2 Comments

31 May 2010 (am)

Not much going on right now; if the thunderstorms hold off we’ll do a local race (Barbara: 1 mile, Tracy and me: 4 miles). I’ll walk; we’ll see how fast. I’d like to walk in the 41 minute range but it is warm outside.

Injury: shoulder not 100 percent; this week I’ll return to oh-so-slight swimming and rotator cuff exercises; maybe more.

Basketball: the President is not right about everything.

Now Obama expects the Lakers to beat the Boston Celtics, assuming they meet in the upcoming NBA Finals.

“Boston surprised me,” Obama said in a TNT interview with Marv Albert. “They gelled in the playoffs in a way that they hadn’t all through the season. (Rajon) Rondo’s become one of the best point guards in the league in no time. I mean, when he gets a real jump shot, he’s going to be unstoppable.

“But I’ve got to go with the Lakers again. I think (Pau) Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He’s different from Dwight Howard, but he’s (got) unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy. He’s playing magnificently. Kobe (Bryant) is the fiercest competitor in the league, and they’ve got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so they’re going to be formidable, and I think it’ll be a tough series.

“Boston’s a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good.”

World events: not pleasant photos, but they show some of the environmental damage from the BP oil spill. Here are two; surf there to see the whole set (upper one is from the Coast Guard):

May 31, 2010 Posted by | basketball, environment, injury, nature, world events | Leave a comment

Climate Change and the Science: Experts, please.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | environment, quackery, science | Leave a comment

29 May 2010 (pm)



Yes, two new species of frogs have been discovered in India and in Madagascar. Here is the Indian frog:

The Madagascar frog (surf to the link) lays its eggs on a litter of fallen leaves.

Science vacation (and a Sean Carrol lecture): I’ll have to pay this Kansas City private science museum a visit!

Quantum Mechanics here is a dog and steak example: how can one tell if a quantum puppy is sleeping or awake? Do an experiment with a quantum steak! Note: the answer is probabilistic.

Jeffrey Shallit: on information theory and evolution. Short version: ID types are wrong and don’t understand why they are wrong. 🙂

Jerry Coyne again: why depression probably isn’t an evolutionary adaptation (though some articles claim that it is). Yes, there might be an advantage but evolutionary adaptations have to enhance the probability of reproductive success. He goes though in more detail.

Surf to Conservation Report for cool photos of a sombrero galaxy.

I think that someone is being disrespectful to the Flying Spaghetti Monster:

Jerry Coyne: relays a funny quote here:

I have this note from Anthony Grayling, which I post with his permission.

There is an op-ed in today’s New York Times by no less a personage than the Dalai Lama, headlined “Many Faiths, One Truth.” He is of course right: there are many faiths, and there is one truth: viz. that all the faiths are bunkum. […]

An equally bad thing about the Dalai Lama’s article is that he calls Buddhism a religion‚ and indeed in the superstitious demon-ridden polytheistic Tibetan version of it that he leads, that is what it is. But original Buddhism is a philosophy, without gods or supernatural beings—all such explicitly rejected by Siddhartha Gautama in offering a quietist ethical teaching; but he has of course been subjected to the Brian’s Sandal phenomenon in the usual stupid way of time and the masses.

Mano Singham on miracles and rejecting them:

Duffin’s dependence on the familiar claim that belief in god and non-belief in god are on an equal footing since “neither God, nor the elusive and as-yet-unknown natural explanations, which my medical colleagues are convinced must exist, can be falsified”, runs into problems because the symmetry is not exact for two reasons. The first is that treating existence claims (‘god exists’) and universal claims (‘god does not exist’) on an equal footing is unjustifiable in terms of logic. Existence claims cannot be disproven but only proven and require evidence in support of them, while universal claims cannot be proven, only disproven, and thus require evidence against. When applied to this particular case, both require the production of evidence that god exists. In the absence of such evidence, treating the claims of miracles with skepticism, far from being unscientific, is perfectly rational.

The second is that claims for the existence of an actual entity (in this case god) are qualitatively different from the claims that an explanation exists. The former is tangible while the latter is not. It is the difference between the claim that an electron exists and the claim that a theory of electron behavior exists.

But there is one interesting point yet to be addressed and that is how one evaluates claims of uniqueness, as suggested by the Vatican’s chief medical expert when he said that, “the miracle is in the particular, in the exceptional; statistics cannot prove or disprove that singular cause-and-effect relationship.”

Next and final post in this series: Uniqueness and the problem of induction

That post is here.

Robert Reich: politicians are drawn to Wall Street money even if it makes them unpopular with the public. He also wonders if it is time for some righteous indignation on the part of the President.

Billy Dennis: wonders if the right wingers might be acting a tad bit hypocritical in their indignation on the Sestak “incident” and recounts a similar one involving Ronald Reagan.

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Scifri Videos: Rumble In The Jungle

Science, technology, environment and health news and discussion from the makers of the NPR public radio program Science Friday with host Ira Flatow.

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Jerry Coyne has more here: he thinks that this will be some sort of mating call (a ‘froggy flirt”) and goes on to talk about scientific papers and how to “sell” your work to the journal.

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Ready For the NBA Finals

In case you are wondering how a 50-32 team goes 4-1, 4-2 (against a 61 win team) and 4-2 (against a 59 win team): how about a great coaching job?

