Tuesday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Race advice which is transferable to other avenues of life.
  2. Except, due to cholesterol, my dietitian informs me cheese is not a food … it’s a garnish.
  3. Iran slumping?
  4. Crime pays?
  5. Water and Spirit.
  6. Verse.
  7. Violation of law.
  8. In five short (long?) months … ta-daaa.
  9. On that scientific authority thing.
  10. Getting parenting very very wrong.
  11. F-22. Stimulus?
  12. A gigabyte now and then.
  13. Sssspiiin.
  14. We need some gridlock in the beltway faaast. Huh?
  15. On theodicy.
  16. Links … I thought the Krugman criticism cogent.
  17. Mornings.
  18. Loony ranting wackjobs haters. Whatever.
  19. Very cool art.
  20. Abduction.

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  1. On that scientific authority thing.


    “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific, technological elite.”

    As opposed to public policy being decided by creationists and oil executives, as in the last administration? Uh, no, I’ll take the smart guys, thanks.

    “As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

    Writing that paragraph unironically in a post mocking “global warming hysteria” must take a special kind of cognitive dissonance.

    On theodicy.

    A whole lot of words saying nothing. I need to find out if anyone’s ever analyzed this uniquely religious way of writing — using words to obscure rather than clarify, of finding places to hide the gaps in one’s argument.

    He doesn’t remotely deal with the fact that if God exists, God causes little babies to die of horrible, horrible diseases. God causes hurricanes and tsunamis and earthquakes. The free will defense only works for human evil, and even then only sort of. We could have free will but still have fewer people with inclinations towards pedophilia. There’s plenty of God-evil, if you’re not a naturalist.