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Victor Ganata
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand' - The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
While I realize that there are lot of Christian sects that are indeed very anti-science, the stance of the Roman Catholic Church is the reason why that argument has always felt like a strawman to me. And Pope Francis isn't the first pope to state this. - Victor Ganata
And the Big Bang theory was first posited by an astronomer and physicist who was also a Jesuit priest. - Victor Ganata
He has his own astrophysicist. http://archive.wired.com/wired... - Ken Morley
It seems to me like he describes an ascent of man type directed evolution. Divine artificial selection? May just be that the pope doesn't really understand the mechanisms of evolution, poor choice of words, or bad translation, of course. But it's not really compatible with the science, is it, if man is believed to be the inevitable end product, the pinnacle, of evolution? I agree it's... more... - Eivind
It's really just a version of the strong anthropic principle, though. The strong anthropic principle and the fine tuning problem make some scientists unhappy precisely because they give intelligent design an opening but they're perfectly compatible with existing evidence. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
It's also a version of creationism :) - Eivind from Android
Sure, but it's a version of creationism that isn't at odds with current observations. - Victor Ganata
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” - Eivind from Android
Well, one way to summarize the strong anthropic principle is that the initial conditions of our universe inevitably lead to the evolution of intelligent life—the physical constants that define our universe make it inevitable that matter will develop into living organisms and which then inevitably evolve into sophonts. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Where, exactly, can intelligent life be found, though? - Uli
Friendfeed. - bentley
LOL, well, yeah, then we end up having to finely parse words like "intelligence", "life", "matter", "existence". - Victor Ganata
I view his remarks as political. One more effort to dislodge his American Bishops from their Republican coalition with evangelicals... - WarLord
Here's what it really is: The tooth and nail adherence to "Creation Science" was making the church looking fucking dumb. Lots of dumb things were trying to be done in the name of the church and ultimately that is turning people off. This is a bridge to sideline those people but still have an explainable way to have Genisis. - Johnny from iPhone
The thing is, the Roman Catholic Church's stance on evolution has been essentially unchanged for the last 64 years. It was really only Benedict who was trying to change things. And it was a Jesuit priest who came up with the Big Bang Theory in the first place. - Victor Ganata
But given the rise/size of other strains of Christianity who are big on Creation Science, this is a pretty clear marker to step away from them. - Johnny from iPhone
Oh, for sure. Francis definitely wants to distance himself from Benedict. But it's more like Francis is turning the wheel back to the direction it was in the first place, rather than setting off in an entirely new direction. - Victor Ganata
Pope Declares There is No Conflict Between Big Bang, Evolution and The Catholic Faith... In 1951 - uCatholic http://www.ucatholic.com/blog... - Victor Ganata
The God of the gaps approach is probably wise, but maybe he should use the Norwegian church as an case study to see what /can/ happen to a church if it is too eager to adjust its dogma according to the demands of the secular world. - Eivind
Jandy
Getting really frustrated trying to track down Disney shorts. Most of these sets are OOP, and no library has them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
The Disney Treasure tins were limited edition; only 125,000 - 150,000 of each were release. The early ones were stamped with a serial number and are highly collectable now. Many of the rarer titles typically sell for hundreds of dollars on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Syn-... - Ken Morley
Do you need a copy? We have most of them. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
Sarah G.
Can anyone tell me what this one is, because all I got is female genitalia. http://t.co/hui6SehOOh
Can anyone tell me what this one is, because all I got is female genitalia. http://t.co/hui6SehOOh
sloth, I think - RepoRat
I thought tooth, then I thought this tooth http://img2.timeinc.net/ew... - Micah
Walrus, flippers and tusks. - Shannon - GlassMistress
It's those nope nope nope alien phone guys from sesame street. - Joe
i'm seeing Edvard Munch's "The Vagina Chicken Scream" here, i need to call my shrink now. - Big Joe Silence
I thought walrus too. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Andrew C (✔)
My real goal with comedy is to juxtapose and recontextualize the absurd to the mundane and vice-versa.
