Archive for October, 2006

Bush criticizes Kerry for not talking good

| October 31, 2006 | 1 Reply
Bush criticizes Kerry for not talking good

Hey, I know the headline isn’t grammatical!  It was to get your attention regarding this post by Bob Cesca on Huffpo.   Cesca makes the point that “Bring em on!” cost who-knows-how-many deaths, while Kerry’s recent gaffe was but a gaffe.  It must be surreal to be criticized by a speaker as bad as W for one’s […]

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Self Deception and Jury Awards

| October 31, 2006 | 6 Replies
Self Deception and Jury Awards

This annoys me. In 1971, Dick Van Dyke starred in a movie called  Cold Turkey.  It was a comedy about a dying town attempting to win a prize sponsored by a tobacco company that was betting against any town remaining “smoke free” for a certain length of time.  Van Dyke played the local minister who […]

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The Universe is not Specified to Human Scale

| October 30, 2006 | 4 Replies
The Universe is not Specified to Human Scale

One of the many miscommunications between people of science and Creationists is the assumption that the universe was created for man. If so, the engineer behind this place was wa-ay off the mark. The universe is nowhere near human scale, and the vast majority of it has nothing to do with Man. We only began […]

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What do you say to someone who prefers that real children die so that stem cells can live? Notes on Proposed Missouri Amendment 2

| October 30, 2006 | 45 Replies
What do you say to someone who prefers that real children die so that stem cells can live? Notes on Proposed Missouri Amendment 2

An evangelical acquaintance recently wrote me a letter arguing that the pro-stem cell research proposal (Missouri Amendment 2) A) is geared to financially enrich its sponsors, B) that it will invite reproductive cloning and C) that poor women will result in poor women selling their eggs.  She urged me to oppose the Amendment and oppose various promising […]

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Top Ten Signs You Are A Christian Fundamentalist

| October 29, 2006 | Reply
Top Ten Signs You Are A Christian Fundamentalist

Here they are, as published in evilbible.com.   This list succinctly describes many of my concerns with fundamentalist Christianity. Here are my three favorites of this list of ten.  You are a fundamentalist Christian if: #9 – You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem […]

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It’s not all in the genes. Ask any epigeneticist. Ramifications for cloning.

| October 29, 2006 | 6 Replies
It’s not all in the genes.  Ask any epigeneticist. Ramifications for cloning.

Check out these identical twins:                     They are really identical twins.  This photo is from the November 2006 issue of Discover Magazine.  See the related article: “DNA Is Not Destiny The new science of epigenetics rewrites the rules of disease, heredity, and identity.” Though these two men are genetically identical, they were separated at birth.  The man […]

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Bloggers Need FireFox 2 for Live Spell Checking in Forms

| October 28, 2006 | 7 Replies
Bloggers Need FireFox 2 for Live Spell Checking in Forms

OMG! I just installed the FireFox 2 browser and noticed something. It spell checks form entries as you type! Just as Word and its ilk do in their documents. Since its inception, I’d been using FireFox just because of speed, safety and security advantages. I added the Google toolbar only a month ago for spell […]

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Language wars: it all begins with subtle early skirmishes

| October 27, 2006 | 3 Replies
Language wars: it all begins with subtle early skirmishes

Recently on Huffpo,George Lakoff has written an important piece on the ongoing political battle to define words. I’m keenly aware of this battle.  Here’s one way it affects me.  I do not believe in a sentient Creator.  Some would label me an atheist, but that would be horrible unfair.  Why?  Because that term has been […]

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See no evil: comments on the comments to the Bart Ehrman post

| October 25, 2006 | 22 Replies
See no evil: comments on the comments to the Bart Ehrman post

My earlier post regarding Bart Ehrman was not meant to provoke in an outrageous way, although I suspected that it might distress some people.  That post drew much more traffic than we are used to at the site, approximately 25,000 unique visitors in three days.  It also pulled in more than 200 comments.  I was […]

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