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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sunspots 238

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

A list of 96 examples, it is said, of bad design, with discussion of each. This web page was written to show that Intelligent Design isn't very, well, intelligent.

Reuters (and others) report that the Obama administration has approved 13 new human stem cell lines for research. There have been ethical safeguards. Some people, of course, think that no research on human embryo cells should be allowed at all.

I found a link to a new blog, Todd's Blog, which deals with origins from a young-earth creationism viewpoint. Unlike all too many such authors, Todd Wood, apparently a Ph.D. in biology, teaching at Bryan College, does not claim that scientific findings rule out views of origins other than young-earth creationism, because he knows that they don't. He sets forth his reason for being a young-earth creationist, which reason is his understanding of scripture. I disagree with him, as many other Christians do, because we believe that scientific data are also part of God's revelation to man, and that they cannot be ignored, and we believe that the Bible can be interpreted differently, without doing violence to the meaning that God intended. But it is refreshing to read an author with his honesty and his qualifications. Unfortunately, his blog does not allow comments.

A study on graduation success rates of football players at schools involved in end-of-year bowl games. There are 14 colleges out of the 38 shown, where white football players have a graduation rate 20% or more higher than the African-American players from the same school. There are some schools where there is little difference, including a few where the whites don't graduate quite as often as the blacks, but that doesn't excuse the shameful overall trend. Texas, which will be playing for the national championship, has a black football player graduation rate of 37%, but the white rate is 69%.

Wired tells us how to test our Internet connection speed.

Jan has some holiday survival tips for singles.

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