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They’ve made a movie about Darwin with an ironic title, “Creation”

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Olivia Judson, who writes for NY Times Science section, discusses the many artifacts about Darwin during the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the “Origin of the Species“, his magnum opus.

Click here to view info from the Toronto International Film Festival about the movie!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/08 at 22:27

Since it’s the 3rd day of 2009, I have decided to post a statement of beliefs

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This is developed from a text model in Bill Cohen’s book about Life Mapping. But the story told below is all mine. My notion in posting this is to put down a mark in the sands of my time in this Universe.

The purpose of my life

I believe that there is a natural force and random (genetic) process that made all aspects of the Universe possible, including human life. My own life came from the fertilization of eggs in my mother’s womb from my father’s sperm introduced by penis penetration of my mother’s cunt. But that genetic process is simply another in a long line over billions of years looking backward in time and a no less long line into the future.

I am a unique genetic instance. I have left my genetic imprint since I fathered 3 children and will eventually die and turn to “dust”.

The purpose of my life is to find a satisfactory understanding of this Universe and my itty bitty place in it, so that I can enjoy the good days and not rue too long the bad and horrible ones. In this way I should live up to my full potential and not be too much of a burden to those closest to me.

My way to understanding my emotional dilemma in this world is the recognize the ANGUISH I bring on for myself, understanding the cause and nature of that anguish, accepting all that and taking a path of action to address the negative aspects of my anguish and its immediate causes.

My beliefs

Evolution exhibit (Taronga Zoo, Australia)
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I believe that Darwin spoke practical sense when he said:  “My theology is a simple muddle: I cannot look at the Universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent Design.” (Letter to Joseph Hooker, July 12 1870).

I believe that it’s not the what fate and my lifetime cause for me but how I deal with it to live as well as I can and not destroy my spirit by mindless resentment and obsession with redress of the wrongs I receive.

I believe every being is unique and must deal with circumstances in his own way with or without help from others.

I believe everyone makes mistakes, but the wise one learns from them.

I believe in the Golden Rule of “do unto others as I would hope for myself”.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/03 at 08:05

Many years ago George Will wrote an Op-Ed about the benefits of messy desks

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and that was the last time I liked anything that he said, wrote or espoused. His latest (clipped from Daily Kos) gives me the very worst feeling about his cold rejection of good social policy:

George Will: Medicare and Medicaid are out of [cost] control. But I’m eating garlic and waving a crucifix around to ward off vampires single payer proposals. My plan? Charles Darwin will fix it eventually.

Wow, I guess that he drinks the same kind of sauce the our Canadian Prime Minister does!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/01 at 07:51

Does this mean that

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Vatican authorities regarding philosophy have determined that Creationism and ID are not “rational philosophy and theology”, whatever that means!

Catholic News Service reports:

Speakers invited to attend a Vatican-sponsored congress on the evolution debate will not include proponents of creationism and intelligent design, organizers said.

The Pontifical Council for Culture, Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana are organizing an international conference in Rome March 3-7 as one of a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”

Jesuit Father Marc Leclerc, a philosophy professor at the Gregorian, told Catholic News Service Sept. 16 that organizers “wanted to create a conference that was strictly scientific” and that discussed rational philosophy and theology along with the latest scientific discoveries.

Unlike too many light-headed politicians in the US, Canada and the UK, the Vatican, or an authoritative part of it, considers Creationism and ID to be “irrational”. Now that has a heavy sound!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/27 at 09:27