Archive for category Science and Nature

Tsunami Season

The recent Samoan tsunami brings back horrific memories of the far more catastrophic Pacific Rim Tsunami five years ago.

Here are some reflections from back then. May HaShem comfort those whose lives have been turned upside down by the unfathomable power of nature.

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Parshas Ki Seitzei — Darwin’s Appendix

No one understands everything. The problems begin when we think we do.

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The Betrayal of Experience

An adventurist’s primer offers a strategy for spiritual survival.

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The Lessons of Technology

Who’s watching you now? And what will they do with what they see?

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The Great Mistake

Did the Almighty know what He was doing when He designed the human knee?

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The Grass is Always Greener After the Apocalypse

Confronting the moral quandary of man against nature.

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Darwin at 200

Historian Paul Johnson offers some compelling thoughts about Darwin and the new Darwinism.

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What is Faith?

As another tornado season flattens much of Oklahoma, here are some reflections on the interrelationship of man, G-d, and nature.

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You only hurt the one you love

“Man Bites Dog” would be a welcome relief from the sometimes-terminal stupidity that seems to be making its way into the news, like this report from last month.

We’ve come to expect full intellelectual shut-down here in America, where Senator John Edwards failed to anticipate that  a $400 haircut might undermine his position as a man of the people, and where the CEOs of the Big Three auto makers flew to Washington, D.C., each in his own private jet, to ask congress for money to bail out their failing businesses.  But there’s something astonishingly disturbing about an adult who fails to recognize the difference between a giant Panda Bear and a puppy … or a Beany Baby.

“Yang Yang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn’t expect he would attack,” the 20-year-old student, surnamed Liu, said in a local hospital, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

As I’ve already written, the sages predict that the generation before the messianic era will be characterized by hesik haDa’as — the failure of reason.  Perhaps the militant activism for same-sex marriage and the search for affection from a brightly-colored omnivore are symptoms of the same affliction:  a profound, irrational confusion over the nature of love and intimacy.

There was a time, not so long ago, when sexual perversion may have existed but was kept securely locked in the closet.  Social pressure forced abherrent sexual behavior underground.  It existed, but it wasn’t fashionable.  Consequently, it wasn’t terribly attractive.

As the line of acceptibility shifts, we can expect more stories like this one, and further demands from the radical fringe.

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The 12 Days of Global Warming

Just for the record, I despise SUVs, I believe in recycling, and I lament that the government didn’t start serious alternative energy R & D back in the 70s when we got our first wake-up call.

Having said that, this spoof on Al Gore’s global warming scare is too cute to pass up.  If you have four minutes to spare, it’ll put a smile on your face.

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