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

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

| May 28, 2007 | 1 Reply

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”?

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

| May 28, 2007 | 12 Replies

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

Haldane’s four stages of acceptance

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Replies

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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Addicted to forgiveness?

Addicted to forgiveness?

| May 27, 2007 | 6 Replies

Ebonmuse has raised an intriguing point at his site, Daylight Atheism.  He suggests that unrealistic expectations promulgated by many churches throw many people into disorienting existential spirals.  Instead of acknowledging the limitations of human animals up front, many church-goers (with the encouragement of their religious leaders), conceive of their journeys through life as a constant series of […]

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As if Americans aren’t fat enough

As if Americans aren’t fat enough

| May 27, 2007 | 1 Reply

I just laughed when I read this article about the new “all-you-can-eat” seats at Dodger Stadium.  For one price, fans get all the hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soda they can consume, and the fans are…sorry for the pun…eating it up.  One fan interviewed for the article (and I don’t imagine he’s the only one) likes to bet […]

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Do you like fractals?  Do you like Art?  How about fractal art?

Do you like fractals? Do you like Art? How about fractal art?

| May 26, 2007 | 15 Replies

Dive in at Enchgallery.  You could spend quite a while at this site taking in the fractal sites.   Those fractals are common in nature, there is something other-worldly about these works of art.

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Walk a mile in my over-muscled cramp-prone freakish physique

Walk a mile in my over-muscled cramp-prone freakish physique

| May 26, 2007 | 63 Replies

I don’t know anything about bodybuilding, or I didn’t until I watched Raising the Bar 2, a brand-new documentary by Mike Pulcinella (Mike wrote it, shot and edited it).  Mike often submits comments to this site, and we have corresponded by e-mail a number of times.  A couple weeks ago, Mike asked me whether I’d […]

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If you want a fast and cheap Internet connection, you can have it, but not in the U.S.

If you want a fast and cheap Internet connection, you can have it, but not in the U.S.

| May 25, 2007 | 10 Replies

These stats are mind-boggling.  The U.S. is not a good place to have access to a fast or reasonably priced Internet connection: The average broadband download speed in the US is only 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in South Korea, 18 Mbps in Sweden, 17 Mpbs in France, […]

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Bush was warned that Iraq would turn into . . . Iraq

Bush was warned that Iraq would turn into . . . Iraq

| May 25, 2007 | 4 Replies

Huffpo is reporting what secret papers revealed to Bush before he decided to invade Iraq.  Intelligence analysts predicted, in secret papers circulated within the government before the Iraq invasion, that al-Qaida would see U.S. military action as an opportunity to increase its operations and that Iran would try to shape a post-Saddam Iraq. The top […]

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