Second Law

The Second Law of Thermodynamics PRATT is on Answers in Genesis’ “Arguments We Don’t Use” page. This didn’t stop the Discovery Institute calling it their “Simplest and Clearest Argument“, and nor did it stop the ‘creation’ of the following That’s a Fact video, Second Law:

For a refutation of this argument and related claims, start here on the EvoWiki Thermodynamics page. I quite like this one: Continue reading

Gyres

As a general rule, whenever the title of a news article is a question the answer to it is ‘no’. Or, at the very least, that’s the answer they intend to give, whether or not that’s actually it. Case in point: Does Radical New Theory Explain the Existence of Everything?

Said ‘theory,’ of course, is that detailed in Erik Andrulis’ 100-page Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, which was attacked mercilessly in the blogosphere around a month or so ago. You may be aware of PZ Myers’ post The comparison to jabberwocky is inevitable; while on the other side of the fence at Evolution News and Views was Life: Explained. Oh, Now We Understand. If you actually want anything close to a refutation I suggest you go to the former source: the EN&V article is merely snarky and a little ironic, as is Mr Thomas’ for that matter.

Fusilli pasta

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2 Minutes of Silence

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It’s the 22nd of February. 365 days since since the earthquake in Christchurch. At time of writing it’s getting closer and closer to 365.25 days, as it happens.

The Student Council at my school decided to hold two minutes of silence to commemorate the anniversary. This was thoroughly mucked up.

For one, they got the wrong time: the quake happened at 12:51 pm, and not 12:57 as they thought. Secondly – due, ironically, to earthquake strengthening – parts of the school are inaccessible and various bells aren’t working. Thus, much of the school did not hear the bell ringing to signify the beginning and end.

But it still happened, albeit as much as 10 minutes late in my Chemistry class.* And that’s all that matters.

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