Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Good Shakespeare Quote for Meditating on Death

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.

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The Resurrection of Jesus: Why I Don’t Think It’s a Crazy Idea

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

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Favor Legalizing Medical Marijuana?

Mittens doesn’t.

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Romnesia

President Obama on a roll. __________ I hope he uses the phrase on Monday night.

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Is the Privately Financed Mars Mission for 2022 a Colonizing Mission or a Suicide Mission?

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

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Benjamin Netanyahu Wants to Bomb Iran

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

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Telling the Truth

The big picture. __________ GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead. That’s also true.

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A Pretty Darn Effective Ad

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The Moon’s Origin (And Why Genesis Cannot Be Right About It)

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

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Follow Your Heart (Maybe)

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

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In Praise of Doubt, Not Faith

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

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72 is the New 30

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

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Your Happiness Immune System and Set Point

__________ 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

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If Mitt Loses

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

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Mitt Romney’s Chief Economic Advisor Is The Guy In “Inside Job” Who Praised Credit Derivatives

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

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Is Barack Obama Fiona Apple or Julia Gillard?

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

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This Looks (Almost) Worth Seeing

The trailer has me on the fence, but intrigued.

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The Clash of Generations: Niall Ferguson’s Take on the Biden-Ryan Debate

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

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Do You Agree With God?

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

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Are Scientists Part of a Grand Conspiracy to Deny God’s Existence?

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

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