Attended part 2 of the ID talk of the theosophical society. This was slightly less open (but of course, this is the thosophical society). But there were a couple others who agreed that currently science is the de facto standard and it is because of the methodology and ID does not measure up to it. I resented a gedankenbericht whereby we assumed such a meeting every 100 years in that very room and theosophy would have learnt nothing new except for using current science terms. I have understood for sometime that it is next to impossible to bring about a change in the convictions people have at heart. But hopefully those on the border an be convinced.
Went with Jaay to THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC AND ILLUSION by Magician Bob Friedhoffer. he showed some good tricks and explained them so that people understand how there is no "magic" behind it. Fairly good. I wish there were such programs for people in India. May be Narendra Dabholkar should be told to befriend some science friendly magicians.
When the book Light Elements by Judith Stone suggested that Britons are as ignorant about science matters as Americans, i wanted not to believe it. But then BBC published its survey that half of the Britons believe in ID and I knew I had to accept that. What is the world coming to? The book starts off quiet well, but loses the plot a bit as it tries to go in to too much detail about smaller matters.
Started doing my own RSS feed. For this blog. Its still experimental, but what the hey.
Learnt how to consume RSS feed. Well, subscribe to them anyway. Use a "news"reader for now. Should experiment with my own feeds.
MySQL and RSS
Saw a 65 min video on ID. Its well made and gullible people who do not understand how science works, or how scientific terms can be easily hijacked can easily start believeing what IDs folks are saying. It is amazing how they keep on talking about a design without getting into any religios, theosophical, or religious baggage. Obviously the intention is to introduce it into the curriculum without "breaking the law."
Saw the video at Pasadena's theosophical center. It was heartening to note that none of those present openly came out in favour of ID.
Watched Mousehunt. Dubbed as a laugh movie, it has about 1 laugh per 15 minutes on average, and most of them come towards the end.
Started reading Friedman's "The world is flat." Pretty good.