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Month: August 2009

Site Crashing

Site Crashing

I’m getting word of this website crashing sometimes when comments are being posted. The problem is probably the result of my having too many plug-ins activated. Plug-ins extend the functionality of the site, which is great as long as they work, but it looks like it’s time to de-activate some of them. This will affect your experience on the blog, so I’m asking your opinion on which of these I should or should not turn off. Please let me know…

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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Now the followers of Christ get their turn to answer this question: Who is Jesus, and what was his central message when he walked this earth? A few days ago I gave atheists and skeptics the first opportunity to answer this question. There was a mixed response, including many who thought there was something wrong with the question. For followers of Christ, one adjustment most would probably prefer is that I put it in the present tense: Who is Jesus,…

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Placebos Are Getting More Effective, Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why

Placebos Are Getting More Effective, Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why

A mystery: It’s not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It’s as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger. Link: Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. Part of the drugmakers’ research response is to probe what placebos really do and how they work. This could have interesting implications for the mind-body question, for one of the mysteries of mind and body is how a belief, such as belief in placebo, interacts…

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We Don’t Hold the Truth, the Truth Holds Us

We Don’t Hold the Truth, the Truth Holds Us

Arrogant Christianity? It’s awkward being a Christian these days. We claim to know the truth about God, morality, and host of other contested things. We believe this truth is unique and applies to all people for all time. We believe that where other so-called truths contradict the one we hold to, those other “truths” are wrong and ours is right. We believe that the truth is so tied together with Jesus Christ that he could claim, “I am the truth.”…

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Who Do You Say Jesus Was?

Who Do You Say Jesus Was?

Jesus asked in Matthew 16:13-20, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (“Son of Man” was one of the ways he referred to himself.) Then he asked his followers who they thought he was. I have a similar question for any reader here who is not a follower of Jesus Christ. It’s not quite the same question, though; it’s not “who do you think Jesus was?” I expect many of you would say that he was a legend…

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If This Doesn’t Chill You…

If This Doesn’t Chill You…

Don’t read this if you’re about to have a meal. You may not be able to stomach it. Presented in all seriousness at the Huffington Post: Jacob M. Appel: Are We Ready for a Market in Fetal Organs? Someday, if we are fortunate, scientific research may make possible farms of artificial “wombs” breeding fetuses for their organs — or even the “miracle” of men raising fetuses in their abdomens. That day remains far off. However, the prospect of fetal-adult organ transplantation…

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God and Science Do Mix

God and Science Do Mix

Just published at BreakPoint: God and Science Do Mix, beginning, In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that is replete with unintended irony, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss says, “Science and God Don’t Mix.” With all due respect for a man who has contributed significantly to what we know about the universe, on this point Krauss is wrong…

Try Your Hand At These Unanswered Math Questions

Try Your Hand At These Unanswered Math Questions

These are actual questions that have been posted at WikiAnswers.com. To be fair, I have got to believe some of these were typos, but they live on regardless. At the time I wrote this post, none of these had been answered at WikiAnswers. Whoever wrote the questions in this first grouping apparently knows how to operate a computer and navigate the Internet. But when it comes to math, these questions were … Too Tough For Me! What is 87 milion?…

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