The Sixth Extinction explores the tragedy of past extinctions and the reality of currently endangered species by engaging science through the approachability of story and well-placed gravity. Kolbert---winner of the National Magazine Award and a science writer for The New Yorker---is articulate and engaging, which made this book difficult to put down.
From time to time, I’ve written here about what a great local library we have, but last night certainly topped my library experiences. Perrysburg’s Way Public Library hosted our first ever TEDx event, and I had the honor of being emcee.
Remember that recent discovery of the primordial B-mode polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by BICEP2 a couple weeks back? Remember how it helped to verify both Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the inflationary model of the universe’s expansion after the Big Bang? No? Maybe? Isn’t the Big Bang Theory a TV show?
“If we read well, we find ourselves in a conversational relationship with the most creative minds of our own time and of the past.”
– John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature
My first article at On Faith ("Let There Be Violence?") is up. The piece looks at responses to violence in the Bible. Any cursory reading of the Old Testament, for example, turns up several troubling stories, which I mention in the article. There are, of course, several responses to these stories, but in this
By now you’ve heard that World Vision U.S. has changed their policy to welcome married gay employ—wait, wait—ok, actually, no, they’re not going to do that, because it turns out they’re conservative, inerrantist evangelicals and always have been and they just forgot that for a second.
“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch
There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.