Archive for April, 2006

Raise Your Hand If You Want Permission To Know Something

April 30, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Raise Your Hand If You Want Permission To Know Something

The Missouri legislature is entertaining a bill that would require a signed permission from a student’s parent(s) before the student may receive sex education. A few weeks ago, while listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR, I learned that, according to recent polls, Americans exhibit NO MAJORITY CONSENSUS on the issue of sex eductaion.  In […]

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Wasting Costly Oil Imperils National Security

April 30, 2006 | By | Reply More
Wasting Costly Oil Imperils National Security

Today, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said: Gasoline prices have soared an average of 60 cents a gallon in less than a month because suppliers are unable to keep up with demand, a situation that could persist up to three more years. Bodman went on to suggest that stablilizing Iraq is a key to getting prices […]

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Benjamin Franklin’s essay about Native Americans

April 30, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Benjamin Franklin’s essay about Native Americans

Erich’s post about George Washington and not prejudging the opposition reminded me of a superb essay written by Benjamin Franklin about Native Americans, titled: “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” (1784). The essay is reproduced below and I think it illustrates why Mr. Franklin is considered one of America’s most important individuals. ====================================== Savages […]

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Preconceptions and Enemies

April 29, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Preconceptions and Enemies

I recently dug out three interesting quotes of George Washington, our first president: A historical revision on a unique scale has been imposed on us by the Creator.  Only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on the memory of the crowd. I go the way that Providence dictates with the assurance of […]

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Belief in Scripture and Belief in Alien Abductions – A Response to grumpypilgrim

April 28, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Belief in Scripture and Belief in Alien Abductions – A Response to grumpypilgrim

I have to admit, when I read grumpypilgrim’s post that the evidence supporting Christianity is on par with the evidence supporting alien abduction, I got nervous.  It sounded so very harsh. I couldn’t help thinking of the many sincerely Christians who would be insulted by such a comparison.  I’m well aware that many Christians (including […]

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What Christianity and alien abduction have in common

April 27, 2006 | By | 53 Replies More
What Christianity and alien abduction have in common

I just finished reading Michael Shermer’s book, “Why People Believe Weird Things.”  It’s very long-winded — the book could easily be 1/10th its size and still make the same points — but it did make me realize one thing.  The book discusses alien abduction as an example of a weird thing that many people believe, […]

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Laughing at Not Funny Things and the Limits of Introspection

April 26, 2006 | By | 12 Replies More
Laughing at Not Funny Things and the Limits of Introspection

Why do we laugh?  Introspection and common sense tell us that we laugh because someone said or did something funny.  This is usually incorrect, however.  In Laughter (2000), Robert Provine reported the results of his carefully conducted experiments, showing that in social situations, between 80 and 90% of laughing is not a response to jokes […]

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Anti SUV cartoons

April 26, 2006 | By | Reply More
Anti SUV cartoons

Stating the obvious, in ever-new and creative ways . . . http://cagle.com/news/SUVMe/1.asp

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Support Stem Cell Research to Save Lives

April 26, 2006 | By | Reply More
Support Stem Cell Research to Save Lives

I can’t believe that it’s actually necessary to argue that we should allow medical research that might give numerous people a fighting change to survive horrible diseases.  But here we are.  We live in an age where many things have been turned upside down.  I wrote the following letter on November 27, 2005 after attending Catholic Mass […]

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