Entries from blogs tagged with “The Arts”
This week, for reasons known only to me, the sequence of images will be different. Instead of an image which gradually expands, I'll be post small sections from different parts of the picture. I normally add one new image each day, but this time I will post additional snippets of the picture more often, probably twice a day.If you are the first person who correctly identifies the place or object, I'll send you a message to let you know you're correct. Everyone else will just have to keep looking.Cody is currently the undisputed master of this game. Take him down!This week's first image:
Here is a different part of the picture:
I said I would add images more frequently, here is another:
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The blue baloon marks the location of this week's location:
View Larger MapHere is the picture of the train at Buford M. Watson Park:
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One of the cool things about the biological world is the endless variety of subtle relationships that have evolved between very different kinds of organisms. For instance, this link from the BBC documents an interesting relationship between certain geckos and honeydew producing insects called tree hoppers. The hoppers vibrate that abdomen as a signal to the gecko that a drop of honeydew is available and the lizard laps up the drop. Some geckos also appear to actively beg for the sweet drop. The gecko gets extra calories but how the insect benefits is really not clear. Could this be a gecko protection racket? Maybe the meek looking Geico gecko has a darker side.I was also surprised to learn that some geckos lap nectar from flowers, so maybe it is a short leap from that to lapping honeydew from treehoppers. Be that as it may, these sorts of coevolutionary relationships show an important aspect of the biodiversity crisis-the modern mass extinction event we face as a civilization. For not only are irreplaceable species being lost, but the rich web of evolutionary relationships that characterize life is being destroyed.By the way, this and other interesting stories about "cold blooded" animals are featured in a BBC documentary Life in Cold Blood. Presumably this program will eventually make its way here.
If you are a youth in SRS foster care who made it through high school and wants to further your education, you don't have to pay tuition at Kansas public institutions such as vocational schools and colleges. If you are a Native American youth in tribal foster care, forget it.Carol Shopteese, a child welfare worker with the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas, told me about a youth under the jurisdiction of the tribal court who made it through high school and wants to graduate from college. When Carol tried to access the tuition waiver program for this youth, she was denied.Kansas and other states are doing a better job of helping youth who are leaving foster care because of age. In the past, foster youth reaching age 18 were simply out on their own. One researcher in Wisconsin said that people leaving prison in that state had more resources than youth leaving foster care. That changed in 1999 when Senator John Chafee authored a bill that put an emphasis on assisting these youth to make the transition from foster care to becoming productive members of our communities.Many states have recognized their responsibilities to these youth by adding benefits beyond those provided by the Chafee Act. In 2006, the Kansas legislature enacted the "Kansas foster child educational assistance act." In simple terms, this law provides free tuition at Kansas public vocational schools and colleges to youth aging out of foster care who were in the custody of the Secretary of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. That is the rub. Children who are members of one of the Native American Tribes in Kansas are more likely to be in tribal foster care under the custody of a tribal court rather than SRS. Federally recognized tribes are sovereign nations within the United States. Many tribes have their own tribal courts and foster care systems to protect the interest of Indian children and families. Native American youth are eligible for benefits provided by the Chafee Act. The SRS Policy manual states: "Youth affiliated with the tribes and in custody or jurisdiction of the tribal court meet the same criteria as youth in the custody of the State of Kansas." This does not apply to the Kansas foster child educational assistance act because this provision was not written into the law. I am sure that this was just an oversight. Tell that to the 18 year old Sac and Fox youth trying to attain a college education.
The Space Station, with the Space Shuttle still be docked, will pass overhead this evening. Look to the northwest about 6:48 PM (the article says 6:28, but that is incorrect). Although it should be even brighter than usual, it will be visible for only 3-4 minutes as it passes over and goes below the eastern horizon. Even if there are a few clouds, it should not be hard to locate.
