Jordan Peterson’s re-heated obscurantism

Nathan Robinson has written about the obscurantism of Jordan Peterson, and I'm not even the first to blog about it. Pankaj Mishra has been deconstructing Peterson's mysticism here, while Kelefa Sanneh's critique is here. After months of hysterical fanboy cheer-leading, it seems like this is the week everyone finally starts having a go at Jordan. It's... Continue Reading →

Stephen Hawking RIP

The Science Bit

Stephen Hawking is dead. Far be it from the likes of me to write him an obituary. You can see several of these elsewhere, many of them heartfelt and insightful.

Two thoughts come to mind at this time. Firstly, Hawking is to be greatly admired for being both a highly regarded theorist and researcher, and a genuine celebrity scientist. In this he joins very few who have managed to achieve fame in their own lifetimes by changing the way we understand the fundamentals of our universe.

These days, it often seems that celebrity scientists are not really leaders in their fields, and that leaders in their fields seldom become real celebrities.

Secondly, Hawking — at least to me — exemplified someone who practiced the role of scientist in its totality. He not only talked scientific talk, he walked a scientific walk.

By this I mean Stephen Hawking can…

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Man who introduced topless Irish dancing in the 1990s bemoans sartorial inelegance of today’s youth

https://twitter.com/MichaelFlatley/status/972480498160324608 Remember the old ways? They were the best. That's why people say: "The old ways were the best!" Michael Flatley -- who last made the news defending himself for performing at the Trump inauguration -- certainly stands for the old ways. (BTW, point of information: Cary Grant, who appears in Flatley's supposed "1917" photograph,... Continue Reading →

Standing up for Bright Club

It's tonight. More this: I need to tell you that the tickets are now all sold out. I'll be talking about binary opposition and null hypotheses (hey, I find that funny), so if you want to stand outside and tout your prebooked tickets to strangers passing by on the street, I will understand.

My ‘Montgomery J. Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence’ has finally arrived (Update: Donations urgently required)

From time to time I get emails like this: Dear Brian M, We are pleased to announce that Marquis Who's Who has selected you for our official 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. You have been selected to receive this prestigious award as a result of your hard work and dedication to your profession.... Continue Reading →

Are you an exorcist? If so, call this number

Wanted. More exorcists. A Dublin priest has told the Irish Catholic newspaper (yes) that he has noticed a sharp increase in demonic activity. ...Fr. Pat Collins said he has been overwhelmed with the number of requests for exorcisms from the faithful in Ireland. In an open letter, he has urged the Irish bishops to train more priests... Continue Reading →

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