I spent the week starting a series on Phil Hefner’s The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, Religion, and writing a review of Scot McKnight’s latest book, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. I also linked to the outstanding comic xkcd, some biographies to celebrate the life of George Washington Carver, and a scientific study from 8 year olds. My New Year’s resolution was to post and doggone it, I’m going to do my best to post.
Yesterday’s shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona was a horrible and eye-opening tragedy, and one that will an enormous amount of airplay in the weeks to come. Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish blogged about the events most of yesterday (and captured the vibe on Twitter as everyone was scrambling to make sense of it all), and Josh Rosenau wrote a wonderful piece, but I’m sure by now most are familiar with what occurred and all the majors news outlets have had their say in the matter. It’s interesting and at the same time very sad to watch the politicization that is going on, but to me, it doesn’t look good for Sarah Palin and the Tea Party even if the shooter had nothing to do with them. The rhetoric is out there, no matter how much scrubbing and deleting they do.
But most importantly, it is a sad sad day when lives are lost, especially in this manner. And while we know that this type of thing occurs routinely around the world, it still takes it happening in our backyard for us to become alive to it. May God forgive and save us.
I was impressed by how I and many others followed this particular story. This tweet (which I RT’d) is spot on: RT @palafo: It is now standard practice in news reporting to find and preserve suspect trails on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace etc. Twitter was my news stream which can be dangerous I suppose because you choose whom you follow, but I guess it’s that way with the news nowadays also. In addition to Twitter, the story dominated my “daily paper” (Archive, Saturday, Jan. 8)…
IN OTHER NEWS… Melinda Gates’ AWEsome New Year’s resolution
20 predictions for the next 25 years (via Ian Yorston)… this deserves some time for digestion
Dead birds, fish kills prompt doomsday theories, but scientists say they’re natural… what do you think?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a wonderful movie which means you should definitely pay $1.65M for Cameron’s steel-and-glass house… $1.65 for 5,000 sq ft in Highland Park? That somehow seems like a deal…
And, in other Mac news, the Mac app store is now open for business!
An “underwater” river… think about that for a second
Nature red, tooth, and claw: the zombie diet of the emerald jewel wasp larva… anyone have a theological reflection for this? I’m working on mine.
For the Microbiology and infectious geeks out there, the bad bad NDM-1 antibiotic resistance gene… was aptly named
More microbiology… this time Carl Zimmer on the evolutionary relationship between bacteria and viruses that attack them (bacteriophages) in your mouth
Speaking of bacteriophages, Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science on the domestication of them by host bacteria (we do this too, you know…)
Ed Yong on female tears and sexual behavior in men… interesting, but I’m still skeptical
Ahh, those clever, clever crows
Lice DNA shows humans wore clothes more than 170,000 years ago… and I doubt they would have anticipated a show like “What Not to Wear”
A blood test for Alzheimer’s? Needs further work but promising…
How about a cocaine vaccine? Just don’t make a caffeine one…
No way this illusion is legit (but it is): The checker shadow illusion
Like a Child with a year in review about the deconstruction of her faith that also demonstrates that she’s an mighty fine writer
Epiphenom blog tells us that Americans are not as religious as they think they are (as measured by church attendance)
Denis Alexander with a bit of an active week: on Made in the Image of God: The theological implications of human genomics (link also on BioLogos site), Beware evolutionary ‘just-so’ stories about belief (via Ian Yorston), and the continuation of his series on Models for relating Adam and Eve with contemporary anthropology
The weekly Stuart Kauffman link which I think is really cool, but I just don’t understand enough of it to know for sure…
What can evolution teach us about ourselves? Via Science and Religion Today, Evolutionary psychology (as always, beware…)
Probably not so cut and dry, but if true, Dawkins et al. idea that religion is a virus needs to be revisited (or perhaps we’ve “domesticated” it?): Atheists a dying breed as nature favors faithful
Just found this blog on Philosophy and Theory in Biology… score.
Friend Dennis Veenema with a post on BioLogos entitled A Tale of Three Creationists in which he gives YECer Todd Wood some earned respect
More Todd Wood love
Others’ links of note:
James McGrath of Exploring Our Matrix: Atheism, Animal Apocalypse, Apophaticism and Assorted Other Stuff around the Blogosphere and Evolution, Thinking and Rethinking around the Blogosphere
Scot McKnight with his Weekly Meanderings
Mental Floss Blog: How to survive January
See you next week!