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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:
Apparently some graduate students, with a bit of time on their hands, made an appreciative song for their favorite transitional fossil:
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
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
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?
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
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:
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?
And beauty to her whom beauty seeks.
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
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:
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
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
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
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
2009 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of “The Origin of Species”—and Here is an 1881 Image of Charles Darwin
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