Category Archives: Miscellany

Core Theory T-Shirts

Way back when, for purposes of giving a talk, I made a figure that displayed the world of everyday experience in one equation. The label reflects the fact that the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood. So … Continue reading

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Auction: Multiply-Signed Copy of Why Evolution Is True

Here is a belated but very welcome spinoff of our Moving Naturalism Forward workshop from 2012: Jerry Coyne was clever enough to bring along a copy of his book, Why Evolution Is True, and have all the participants sign it. … Continue reading

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A Simple Form of Poker “Essentially” Solved

You know it’s a good day when there are refereed articles in Science about poker. (Enthusiasm slightly dampened by the article being behind a paywall, but some details here.) Poker, of course, is a game of incomplete information. You don’t … Continue reading

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On Him It Looks Good

Every day is brightened by a picture of Albert Einstein wearing fuzzy slippers. (Source.)

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Summer Institute in Philosophy of Cosmology, Santa Cruz

This summer UC Santa Cruz will host a Summer Institute in Philosophy of Cosmology, from June 23 to July 15. There will be a great lineup of speakers, not to mention me. The “philosophy of cosmology” isn’t really a recognized … Continue reading

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DonorsChoose 2012

DonorsChoose is a great program that lets people give small (or large, if that’s how they roll) charitable donations targeted at specific classrooms and educational programs around the country. We have participated frequently in the past, but this year we … Continue reading

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The Invader

Opening panels of a wordless and moving story about a young Space Invader. Worth a click. Via Zack Stentz.

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Voting is open for the 3 Quarks Daily Science Blogging Prize! Just read a hundred blog posts, and evaluate fairly. Uncommon Descent wonders why I don’t mention intelligent design in my TEDx talk. Because it is a crappy theory. That … Continue reading

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Predictions for 2012

So you don’t enter the new year completely unprepared, here are my most secure predictions for 2012. Unlike other prognostication websites, these predictions are based on Science! 1. Freely-falling objects will accelerate toward the ground at an approximately constant rate, … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, everybody. And if you don’t choose to celebrate for any particular reason, feel free to celebrate for no reason at all. Here’s a legitimately touching Xmas song, Tim Minchin’s White Wine … Continue reading

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