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Monthly Archives: October 2012
Hamlet speaking in Act V, scene ii of Hamlet: If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.
It seems to be universally agreed upon, whether you are a theist or an atheist, that one of the characteristics of dead matter is the following: it can sometimes come to life. Let me say it more explicitly. Whether you’re Jewish … Continue reading
President Obama on a roll. __________ I hope he uses the phrase on Monday night.
Not to be impolite, but this video strikes me as flim-flam. Perhaps it is being used at fund-raisers to coax seed money from gullible wealthy donors. Watch the video and see if you agree with me. __________ Why do I … Continue reading
And President Obama clearly wants no part of it. This was at Time magazine last month: Inside Israel, reports persist that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense chief Ehud Barak are determined to launch a strike, and American officials continue to … Continue reading
The big picture. __________ GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead. That’s also true.
Concerning the moon’s origin, the Los Angeles Times today tells the basic scientific story with admirable clarity: The Earth and moon formed after the proto-Earth collided with another huge planetary body, sometimes referred to as Theia. […] Two planets, one Earth-sized … Continue reading
In the below video, Alan Watts makes a provocative point: do what you really want. If you fail at it, then you can money grub and settle later, or you can even starve to death. Better to live a short life going … Continue reading
Physicist Neil Turok: I think that if science is to overcome the disconnection with society, it needs to be better able to explain science’s greatest lesson: that for the purpose of advancing our knowledge, it is extremely important to doubt … Continue reading
Really. This is at the Los Angeles Times: [R]esearch, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [… finds that a] typical Swede, […] is more than 100 times more likely to survive to the age … Continue reading
__________ What I take from this TED talk: Live your life bravely and ethically because, regardless of what happens, a year from now you’re likely to be more or less as happy as you’ve always been. There are two surprising … Continue reading
At the New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai offers his take on what will happen within the Republican Party should Mitt Romney lose: [A]ttention will instantly shift toward the new generation of potential messengers: Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, Chris Christie … Continue reading
Unbelievable. Looking at the New York Times today, I saw a picture of Glenn Hubbard, Mitt Romney’s in-house economic adviser, and thought, He looks like the same guy from the documentary, Inside Job. In the documentary, there is an owlish and … Continue reading
If President Obama wants to be reelected in November, he’d better show up to the next debate as the combative Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and not Fiona Apple. The below video, to my mind, is THE VIDEO for explaining … Continue reading
The trailer has me on the fence, but intrigued.
Harvard historian Niall Ferguson saw in the debate, not the clash of civilizations, but the clash of generations: What we saw last week was not just a contrast between Irish-American political styles. We saw the opening round in the clash … Continue reading
Then you must vote against President Obama. At least that’s the message of this anti-Obama ad opposing gay equality. Somebody is spending one million dollars on this. __________ By the logic of this ad, God is essentially on the ballot … Continue reading
As part of a conspiracy series for British television, the BBC took five young earth creationists on a road trip to meet some prominent American scientists, including biologist Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago and anthropologist Tim White of Berkeley. Were the … Continue reading