Daily Archives: February 22, 2009

Wall Street Apocalypse Now?

I’m not sure what to make of this, but it appears that at least some “people-in-the-know” on Wall Street are getting spooked—survivalist-style spooked. I suppose that, without credit moving through the system, that supply lines of goods and services could … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman: “To be indeed a God!”

O to attract by more than attraction! How it is I know not—yet behold! the something which      obeys none of the rest, It is offensive, never defensive—yet how magnetic it draws.   O to struggle against great odds, to … Continue reading

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Descent into the Realm of Dream

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A Searing and Powerful Quote on Human Insignificance (from the recently deceased John Updike)

The non-scientist’s relation to modern science is basically craven: we look to its discoveries and technology to save us from disease, to give us a faster ride and a softer life, and at the same time we shrink from what … Continue reading

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Global Warming, Methane, and the Melting of Permafrost: See Here Methane Being Released from Permafrost by Dr. Katey Walter

Should the world’s permafrost fully melt, as it appears to be doing at a rapid clip, methane in the atmosphere will increase by ten times. The consequences of such a methane release are unclear, but scientists are growing increasingly alarmed. The Los … Continue reading

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Can An Atheist or Agnostic Support the Teaching of Some “Intelligent Design” Arguments in the Science Classroom?

Thomas Crowley, a professor of geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, in a recent piece in the Guardian, thinks maybe so. I’ve been an agnostic for many years, and I really can’t disagree with anything that Crowley says in the … Continue reading

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