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Darwin’s “theory of evolution” isn’t evolution; it’s natural selection

Darwin’s “theory of evolution” isn’t evolution; it’s natural selection

I can always tell when an opponent of Darwin’s “theory of evolution” has never read Darwin, because they try to claim that Darwin’s “theory of evolution” means that “evolution is a theory.” Unfortunately for them, the phrase “Darwin’s theory of evolution” does not mean evolution was Darwin’s theory.  Scientists recognized evolution long before Darwin came along, and […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 13 Replies More
Good Friday – Good Grief!

Good Friday – Good Grief!

I was raised Roman Catholic. Many things about the church puzzled me, Good Friday perhaps being the most puzzling of Holy Days.   On the lighter side, the kids at Catholic school insisted that it always rained on Good Friday, usually in the afternoon while Jesus was dying on the cross.  Whenever it did rain this was […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

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 […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The true importance of Diversity

The true importance of Diversity

. . .  To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Mission Statement When I hear the term “diversity” I become suspicious.  For many people, diversity refers to the mechanical process of gathering different-looking people and assuming that doing […]

April 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Oil Tetris

Oil Tetris

The U.S. consumes 400 million gallons of gasoline every day. That amounts to almost 5,000 gallons every second. More than half of that oil is imported.

Everything we do is affected by oil. In addition to keeping us warm and transporting us, we eat oil. Not literally, but the average American meal travels an about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate.

If there were an interruption in the oil supply, we would look to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That much-cited U.S. reserve, however, holds only a 60-day supply of oil. It is official U.S. policy, then, that We the People shall always remain only small one incident from a major oil crisis.

April 12, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
More time = shorter letter

More time = shorter letter

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) Lettres provinciales. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.    Henry David Thoreau If I had more time, I would have written a shorter […]

April 12, 2006 | By | 41 Replies More
A strange and troubling war, indeed.

A strange and troubling war, indeed.

James Zogby has recently pointed to the public dispute between Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice as yet another way in which the Iraq war has become “Strange and Troubling”: And so here we are, nearly three years after “mission accomplished,” many dead and injured later, Iraq imploding, the US floundering, the public turning against the […]

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The Curse of Fungible Dollars

The Curse of Fungible Dollars

A friend recently gave me a ticket to a hockey game.  I couldn’t help but noticing the high cost of tickets; the average ticket costs $50.  Mark Manary, a WUSM pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is saving the lives of children in Malawi with peanut butter. His revolutionary new method for treating starving children […]

April 11, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

Based on several conversations I’ve recently had with some religious/social conservatives, God is no longer a Trinity.  Whether I raise pressing issues about oil, housing or education I hear the same answer:  “The free market will take care of it.” They seem to repeat this free market mantra as their response to every conceivable question […]

April 10, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More