Archive for the ‘Go check this out’ Category

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Animated Pieces of Meat.

May 3, 2009

Rather frequently my Dad sends me a link or article that is well worth reading. (My mom does too, but they are frequently of a much more personal nature)  He recently sent me this one, on why faith is both intelligent and relevant.  Wilson’s most important thought was this:

Materialist atheism says we are just a collection of chemicals. It has no answer whatsoever to the question of how we should be capable of love or heroism or poetry if we are simply animated pieces of meat.

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Our collective vapidity

April 23, 2009

John Doyle has a surprisingly cynical take on the Susan Boyle phenomenon.  I have to be honest and say I have yet to see the clip but Doyle’s point digs deeper. 

 We think we root for the underdog, but we don’t really. We are a superficial, catty and vapid culture. We aren’t interested in authenticity. We mainly watch TV shows featuring people we’d like to date, touch and have sex with.

To a large extent I believe he’s right.  And like Neil Postman says in Amusing Ourselves to Death this is the ultimate function of television.  It was never going to be that deep, we’ve only reached new heights of superficiality.

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Study Break #2

April 14, 2009

Today’s Study Break is Drumbone by the Blue Man Group.  The inventiveness of these guys never ceases to astound me.  Check it out.

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Kaili in South Africa

April 9, 2009

My sister and her good friend Robyn are heading to South Africa to teach art in about three weeks.  There are a lot of costs to cover and they are engaging in various fundraising activities.  The one that is the easiest for you and I is their online fundraising.  You can find the online fundraising link and their stories here: http://kailirobyn2africa.com/wordpress/.

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Canadian Banks, Something to be proud of.

March 22, 2009

I had been thinking about this a lot recently.  Some of the more right wing people I read from the States have been arguing that this crisis does not mean that the markets need to be regulated.  While I have tended to agree with this I’ve often wondered about what regulations mean.  Then I read this article from the Globe and Mail and could not help but think maybe I’m wrong.

Former central bank governor David Dodge agrees. Canadian bank executives keenly remember that period, “and there was therefore perhaps a degree of prudence, a lack of aggressiveness, in comparison with major banks around the world,” he said.

And he gives top marks to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada’s banking regulator, for being more conservative than those in the U.S. or Britain. “I think that, from a regulatory point of view, you can say that the Canadian banks were more appropriately regulated.” (Emphasis mine)

The idea of the free market only really makes sense if you do not have powerhouses, like the American banks, that can manipulate the system.  When it comes to corporations or the Government having controls I’ll choose the Government; at least when they screw up the little guys can fire them.

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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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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.