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CTDL 179: Look Buzz an Alien!

Interesting theology from the vatican.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as [...]

CTDL 178: Creature of Habit

I love the bold there. Make a new habit, learn an instrument, or just drive a new route to work. Become a creature of new and interesting habits.

HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit [...]

CTDL 173: Kill impulse purchasing

I love this idea for curbing frivolous spending:

The No Credit Needed financial blog suggests a “$100 rule,” in which any purchase price is divided by that amount and considered for that many days—a $300 PlayStation 3 gets re-considered for three days, a $1,400 MacBook is delayed for two weeks of researching, and so forth.
[From Money: [...]

CTDL 171: Doc gives it up to give back

Artress found work with another clinic in Arusha, where he ended up in what amounted to a crash course in tropical diseases.
On his first day, a patient with a neck abscess the size of a baseball came in. The resident doctor handed Artress a scalpel.
“I am an anesthesiologist. I don’t do [...]

CTDL 170: Global plateauing

Looking forward, the model projects a weakening of the MOC and a resulting cooling of north Atlantic waters, which will act to keep temperatures in check around the world, much as the warming and cooling associated with El Nino and La Nina in the Pacific bring global consequences.
“We have to take into account [...]

CTDL 163: Does your right to affordable ethanol trump somebody else’s right to food?

The flip side would probably be related to pollution, climate change, and death due to rising seas for people in low lying areas of the world.

Led by secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, officials want to mitigate the impact of the steep rise in staple food prices and prevent food shortages worsening.
The World Food Programme [...]

CTDL 159: A Wikipedia on the ad breaks

The more I read about it, the more I think I’m destined to read Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody. This little excerpt from a talk he gave on the subject is a great example of why.

She heard this story and she shook her head and said, “Where do people find the time?” That was her [...]

CTDL 156: Metaphysics, Mystics, and Science

Here’s a bit from Huffington Post on metaphysics and a scientific world view.

reflect the challenge of describing ’spiritual’ ‘mystical’ or ‘metaphysical’ experiences in a language of science and reason.
Secularists following a material reductionist model of science see mysticism as a manifestation of a physical brain state; spiritualists see mysticism as a relationship with God or [...]

CTDL 153: To boldly go…

As if there was a chance I wouldn’t make that joke (the one in the headline, the one that isn’t funny). Hawking is calling for NASA to follow the Columbus spirit and spread disease and mayhem… err… explore and discover other options for when humanity messes up this planet.

In a speech honouring Nasa’s 50th anniversary, [...]

CTDL 147: Polution, the planet, and feeding the people

Pollution kills, this is not news (though auto pollution “kills” may be news).

High levels of pollution may have contributed to the deaths of thousands of people in England from pneumonia in recent years, a study suggests.
[From BBC NEWS | Health | Pneumonia 'linked' to pollution]

China has already passed the US for pollution. Now this might [...]