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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 19 2009

Plato, Linnaeus, Darwin, and Atheism

Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s NPR piece, “A Bitter Rift Divides Atheists“, put two thoughts in my head. The briefer first: Taking a look at religious sectarian violence the world over, isn’t BBH impressed at how atheists handle alleged disagreements? The second will take some time. You might want to pour yourself a drink first. Plato’s view …

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Oct 18 2009

Icarus, Daedalus, Falcon, and Richard Heene

Daedalus wanted a show on TVWhich his fans, by the millions, would viewWhere he’d show off his theories, inventions, and stuff,And be famous, and maybe rich, too. Daedalus worked on a flying machineWith his wife, and his children as wellWhich Falcon er, Icarus fit right inside—And they thought that it really looked swell! A weather …

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Oct 18 2009

Missed It By *That* Much

So there I was, just twiddling my tentacles, trying to come up with something to write about, when the wonderful Ava, from The Reef Tank, emails me to ask if I might be willing to write some stuff for that site. Willing? Delighted! So we kick around some ideas, and eventually settle on the notion …

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Oct 16 2009

Booty And The Priest (A Tragedy)

Tale as old as timeCrude as it may beNothing was amissThen he gave a kissUnexpectedlyDid not keep his vowsSad, to say the leastFather was a cadNow Father is a dad—Booty and the Priest Happens all the timeRarely a surpriseCover what he didToo bad about the kidIt’s time to tell some lies Tale as old as …

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Oct 15 2009

The Flight Of The Falcon

The Flight of the Falcon, on cable TV,Was followed by millions (including, yes, me),Who watched as the media chased a balloonAnd hoped against hope that they’d find the kid soon. You ask why a knowledge of science is needed?The info was there, though it wasn’t much heeded:The size of the craft was decidedly small,And it …

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Oct 15 2009

Someone Is Wrong On The Internet

Someone Is Wrong …On The Internet,And I won’t get to sleep for a while,Cos I’ll stay up and fight if it takes me all nightWhen I know I am right and my coffee is strongBecause Someone Is Wrong!…On The InternetAnd the cases they cite are all lame;I don’t mean to be picky, but hell, it’s …

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Oct 12 2009

Shakespeare’s “Linguistic Fingerprint” Solves Mystery

We crave to know: Did Shakespeare write this play?The academic types love to disputeThis work or that; the tool they ply today,A software program, used in the pursuitOf plagiarism in college papers. NowIt serves to tally up the phrases seenIn this and Shakespeare’s plays, and thus allowComparisons made, among them and between.Two Hundred matches found, …

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Oct 10 2009

NPR’s Brain On God

Image (and story), NPR Part 1: The God Chemical Serotonin, in the human, is found mostly in the gut;It helps peristaltic motion not to quit.Serotonin—“the God chemical?”—If true, I’ll tell you what:In both processes, the end result is shit. Neurotransmitters will regulate the way we think and feel,Or hallucinate or daydream, just the same.We may …

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Oct 09 2009

Greed And Woo Kill Two In AZ

In Arizona news, todayA tale involving James A. Ray—As seen on Oprah, he’s the manWho tells us all, that Yes! We can!Can make more money! Gain more wealth!Can grow our spirit, mind, and health!Create the life of which you dream!He’s hit a speed bump, it would seem.He hosts a lodge, where people meetAt his Sedona …

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Oct 08 2009

Cephalopod Awareness Days!

I am reminded (thank you, Cephalopodcast!) that today is the beginning of a three-day orgy… erm… celebration… recognition of cephalopods! That’s right, these are the Cephalopod Awareness Days! The time has come! (What time, again?)October 8, and 9, and 10!Each year, this time, We play the oddsAnd celebrate the cephalopods!(See, Pascal’s wager must applyTo more …

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