20 December 2007
Quote from Wikipedia for today:
US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching “intelligent design” in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
My first encounter with an evolution denier happened in my late teens. I was talking to a new acquaintance. In telling him things about myself I made a passing comment that took for granted that the theory of evolution was as much a fact as things scientific ever are. My new acquaintance stunned me by telling me he did not believe in evolution. To me this was the equivalent of denying that the theory of gravitation was true. I was shocked that someone could refuse to accept a theory that has stood the test of time since 1859. This person was obviously smart yet his faith seemed to me to be in direct conflict with reality.
Later in life I came across Niven’s Laws the 14th of which seems to cover this:
There exist minds that think as well as you do, but differently.
5 November 2007
Title: Building Harlequin’s Moon
Author: Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper
Genre: Science Fiction.
Why did you get this book? I found it in a sci-fi and fantasy bookshop.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes – once I got into it.
Was the author new to you? I have read several of Niven’s books. Brenda Cooper is new to me.
Would you read something by this author again? Yes.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I am keeping it. My problem is do I place it with the Ns or with the Cs?
Anything else? Interesting book. Raises questions about terra-forming, nanotechnology, technologically advanced groups exploiting less advanced groups, AI’s rights and suspended animation. I liked the fact that the hero of the book was in fact a heroine.
Number of pages: 501
Total pages for the year: 7490