Judge This: Derren Brown False Lesson In Mathematics For Britain

I was really irritated last night by Derren Brown’s choice to use his lottery trick on national TV in Britain to propagate fundamentally bogus mathematical thinking and to convince a group of people that their belief in their abilities to reach into the subconscious was able to generate knowledge of winning lottery ticket numbers.  It’s [Read More...]

How Did Derren Brown Predict The Lottery?

Earlier this week, Derren Brown gave the illusion of predicting the lottery numbers before they were revealed in real time on national TV in Britain.  Here’s that original video in case you missed it: Now here is his bullshit explanation of how he did it. Why his explanation makes no sense: He took inspiration from [Read More...]

God Is In The House

As I’ve mentioned before:  As far as I go, no singer/songwriter better explores the theme of religion or better employs religious imagery than Nick Cave.  Very few people write either religious music or music about religion that avoids either preaching on its behalf or railing against it.  Nick Cave is liberated from any creedal loyalty [Read More...]

Derren Brown Plays 9 World Class Chess Players Simultaneously And Loses To Only 3

And shows us the super-cool way he does it in this video. And don’t forget to check out his current trick (and my inspiration to go see more of his past videos) by clicking here.  The trick is that he “predicts the lottery numbers” live on TV. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Gorgeous Wave Photography By Clark Little

Click here for more stunningly beautiful photographs like these:   Here’s Clark’s website and information about his new book, The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little. [Read more...]

Ricky Gervais, Atheism, And The Invention Of Lying

I’m really excited about The Invention of Lying, the upcoming Ricky Gervais film.  I started the script last spring online and simply couldn’t stop reading until it was done.  It was not a terribly funny read (except occasionally) but I love films which explore a thought provoking “what if” in a sufficiently thoughtful way and [Read More...]

Profiling Afghanistan’s Child Brides

Makes the heart just sink. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Logicomix: The Graphic Novelization Of The Life Of Bertrand Russell

That illustration comes from Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth about Bertrand Russell’s real life philosophical adventures.  The Independent’s writes:  The subject of the newest comic-strip sensation, though, might still raise eyebrows: it’s the story of the quest for the foundation of mathematics, starring and narrated by Bertrand Russell, the British logician, philosopher, mathematician, reformer, pacifist, [Read More...]

Pachelbel Everywhere

In reply to my post the other day of Axis of Awesome’s “4 Chords, 36 Songs,” Cat’s Staff pointed me to this other cool exploration of the limited chord repertoire in modern music: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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