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<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
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<li>medicine
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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness [Is 40:1-5, 9-11]

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Isaiah, Chapter 40, speaks of a new dispensation from the Lord. Because of the sinfulness of their fathers, the Lord abandoned the people to their own devices. As a result, they have lost their homeland and they have been exiled to Babylon. Now, after a generation of suffering, the Lord comes to offer relief.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.

Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia

A very brief article in SciAm, "Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia" connects the dots in an interesting way. I always sensed that women found erratic artists (as opposed to the erotic kind) exciting and irresistible. The problem for someone like Van Gogh wasn't that he couldn't interest women in linking up with him, the problem was that they couldn't stand to stay with him.

Pope Speaks on Evolution: SciAm Observations

As I mentioned in the previous post, I've been perusing the SciAm blog. One of their regulars, John Rennie, is the editor and chief of Scientific American. It's his blog article on the Woo-Suk scandal that pointed me to the Times.

CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading - Dec 2, 2005

A report at CNN.com, "CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading" is a strong reminder that hospital routine is not always effective, and sometimes requires rapid and even extensive tuning.

When is a rose not a rose?

Gertrude Stein's famous line about roses was intended to heighten the reality of the sense of a rose in the imagination of her reader. These days, the modern psycho-sophist has other aims. Aiming to regain control of a debate that is lost when normal discourse and normal sanity prevails, the psycho-sophists invent specialized terms that mean something quite different than one might expect from the meanings of the words from which they are composed. Hearing such terms, one has the sense of unreality conveyed in a play by Ionescu.

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