Yesterday I noticed that Google Maps, a tool I use frequently, had a new button at the top of the map. The button "Street View" was something I'd heard about a few months ago.Clicking the button, I saw most of the roads in Lawrence become highlighted in blue. As I zoomed in closer, a little virtual man appeared on the map. Clicking on him caused a picture to appear above his head. The picture was a view of the city street where he was "standing". With my mouse, I was able to pan the picture around and get a 360 degree view from that location.Then I used my mouse to drag him to near where I live. From within the picture, you can not only pan, but, by clicking on the arrows superimposed on the picture, move up and down the street.Soon I had navigated to my street and then to where my house is. I panned around to the right and there was my car sitting in the driveway!Before I go farther I should say that these picture were clearly taken in summer, probably last summer. THEY ARE NOT REAL TIME IMAGES. Google has sent a vehicle around to take these pictures. It has a camera with a 360 degree view on top. Some of you have seen it, as I'll describe later. It may have been a van, or a car with a spherical camera mounted above the roof.Speaking of people who have seen it, I noticed that the blue lines (which shows those streets which have been mapped with images) extended up north of Lawrence in to Jefferson county, where my Aunt lives.I found their road and as I "approached" (virtually that is) their house I first saw my one of my cousins driving his ATV down the road, past the camera vehicle. As I approached the house, my other cousin was clearly visible on a riding lawnmower, mowing his mother's grass.Cool? Absolutely. A little scary? Maybe. One thing I'm sure of, this is only the beginning. It will only get better... or maybe worse, depending upon your perspective.The Journal World's Christine Metz also had an article on Street View" which has more information.For those of you who follow my So Much to See blog postings, here is another hint for the lastest image. It uses Google Street View to let you search the area where this week's landmark is located. Navigate around a bit and you will see the subject of this weeks picture.BTW. I've been working with the LHS Robotics Club and hope to soon have some pictures and information as they prepare for this year's US First robot competition.
It is official! Science Debate 2008 has just invited the presidential candidates to a debate on science policy. The debate is scheduled for April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Of course just because the candidates are invited to the debate doesn't mean they are going to show up. See the Science Debate 2008 website for more updates.From the Science Debate Press Release:"Most of the major policy challenges the next president will face, from climate chance to jobs and economic competitiveness to healthcare to the health of the oceans, center on science and technology. Where is the next transistor economy going to come from? Is there going to be action to address climate change? Do we need a Marshall plan for science in America? What about peak oil? Why are our school children falling behind other countries in math and science, and what should be done about it?"Stay tuned...
At the age of 75, film actor Roy Scheider passed away this weekend due to complications from cancer. Sure, he was most well known from his role opposite a certain shark known for terrorizing Amity Island, but he also appeared in dozens of memorable films that may not be blockbuster material, but are definitely worth checking out.The first one that comes to my mind is a lesser known William Friedkin film from 1977 called "Sorcerer." A remake of the French film "Le Salaire de la Peur" (The Wages of Fear), "Sorcerer" tells the tale of a couple of truckers in South America who are commissioned to drive shipments of nitroglycerin through some pretty rocky terrain. Both a character study and a thriller, the film allows Scheider to deliver an intense performance of a man risking his life for a chance at freedom.Other highlights from his career include a fun 70's cop drama called "The Seven-Ups," the Bob Fosse inspired "All That Jazz," a supporting role in "Klute," and let's not forget that role he had in the adaptation of William Burrough's "Naked Lunch."So, if you find yourself with a free moment, take a look at Roy Scheider's filmography on imdb. After you weed through a few missteps like "Daybreak" and "The Punisher," you just might find yourself with some decent Netflix rentals for this weekend. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001702/If you have any other Roy Scheider recommendations, feel free to post them here.
