Pictures of the week, links of the week
Not much time or inclination to write a proper post, so here are some pictures of Vancouver sightseeing, and interesting links for you to check:
View of Vancouver; Capilano Suspension Bridge; Victoria (Vancouver Island); Whale Watching near Vancouver Island.
Now the links:
-Cosmic Variance discussion on the best popular science books on quantum mechanics. I'll have to be unoriginal and go for Feynman's The Character of Physical Law and QED, the merits of whic I don't need to promote here. Two more idiosyncratic preferences of mine are Alberto Clemente de la Torre's Física cuántica para filo-sofos and Bernard D'Espagnat's In Search of Reality. The first one is an excellent introductory explanation of quantum mechanics and its philosophical problems, probably untranslated into English. The second one is not really "popular science" but a rather heavy (if very interesting) philosophical discussion, but contains a superb explanation of the Bell inequalities.
-Jason Rosenhouse explains how the World Chess Championship is jeopardized by Vladimir Krammik's frequent excursions into his private bathroom.
-Brandon has an excellent post explaining why "Bayesian arguments" can't be used to prove anything, let alone God's existence, even if Bayesian epistemology is sound. The only thing one could prove with these arguments, he says, is that one is being rational in one's beliefs. To my mind this is still a large problem in Bayesianism (at least in its "pop" version), because it seems that almost any beliefs could be justified as rational by it.
-Doesn't this remind anybody of this?
Helen: You've got to lead our protest against this abomination!
[shows newspaper article]
Marge: Mm, but that's Michelangelo's David. It's a masterpiece.
Helen: [gasp] It's filth! It graphically portrays parts of the human body,
which, practical as they may be, are evil.
-On the Friendly Blogs Circle: my nonintelligent friend re-creates the Sargent Pepper's cover; my sinful friend imagines how The Da Vinci Code would have been directed by other filmmakers; my cynical friend lists ten hateful things; my rock star friend doesn't like to be called "sir"; my suspicious friend reviews United 93; and my tsumani-rowing friend seems to have quitted after only three posts.
-Now I've seen it all: Agatha Christie anime.