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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sunspots 526

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

The Arts: The History Blog tells us about the return of the best-known (and almost the only) picture of J. S. Bach to Leipzig

Christianity: An article on the errors the so-called Prosperity Gospel makes in interpreting the Bible.

Benjamin L. Corey thinks that John Calvin either didn't understand Christ's teaching, or deliberately disobeyed it, and explains his thinking.

Health: (or something) As of June 11, 2015, Amazon was offering a free book, in Kindle format (the price may go back up in the future) entitled How to Survive by Eating Insects and Learning Entomophagy [eating insects]. I didn't download it, but it caught my attention.

Science: Wired points out that the wings of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World aren't large enough.

The courtship display of a peacock spider, in a 3 minute 2 second video.

Wired also has an essay about dinosaurs in general. If we did produce one now, would it be like the extinct ones? How would we know? and other interesting questions.

Image source (public domain)


FancyHorse said...

I am a fan of The History Blog, too. I missed this entry, about Bach. Thank you.

I have no use for "prosperity gospel". Completely false.

Interesting spider video. I sent that to my daughter-in-law who works as a Wildlife Curator at a nature preserve.

Martin LaBar said...

As always, thank you, FancyHorse. I'm glad those links were of some use to you.

FancyHorse said...

Martin, I ran across this article from another friend's blog, and thought you might be interested in it. It is a thought-provoking article about the dangers of sex-change operations, from a Johns Hopkins professor Paul R. McHugh.
Surgical Sex

The blog where I saw it is Reading to Know

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks. I'll look at it.