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Weekend Links

Not the most topical links, but pret-ty, pret-ty good ones anyway.

  • Larry David - The Roving Thoughts of a Liberal Insomniac

    I like how if you criticize the war you don't support the troops. You're the ones sending them over to die, so how is it I don't support them? If the army was made up of child molesters, then I'd support them. If we went to an all child molester army, I would be their biggest supporter.

  • You know, David Barton has a reputation for inventing quotes, but this is ridiculous
    Conservatives' favorite past-ologist gets it right. Just kidding.

  • The Apostles' Creed (youtube).
    Turns out about 95% of my catholic acquaintances and friends are actually Anglicans.

  • The Myth That Will Not Go Away

    Part of the process of becoming a mathematics writer is, it appears, learning that you cannot refer to the golden ratio without following the first mention by a phrase that goes something like "which the ancient Greeks and others believed to have divine and mystical properties." Almost as compulsive is the urge to add a second factoid along the lines of "Leonardo Da Vinci believed that the human form displays the golden ratio."

    There is not a shred of evidence to back up either claim, and every reason to assume they are both false.

    I'd always been suspicious of this "golden ratio" number, the article makes some stuff clear (like the seashell and Da Vinci myths). I forgot that I actually had bought that book by Mario Livio years ago. I guess it's about time to read it.

  • Eat, Pray, Spend

    Eat, Pray, Love detailed Gilbert's decision to leave an unsatisfying marriage and embark on an international safari of self-actualization. (Publisher Viking subsidized the "unscripted" yearlong vacation.) Gilbert ate exotic food, meditated in exotic places, and had exotic romantic interludes; both culture clashes and enlightenment ensued, as did Gilbert's ham-fistedly paternalistic attempt to buy an impoverished Indonesian woman a house. The book could easily have been called Wealthy, Whiny, White.

    I found this one lying on my bookmarks, I think I'd meant to share it before but forgot about it. Priv-lit, I like that term.

  • Two Cheers for String Theory
    Carroll is a supporter of string theory, but he explains it from the point of view of a non-string theorist.



Andyo, Thank you for the link to Sean Carroll's post about 'String Theory'. The comments that follow are informative and interesting.

Yeah, usually with the (good) science blogs the comments can be as informative as the blog post itself. Peter Woit is one of the most prominent string theory detractors, he's the author of "Not Even Wrong", I think one of the more popular books critical to string theory, that came after hoopla raised by Brian Greene's books and PBS docu.

The particle accelerators are on the cutting edge of science these days. Exciting and interesting!


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