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Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

April 14, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

So here’s my question:  creationists (a subset of Fundamentalist Christians) claim that life on earth is too “irreducibly complex” to have arisen spontaneously, without an “intelligent designer,” so how do they explain the existence of God, who is, presumably, infinitely more “complex” than any life on earth?  Was God designed by a yet more “intelligent” supernatural […]

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Which three books would most enhance Stone Age human survival?

April 8, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Which three books would most enhance Stone Age human survival?

In the movie version of the H.G. Wells story, “The Time Machine,” the story ends with the Time Traveler disappearing into earth’s distant future, where the human species is not only living a primitive Stone Age existence, but is engaged in a life-and-death struggle against a violent competing species.  However, unlike the book version (found […]

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Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

April 6, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

I hereby propose a new version of the Ten Commandments.    1    Choose and follow a version of the golden rule.  Note in your heart that golden rules have appeared in the writings of many cultures, including Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian and Ancient Egyptian.   2.   Never publicly advocate that one’s own version of a supernatural God is truer […]

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On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

April 4, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

Aristotle wrote with great insight and clarity that maintaining friendships was a prerequisite to acting virtuously. For Aristotle, to act virtuously was necessarily to consciously act for the right reasons.  But doing this requires bringing our non-rational parts into harmony with the rational.  Further, finding this harmony requires self-knowledge that we are helpless to obtain […]

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On Feeling Frustration With My Culture –

April 3, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
On Feeling Frustration With My Culture –

     I returned from China two weeks ago, after a three-week trip to three cities, two of which I spent over a week visiting.  I have little recollection of the first couple of days home, swathed in a jet-lagged fog as I must have been.  I had, as a friend’s daughter describes it, “jet legs.” […]

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Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

When did careful planning and execution become un-cool in real life? Probably about the same time it became un-cool in Hollywood.  Think how the American hero has evolved. He used to be smart, principled and disciplined.  Not anymore.  Where we used to have student-of-the-game Ted Williams, we now have Barry Bonds.  Where we used to […]

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