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Why So Much Weather?

Why So Much Weather?

A quick question, please.  Why does each local TV newscast have almost five minutes of weather?  I’m not talking about those days when a big snowstorm is about to hit.  I’m talking about a typical weather day.  Who makes the decision to beat mediocre weather into the ground each night, and why? I’ve discussed this […]

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

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.” […]

April 3, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Politicians Speaking Publicly Versus Privately

Politicians Speaking Publicly Versus Privately

What if a co-worker told you both of the following things:  A) She was leaving the company to take a new job; and B) She was not leaving the company to take a new job. You would probably assume that she was playing a joke on you or that she was struggling with an illness […]

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Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

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

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 […]

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

Why Pray?  Perhaps my previous post sounded a bit harsh.  Why “mock” those who call upon their Creator for a bit of help in a time of need? Skeptics have obvious reasons for doubting the power of prayer, but it seems to me that Believers should have even stronger reasons to avoid bothering God with […]

March 31, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

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 […]

March 31, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

The public grade school in my neighborhood has a science classroom, but no science teacher.  I’m not a teacher or a scientist, but I’ve been asked to help teach science there.   You see, there’s no money in the budget to hire a science teacher.  Therefore, all 350 of the children at that school are being […]

March 30, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

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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