Oh, the cognitive dissonance of the Sci/Tech category having three of Denyse O'Leary's blogs. Does the fact that that amuses me make me a bad person?
Yes, yes, it does.
AFTERSNERK: For those of you who are new around these parts, here's an example of Denyse O'Leary's razor-sharp intellectual abilities, as she favourably quotes one David Tyler:
Author Tim Folger elevates the principle to "an extraordinary fact" about the universe: "Its basic properties are uncannily suited for life. Tweak the laws of physics in just about any way and - in this universe, anyway - life as we know it would not exist."
Folger's article is based on an interview with physicist Andrei Linde, who says: "We have a lot of really, really strange coincidences, and all of these coincidences are such that they make life possible." Many of these are sketched out for the benefit of readers, and Folger comments: "There are many such examples of the universe's life-friendly properties - so many, in fact, that physicists can't dismiss them all as mere accidents."
Quite so, because nothing says "life-friendly" like a universe which consists primarily of vast nothingness in which human beings would die instantly and horribly. Other than that, the universe is apparently a terrifically friendly place.
I can't wait to see how that category shakes out. Really.
BONUS TRACK: Those scientifically-literate Yankees, making fun of us again. I'm sure it's what they live for.