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Monthly Archives: July 2008
This will probably be my last blog post till mid-August—I’m off to England tomorrow with my wife and kids.
I am the salty sea your once amphibious daughters called home, and all my vital organs are here, in Sodom. Mother, memories, my heart. They are packed in this place, like … Continue reading
Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Darwin’s “Struggle for Existence” Economic Malthusianism Writ Large?
Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading
Garrett Lisi, Surfer Genius?: Has a Van Dwelling Ne’r-Do-Well Stumbled Upon The Grand TOE (Theory of Everything)?
First it was that most famous of outsiders—Jesus—born in a manger. And now it appears that the light of heaven has shined upon the cranium of Garrett Lisi—surfer dude. Has God once again shared His deepest secrets with an eccentric … Continue reading
I’d like to offer the above old drawing of Native Americans hunting deer as a kind of parable for the PZ Myers Catholic host stealing incident, and for thinking about the corrosive effect of camoflauge on human relations and discourse. There are many … Continue reading
My heart, she said, it goes out to you like a pinched wick.
Native Americans hunting in camouflage.
A professor, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, sasses Internet class-taking: At the most basic level, to be a student has always meant actually dragging one’s exhausted body into class with readings in hand, being (more or less) awake, alert, … Continue reading
Warranted Extraterrestrial Belief?: A Washington Post Article Gives an Overview of the Evidence For Extraterrestrial Life—and Against It
Rather than short, spaceship travelling creatures with big eyes and big heads, what are the prospects of humanity actually having an encounter with REAL extraterrestrials over the next generation? The Washington Post today has an article on this scientific question. First, the negative prospects. … Continue reading
I Like Men Who Carry Guitars, Not Guns: An Anti-Vietnam Poster of Three Venuses Trying to Seduce Mars into Making Peace
An anti-Vietnam War poster inspired by Aristophanes’s ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, in which the women of Athens and Sparta withhold sex from their men until they make peace. Thus spoke Lysistrata toward the beginning of the play: We’ll paint, powder, and … Continue reading
When Barack Obama spoke in Berlin this past week, he spoke of the improbable journey that has brought the grandson of a house servant, and the son of a Kenyan goat farmer, to center stage in an American presidential election. But … Continue reading
The above photo is from Dionysus in 69, a stage play of Euripides’s Bakkhai, performed in New York City in 1968. The play garnered a good deal of public controversy for the display of nudity in the performance. Euripides’s Bakkhai is, … Continue reading
Aliens Have Visited Earth!: So Claims 77 Year Old Former Space-Walker, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell
According to an Australian news service (news.com.au), Dr. Edgar Mitchell, 77, one of the astronauts on the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, and the world record holder for space walking (over nine hours), stunned an Australian radio interviewer, making the claim that ETs … Continue reading
Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, religious or secular, William F. Buckley can be a role model, for he embodied civility and thoughtfulness.
From Torquemada to the War on Terror: A Review of AC Grayling’s Latest Book, “Toward the Light of Liberty”
A.C. Grayling is a British philosopher. He is a friend of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and although he is not as well known as these two authors, his latest book, Toward the Light of Liberty (2007) is every bit as … Continue reading