Category Archive: From the old blog

Apr 22 2012

An Earth Day Verse

By chance of birthWe’re here on Earth,More lucky than we knowWith such a brain As can explainThe way these things must go That life beganNot with a manNamed Adam, and his EveBut molecules In tidal poolsThat replicate and cleave To replicateIt is their fateAnd thus to reproduceThe Earth revolvesAnd life evolvesAnd all this, we deduce …

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Mar 18 2012

Is “The Walking Dead” All A Metaphor?

We struggle in vain to distinguish a MassFrom your typical Zombie behaviorAs they guzzle down red by the bottle or glassAnd delight in Filet of Our Savior. Perhaps it’s a matter of what’s on the menu;Your Catholic is more of a snacker,But if you feel teeth on your shoulder, why, then youKnow zombies want more …

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Mar 10 2012

Two Books, Again

There was a man who had a bookOf Things Which He Believed;He followed it religiously—He would not be deceived. The story in its pages wasThe Truth that he adored—The world outside its ancient script,He faithfully ignored. When someone found a falsehoodOr a small mistake inside it(Or even some tremendous flaw)He eagerly denied it. The Truth …

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Feb 06 2012

Heart In A Jar (More Science Valentines)

It’s made the news a couple of years ago–researchers at the University of Minnesota “created a beating heart in the laboratory“. Basically, they used the protein fiber matrix from one heart, stripped of muscle cells, as a scaffold upon which to grow a new heart, using a solution of cells from another rat. Since it …

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Feb 04 2012

What Do Women Want? (Another Biology Valentine)

Because it’s February, another from the old blog: In this past Sunday’s [note--this is from late January 2009] New York Times Magazine, Daniel Bergner reports on a number of modern sexologists who have set out to explore what Freud once termed the “dark continent” of female sexuality. This is no brief article, but a detailed …

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Feb 03 2012

A Scientific Valentine

…Because, despite everything I try, it remains February. I write today of human love Not as some gift from god above, But scientific views thereof From many different fields. Each science may have different tools, And so the scientific schools, Although they may agree on rules, Have very different yields. The chemists say it’s chemistry; …

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Feb 02 2012

The Evolutionary Biology Valentine

This one made it to The Open Laboratory one year, but has yet to show up in a Hallmark card. In sociobiology, Why I love you and you love me— Which anyone can plainly see— Is mostly in our genes. No, not the ones you buy in stores, But what a scientist explores– I like …

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Feb 02 2012

Science Of Love (A Valentine)

It’s February, and I’m already getting searches for various sorts of scientific valentines. So as a public service, I’m gonna be re-posting several of my favorites from previous years. These are not anti-love or anti-science, but you could call them anti-reductionist. Love is not something that chemicals do, it’s something that we do. When science …

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Jan 16 2012

Today Is Religious Freedom Day

…and for those of you named Peter Palumbo, this post is an illustration of why Freedom of Religion must also necessarily be Freedom from Religion. The cross on the hill was a beautiful sight On the days when the sky was most bluish; It stood for the soldiers who gave up their lives Well, except …

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Jan 15 2012

Football, With God On Our Side

Yeah, technically it’s a Super Bowl song, but after last night’s game, I just couldn’t help it. Oh, the workouts are nothin’ And the wind sprints are less We don’t even practice We think that it’s best Cos practice means nothing I’m forced to confide— But we’ll win big on Sunday With God on our …

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