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0.999... = 1

This is the (edited) body of an e-mail I sent to The Reality Check. Probably my favourite podcast at present. I got a reply from Elan (my favourite host—everything's coming up Milhouse!) asking if I could post it somewhere so they might link to it in the show notes. That's what this is.

Near certainty vs absolute certainty

So I was recently reading about Kullback-Leibler divergence in the hopes of finding something to help me with the problem I'm working on (I have a feeling my next presentation will need the subtitle "My descent into statistics") when I found a passage on wikipedia that resonated quite well with me (appropriate links mostly added by me):

Papal Irony

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/technologies+confuse+reality+fiction...
"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said.

if you want to know about God ask an atheist.

I thought this might be of amusement to the pundits here: How Ignorant About Religion Are Religious Americans?

Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right

I thought some of you may like to know about the First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism. I googled some of the names involved and as far as I can tell it's legit.

Vitamin C plays vital role in battle against cancer

So, according to a recent news release a study headed by Ass. Prof. Margreet Vissers at the University of Otago has found a link between vitamin C and cancer. I haven't read the paper yet but to be honest if the content is anything like the abstract I don't think I'm going to get very far. :P

Gender Neutral Language

So last night the topic of gender neutrality in the likes of policeman vs police officer came up and, unsurprisingly, I have an opinion on this and thought I may make a blog post detailing said stance.

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