Monthly Archives: November 2006

What The World Eats

David Ng, over at The World’s Fair blog has an entry on an interesting looking book: Hungry Planet. It’s a photo-essay of the authors’ visit to 30 families in 24 countries for a total of 600 meals. The striking thing … Continue reading

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The Antikythera Mechanism

Alun, over at his Archaeoastronomy blog, comments on the news that a team of scientists appear to have unravelled the workings and purpose of the Antikythera Mechanism. It’s a remarkable relic, and an interesting story.

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Management Madness

In large organisations, it often seems that more time is spent in trying to manage things than in actually doing productive work. Moishe Lettvin provides a good example when he describes his time working on Microsoft’s Vista operating system. He … Continue reading

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In Gods We Trust

While watching the Beyond Belief videos, there were a couple of occasions when Scott Atran took the floor. The first time was when he delivered a strong attack on what, up until that point, had been presented in the conference. … Continue reading

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Father Neil

I mentioned the other day how impressed I was by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’ve now watched one of the final sessions from Beyond Belief. I now understand why he was called Father Neil in the conference. He is an absolutely brilliant … Continue reading

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Cotard’s Delusion

The White Queen, in Alice Through The Looking Glass, claimed to be able to believe in six impossible things before breakfast. If quality, not quantity, is the measure, then Cotard’s Delusion must score pretty highly on the "impossible things" scale. … Continue reading

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Getting Worse

A depressing report in today’s Guardian from Natasha Walter about the position of women in today’s Afghanistan. It would seem that the euphoria felt after the fall of the Taliban is turning out to be a false dawn. The Taliban … Continue reading

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