Saturday, November 20, 2004

Irrational Numbers 

From the December Harper's: We always knew that religion and mathematics were deeply intertwined, because we invoke the Creator's name so loudly each time we try to balance the imperial checkbook. If you doubt our royal Word, why not take this opportunity to "conform your thinking to biblical precepts" by reading a few selections from Precalculus for Christian Schools, a textbook published by Bob Jones University?
UPDATE: The bell just rang; math class is over; on to science. Gallup asked the question --
Just your opinion, do you think that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is: a scientific theory that has been well-supported by evidence, just one of many theories and one that has not been well-supported by evidence, or don't you know enough about it to say?
-- and Paul Waldman of The Gadflyer breaks down the sadly predictable results. (And before you get all biggidy with your bad self, note that a measly 56% of self-identified "liberals" picked the right answer.)

UPDATE II: Please welcome Pierolapithecus catalaunicus (perhaps the last common ancestor of great apes and creationists) to the family album!

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