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Monthly Archive: October 2007

Oct 24 2007

DI speak with forked tongue…

So, PZ reports that the Discovery Institute people are shocked–shocked, I tell you–that Ben Stein and Bill O’Reilly think that Intelligent Design requires the intervention of a deity. Could it be that they want it both ways? “If you believe in God, then goddiddit. If you don’t, the theory makes no claims at all about …

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Oct 23 2007

Just like it says in Genesis

Stranger Fruit reports that 60% of adult Americans report that they believe the biblical story of Genesis to be literally true. Note–I say that they report this, not that they believe this. I am firmly of the conviction that the vast majority of those who report that they believe the Bible to be literally true …

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Oct 22 2007

Talk to the tentacle…

Pharyngula shows cephalopods some love……but maybe sometimes we crave a little respect and…yes…fear. Oh, the cephalopods have their Octopus Gods,With tentacles stronger than steel,Who have taken down ships with their powerful gripsAnd made many a sailor a meal. They win wrestling matches with submarine hatchesLike popping a tin of sardinesThen it’s horrible cries, and tears …

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Oct 21 2007

cellular biology…an excerpt

… In every cell, the means of replication,Monomers (they’re termed “nucleotides”)A sugar and a base in combinationLink in helix, forming side by side;Guanine will attach to cytosineAlways “G to C” or “C to G”And thymine will as well, to adenineWith “T to A” or maybe “A to T”The polymer called DNA is madeBy adding monomers …

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Oct 20 2007

The one-eyed…nevermind…

At one time or other, each sister and brotherHas pondered the musical question(The topic’s not easy, just take it from PZ):How an eyeball is like an erection. The answers may vary—be skeptically wary—Like “Both can display your affection.”Well, so can a rose, but that doesn’t discloseHow an eyeball is like an erection. Perhaps evolution provides …

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Oct 19 2007

Templeton has no purpose

The question of the universe’s purpose, whether posed vocally or in text,Leaves people vexed. Although, I would not be averseTo studying the purpose, characteristics, ins and outs of Miss Universe. So, rather than debating whether or not a black hole is evidence of Where God Went Wrong,I can see whether Miss Brazil or Miss Argentina …

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Oct 18 2007

Sign me up!

Denyse O’Leary is teaching Intelligent Design? When I start to grow weary of Mrs. O’LearyI think she takes pity on me.As a sign of affection, she changes direction—A brand-new performance to see! I’ll get myself, pronto, right up to Toronto,Enroll myself into her classWith God as my buddy, I’ll sit there and studyWhatever she pulls …

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Oct 18 2007

Plot synopsis

Pharyngula reports on the movie “Einstein Wrong”… Albert Einstein (that poseur) was wrong;The housewife, of course, has it right.The film clearly shows that stupidity flowsJust a little bit faster than light. With the “dark side of physics” exposedAnd the world once again seen as flatThe film next unlocks Dr. Schroedinger’s boxAnd discovers what’s up with …

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Oct 16 2007

Version 2.7

The “cognitive daily” blog asks: Will humans marry robots in 50 years? Linky. She’s my little bit of heaven, even better than real life,She’s the version 2.7 motor-actuated wife.When I come home from the office, she’s a sympathetic ear,With the faintest scent of silicone I catch as we draw near.“Here, let me take your papers, …

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Oct 15 2007

Rainbows and Rubies…

Once upon a time, the rainbow’s endIs where a leprechaun would hide his goldThen Newton showed us how a glass would bendA beam of light—a rainbow we behold! This bending light is what allows, today,A view of distant galaxies and moreThe start of time itself is on displayAnd lifetimes’ worth of treasures to explore. These …

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