Where is it? What is it?Here is this week's image, and I'm even including a hint. The small patches of white? That is snow.Does that help? <grin>
The final image of the gazebo at Centennial Park:
Here is a map, the Centennial gazebo is marked by the blue baloon:
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Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, Seymour M. Hersh received the William Allen White Foundation 2008 National Citation at Woodruff Auditorium (in the Kansas Union Building) at Kansas University yesterday. A photograph and report appears in the Journal World this morning.In an introduction, Ted Frederickson, Budig Professor of Writing, at KU, said that Hersh was "the most effective watchdog of our time...." and referred to his expostion of the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, and the more recent Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq."Great," I thought, "I'm going to hear a great journalist, with proven investigative skills and courage, who is going to teach me something about persistence, courage, and some things that might help me become a better citizen journalist."I took my notebook along to gather gems of wisdom. I was excited when I heard his first sentences which included the phrase "there's nothing like journalism ... we have the ability to change the world." He added, referring to America, "this is a special country.""He's so right," I thought. "I'm privileged to be sitting here in the middle of America listening to this."Then Hersh proceeded to disparage the President of "this special country" with a "Bush bash" which drew laughs and clapping from some sections of the audience. Before I go any further, let me make it plain that I am not yet a voter (my American citizenship is in process) - and I am trying to listen to ALL the debates with an open mind. As Hersh continued talking, I became increasingly uncomfortable with his obvious negativity toward President Bush. The "greatest watchdog of our time" directed his bark and bites at the President. Yes, I know the watchdog journalist needs to tell the truth and Hersh has done a great job in relating the truths he has unconvered in Vietnam and in Iraq, but I expected him to be more objective - not engage in what appeared to be a personal attack on the person more than half of America elected to be the leader of this country.I am amazed that people on both sides - Republican and Democrat - seem to conclude that thinking or voting for one particular party shows some kind of stupidity or imbecility on the part of the other. Is over half of America really stupid because they voted for Republican George Bush? Does one half of America have the monopoly on intelligence - or stupidity?Surely part of any intelligent debate - and investigative journalism - is to look at both sides of issues in an objective way, before rendering a reasoned opinion? Near the end of his talk, Hersh said:"As journalists, we can hold up a light to show the truth."He generally does this in his writing, and does it well, but, yesterday, perhaps because he was suffering from a head cold, his objectivity went walkabout. The watchdog seemed to bark a little too much in only one direction, and, in my eyes, his light dimmed a little.
http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Feb/08/IMG_0627.jpgThat is noted sculptor Elden Tefft on the left. Eldon is retired from teaching sculpture at the University of Kansas and maybe best known locally as the creator of the statue of Moses in front of Smith Hall. His representation of former KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy is in a sculpture garden at UCLA along with works of such notables as Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth and Henri Matisse.That is internationally known sculptor Gustavo Beckelmann on the right. Gustavo is from Paraguay and is in Kansas this month as part of the "Visual Encounters with Paraguay" exhibit at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka. Elden Tefft taught sculpture in Paraguay in 1989. His trip was part of a cultural exchange through Kansas Paraguay Partners and supported, in part, by Partners of the Americas.Gustavo says that in 1989 he was a struggling artist who was trying to create bronze sculptures. His methods were primitive and results were disappointing. He attended Professor Tefft's class in Asuncion Paraguay and his artistic life was transformed. Elden taught the "lost wax" method of working with bronze which is an ancient technique still used today.Following these classes Jerry Miller, one of Elden's collaborators, helped Gustavo build the type of kiln needed to work successfully with bronze. Gustavo has gone on to create sculptures that have won international prizes. He has also passed on what he has learned by helping sculptors in other countries build kilns like the one that Jerry helped him construct. This is one of hundreds of stories of international collaborations in diverse fields including agriculture, health and education that build understanding across cultures. In this case a young struggling artist in a developing country learned the skills needed to build a successful career. For his part Elden made lifelong friends in a little known South American country.I heard yesterday that the US now spends more on defense than all of the other countries in the world combined. Perhaps if we spent more on building relationships like that of Elden and Gustavo we would need to spend less on defense.
