Archive for May 28th, 2007

Would you climb into a pothole so I don’t step into it?

| May 28, 2007 | 1 Reply
Would you climb into a pothole so I don’t step into it?

I didn’t think so. It’s a lot to ask of another human being.  Then again, if we were “lowly” army ants, we would readily serve as pothole plugs for each other.  According to Dr. Scott Powell: Broadly, our research demonstrates that a simple but highly specialised behaviour performed by a minority of ant workers can […]

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What does it really mean to “support the troops”?

| May 28, 2007 | 12 Replies
What does it really mean to “support the troops”?

The imperative phrase is proclaimed on millions of bumper stickers: “Support the Troops.”  Tell me what it means to “support the troops” and then I’ll tell you whether I support the troops.  Fair enough?  Until you can tell me what the phrase means, asking me whether I “support the troops” is like asking me to […]

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Haldane’s four stages of acceptance

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Replies
Haldane’s four stages of acceptance

Whether the topic is Iraq, religion, discrimination, or even the scientific theory of evolution, you can likely find a use for John B. S. Haldane’s description of the four stages of acceptance of ideas:       i)    this is worthless nonsense;       ii)   this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;       iii)  this is […]

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