Monthly Archives: December 2008

Part FISH, Part Four-Footed TETRAPOD: Professor Neil Shuban Explains the Transitional Fossil, TIKTAALIK

The predictive power of Darwin’s theory of evolution is illustrated in this brief video below: 

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THE TIC, TIC, TIC, TIKTAALIK OF EVOLUTIONARY TIME

Apparently some graduate students, with a bit of time on their hands, made an appreciative song for their favorite transitional fossil:

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The Ultimate Recycling Project: A Boost for the Hindu Myths of Cosmology?

The idea that the universe is eternally recycling itself over vast eons of time is an intuition about our cosmos that Hindus have long held, and at least some contemporary cosmologists may be arriving at a similar belief. This from … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem: Video of a NY Subway Train, 1905

Jump to the five minute mark and watch passengers heading off (and onto) a NY subway train, at 42nd Street, circa 1905. Why is this old footage so curiously moving (at least to me)? There’s something about the busy, seemingly time-urgent, … Continue reading

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HATERoSEXual MARRIAGE: Defining Gay People OUT

Andrew Sullivan today asks a good question about anti-homosexual HETEROSEXUALS who would exclude gays from civil marriage recognition: Why are their marriages defined not by the virtues they sustain but the people they exclude?

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A Farmer’s Wife and the Powerful Body of a Young Miller: Sexploitation of the Poor in a Marquis de Sade Short Story

At one level, the Marquis de Sade’s short story, “The Lady of the Manor of Longeville, or a Woman’s Revenge,” is a feminist tale, for it tells the story of a woman who outwits her husband by discovering and exposing his adulterous affair, … Continue reading

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Recriminations Watch: Colin Powell Sasses Sarah Palin and Far Right Conservatism

After John McCain’s loss to Barack Obama, Colin Powell shares his thoughts on where the Republican party needs to go from here. Rush Limbaugh fans won’t like what he has to say:

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EVERY Knee Shall Bow and Every Tongue Confess—Christmas?: Santa Abolishes “Happy Holidays” Once and For ALL

Bill O’Reilly wins the War on Christmas:

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What Would Freud Say About This Painting?

An Italian court painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In this painting, do the wand held delicately erect, the dangling belt, and the placement and gestures of the hands reveal sexual sublimation?

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Evil to Him Whom Evil Thinks

And beauty to her whom beauty seeks.

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St. Catherine of Sienna Went Wireless

But she didn’t need a cell phone to hear a WHO, or respond to her call:   According to the Catholic Encyclopedia: During the summer of 1370 she received a series of special manifestations of Divine mysteries, which culminated in a … Continue reading

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Longing and Broken Connection in a Van Gogh Painting

Beneath a big and spasmodic sky, and before rolling countryside divided by high fences, Van Gogh foregrounds a chasm with two (or three?) people separated from one other person:

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Mommy, What’s a Newspaper?

This morning, I took a quick browse at a Sunday newspaper—and realized that the last time I’d actually looked at a newspaper was about four months ago, in the late SUMMER. I used to read the newspaper everyday; now I’ve become conscious that … Continue reading

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Offended?

Tough. I like this quote of Nietzsche’s as a response to those who would feign to protect sensibilities or feelings by censoring speech: Life is hard to bear, but do not affect to be so delicate. Source: Quotation at the beginning … Continue reading

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The Apollonian Armored vs. Tarty Nude Dionysian Graces: A Lucas Cranach Painting from 1530

I think that Camille Paglia would like this painting—with its sheeny, armored Apollonian males and naughty nudie graces. These two males have paused, dangerously, in the pagan wilderness, and like Mars, are about to be relieved of their clothes by these clearly … Continue reading

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Just How Smart is Barack Obama?: Hanging Out With Nobel Laureates Smart

It’s no secret that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with very powerful intellectual lamps—and appointed a bevy of Ivy League graduates to his cabinet. But does Obama himself have the emotional balance and intellect to challenge the elite expert opinions … Continue reading

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2009 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of “The Origin of Species”—and Here is an 1881 Image of Charles Darwin

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The Anthropic Principle—and Young Earth Creationism

New Scientist today has an article on yet another curious coincidence in the universe, which, if it were not so, would see no life in it. The article explains: IT’S not just the nature of dark matter that’s a mystery … Continue reading

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Notice What You Notice: Vipassana Meditation in a Credence Clearwater Revival Song

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