THE REAL MIKE HUCKABEE: House Bill 1525 by Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, was approved by the House but eventually failed in the Senate. Huckabee reiterated Wednesday that he believes every child, regardless of their parent's immigration status, should have an opportunity to receive an education in the U.S.MORE ABOUT MR. HUCKABEE:http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2005/06/30/News/323746.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/25/AR2007112501547_pf.htmlhttp://www.huckabeefacts.org/ http://www.worldmag.com/articles/12679 http://cofcc.org/?p=1018http://www.chequer-board.net/story/2007/12/21/155136/04 http://www.dailycampus.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticleComments&ustory_id=0d52d1b9-1ae0-4e3b-8353-7d653899bac6&refsource=collegeheadlineshttp://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2007/12/019190.php http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/1/4/144236/0317 http://www.firesociety.com/forum/thread/20933/Huckabee-calls-for-end-of-Anchor-Babies/The media has successfully fragmented the Republican vote and pumped their favorite (NOT OURS) RINO (Republican In Name Only) McCain. It's a win win for the Liberal Socialists who are in the process of hijacking the Republican Party AND the country.JOHN MCCAIN, THE DEMOCTRATS FAVORITE CHOICEHere are links to articles that really expose John McCain for who he is:http://www.alipac.us/article2920.htmlhttp://media.citizensunited.org/Surprisingly.htm. It's a killer for McCain.There is still time to give Romney enough of a push to keep the race competitive. The power of the internet is incredible. Please make use of it! Email ANY and EVERYONE you know who will be voting on Tuesday and let them know just how disastrous it would be to vote for McCain. Educate them as to why and turn them on to Mitt Romney.I've met him on several occasions and was at the MA Rep. convention when we nominated him for Governor there. Tell them to get on the Romney bandwagon and help the guy out at: http://www.mittromney.com.Besides emails, you can make phone calls AND write/submit letters to editors online and at major metropolitan newspapers http://www.newslink.org/news.html around the country.HELP STOP RINO JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS SECRET PARTNER, HUCKABEE!!A vote for RINO (Republican In Name Only) John McCain is a vote for the following:ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: he wrote the bill granting amnesty to illegal immigrants (co-sponsored by Ted Kennedy).SOCIAL SECURITY: he voted to give your social security money to illegal immigrants.TAXES: he voted against the Bush tax cuts multiple times (he has since flip-flopped and has campaigned as a lifelong tax-cutter).RHETORIC: he routinely engages in Democratic class warfare against big companies in America, particularly the "evil" drug companies who research cures to debilitating diseases for a profit.ECONOMY: as recently as December 2007 he admitted "he does not know the economy very well" and needed to get better at it.1ST AMENDMENT: he wrote the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that was declared to be an unconstitutional infringement of the 1st Amendment (co-sponsored by ultra-liberal Democrat Russ Feingold).2ND AMENDMENT: he was called the "worst 2nd amendment candidate" by the president of the NRA.ENERGY TAX: wrote a bill (co-sponsored by his buddy Lieberman) imposing a massive tax on energy which, according to the Department of Energy, would drastically raise the price of gasoline and put 300,000 Americans out of work.GLOBAL WARMING: supports radical global warming legislation which involved him voting with every Democrat; think only America is responsible to take action, not other superpowers.JUDGES: he joined forces with Democrats (Gang of 14) to block the Senate Republican's attempt to confirm conservative, strict constructionist judges; also said Alito was too conservative for his liking.WAR ON TERROR: fought with Hillary Clinton to demand that terrorists be given a full AMERICAN trial.
Launch today is scheduled for 1:45PM CST today. You can watch it in HD on channel 220, or on NASA TV.Launches now are just a small note in the news now, but if you've had a chance to see a shuttle launch, it is not something you will forget. NASA has not done a good job relating how amazing a task it is. Unfortunately, few will get to stand outside Launch Control, hear the final count over the loudspeaker, hear the loud whir of the main engines when they start and watch it rise from the billowing clouds of smoke.I can tell you for a fact that it is cool. Even these days few things can match it. From 3 1/2 miles away (as close as anyone is allowed) it is loud. Sometimes you'll hear car alarms go off from the low frequency vibrations. 10 miles is as close as most of the public can get, but even at that distance it is impressive.So if you have a few minutes today around 1:45, you might take the time to watch. Seven people are going to do something pretty amazing.And here is one more NASA site of interest, it is a real-time 3-D display of the satellites orbiting the earth. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the Shuttle and Space station, but it does show a new, fascinating perspective of our planet.
