Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year linkfest

-- Alan Boyle goes over the year in space; National Geographic lists the top ten space discoveries of 2009.

-- Dave Barry's year in review.

-- A recent poll of philosophers indicates that very few believe in God. This contradicts most other reports that theism, and Christianity in particular, are very popular among philosophers today (see here for example). Just Thomism has some links, including a rebuttal.

-- Hollywood pantheism.

-- Is the universe a hologram? It would explain a lot.

-- The social difficulties in being a Christian and (politically) liberal.

-- The ten best long tracking shots ever filmed. Allegedly.

-- The real story behind the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

-- The Vatican praises the Simpsons.

-- Heh. "Only one carry on? No electronics for the first hour of flight? I wish that, just once, some terrorist would try something that you can only foil by upgrading the passengers to first class and giving them free drinks."

-- Very interesting: video games take command of war epics as movies retreat from recent conflicts.

-- Yet more evidence of Saddam Hussein's ties to terrorism.

-- Žižek on the true nature of philosophy.

-- Michael Flynn re-rebuts that atheist website on Christianity and the history of science here and here. The original is here.


Matko said...

Žižek on the true nature of philosophy.

Why doesn't this surprise me?

BTW, Happy New Year!

Rob O said...

The holographic model of reality is very intriguing and has a lot of experimental support (this does not prove it as such experiments might be subsumed under other models). It is something I've been reviewing myself and the work of David Bohm and Karl Pribram has much to commend it. The holographic model does in fact have great explanatory power.