Some Miscellanious links which I don't fit
neatly into my site structure
Created: November 1, 1996
Fri Jan 22 07:17:07 GMT 1999
The reason for this page is simple: I wanted to provide links to
various sites, but couldn't fit then into my existing
home page structure without doing a thorough rewrite of that
(although it is needed). With this page, I can add things with little
marginal cost. So, this list is a product of my laziness. Note,
however, that for the most part of I have links to other places
scattered throughout my pages, and this page really
only lists those that didn't fit elsewhere.
As this list grows, sturcture will be added to improve navigation. At
creation time, it is so sparse that there is little need.
Some mailing lists I manage
I am one of the mailing list managers for a number of public mailing
lists based at Cranfield University. These include
- I have recently joined the Human Behavior &
Evolution Society (HBES). It is an interdisciplinary
academic society whose name best describes its interests.
(That site seems to move around a lot. The HBES is trying
to get a permanent home sorted out.)
At a time when social scientists beleive that all interesting
aspects of human behavior are socially and culturally determined,
this socieity is a bit heretical. As someone with training in
linguistics, I strongly believe in contentful universals, although
they may not be observed at a superficial level. I believe the
same about human cultures and would recommend the Donald Brown's
book Human Universals among others.
Closely related is my wife's work
(with me on occasion) on the study of Management,
Organization, and Human Nature.
- Likewise, I would like to point people to Centre for the Philsophy
of the Natural and Social Sciences, which is the UKs
Evolutionary Psychology Centre. Closely associated with them is
the e-zine the
- And a link the the ESRC funded centre for Economic Learning
and Social Evolution which supports research that looks very
interesting to me. (Sorry, this is a dead link. I'll try to find
out where they have moved.)
- I am not a member of the Skeptics
Society, but I am highly sympathetic.
- I am a member of Amnesty
- I support the aims, methods and goals of the Free Software Foundation.
- The Free
- And, of course, the Electronic
- I am a member of the Liberal
Democrats, the closest thing the UK has to a Liberal
policitcal party. (For Americans: Please note that "Liberal"
does not mean "left" outside of the United States.)
- The political party I find myself most in sympathy with is the
Hungarian Alliance of Free
Democrats (SzDSz)Despite their frames heavy and Lynx
- A great movie, Trouble
on the Corner is currently being produced. I've read the
script, seen some of the set sketches and have followed some of
the production details, so you know that you can trust my judgement.
(Of course, I should also let you know that my cousin wrote directed
and is producing it, and I have some money in it. But I do genuinely think
that it will be a great movie. The script is a real page turner, and
I was laughing out loud as I read the script.)
- Papers by Alan
Sokal parodying the over application of "socially constructed
reality". Of course much (most) of what we deal with on a day to
day basis are social constructs, but I would ask anyone who
believes that gravity is a social construct to sit on the ceiling
(without changing the meanings of sit and ceiling).
For some of my own comments about relativism, see quotes and comments
translation of the Social Text paper. Translating gibberish
is an interesting enterprise. There also appears to be a
translation of Sokal's very sensible telling of the tail. The
translation was done and is hosted by Jukka-Pekka Takala.
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