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The Origin of Life Just Got Easier

The Origin of Life Just Got Easier

In the June ’07 issue of Scientific American, the article “A Simpler Origin for Life” discusses a new approach for figuring out how life could have spontaneously arisen. The views of evolutionary biologists have evolved over the last few decades from assuming that the extremely unlikely spontaneous formation of simple DNA must have occurred, to […]

June 8, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
God gives girl a diamond

God gives girl a diamond

Unfortunately, you’ll have to read nearly this entire story to get to the part where the girl credits God with giving her a nearly 3-carat diamond. These sorts of things are where bad science, and faith in false deities, come from.  If that girl’s parents let her go on believing that God answered her prayers, she’ll probably spend the […]

June 7, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
Shouldn’t we treasure life closer to home?

Shouldn’t we treasure life closer to home?

Many of us spend a lot of energy wondering whether there is life on Mars, on the moons of Jupiter or elsewhere in the galaxy.   If we found life out there, it would make huge headlines. The June 2007 edition of Science has a beautiful photo of an orangutan and her baby on the front […]

June 6, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Wading through the government, one missing document at a time . . .

Wading through the government, one missing document at a time . . .

OK, bear with me here. I’m still processing the adventure a friend and I had earlier this week as we attempted to elicit information, of the public record kind, from our country’s federal bureaucracy. I accompanied my friend on a quest for information about a long-deceased relative. Wow. After only a small glimpse into the […]

June 6, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
On sharing meat and other lucky things

On sharing meat and other lucky things

When are we likely to share resources?  At first glance, some of us might say that we share when we have more of something than other people around us.  It’s not that simple, however. In “Evolutionary Psychology, Moral Heuristics in the Law,” Leda Cosmides and John Tooby discuss moral heuristics and the evolution of the […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
But there’s a real war going on

But there’s a real war going on

I’ve often complained that my home town’s once-great newspaper has completely lost its way. Here’s more proof.  There’s a real war going on.   Real people are dying for no good reason and the U.S. is funding this war.   This tragic story of what is going on and why should be front page material until the killing […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Heavily fortified vacant train repair yard

Heavily fortified vacant train repair yard

A friend referred me to this video about a strange government facility in a low-crime area in Indiana.  Interesting stuff.   Any ideas of what this is?   It does look as though the governmnent plans to put a bunch of people into this space.   On the other hand, maybe this is just another example of the […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Hilton Rooming on the State’s Dime

Hilton Rooming on the State’s Dime

Paris Hilton, reality show star, accidental internet hardcore porn celebrity, and heiress to part of the Hilton hotel fortune is spending the next three weeks in the celebrity wing of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood for a conviction for drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, probation violation, and reckless endangerment. My question […]

June 4, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
In case anyone is keeping track

In case anyone is keeping track

The Pentagon today announced the deaths of 14 more U.S. troops, bringing the total acknowledged U.S. troop deaths to 3,493 — just seven shy of yet another grim milestone…which will probably be surpassed by the time anyone reads this post.  Has anyone else noticed that the river of American blood is continuing to flow, despite (or probably […]

June 3, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More