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Meditations - ta eis heauton

Location: Austin, Texas, United States

I'm a software engineer / partner working for a young company in Austin, Texas, USA. I spend most of my free time hanging out with friends and family, eating out, and partying in the Warehouse District. I should spend more time working on my house....

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A win for science, and American children

Today a federal judge ruled that Intelligent Design was "not science" and that it "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents". For most people with a firm understanding of the primary definition of science this was not surprising, but very gratifying. I haven't had a chance to read the opinion (warning PDF) yet, but I look forward to it. Today is a good day.
Update: I found an interesting article about the verdict in Time Magazine.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Human Intelligence

Through a meandering of a couple of different websites I found an excellent site that summarizes the hot topics and various controversies surrounding human intelligence. An interesting resource for those of us who are fascinated by how intelligence is analyzed and the correlations and causation of intelligence.

Science, Religion, Truth and Knowledge

An interesting article in the NY Times magazine mentions the woeful state of the average American's scientific knowledge:

Only one in five has bothered to take a physics course. Three out of four haven't heard that the universe is expanding. Nearly half, according to a recent survey, seem to believe that God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Less than 10 percent of adult Americans, it is estimated, are in possession of basic scientific literacy.

The article also mentions the inverse relationship between belief in God and scientific knowledge/experience:
As an empirical matter, however, that does not seem to be true. On the whole, around 9 in 10 Americans say they believe in a personal God. When scientists are surveyed, that figure falls to 4 in 10. Among the scientific elite - members of the National Academy of Sciences - fewer than 1 in 10 say they believe in God, with the biologists in particular professing agnosticism or atheism at a rate of 95 percent.

There are also interesting paragraphs about the Bush Administrations misuse of scientific knowledge and the complex relationship between religion philosophy and science.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Fashion blogging

Ever wonder why you can't get cordory clothes that go horizontal instead of vertical? Well now you can: http://www.cordarounds.com/

In fact, due to high demand you can now get them in burnt orange ("rust").

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

It would be nice if I got one of these for Christmas

Because it would mean that Vince Young won the Heisman Trophy. Order one for yourself!

Oh the weather outside is frightful.....

Well, according to the Statesman we are going to have some very cold weather this week, including some possible snow Wednesday night into Thursday. Looks like we picked the right week to have a Winter Warm-up party!

We haven't had snow since Valentine's day 2004, and it was like 10-12 years before that! Snow is rare in these parts.

The pic is of me from last time it snowed.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Greatest Bowl Season ever?

ESPN has an article up today about how this seasons college football bowl matchups look awesome. Of course I am excited about my Longhorns going back to the Rose Bowl to play for the National Championship against arguably one of the greatest college football teams ever, consecutive National Champion and 34 consecutive game winner USC.

Granted, I view the world through burnt orange glasses, but if Texas can play on Jan 4th like they did on Dec. 3 I don't see USC staying with us. My prediction (assuming Vince Young is not injured between now and the final minute) Longhorns 42 Southern Cal 30. Sure they will score more on the Texas D than anyone else this season, but our D will hold them well below their 50 point average. Defense wins championships, right?. Hook'em!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

How to respond to accusations of racism

A very interesting blog post from Alas, a blog about how (white) people should respond to accusations of racism. Some very sound advice, however, I don't think he/she sufficiently emphasizes the second point about taking the criticism seriously. Painful as it may be, all of us have sublte (and maybe not so subtle) prejudices and stereotypes that effect what we think, say, and do.