As I suspected. - Ken Morley
Melly - #TeamMarina
Dick's captioning is unfortunate. - Ken Morley
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @tedtalks: "Sleep may actually be a kind of elegant design solution to some of the brain's most basic needs." http://trib.al/HeVG4Rw
RT @tedtalks: "Sleep may actually be a kind of elegant design solution to some of the brain's most basic needs." http://trib.al/HeVG4Rw
*cues Louis Gray* - MoTO: Team Marina
So bored with that robot-reply. Sleep is important. The end. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
But how it does the trick... that is amazing! - Ken Morley
Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive. Hi Zulema! - Louis Gray
NEWMAAAAAAANNNN!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Ken Morley
It's Friday, Friday, Friday!!
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Those the happiest dogs ever! - bentley
Betsy +1 - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
Because he's DRIVING!! ... oh, hold on. maybe not. - Ken Morley
And they are happy happy ... :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Steve C Team Marina
Black Keys drummer: U2 release 'devalued their music' - CNN.com - http://www.cnn.com/2014...
Black Keys drummer: U2 release 'devalued their music' - CNN.com
"Carney also defended the Keys' choice not to put their last two albums on Spotify. Artists aren't being fairly compensated, he said. (Cracker's David Lowery has made the same point about Pandora.) "My whole thing about music is: If somebody's making money then the artist should be getting a fair cut of it," Carney said. Presumably referring to Spotify co-founder Sean Parker, he added, "The owner of Spotify is worth something like 3 billion dollars ... he's richer than Paul McCartney and he's 30 and he's never written a song."" - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Excuse me while I sync my Black Keys albums on Rdio. - Ken Morley
Eivind
:) - Eivind from Bookmarklet
rinse and repeat... - Ken Morley
Ken Morley
She *threatened* me with this Christmas gift - http://abbotsford.craigslist.ca/fuo...
She *threatened* me with this Christmas gift
She doesn't know me at all. - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Maitani
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool. - http://www.slate.com/article...
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool.
"The blackboard is a recent innovation. Erasable slates, a cheap but durable substitute for costly paper and ink, had been in use for centuries. Students could practice reading and writing and math on their slates, in the classroom or at home. But it wasn’t until 1800 that James Pillans, headmaster of the Old High School of Edinburgh, Scotland, wanting to offer geography lessons to his students that required larger maps, connected a number of smaller slates into a single grand field. And in 1801, George Baron, a West Point mathematics teacher, also began to use a board of connected slates, the most effective way, he found, to illustrate complex formulas to a larger audience." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Although the term blackboard did not appear until 1815, the use of these cobbled-together slates spread quickly; by 1809, every public school in Philadelphia was using them. Teachers now had a flexible and versatile visual aid, a device that was both textbook and blank page, as well as a laboratory, and most importantly, a point of focus. The blackboard illustrates and is illustrated. Students no longer simply listened to the teacher; they had reason to look up from their desks." - Maitani
I'd assumed they'd been around for ever. :) - Ken Morley
Todd Hoff
American scientists unearth lost 1960s polar satellite images worth billions | Barentsobserver - http://barentsobserver.com/en...
