Archive for May, 2006

There’s more than one way to maintain civilization around here.

May 31, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
There’s more than one way to maintain civilization around here.

In Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud recognized the many benefits of civilization, including beauty, cleanliness, order and the regulation of social relationships.  For Freud, however, nothing better characterized civilization than “its esteem and encouragement of man’s higher mental activities-his intellectual, scientific and artistic achievements-and the leading role that assigns to ideas and human life.”  […]

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Time to read your Catechism!

May 30, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Time to read your Catechism!

While attending a book fair at the age of 17, I bought a Catechism published in 1850 1850 catechism excerpts.pdf Back then, I found it sycophantic, scientifically backward and full of veiled threats. Fast forward 33 years . . . I now find it sycophantic, scientifically backward and full of veiled threats (p. 47, 60). […]

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FOX gets it wrong on climate change – again.

May 30, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
FOX gets it wrong on climate change – again.

As reported in Think Progress, Fox News analyst Jonathan Hoenig reported this weekend that global warming was “bogus,” and “dreamed up” by environmentalists to stop economic development.  http://thinkprogress.org/2006/05/29/global-warming-bogus/ There’s no scientific proof that global warming even exists. To be honest, it’s a bogus consensus dreamed up by Greens because they hate industry. They hate advancement. […]

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The tale of two nations

May 29, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
The tale of two nations

In the United States, we often hear that the U.S. is the world’s greatest place to live.  There is still much good to be said about the United States, but there is also increasing dysfunction. In his 2004 article, “The European Dream,”  Jeremy Rifkin dared to compare the U.S. way of life to that of […]

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The many faces of Christianity

May 29, 2006 | By | 23 Replies More
The many faces of Christianity

When I was a kid, I was always curious about why there were so many different kinds of Christian churches in America: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Unitarian, Congregational, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, United Church of Christ, Reformed Church of Christ, Mormon, Quaker, Shaker, Greek Othodox, Russian Orthodox, Christian Science…the list seemed endless. It seemed […]

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Don’t buy gasoline-powered lawn mowers

May 29, 2006 | By | 16 Replies More
Don’t buy gasoline-powered lawn mowers

Unless you really and truly need one, that is.  The lack of respect given to the push reel mower is a good example of how mindset affects consumer behavior.  I’m referring to the type of mower with a rotating cylinder of blades that is powered by your muscles.  This post is not really about saving […]

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Bicycle Commuting: Consider joining in!

May 28, 2006 | By | 8 Replies More
Bicycle Commuting: Consider joining in!

Grumpypilgrim and I are both big advocates of bicycle use, including bicycle commuting. In my own case, I started using bicycle to commute to work in 1999 (I live in St. Louis). I’ve accrued more than 10,000 miles bicycle commuting since that time. I’m about five miles from my place of work and it takes […]

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Who gets to be “on top”? Science versus Religion

May 27, 2006 | By | 45 Replies More
Who gets to be “on top”? Science versus Religion

For centuries, established religions have asserted that science should be viewed through the lens of religion.  Over the past few years, scientifically-oriented writers have turned that view on its head.  They have asserted that it is more appropriate to view religious practices through the lens of science. The recent flurry of books includes the following: […]

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Good news on Internet neutrality

May 26, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Good news on Internet neutrality

This, from http://www.freepress.net/ :  A bipartisan majority on the House Judiciary Committee yesterday passed the “Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act” — a good bill that would use antitrust law to protect Network Neutrality. Special thanks to those of you who called the key members who cast the deciding votes. The question before us is simple: Will […]

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