A study in PLOS Medicine challenges the notion that preventing obesity and smoking reduces over all health costs. The authors modeled life time health care costs under a number of scenarios and their results suggest that preventing obesity and smoking actually increases life time health care costs. The two factors contributing to this counter intuitive result are increased life span resulting from prevention and the shift from acute diseases associated with smoking and obesity to chronic diseases that are more expensive over the person's life time.Don't reach for that cigarette or stop that exercising though. The authors note that their study does not address other sorts of economic and social costs. For instance the indirect costs associated with smoking and obesity could easily exceed the direct medical costs.Also they assume that treatment costs are constant for medical problems regardless of whether or not a person is obese or smokes. For example, the authors observe that treating back problems might be more expensive if a person is obese. You can read the study for yourself athttp://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050029
I will always associate my interest in this year's election with bitterly cold weather. The Obama rally in Kansas City came along with biting wind and last night's caucus ended in freezing rain. But still, something inside me said I should brave the cold and trade in the precious independent status I've held for so many years. So last night, I became a registered Democrat. Ralph Nader would be very disappointed in me. Quite honestly, it wasn't the party that drew me in but the candidate. There is something about Barack Obama's message that makes me want to give the guy a chance to stir up the pot out there in Washington. Apparently, a lot of people in the state of Kansas felt the same way. (Except my three year old, of course, who made sure everyone around him know that he "is for John McCain").The turn out was overwhelming. I don't think I've ever supported a popular candidate before, so it was fun to be with the majority. Although, I do think we had the best seats in the house.We sat on the edge of the Obamicans and adjacent to some friendly Edwards supporters. A few rows up were the enthusiastic Kucinich fans and a pair of even more boisterous college kids with a handwritten Mike Gravel sign. And let me tell you, young children do not see much difference in these divisions. So, while we were waiting for the rest of the voters to assemble, my restless toddler took me on a tour of all of the factions in our vicinity.The Kucinich group pimped their message of "Kucinich today, Obama in November" with great style. A Washburn student spoke eloquently about wanting one delegate to send a message to the country about needing a progressive voice in the Democratic party. And it worked. This small group tripled in size when it came time for the second vote. But, alas, even this wasn't enough for a delegate and they dispersed mostly to the Obama camp. Maybe 30 minutes later, we all dispersed back into the cold. A few cups of hot chocolate later, I saw the Kansas caucus results tallied on CNN. It is hard to put into words just how rewarding it felt to be one of the numbers reported. I would tell you I might have teared up, but I am afraid of a Hillary Clinton backlash so I'll leave that to your imagination. All in all, the caucus was a cool expierience, but next year, I am hoping for a primary. Either that or find some Republican friends to babysit.That was my caucus experience. How was yours?
My youngest son, Michael, has a fascination with pie. A few years ago when he was six or seven, my husband let him write the digital signature for paying with credit at our local lumberyard. Instead of writing his name, he scrawled "I like pie." So that was the signature on the printed bill! Michael is the baby of the family. He is ten years younger than his oldest brother and seven years younger than son number two. He is a freckled redhead with warm brown eyes that twinkle with mischief and merriment. He's smart and he loves a good joke. We have all laughed at his antics since he was just a baby, which has only encouraged him. At 11, he is still funny. His teachers even tell me how much they appreciate his sense of humor.The other day Michael asked his dad how to change his log in password on the computer. His dad told him how to make the change. Today, when my husband tried to log in to the computer, his password wouldn't work. When he clicked the help button, the hint for the password was "food." So he entered "pie." Apparently, Michael changed all of our log in passwords to his favorite food!
The first thing my 3 year old said when he woke up this morning was, "can I get on the computer?" He wasn't interested in pancakes or trains or puppy dog tails but an electronic contraption with a plug to the outside world. Granted, I just recently signed him up for a trial period an educational website designed for preschoolers, but this level of enthusiasm was a bit disturbing. Having two little boys in the house, I have mentally prepared myself for the day when I'll have a couple of teenagers upstairs glued to a gaming system. But I never thought it would start so soon. Perhaps it is a result of my gender, but I've never quite understood how guys can spend so many hours of their lives on computer games. Okay, so maybe it was kind of fun watching my brother do Mike Tyson's Punch Out on the old Nintendo, but other than that, this phenomenon has escaped me. It just seems like a lot of wasted time.My son is remarkably computer savvy. He can drag and drop better than my mother can and navigates his bookmarks with surprising ease. And sure, I have been strict about setting time limits and only allowing him to do educational programs, but I still wonder if this is a good thing. Yes, he's gaining some technical skills and practicing his letters and numbers, but I can easily see how this could become a crutch. There aren't too many activities my son is content to do on his own, but his computer is one of them. And as a mom trying to juggle creative ambitions, it sure would be easy to let him be on there for a little more time as I finish up some projects, right? But today was a beautiful day. So, I turned off the computer and took the kids to the park. So, yeah, the Play Station days will catch up to us someday, but for now I have two little kids to cherish and play with: unplugged.
