Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Atheists have their say. Virtually.

John Allen Paulos, bringin' math to the masses like we all should, has some questions for the candidates.

This puts a point to the conversation had some time ago over at thecitizens about how the atheists/agnostics felt more looked down on than the Mormons. I remain frankly dubious of that characterization, although proponents like Christopher Hitchens are actively baiting religious folk, so perhaps the trend is heading that way.

Anyhow, as always, Paulos has some excellent questions, though there are a few in there that seem rather lacking in oomph to me. No doubt Paulos himself could say something about the pros and cons of the "top X list" format of articles -- oh wait, he already did (see A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper).

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Sarah said...

I would "see A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper," but there's no link to it. How about this link to a review of the book in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (warning, this ain't your grandpa's HTML page; it opens a document in PDF format)?

Links: They're what's for dinner.