Kurt Gödel's Open World
20 hours ago in The Curious Wavefunction
I've set reddit fieldofscience as Restricted (anyone can view, but only contributors can submit links) for now.If you want to become a contributor, register per the instructions below and send me your reddit username.
2. Create your account.
3. Install the bookmarklets.
4. Be sure to select the subreddit FoS when submitting new links.
I've finished migrating my archives of the ol' Wordpress Eruptions (since May 2008), so if you're looking for more information, try clicking "Archives" at the top of the page and wander through there. I will be updating the archives with category linked for each volcano, but that might take a while to retrofit. Enjoy!Curious what "migrating" meant, I went to Erik's old blog and my jaw dropped at what I found. Apparently migrate meant deleting all your posts on your original blog and republish them on the back pages of your new blog. But when you delete those posts from their original location you throw away all those hard earned links and not unsubstantial search engine mojo in the process. And for what, an archive that no one will ever read?
Participating bloggers around the world are celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12th, 1809) with a BLOG SWARM through February 15th. Participants' posts (submitted via BlogCarnival.com) are being aggregated here (in fits and starts) throughout this 4-day event. After the 15th, they will be categorized for easier reference, and BLOG FOR DARWIN will remain a resource for educators, students, and others. CLICK HERE to learn how you can participate!Now, what was I doing? thinks young Darwin is way more interesting (and other quibbles).
The reaction to Darwinism is no less a puzzle. Of course it contradicts the literal account of Genesis, but we have long abandoned Biblical literalism in law and social mores, and it would be impossible anyway due to the internal contradictions generated by a literal reading. Darwinism is eminently compatible with a deistic conception of God. Indeed, a creator operating through a Darwinian mechanism to infuse complex life forms into the universe seems more glorious. He possesses the aesthetic virtue of parsimony, and the elegant avoidance of micro-management. Once again, one is led to the conclusion that Darwin pricked a hole in our ego, not God's.
In any event, a fun perspective for you: I don't know whether you've ever thought enough to encounter it, but abstract truth excites the human sense of beauty very strongly. It's a phenomenon that is most pronounced in mathematics, but evolution is probably the most beautiful truth that I know. It is an astonishing and wonderful thing that such a work of art (I mean all the intellectual labors that expand on the meaning of "evolution") should be more accessible to you than most (say, pure math). If you believe in God, this would be a gift from him to you - the fullest use of your mind to understand his work. Your behavior is sacrilege. (In fairness, I'll state the obvious that I'm an atheist, but I'm not being manipulative here - few things make me empathize more with a religious sense of wonder than contemplation of evolution).
Blog Count (2): Microarray Macrodisarray, LabsFurther explanation: Field of Science is evolving. From the number of blogs and their individual designs, to the various features and tools, to the overall look, functionality and organization, nothing is off limits, and everything is subject to review, revision, upgrade, downgrade, revamp, retirement, etc. For that reason, big redesigns won't be announced, undertaken, tested and unveiled on some arbitrary basis. Instead, Field of Science will be nimble, flexible, attuned to the constantly changing internet, the changing needs, wants and desires of its community and the demands of its own growth. Field of Science will mix a deliberate, thoughtful, realistic approach with a healthy perspective that's not afraid to change, to experiment, to fail...
I'm starting a science website--Field of Science--and I'd like to invite you to join the project. The quickest way to convey the basic idea behind Field of Science is to compare it to something you're likely familiar with, Science Blogs. Like Science Blogs, Field of Science is (will be) a network of scientist bloggers...with all the inherent benefits a network entails--greater exposure, increased audience, etc. But Field of Science is not a clone of Science Blogs. In fact, the differences are many and important. I'll begin with perhaps the most important difference: Field of Science is powered by Blogger just like your blog. Because of this, I can use Blogger's custom domain option to redirect your blogspot blog to publish at FieldofScience.com. This means you bring your blog (and your readers/links/pagerank) with you, and you don't have to learn any new tricks. Quite literally, the process of posting to Field of Science is exactly the same as the familiar process of posting to Blogger: same account, same login, same everything. The only difference is where the blog will publish. From http://fieldofsciencelabs.blogspot.com/ to http://labs.fieldofscience.com/...One thing I'm cognizant of is the high degree of reluctance I'm likely to encounter among bloggers I'm inviting. What's more, I'm assuming a dismal success rate for these initial invitations because no one has gone before. In spite of this, I intend to remain very selective about the bloggers I invite. I'm also leaving the invitations open ended.
If you've had a look at Field of Science you'll see that I am in the very early stages. In fact, your blog is among the very first I am inviting. I'm breaking new ground, but I've been developing the concept and testing the mechanics for Field of Science for years. The only thing left to do is find a few intrepid scientist Bloggers to form a core group of contributors/developers with whom I can formalize the adoption process, flesh out the details of the magazine and ultimately point to as examples of the benefits of joining Field of Science...
- Your blog will remain your own in every respect (including monetizing), and you will retain the option to move Your blog back to blogspot.com at any time.
- Your blog will continue to be hosted by Google.
- My web design services, expertise, experience will be at your disposal. I've been playing with Blogger and website development for a long time. It's a passion of mine. A compulsion even.
- Other goodies consistent with publishing at a .com, such as an email address at fieldofscience.com gmail account if you want, as well as the increased respect (authority) Your blog will garner simply by virtue of the change of address...
One home page: Field of Science. This page will aggregate content from the subblogs, forum, etc. Also useful links, etc. Everything you need to navigate and check for new content. Design #1.So there are the three basic designs I need to develop. I need to incorporate consistent elements across all three, while leaving room for each to be individualized (specifically the subblogs) per the blog owner's preferences. Think mannequins. They need to be both plan and attractive for bloggers to want to hang their ideas on.
Multiple subblogs: Labs. The developers blog and an example of a subblog. Design #2.
One forum: Forum. What's a website without a forum? It is what it is. The forum is expandable (or scalable) with the addition of sub-forums, etc. Sending comments to a blog owners own forum as opposed to regular blog comments will be an option. Design #3.