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Science and Religion

Now there's a big topic, eh? A magazine that I don't normally read has a good, in depth, thoughtful article about the debate between Religion and Science (see what I just did?). It comes in the guise of a book review (oddly the author has, himself, recently come out with a competing book, which does undermine his objectivity a little bit.) Still, it's an excellent overview.

(Funnily enough, the factoid that stayed with me the longest from this article is that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day. Talk about trivia!)

"It is a depressing fact that while 74 percent of Americans believe that angels exist, only 25 percent accept that we evolved from apelike ancestors. Just one in eight of us think that evolution should be taught in the biology classroom without including a creationist alternative. Among thirty-four Western countries surveyed for the acceptance of evolution, the United States ranked a dismal thirty-third, just above Turkey." (from Seeing is Believing, The New Republic)

And by the way, why does he pick on Turkey? At any rate the article is about much more (it's long) and in my opinion well worth reading.

p.s. Here's another example of the unfortunate process which seems to inevitably leading to putting magazines out of business. I read the article, am spreading the word, without looking at any ads as far as I can remember, and certainly not purchasing the magazine. We all want to get everything cheaper and cheaper or even free, and so we get what we want, although in getting it we may be killing the very thing.

More than Charisma

From Bob Herbert, in today's New York Times:

"… [we've witnessed] the almost desperate hunger in this country for mature leadership, for someone who is not recless and clownish, shortsighted and self-absorbed." (from The New York Times)

Someone asked said to me the other day, 'you're really political aren't you?' I don't consider myself very political at all, never have been. One a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate myself a 3. So in a way I have surprised myself in the last 12 months.

I have to say that when I read it, the thought expressed in the quote above really resonated.

Not surprised that he gets to keep it

There's been some back and forth silliness about whether Barack Obama can keep his Blackberry. All the pundits said "no way" but I thought, geez, the guy is President (did you hear?) all he has to do is say: 'make it so':

"On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration -- but
that is probably the National Security Agency -- added to a standard
blackberry a super-encryption package…. and Obama WILL be able to use
it … still for routine and personal messages." (from Marc Ambinder in Atlantic)

But, he won't be allowed to use IM 🙂


It's the start of something

Chris and I, this morning, looking forward to a great day. We've waited and worked for this. And now the day has come.

I saw the inauguration communally on a big screen at the Regent Theater in Arlington with hundreds of other cheering folks. It was a fun and exciting event. People even stood up for the actual oath of office.

Quite something!

  • Link to site: HOPE

Madoff Scammed His Sister, Too!

Check out this post Madoff Scammed His Sister, Too!:

"A division has appeared in the Madoff family: Those who invested all their money with Bernie (such as his now wiped-out sister)…and those who didn't (including his sons Mark and Andrew and his brother Peter). Forgive us for tentatively concluding that the Madoff family members who didn't lose their shirts on the scam knew or suspected that something was going on." (from: from Clusterstock)

30+ Must-Have Updated Firefox 3 Extensions

Check this post 30+ Must-Have Updated Firefox 3 Extensions from Mashable!:

We’ve put together a list of 30+ must-have Firefox 3 extensions that we know you’ll enjoy, whether you’ve upgraded to Firefox 3 and are looking for something new to add to your browser, or have yet to make the upgrade and are looking for a reason.

Lots of good stuff there if you are a FireFox 3 user. Check 'em out!

Originally posted on Jun 27, 2008. Reprinted courtesy of ReRuns plug-in.