The inevitable injustice of unreality and Al Mohler’s ongoing crisis of faith

Google Reader brings me a serendipitous, or perhaps providential, sequence of articles. First up is Douglas Starr's Discovery article, "Spark of Truth: Can Science Bring Justice to Arson Trials?" At laboratories throughout the United States — some large enough to contain a three-story house — researchers have been lighting rooms and houses on fire and analyzing the results with the kind of scientific scrutiny that has upended several deeply entrenched misconceptions about how fires … [Read more...]

Flashback post: "What's the score?"

The following was originally posted in March of 2005 (using actual scores from actual NCAA tournament games). I'm reposting it today because: A) it's still true, and B) we're still having this same argument at the paper and I'm still losing it. And I'm a sore loser. The sports section is still safe. It is, in some ways, the last bastion of reality-based journalism. Turn to the sports pages and there you can read the unambiguous results of a sporting event. You will find the final score and … [Read more...]