American scientists unearth lost 1960s polar satellite images worth billions | Barentsobserver
"A team of American scientists has recovered billions of dollars’ worth of “dark data” from the 1960s, pushing back the modern satellite record of sea ice extent by 17 years." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"NSIDC colleague Garrett Campbell had discovered was both the largest and the smallest Antarctic sea ice extent ever recorded, one year apart, as well as the earliest sea ice maximum ever just three years later; it was an inexplicable hole in the Arctic sea ice even while the overall extent agreed with modern trends." - Eric Logan
"A truckload of film canisters fit on a thumb drive... In the sixties, when the images were recorded, that was more storage than there was available on the planet.” - Ken Morley
Nimbus data rescue Recovering the past to understand the future. http://cires.colorado.edu/news... - Eric Logan
they found The Mountains Of Madness? - Big Joe Silence
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @stayathomemum: Love it! @AnneTaintorSays http://t.co/Z828eRXeKi
RT @stayathomemum: Love it!   @AnneTaintorSays http://t.co/Z828eRXeKi
Worked for us. :P - Ken Morley
Mark H
"Invaders from Mars is a remake of the 1953 film of the same name. The filmmakers love for the original is on full display here. Jimmy Hunt, the actor who played David in the original, puts in a an appearance, and one of the aliens from the 53 film can be spotted in a pile of junk in the school basement. On a whole, the film does preserve a lot of the feel of a 50’s alien invasion flick, but it also has a very 80’s vibe to it. The whole film actually looks very Spielburg-ian. You know…lots of people carrying around flashlights, zoom-ins to windblown faces staring at something amazing, and enough lens flares to give JJ Abrams a tingle up his thigh." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Much of the cast plays their roles just a bit over-the-top, or extremely over-the-top in the case of Louise Fletcher. I’ve got to believe that was intentional. It doesn’t quite bring the film to the level of parody, but it makes it clear that Hooper and his crew recognize the sillier side of 50’s alien invasion flicks and are, in fact, celebrating that fact." - Mark H
Love the 50s version; never seen this one, though. - Mark H
The 1953 film was a masterpiece, the remake... not so much. If you haven't seen the original, the full movie is here: http://youtu.be/REc1iR_ME4c - Ken Morley
Steve C Team Marina
HIV's spread traced back to 1920s Kinshasa - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/science...
HIV's spread traced back to 1920s Kinshasa - LA Times
"In a paper published recently in the journal Science, researchers argued that HIV-1 group M -- the strain of HIV responsible for about 90% of infections worldwide -- first appeared in the city of Leopoldville, or what is now Kinshasa, in the 1920s. Using statistical methods and genetic sequencing data, researchers determined that the disease spread through what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo via poor medical practices and through the interaction of sex workers and miners." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
"However, some researchers believe the virus made the jump to humans much earlier. "To say that this started around the 1920s just doesn't wash with me," said Dr. Joseph McCormick, a viral disease expert at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, who was not involved in the study. McCormick said the broad diversity of HIV strains in Africa suggests that the virus had... more... - Steve C Team Marina
Super cool. I remember reading maybe a decade ago that they had tested various archived samples and found cases of HIV as early as 1940. Each step of new knowledge about the origin and spread has been so fascinating to read. I suppose in a way it's "the" illness that's been discovered and researched in my lifetime. I still remember the PSA with Magic Johnson from the beginning of my Wayne's World tape, and reading Ryan White's autobiography as a kid. - Lo
AIDS, mad cow, kuru... it's probably a good rule of thumb to never eat those on the same branch of the phylogenetic tree. - Ken Morley
Stephen Mack
Poll: You drop a piece of candy on the ground. Do you: (A) Pick it up within five seconds and eat it, (B) Throw it away, or (C) Other
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c: make an art piece with it - Sir Shuping is just sir
B, most of the time - Jennifer Dittrich
B. Always. - Anika
C: don't eat/drop candy - Meg VMeg
B. always - Amit Patel
depends on the candy - hard candy like the one pictured, if sufficiently hard and not too sticky, then A; melty chocolate will most likely be handled with B (but with infinite sadness). - Ken Gidley
Depends on the ground. And yeah, depends on the candy. When I was a kid, we didn't have the five second rule. Instead, we crossed ourselves (it was a Catholic country). All of us kids knew it was safe to eat dropped food if you crossed yourself. :-) - bentley
My answer is similar to Betsy's. :-) - John (bird whisperer)
C, if it's like the candy above I rinse it off. There is no 5 second rule, grossness sticks, but hard candy can be rinsed. - Heather
I suspect Heather's right, but for Jolly Rancher? B. - Walt Crawford
Definitely A - Friar Will
Usually A unless it's a manky floor. A quick visual inspection and blow job normally determines if I have to resort to B. :D - Jenny H. from Android
^^^^ We still talking about candy? or have we switched to "Candy"? - Ken Gidley
Depends on the substrate, but I'd say 95% of the time, B. - Hookuh Tinypants
A. Unless it's sticky and picked up carpet and hair fibers. - Louis Gray
A. for linoleum, tile or hardwood and as long as it's hairfree. Also it depends on the type of candy. - NOT THE CRICKET
A - Janet from FFHound!
