Archive for February, 2009

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So where does this leave us?

February 28, 2009

This is interesting.  According to an article on discovery.com we are hard-wired to react to unfair situations.

Disgust over an unfair or immoral social situation is hard-wired into the human body as strongly as the reaction to a foul taste, according to research published today in the journal Science.

The idea that this study is conclusive is a little difficult, and the problem, especially understanding brain elasticity, is that things that are learned can appear to be hardwired.  Is this facet like language?  We’re hardwired to learn language, but what language we learn is not necessarily pre-determined.  Anyway, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

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U2… Coming soon!

February 28, 2009

Not that this will really be news to anyone but U2 has a new album coming out on Tuesday.  From what I’ve heard on Youtube, etc.  It is very exciting.  I was not initially a fan of Get On Your Boots, but I’ve grown to like it.  After seeing this video of Breathe I’m more excited to hear the album when it drops this week.  I’m also hoping I’ll get to see them when their tour inevitably brings them through Toronto.

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Another G.K. Quote.

February 26, 2009

I love G.K. Chesterton. N.T. Wright referred to him on a video I was watching today when being open minded came up. I searched for the direct quote and found this:

Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
G.K. Chesterton

Skepticism is a valid intermediary position.  One should be willing to examine evidence, and suspend judgement barring sufficient information.  However, sufficient is the key word here.  If you spend your entire life waiting to be entirely convinced of everything you will get nowhere.  That is the trouble with walking around open-minded; your brains tend to fall out.*

*I realize that last sentence is not original, but I can’t find out who originally said it.

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A Truthtelling Cartoon

February 25, 2009

Jon Birch hit the nail on the head with his latest. You can read all of his cartoons here.

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Torture, Ethics, and God

February 24, 2009

I haven’t had much time to blog, I’m on reading week, which is attempting to live up to its name.   I’ve finally gotten around to answering my good friend Matt’s (who should blog) response to my thought’s on torture.  I meant to keep it short but it kind of exploded.  You can read and add to the discussion here.

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Best Ad Ever.

February 21, 2009

For those of you who missed the Superbowl. This may be the greatest thing to happen to paid for airtime.

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The Barack Obama Soundboard

February 18, 2009

Someone brilliant discovered a number of passages from Barack Obama’s reading of “Dreams of my Father” that are of dubious moral character.  If you are as easily amused as I am you will get a kick out of hearing the President of the United States saying “you ain’t my bitch.”

HT: Althouse