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Some arguments with my old pastor

True to my last post, I’ve got a bit of something here from my 750words writing. This weekend my old church, where my family still attends, had a sermon on “The Atheist Christian” or something like that, and had a little handout from the pastor with his conclusions (more liberal than many theologies, but…). [...]

Nomar & Dumbo’s Feather

On diets, baseball, project management, and getting things done.
There is a thing called a mind hack. If you are unaware, a mind hack is an ostensibly productive, or at least positive, use of the esoteric nature of our brain to trick ourselves into doing something we otherwise might not due to procrastination, priorities, or [...]

Skeptic Blog response

(I’m posting here, because I can’t post on skepticblog from work thanks to our proxy… I’ll probably go post this there when I can)
Brian Dunning has posted a piece on the Skeptic Blog about the Mythbusters. He disclaimers that he enjoys and appreciates the show for what it is, but also wishes it was a [...]

CTDL 221: Pile O Links V2.0 for today

Yet again I had a huge backlog of links even after the last post, so I’m putting together even more of them into a smorgasbord of interesting articles. Enjoy!

“Her methods probably are finer, but our conclusions are very similar.”
He also criticised the emphasis placed by the McGill University researcher on the “low” figure [...]

CTDL 219: Fallafel or insulin, you decide

Falafel wins every time. Interestingly enough this is largely the diet espoused by the Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy book which based most of its information on the harvard medical school nutritional findings. Note they talk about it as a Mediterranean diet, but it’s really just a healthy one.

Sticking to a diet which includes fruit, [...]

CTDL 214: Un-Farming in the UK

How should Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) respond to the “food crisis”? Our environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines how worries about food are stimulating a debate about the long-term future of the CAP.
The Common Agricultural Policy – the vast system that costs Europe’s taxpayers more than £30bn pounds a year – will be [...]

CTDL 212: If only we could make fuel from Kudzu

Good advice here, don’t bring in some new species of crop just to deal with new energy needs.

Nations should avoid planting biofuel crops that have a high risk of becoming invasive species, a report warns.
A study by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) said only a few countries have systems in place to [...]

CTDL 206: These Oreos are to help my jetlag

Never mind that I’m not flying anywhere, the Oreos are resetting my body clock.

Studies in mice have shown cAMP – a common signalling molecule – is involved in keeping the body clock “rhythms” going.
The team hope to develop drugs that target cAMP to help shift workers, frequent flyers or those with sleep disorders [...]

CTDL 205: Nuclear revisited

It’s nice to see the UK putting nuclear power back on the table as an option. It may not be ideal, but it’s got potential to be a far cry better than the current alternatives.

The UK government confirmed in January that it was in the country’s long-term interest that nuclear power should play a role [...]

CTDL 202: Our three weapons are Religion, Science, Einstein, and oh I’ll come in again.

At the risk of stirring a pot (or poking a dog with a stick), I’ve got three excerpts on where science and religion meet.
The first is from the Archbishop of Westminster, who has some good advice to respect and treat with “deep esteem” atheists and agnostics. I think this advice should go for both sides.

The [...]