D: Pick it up, rinse it off, eat it. - Steve and 4 other people
Pick the carpet/dog hair off and eat it. No time limit. - Ken Morley
B- I probably shouldn't be eating candy anyway. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
B - always. - imabonehead
A or B, depending on the ground/floor/environment. Would say mostly B. - CarlC
(D) I take a picture of it and post about it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Depends on the ground and candy, but I'm probably gonna rinse it off if I can and throw it away if rinsing isn't possible. - Andrew C (✔)
Ken Morley
TED Video: Nick Hanauer - Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
"I know that most people think that the $15 minimum wage is this insane, risky economic experiment. We disagree. We believe that the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is actually the continuation of a logical economic policy. It is allowing our city to kick your city's ass. Because, you see, Washington state already has the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation. We pay all workers $9.32, which is almost 30 percent more than the federal minimum of 7.25, but crucially, 427 percent more than the federal tipped minimum of 2.13. If trickle-down thinkers were right, then Washington state should have massive unemployment. Seattle should be sliding into the ocean. And yet, Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the country. Washington state is generating small business jobs at a higher rate than any other major state in the nation. The restaurant business in Seattle? Booming. Why? Because the fundamental law of capitalism is, when workers have more money, businesses have more... more... - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Look forward to watching this. - Eivind
Eivind
Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century | Talk Video | TED.com - http://www.ted.com/talks...
"French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
He talks very fast. - Todd Hoff
Maybe that's the regular speed for speaking in perfect fucking French? American sounds very slow to me :) - Eivind from Android
If you view on YouTube, you can pause for the slides w/o the TED crap obscuring the view http://youtu.be/JKsHhXwqDqM. Also, a transcript is here. http://www.ted.com/talks... - Ken Morley
Ah, I see what you mean now. If you watch it in fullscreen on TED nothing will obscure the view when you pause :) - Eivind
Ken Morley
Somehow, this doesn't seem kid-safe. - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
I'm not sure it's adult-safe either! - Anne Bouey
Ken Morley
In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
"While the international community has been accused of dragging its feet on the Ebola crisis, Cuba, a country of just 11 million people that still enjoys a fraught relationship with the United States, has emerged as a crucial provider of medical expertise in the West African nations hit by Ebola. On Thursday, 165 health professionals from the country arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to join the fight against Ebola – the largest medical team of any single foreign nation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And after being trained to deal with Ebola, a further 296 Cuban doctors and nurses will go to Liberia and Guinea, the other two countries worst hit by the crisis." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
As usual. - Eivind from Android
Spidra Webster
Meanwhile in Canada on Twitter: "One of the hazards of leaving pumpkins out in Canada. #MeanwhileinCanada " - https://twitter.com/Meanwhi...
Meanwhile in Canada on Twitter: "One of the hazards of leaving pumpkins out in Canada. #MeanwhileinCanada "
"One of the hazards of leaving pumpkins out in Canada. #MeanwhileinCanada" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
You feed them a couple of times, and before you know it they're living under the shed. - Ken Morley
Sarah G.
Is it weird that I've presented more at the Canadian association of law libraries than the American one?
I hear you are huge in Canada. - Steele Lawman
I think for a while there I had "Big in Canada" as my twitter tag line. - Sarah G.
prolly means you need to emigrate - Ken Morley
Expect to now get about 10 new Canadian Twitter followers. - Corinne L
Shannon - GlassMistress
I do not own the Graceland CD ... should I?
