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Categories : Environment, evolution, Research and Science, Science/Math Learning
Science Times: Evolution
One of several fascinating articles.
From a Few Genes, Life’s Myriad Shapes
Evo-devo researchers are finding that development appears to have been one of the major forces shaping the history of life on earth.
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By way of Pharyngula, of course.
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Categories : Edwards, Family Values, Gay Pride, Leadership
I just saw this headline —
Elizabeth Edwards scheduled to speak at Gay Pride event
Presidential race hopeful’s wife seen as breaking barrier
Elizabeth Edwards’ scheduled appearance Sunday at a major San Francisco Gay Pride event represents a first for a major presidential candidate or spouse — one that activists said reflects the growing clout of gay and lesbians as voters and their continued move into the political mainstream.
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Having just responded to a poster on Sam’s list about the, to me, astounding assertion that she expects kids to make fun of homosexuals and homeschoolers, among others, I was set back on my heels. Maybe we are not as evolved as I had imagined. Maybe we are not ready for the 21st century. What the heck is wrong with us?
I was also asked recently by a dear friend who I might be voting for and who I found inspiring and why I seemed to be souring on Edwards. I told her it was just a general disgust with Congress at this point.
But now I am impressed with the Edwards campaign once again. I just don’t know about the rest of us. 😦
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Categories : Cognitive Psychology, Environment, Ethics and Philosophy, Family Values, Feminism, homeschooling, Identity, Intellectual and Academic Freedom, Language, Law & Politics, Liberties and Rights, Political Frames, Power of Story, Religion, Separation of Church and State--the First Amendment, Thinking and Feeling, What's In a Name?
Power of story that connects to “Keep Your Radicals Free” —
“Are You a Rebel?”
. . .When I heard God’s call to leave my career and stay home to home school my children, I was a rebel. Everyone thought I was crazy to leave a promising position heading straight for tenure. But I was listening to the voice of my Father and the yearning He placed in my heart for my family and home.
I wasn’t a rebel when I chased after material wealth, the world’s accolades, and my five minutes of fame. Then I was just running with the pack. . .
Can a radical NOT take roots to the outward edge of circumscribed reality? Can it ever be “progressive” to further entrench that against which the rebel rebels, or is defending any status quo regressive by definition — maybe there’s some conceptual tipping point where a radical course (as search for goodness, truth, beauty) shifts based on distribution and becomes not radical, or are roots and radicals absolute, regardless of other folks’ movement in and out of the garden?
Does it matter what you intend and call yourself in its name, if it turns out your actions advance the opposite cause?
CS Lewis wrote about this for kids in the Narnia Chronicles:
. . .Calormenes who have done good in the name of Tash are rewarded after their death for having really honoured Aslan; likewise those Narnians who do evil in Aslan’s name are counted as having done that evil in the name of Tash.
This illustrates Lewis’s inclusivist belief that the idea being worshipped, and the honesty with which it is worshipped, is more important than the name by which it is referred to.