Universal truths are universal

March 2, 2012

Graphic of rotting bananas over beautiful ripe bananas reads, “When you want to eat a banana” and “When you don’t want to eat a banana.” 

Back in Bali, we were talking to an Australian couple about this very fact.

The other universal truth is, fruit in a bowl goes largely untouched. But if you take that fruit, cut it up and lay it out, it’ll be gone before you can count to banana.

Via


Do you interpret clarity as a threat?

May 17, 2010

Via Pharyngula


Flipping friend Friday and science-y style catch up, wrap up, print up …

March 5, 2010

Twitter enthusiast and (semi-?) regular reader Stu Spencer posted this on his facebook. I hope my religiously inclined readers watch it, and verify it against history. Or not. I’m leaning toward not looking into it. But that’s just my lack of faith talking (honk).

As Spencer pointed out on twitter, it’s a great response to those who are confused why science is always changing.

He also tweeted this which caught my eye from Jerry Coyne … “Only in America”.

Follow Spencer on twitter. If you do, you can say you have a friend in Australia, too.

At “Why Evolution is True” Coyne posted this article with pictures:

From the BBC:

Police in the US state of New Jersey have ordered a family to cover up their snow sculpture of the famous nude Venus de Milo after a neighbour complained.

Eliza Gonzalez sculpted the snow-woman with her son and daughter on her front lawn in Rahway following a snowstorm.

Many people praised their creation, but a police officer told them a neighbour had found it too risque, she said.

When given the option of covering the sculpture up or knocking it down, she dressed it in a bikini top and sarong.

“We didn’t want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up,” Ms Gonzalez told the AFP news agency.

But she now thinks the snowy Venus looks “more objectified and sexualised” than it did before the authorities intervened.

Over at the Daily What, whoever found the Nat Geo article the age of dinosaurs said, “Turns out Creationists are right and man and dinosaurs lived together. Just kidding; dinos are even older than previously thought.” Well, unless you’re a creationist and you think the glut of scientific evidence for an old earth is the crafty doings of a semi-but-not-all-powerful being called “Satan”.

You should go read that article. Tell ‘em I sent you.

And finally for today, Theoretical Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel (Starts with a Bang) wrote two excellent posts on “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” You can read them here and here.

Of course, he’s talking about the Big Bang. What else would he be talking about? Is there some other “Greatest Story Ever Told” that you might have confused it with?

Please, please, please do yourselves a favor and read them both.

Oh, and to follow up on zdenny who went MIA suddenly and I wrote about it here, I emailed him again and I finally got a response. He’s fine. He has a pulse. He’s decided to concentrate on different avenues of ministry.

I was genuinely under the impression that I was going to get an email back saying that zdenny had died, and it was all my fault (not really). But I was concerned.

I wrote him:

I’m a little concerned about your whereabouts. I hope everything is okay.

Let me know that your web site is down because you didn’t pay the bill.

It’s been a couple weeks.

He responded (notice the extreme segue):

Jeremy,

I have so many people placing their faith in Jesus Christ that I have had to focus on a discipleship ministry.  The response to the gospel is just overwhelming with so many wanting to follow Christ at this time in history.  I have had to begin a discipleship ministry as a result.

I wanted to thank-you for your exchanges as I was really just thinking through a great many issues.  I discovered that many atheists have ADHD and their rejection of God is merely an extension of their inability to really trust anyone else.  In fact, I found every atheist I spoke with had trust issues.  I will admit that this finding was shocking to me and completely unexpected; however, it does make sense once I stepped back and analyzed the results.  Since belief in God is almost universal, there had to be an explanation why atheists exist.

I have also found that people with ADHD can also become radical followers of Jesus Christ.  It just seems that people with ADHD go to the extremes in their commitment.  It is a positive thing when the energy is funneled to the right things.

My prayers are with you…

In His Name and for His Glory,

ZDENNY


To make it even creepier, zdenny puts one of those confidentiality notices at the bottom of his emails as if his email is a private, corporate business with a penchant for exchanging top-secret ideas. His email is a hotmail account. The disclaimer says, “The information contained in this message may be CONFIDENTIAL and is for the intended addressee only. Any unauthorized use, dissemination of the information, or copying of this message is prohibited. If you are not the intended addressee, please notify the sender immediately and delete this message.”

I guess zdenny might sue me.


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