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Screwing with Darwin – the final chapter

Reading Time: 5 minutes [Continued from Screwing with Darwin 2] I had a passing knowledge of evolution in high school. Better than the average bear, but still sketchy. I majored in physical anthropology at Berkeley not for the dazzling job prospects but to fill in that sketch. In addition to changing and deepening my understanding of what it means […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Science

Pushing the point…or not

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Once you cast doubt on man’s place in creation, the entire Biblical story of salvation history, from original sin to Christ’s incarnation, is also threatened. –TULLIO GREGORY, Libertinisme Érudite in Seventeenth-Century France and Italy As I may have mentioned, I’m up to my neck in fun and fascinating work right now, including an anthology […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Science

Screwing with…His Holiness?!

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m in the research phase for some really engaging writing projects right now. That’s good except for one thing: while I’m overturning cool rocks, I always find some fantastic tangent wriggling underneath. I chase after it, giggling like a wee lass, and forget all about the original task. It’s an actual problem. Exhibit A: I’m […]

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DADT and the chaplains

Reading Time: 4 minutes A little while ago I said that accepting a certain level of facepalming human malpractice is one of the keys to passing my short vivre with some degree of joie. But I added that some nonsense is misguided and unworthy enough of respect to get me out of my chair. And sometimes, despite every effort […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Death & Dying, Parenting & Family

cul de sac

Reading Time: 3 minutes What a few weeks it’s been. In the midst of the hectic usual, two people my family loved died. One, my wife’s 97-year-old grandmother, was expected. The other, my stepfather — though 84 — was not. The kids have done really well. Deep sadness, especially at bedtime, but also that lovely working-through, that profound engagement. […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Science

Evolution & Art Contest for Kids!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kate Miller, the creative genius behind Charlie’s Playhouse, is sponsoring an evolution art contest for kids. And like everything that comes out of Charlie’s Playhouse, it’s clever and fun. Kids pick an existing animal, imagine a bunch of them stuck on an island with an environment different from the one they’re accustomed to, then draw […]

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