Otters show us the way...

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 21:18
Shortly after I posted the comment on control freaks, I spotted this item on the CNN web site: "Otters winning battle of wits" Although I'm inclined to quibble over their characterization (I think it's simply a question of the government scientists in the Fish and Wildlife Service underestimating the resourcefulness of otters.) I can certainly chuckle along with them (CNN, that is, though the otters themselves may also be chuckling.)

Control freaks are everywhere...

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 16:47
This morning's Dayton Daily News had an article by Gwynne Dyer in its editorial section, entitled "Net result of Web change could be bad". I decided to check into its claims, which, on their face seemed credible, based on what I already knew about what was brewing. The editorial describes the work of an impending World Summit on the Information Society, attended by representatives from 170 countries, and predicted an effort by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to wrest regulatory control of the Internet from the Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Modern Science and Universalism vs. Nominalism

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 01:03
The nature of the debate between universalists and nominalists, particularly as it applies to the viability of natural law theory as a foundation for ethics, is radically different today, due to our much greater understanding of human biology. I examine this issue in some detail in a brief article, Modern Science in This Debate, posted on this blog. The discussion tends to be a bit technical, but I welcome your thoughts.

Flying Under the Radar (Matt 25:14-30)

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 11/13/2005 - 02:53
When I was 38 years old, I was coming to the end of a 20 year long period of skeptical agnosticism. Approaching middle age, I was becoming more sensitive to the spiritual, and I was wandering off into the new age movement. I had been a pretty hard case as an agnostic. I could annihilate anyone's argument in favor of belief in God, let alone belief in Jesus. I was predisposed to think in purely material, existential terms, but I hadn't yet followed the implications of that to their logical conclusion.

Ostrich goes on three-hour rampage

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 11/10/2005 - 15:38
According to this Reuters report, "A runaway ostrich that eluded police caused severe damage when it attacked a Mercedes car during a three-hour rampage." The article goes on to offer an almost fawning appreciation of the speed and power of a full-grown ostrich: "The ostrich is the largest of birds and can weigh at least 400 pounds (182 kilograms). It is also the fastest creature on two legs and can run up to 43 mph (70 km/h)."