Reason Rally Stuff

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An Undropped Shoe

I’m not actually supposed to be writing this.More than a year ago I signed all sorts of documents demanding strict adherence to the embargo date of the information. But since the embargo date has come and gone, and there has been no public announcement – and especially since the recent news story of the entire Vatican science team being killed in a bus crash in Argentina – I don’t feel that I should honor those agreements.I suppose there might be some danger in this for me, either legally or … [Read more...]

Free Will … Maybe — Part 2.2

It’s the same with most every creature you know. Make up a different life-pyramid for each one and you’d find that the few unique things that make them their own specific type of creature are essentially add-ons, extremely minor alterations on top of the ponderous weight of older traits.Evolutionary "refinement" also sometimes involves a certain amount of letting-go. The horse’s mammalian ancestors, for instance, jettisoned reptilian scales, and all mammalian lineages since then demonstrate thi … [Read more...]

Icy Fingers of Death

Paging Bobby Drake! Pretty cool video: … [Read more...]

Free Will … Maybe — Part 2.1

In making the point of how much free will we don’t have, I wanted to write about a concept I came up with a few years back, something to help us understand the, well, “automaticness” of much of what goes on in our heads.Searching for something on it, I came across this chapter of yet another of my might-be books, a half-written volume titled Earthman’s Notebook.It’s fairly long, but it illustrates the ideas pretty well.I’m dividing it up, so it’s going to accordion three extra sections into … [Read more...]

Ghost Rider … Um … SUCKED

You have no idea what a fanboy I am when it comes to superhero movies. At 59, I'm often the oldest person in the theater at midnight openers. (Speaking of which, the Spider-Man trailer looks suweeeet! And oh yeah, I'll be there for the midnight show.)I went to see the second coming of Ghost Rider last night, on pins and needles and eager for the flaming spectacle.But ... dayyum. Twenty minutes in, I was already thinking about walking out. Departing the theater at the end, I said "That was … [Read more...]