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The importance of pop quizzes

April 5, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
The importance of pop quizzes

You’ve just noticed several people carrying signs that say “Down with Ice Cream.”   You approach them to ask what is so bad about ice cream.  After listening to them for a few minutes, it becomes clear to you that there is a misunderstanding.  To them, the phrase “ice cream” actually means kicking dogs.  They are against kicking […]

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Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

April 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

In 1997, Amotz and Avishag Zahavi published a remarkable book:  The Handicap Principle: A Missing Piece of Darwin’s Puzzle.  The theme of the book, substantiated by the authors by use of dozens of case studies of animals in the wild, is twofold: In order to be effective, signals have to be reliable, and In order […]

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Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

A lot of people are beating up on old Sigmund Freud these days.  More than a century ago, however, Freud hit a particular ball out of the park and it’s still sailing:  he concluded that many important thought processes are unconscious.  In Philosophy in the Flesh (1999), Mark Johnson and George Lakoff listed some of the […]

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Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

March 31, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

Researchers have just spent a whole lot of money determining that prayer does not seem to work.  In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher […]

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What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

March 30, 2006 | By | Reply More
What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

The current edition of Time Magazine (April 3) warns us that global warming is not just a vague fear, but a reality.  The 14-page article contains disturbing photography of displaced animals and receding glaciers.  The cover warns us to be “Very Worried.” Even though I’ve often seen publishers use hyperbole to sell magazines, I am […]

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Science vs. religion

March 24, 2006 | By | 15 Replies More
Science vs. religion

I’ve often wondered why there is such a strong split between people who believe in science and people who believe in religion.  Certainly, there are many people who believe in both, or neither, but I think the vast majority of people believe in one or the other.  Then, I finally realized one possible source of […]

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I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

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The Immorality of Inquiry

March 15, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The Immorality of Inquiry

Consider, that many religions consider it immoral to do any of the following: Ask certain obvious questions (Is there a God? Will God decide to abolish hell?) Follow evidence wherever it leads. (Many Believers refuse to consider indisputable indicators demonstrating that the earth is actually more than 6,000 years old). Admit that one does not really know […]

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The Biggest Computer

March 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The Biggest Computer

Complexity at its best: God created the evolutionary algorithm, but had to create a world too, to see where it would all lead. The world is the smallest device capable of accurately computing where it will all lead. He’s still watching and He is often quite surprised.

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