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Archives for October, 2006

Secular Scorecard

If you’re like many SciBlog readers you probably have an interest in just how well your elected representatives are truly representing you, whether it’s concerning stem cell research, same-sex marriage, church-state separation issues, or what-have-you. For convenient one stop shopping, take a trip over to secular.org, specifically, to their congressional scorecard. You can see a…

…like an Austrian pop star’s music video (ca. 1982).

June Cleaver got it right.

A little string of pearls is the perfect touch, even for a planet. Cassini Image Shows Saturn Draped in a String of Pearls Does Saturn, ice cold martini in one hand, feather duster in the other, greet Jupiter at the door after he returns from a long day in orbit?

Pan sapiens

Chimpanzees and humans were given the spotlight in “What Makes Us Different,” the cover story in last week’s Time Magazine (Oct. 9th). It’s not a bad piece for the masses, but I anticipate a few “I ain’t descended from no monkey” letters to the editor will appear. Although we at the Chimp Refuge appreciate DNA…

The demon haunted mind

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell – Oscar Wilde A recent Sunday found my kids and me careening through the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey as participants in the local “Run with the Devil” MiniCooper rally. Yes, I own one of those goofy little automobiles, and my…

Ironic Optimization

As an electrical engineer and college professor, I often have to correct my students’ use of the words ironic and optimize. Lots of people use ironic when they’re referring to what might be better called a curious or interesting coincidence. No, it’s not ironic that Larry died on his father’s birthday. Irony involves something producing…

FFRF Convention

This weekend, October 6-8, San Francisco will be the site of the 29th annual convention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Among the activities will be talks by Sam Harris (The End of Faith) and Dr. Richard Sloan (Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine). Julia Sweeney, of Saturday Night Live fame, will…