With a month left in the regular season, Doc Rivers gathered Paul Pierce(notes), Kevin Garnett(notes) and Ray Allen(notes) in his office to tell them how they would be champions again. They were so far away, so uncertain the possibility remained plausible. The longer the season had gone with worn legs, beat-up bodies and bad losses, the clearer the truth had become for Rivers. They would stop angling for playoff seeding and home court, stop treating the regular season with urgency.

Doc Rivers has guided the Celtics to the NBA Finals in two of the past three seasons.
(NBAE/ Getty Images)

“Listen, we’re going to practice harder, you’re going to play less and there’s going to be a minute restriction,” Rivers told them. Garnett’s and Pierce’s faces grew long, and Rivers punctuated his declaration with the obvious: “And I know you’re not going to like this, but the only way you’re going to win is healthy.”
“I thought it was the right plan, but it didn’t look right because we were losing,” Rivers said. “But guys were resting and conditioning, and I thought that was the only chance we had.”

So, Rivers would watch Garnett seethe on the bench and wonder whether they would ever get through this and into the clear. “Kevin doesn’t have a shut-down button,” Rivers said. They took him out of games, lost leads and Garnett would deliver that icy glare that demanded Rivers return him to the floor. It felt like the season was slipping away in March and April, but it turned out that it was just getting started.

As Garnett and Pierce glared into space, Rivers would hear his assistant Tom Thibodeau and trainer Ed Lacerte bark out the minutes they had played, and Rivers refused to let his thirtysomething stars exhaust their prescribed limits. As a former player with a winning pedigree, Rivers combines the best of X’s-and-O’s acumen with a true understanding of the player’s plight. He’s publicly supportive and privately harsh. He never gets personal with his criticism and never embarrasses them. He treats them with respect, but never reverence.

I remember the Bird-McHale-Parish-Johnson (DJ)-Ainge days where Boston would get the best record only to be exhausted come play-off time. Not this time.

As a tribute to coach Doc Rivers:

(Yes, Rivers played for the Hawks)

May 29, 2010 Posted by | basketball, NBA | Leave a comment

First walk back

12 miles; last 10 in 2:17:41 (1:09/1:08) I had 2 on gravel on the new part of the E. Peoria trail first.

Note: this was very different in Chicago; most people at least attempted a greeting here whereas you were left alone in Chicago. The only two exceptions: a lady in a Texas Longhorn hat and a woman in a tight white spandex skort (who wanted the time).

Also, most people here were out of shape bike riders, (some stopped to smoke!) though a few weren’t. But then, the Chicago crowd was the “do it every day” crowd versus the “once in a while on the weekend” group.

Note: the shady parts of the trail were NICE. 🙂

Injury: it hurt just a tiny bit during and some afterward.

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Back in Town From Chicago

We got back in town after spending a few days in Chicago.
Workout notes Three 5-mile walks along the Lakeshore Path. I’ll post a few photos below.
Injury notes The knee (behind the knee) got sore from too much standing around. The shoulder is feeling better with rest.
NBA notes Celtics win 4-2! Tough series; the Magic didn’t fold while down 3-0.

Trip notes (photos to follow)

We took the Lincoln Service Amtrak from Bloomington-Normal to Union Station.
The good: no driving! No Parking! (expensive in Chicago; 30-40 dollars per day!)
The bad: you can be next to a noisy cell phone user. Also, you have to learn to use the transportation or take taxis everywhere that isn’t within walking distance.

Where we stayed: Affinia Inn, on Superior Street (Near Michigan Ave. )

Day One: arrived around lunch time, shopped at the Water Tower Place, took the Architecture tour by boat.

Did some serious damage at the Borders bookstore.

Day Two 5 mile walk on the Lake Shore, (north),

Saw the Field Museum, took in a play: Billy Elliot at the Ford Center for the Performing arts.
The Field Museum: The had the mammoth exhibit; I also spent well over an hour at the “evolution of the earth” display.

Billy Elliot: we saw this by accident. We were confused on which day our tickets were for the play at the Goodman Theater were for. So we walked past the Ford Center and I noticed that Billy Elliot was going to start; someone had extra tickets and sold them to us for 25 dollars apiece. So we lucked out. 🙂

This was about a boy from a coal mining town in England during the big coal miner strike in 1984-1985 (Margaret Thatcher versus the Union).

Yes, Elton John did the music. 🙂

Day Three 5 mile walk, this time going south to the Field Museum/Shed Aquarium. Then we went to the Shed Aquarium for a while. Then we went to the Goodman Theater for the play The Good Negro.

Shed Aquarium The good: excellent exhibits (I liked the frogs, bigger fish and the underwater views). The bad: waiting to go in, and the Fantasia show was lame; the poor penguins looked scared to death and used the bathroom on the floor. The mixed: this was the “free kids day” so every public school kid from Chicago was there (ok, a mild exaggeration). But if kids bother you, don’t go on this day or wear earplugs.
The play: I enjoyed it, but in the first act, some elderly person’s hearing aide whined loudly. 🙂

Day Four 5 mile walk, then went to Hancock, then shopped. I loved the view from the top! (1000 feet up). Then we returned; long line to get on the train but they got us on quickly.

Hancock from the Lakeshore path.

Barbara Looking North from Hancock

Old Water Tower from the Hancock

Looking North from the Hancock; you can see Lakeshore drive and the Lake shore path where I walked.

Big Shoulders Course from the Hancock
The train trip home was fine, though the sorority girl behind us jabbered on and on and on and on and on…on her cell phone.

More photos here.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | family, Illinois, injury, trains, travel, walking | Leave a comment