Month: May 2017

Culture, Science Fact of the Day

Random thoughts and links 5-29-2017

Does Capitalism Hurt Women? The article answers no. I think the abbreviated explanation is satisfactory. What might actually be leading to apparent increases in autism? I am aware of no scientific evidence for the connection between autism and vaccines, but all that bluster might be a bit of a distraction from several contributing factors that …

Culture

The Best Article I’ve read in the WSJ

In an unusual occurrence, I found a pretty good WSJ article today in which the author argues that nationalism (what I’ve called friendly-competition nationalism or neighborly concerned nationalism in private conversations) might solve some of the problems with poorly assimilating Islamic cultures around the world: To wit, for most people everywhere, humanity is “too large and …

Christianity, Culture

Does Religion Cause All Those Wars?

Reposted from my old blog. This post was meant to be a brief response to Sam de Britto’s short article on the relationship of God-belief to war. It mostly became a rambling essay spring boarding from his thoughts. Atheists are goofuses Sam de Britto posted a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald about God and …

Film, Culture

The Dark Knight Trilogy and Intertextuality: Stallone, Dumas, Hugo, and Dickens

I’ve always loved intertexuality. I especially love the interplay between books and film. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is a great example. The movies have many resonances. For instance, the trilogy is intentionally based upon Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. Most obviously, when Commissioner Gordon reads from the book: It is a far, far better …

Ethics, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy

Atheists and Toleration

  John Locke famously argued that atheism/atheists ought not be tolerated in a religiously free society: Lastly, those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of a God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, …

Culture

Clown World: laws against child abuse are insensitive to people from abusive cultures

In Minnesota, citizens are concerned about the increasing prevalence of female genital mutilation amongst new Minnesota residents. So, a bill was passed to prohibit the practice, but a lot of folks aren’t happy. Republicans, reliably afraid of looking bad for making democrats unhappy had this to say: Now, the author of the Senate version is …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education

Why I don’t resent the Walmart crowd

One of the most startling elements of modern evangelical academia is how disdainful many of them are of the average parishioner. I sensed this happening to me in seminary and once I realized it, I started to see it in books. Then Twitter was invented and I started following more of these scholars to whom I …

Health, Science Fact of the Day

Bad News for Weight Gain: There is a point of no return

In report published last July researchers concluded that under the typical conditions of care for obese and overweight individuals that: “current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients. For patients with a BMI of 30 or greater kilograms per meters squared, maintaining weight loss was …

Science Fact of the Day

Science fact of the day: No such thing as healthy obesity

While I have my questions about the BMI scale and its ability to predict health for those with low body-fat percentages, it has proven a remarkable predictor of health in the general population (low body-fat people are rare in the United States, after all). Anyway, in a study published in 2016, the authors concluded that: Low …

Basics, Education, Pedagogy

Quick-Sand Memory: Lecture to the Wall and Beyond

Introduction Many young people are challenged to study harder to succeed, but very few of them are given any helpful guidelines for studying. Below are two helpful study techniques and one piece of research that support them. Lecture to the Wall “The Overnight Student” by Michael Jones which can be found here. The book is …