Sure! - Julian
I like most of it. Doesn't necessarily mean you will. - Walt Crawford
You mean Paul Simon - Graceland? - Steve C Team Marina
Most definitely. - Hookuh Tinypants
*thumbs up* - MoTO: Team Marina
My fish deposit should be getting there now. Use it to get Graceland. One of best complete albums of all time. - Steve C Team Marina
Graceland is one of the (if not THE) best albums of the 1980's. Get it. - Glen Campbell
Is Rdio free in the U.S.? Here's a fantastic track where Paul Simon talks about the evolution of the Graceland album: http://rd.io/x/QTIaxTdeXTR4/ - Ken Morley
I grew up on S & G, adore Negotiations and Love Songs (which has a few of Graceland's songs) but somehow missed Graceland. I'm in the mood for some new old music :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
I was temping at an office when Graceland came out and that CD was on continuous play in our back office. - bentley
Yes. :) - Anne Bouey
Ken Morley
Hundreds Of Mountaineers Climb The Alps For Epic Photoshoot - http://www.boredpanda.com/alpine-...
Hundreds Of Mountaineers Climb The Alps For Epic Photoshoot
Hundreds Of Mountaineers Climb The Alps For Epic Photoshoot
Because, ART! - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Ken Morley
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded / Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed / Everybody knows that the war is over / Everybody knows the good guys lost / Everybody knows the fight was fixed / The poor stay poor, the rich get rich / That's how it goes / Everybody knows / Everybody knows that the boat is leaking / Everybody knows that the captain lied / Everybody got this broken feeling / Like their father or their dog just died / Everybody talking to their pockets / Everybody wants a box of chocolates / And a long stem rose / Everybody knows / Everybody knows that you love me baby / Everybody knows that you really do / Everybody knows that you've been faithful / Ah give or take a night or two / Everybody knows you've been discreet / But there were so many people you just had to meet / Without your clothes / And everybody knows / Everybody knows, everybody knows / That's how it goes / Everybody knows / / Everybody knows, everybody knows / That's how it goes / Everybody knows /... more... - Ken Morley
Ken Morley
Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
It was quite interesting :) - Eivind
I've only listened to a couple of them, but so far I'm loving the Great Courses: Ancient History series. :) https://www.goodreads.com/series... - Ken Morley
I'm on to Rome and the Barbarians now. VERY promising so far! :) - Eivind
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Do you want zombies?! Because this is how you get zombies! 💀 💀 💀 I'm properly scared now... http://www.cnbc.com/id...
Do you want zombies?! Because this is how you get zombies! 💀 💀 💀 I'm properly scared now... http://www.cnbc.com/id/102037055
Good to know the CDC has a plan at least. http://blogs.cdc.gov/publich... - Ken Morley
Ken Morley
Getting older but...
I didn't set the bar very high when I was younger, so there is still room for improvement. - Ken Morley
"It's never to late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot - Eric Logan
^ George became a woman. - Ken Morley
Only your but is getting older? How strange. - Todd Hoff
I have a portrait of my butt in the attic. - Ken Morley
A Dorian Gray situation? - Todd Hoff
I think George was a woman using a male pseudonym. - Eric Logan
The Arse Of Dorian Gray - Big Joe Silence
Amir
13 Scientific Reasons To Drink Coffee - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/13-scie...
13 Scientific Reasons To Drink Coffee - Business Insider
I choose to believe! - Ken Morley
Sarah G.
RT @mental_floss: KLM Uses a Beagle to Deliver Lost Items to Passengers — http://mentalfloss.com/article... http://t.co/QqU4H2jAxi
RT @mental_floss: KLM Uses a Beagle to Deliver Lost Items to Passengers — http://bit.ly/1xhP5UA http://t.co/QqU4H2jAxi
I love how happy that dog looks. He is totally sure that he is a Good Dog. - RepoRat
It's funny that Schipol was probably the one trip that Sarah didn't lose a bag this year, and she would have loved a beagle to bring her one. - sglassme
For real, right? - Sarah G.
Of course, you would have had all sorts of 'splaining to do when you had the Dutch bag finding dog with you at American customs in Chicago (or where ever you landed) - sglassme
More businesses need to use beagles for customer relations. - Ken Morley
Shoot! It's just an ad. I wanted it to be real. :-) - bentley
It's an ad but its too damn cute http://factually.gizmodo.com/klms-sh... - WarLord
I dint believe in nothing no more. I'm going to law school. http://pbs.twimg.com/media... - Sarah G.
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