Paraguay is a little known (in the USA) South American country snuggled between Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia with a rich artistic tradition that is celebrated in an exhibition of over 150 works currently at the Mulvane Art Museum of Washburn University in Topeka. The exhibit is open through April 13, 2008.This exhibit includes cultural artifacts of several indigenous peoples. Tools, water pots, sandals and spears are just a few examples. But Paraguay is not just a romantic tropical or sub-tropical country. A 2007 human rights calendar published by Museo de las Memorias is a graphic reminder of abuses of past dictators. This museum is part of an old police station that was used to torture political dissentients and is dedicated to keeping the memory of these events alive.There are several works by artists who struggled for artistic and political freedom during the repressive dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989). Carlos Colombino is one of these artists whose work of that era is highly symbolic. His El Supremo not only refers to Paraguay's first dictator but to a long line of repressive governments. This work shows a head emerging from or submerged in a landscape form constricted with rope.Other, less troubling aspects of Paraguayan culture are represented. Nanduti is delicate lace work that seeks to emulate and go beyond the intricate spider webs that inspired this craft. Nanduti is the word for spider web in Guarani which is the other official language of Paraguay with Spanish. Nanduti is represented in the exhibit with several handmade examples and by other works that pay homage to this tradition such as the contemporary works of Alfredo Miltos. In this exhibit, as in the artistic expression of most cultures, the traditional and modern are intertwined. A very interesting modern artist is Maria Gloria Echauri who takes pictures of peoples lower legs and feet and superimposes them on maps representing the movement of people to find work.The exhibit is titled, "Visual Encounters with Paraguay: Forty Years of Kansas Paraguay Partnership." Kansas and Paraguay have been partners since the 1960s as part of the Partners of the Americas program. Through the years there have been and continue to be a variety of exchanges including education, agriculture, medical, and arts. Much of the work in the exhibit is from the private collection of Kansans who have traveled to Paraguay as well as from the Spencer and Mulvane Museums of Art.Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen, Interim Director of the Mulvane Art Museum is the curator of this show has done a masterful job of presenting the breadth and depth of Paraguayan art. She states, in the exhibition catalog: "Visual arts, like music, are powerful communicators of a people's history, cultural identity and values across boundaries of language and political borders." Her presentation of the works is a testament to her ability to enable the art to communicate. The catalog is trilingual, English, Spanish and Guarani. That may be a first for Kansas and Paraguay.
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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Feb/06/DSC_0761.JPGHere is the front of Thomas Barber's monument:
"Resurrected Life" is a quite interesting article but there are just some things about it that really bother me as a scientist and as a religious person. For instance, Mr. Detrich thinks that non believers have nothing to live for. Personally I don't believe it is in my ken to say whether or not someone else has anything to live for based on their beliefs. Granted I don't know what is going on in the depths of atheist Richard Dawkins' psyche, but he certainly seems to think his life has a point.Second of all I am bothered by this statement about nonbelievers:"They might just accidentally come to the conclusion that life would be better if they believed in a super being, in a creator, rather than life would be better if your actions didn't matter."This is a kinder gentler version of Pascal's wager which basically says you should believe because the reward is eternal bliss and the penalty eternal damnation. I have never been impressed by this wager in it's original form and I am even less impressed with Mr. Detrich's kinder gentler version. Also, does Mr. Detrich's kinder gentler version extend to devotees of, say, Krishna or for that matter any sort of belief in a supreme being?Next, I wonder why is the notion of God "creating" incompatible with scientific explanations of how life came to be and evolved? Mr. Detrich seems to at least accept the geological time scale. Well, if that scale is valid then why could not God's actions to bring change be seen from our end as being-well - evolution? Finally what am I to make of the concluding statement in the article where he says it is "better to be on the side of good than on the side of bad." Well what about that? Is some one automatically good because they believe in a higher power and some one automatically bad because they don't? Or is some one automatically bad because they believe that evolution happens? Does Mr. Detrich still think we are "evilutionists" as he writes in his "musings"?http://www.spearofjesus.com/musings.html
Tonight I was doing some searching about transitional fossils and got side tracked by an interesting site called the Clergy Letter Project founded by Michael Zimmerman from Butler University. This project's purpose, according to its web site , is " to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue."The Clergy Letter Project has organized a nationwide effort related to this called "Evolution Weekend" which is next weekend February 8-10, Charles Darwin's birthday of course being February 12th. The project's site has a list of participating congregations, and resources including scientists and resources including sermon pod casts related to religion and science. One Lawrence Congregation, Plymouth Congregational is listed as participating, but I hope that other congregations are having discussions about science and religion. What about yours? If yes, what are the discussions about? Can such discussion really be fruitful or are science and religion contradictory?