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God of the Gaps

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I’d go to this guy’s church every Sunday AND Friday nights.

I like how he speaks like a minister….how he was “called” to do what he does, how he “did not have a choice”….using the same language as people who claim to be called by God to religious service.

I have read articles that there is a ‘God gene’ sort of thing where parts of the brain in certain individuals get more activity, response (and reward?) with religious thought that is akin to the activity that occurs in the brain of a drug user.  Some people are simply wired to think and feel about God more than others.  So I think that part of the brain  in De Grasse Tyson would be shooting off fireworks when he thinks about science and the cosmos.  I hope someone DOES do that experiment on him.  I feel similar….an excitement or almost religious fervor where you want to share this amazing information with others.  I guess I am hardwired like my mother after all!

I’m sure Neil has his critics, but I do love what he does for bringing science to the public at large.  He does a good job at breaking down barriers and prejudices…stating how even the most brilliant minds in the world went to “Creative Design” when they ran out of explanations…, don’t call your mother an idiot when she does it.   : D


Written by alisap

July 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

The Human Cost of Leaves

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You’ve probably noticed a growing awareness among consumers, awareness of where the things they buy come from and what the human cost is associated with that product.  It becomes difficult to buy a pair of shoes or a lousy T-shirt without asking “Am I supporting an abusive industry?”

A seemingly unrelated topic is that of the US’s awkward transition into legalizing Marijuana.  The clumsy shift in the law is made comically evident here in California, where laughable billboards advertise “medical” Marijuana cards and dispensaries are popping up everywhere.  The drug is understood by many to be an innocent offense – illegal but harmless.  Soon, perhaps very soon, it will be legal to grow and sell cannabis, but in the mean time, the same question we ask about our clothing and cheep electronics applies to Marijuana.  Where is it coming from?  Who is getting hurt to get it here?

There was a recent article in McClatchy that highlights Mexico’s expressed frustration toward the US’s flirtations with legalizing Marijuana.  There are those among our Southern neighbors who believe the US is undermining Mexico’s attempts to control the violent drug cartels that plague the country.

Tim Johnson’s article is worth reading and Mexico’s concerns warrant consideration as the US continues forward in developing new drug laws.

Written by Aaron Nee

March 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm