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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sunspots 91


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:


Science:
Surprise! Men are distracted, and tend to make bad decisions, in the presence of an attractive female.

People who use two languages daily are considerably less likely to develop dementia.

A group of scientists has made a list of the 100 most endangered species of animals, based on their rarity and apparent genetic uniqueness.

Politics, or maybe Science:
The White House has published "Advancing Stem Cell Science Without Destroying Human Life." This report has been called "ridiculous" by Arthur Caplan, the most visible bioethicist of our time.

Computing:
At least some of Internet Telephony Magazine is freely available.

Literature:
E. Stephen Burnett on the treatment of the church in fantastic literature.

Christianity:
Catez argues that ". . . words such as 'justification,' 'propitiation,' 'sanctification,' 'flesh,' 'predestination', and 'repentance' are not specially theological, but ordinary English words." She doesn't say so, but, as evidence, one of the great short stories of fantastic literature was " 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman."

Francis Collins, head of the US Human Genome Project, in Christianity Today, on how God used evolution.

Bonnie, from Intellectuelle, has a short, but solid piece on helping others grieve, and says that some of us aren't doing as much of it as we should, for the sake of others, and ourselves.

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here.)

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

Thanks for reading! Keep clicking away.

4 comments:

Julana said...

I think I saw Caplan commenting during the Schiavo case. Not impressed.

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Ticktockman? :-)

Martin LaBar said...

I said Caplan was the "most visible," not necessarily the most correct.

The Ticktockman, as I recall, was a powerful timekeeper -- the Harlequin refused to be constrained by him.

Thanks for reading.

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the mention, Martin

Martin LaBar said...

You are welcome, Bonnie.

How much good my mention does toward expanding your readership is questionable!