LOST: Episode for Educators

A colleague mentioned on Facebook that last night’s episode of LOST, “Dr. Linus”, may be of particular interest to educators and administrators – or at the very least, indicates the tensions that sometimes exist between the two. Outdated equipment in the science classroom – where have I heard that before? They even mentioned issues of [Read More...]

LOST: Powerful Symbols of Contrasting Universes

Another powerful depiction of the contrast between the two universes on LOST can be seen in Ben’s relationship to his father. This is subtly yet powerfully symbolized by the following: in one timeline, Ben kills his father using a gas canister; in the other, Ben uses a canister of gas (in this case presumably oxygen) [Read More...]

LOST: Jacob’s Touch and the Power of Forgiveness

Wow, tonight’s episode of LOST was quite something. We learned a number of things that are really important [SPOILER ALERT]. First, Jack learned something about himself, and abour Richard Alpert, that is crucial. If Jacob touches you, you don’t age and cannot kill yourself. You would have to be killed by someone else. Presumably this gift [Read More...]

Sci-Fi, Religion and Posttranssuperhumanism

IO9 has an interesting article on whether “science fiction humanism” is a contradiction in terms. In the process of exploring the question, it touches on a number of religious themes as well. [Read more...]

Online Articles and Excerpts

Since I received an e-mail asking about some online materials of mine that have been around on the web for some time, but recently became harder to find, I thought I’d post about them. Geocities recently closed, taking with it a lot of web resources that people had shared over a period of many years. I [Read More...]

More From Michael Zimmerman

Here are highlights from today’s Clergy Letter Project e-mail: Download a free copy of Science, Evolution and Creationism as a pdfEvolution Resources at National Academies Michael will speak at a Darwin Day event held by the Center for Inquiry in Indianapolis on March 20th Updates on the Clergy Letter Project web site include more news [Read More...]

In The Cage at the Shrine Auditorium

Wolfgang’s Vault added another concert, Genesis performing at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, January 24th, 1975. Here’s a sample: http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/common/swf/wgv_st_player.swf [Read more...]

Violin Archive

There is a lot of great music in the Internet Archive: Bartok’s Violin Concerto No.2 played by Yehudi Menuhin http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.3933595411057 Ernest Bloch’s Violin Concerto played by Josef Szigeti http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.05154117365974975 Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 played by Josef Szigeti http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.46397444243605185 Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.8487472167947698 Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto (performed on violin and piano) http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.5697744155003956 [Read More...]

Michael Zimmerman on the Catholic Equivalent of Biblical Literalism

I didn’t manage to blog about Michael Zimmerman’s latest blog post until now. It is a challenge to Rick Santorum to heed his own church’s teachings about evolution. Here’s an excerpt: The Pontifical Academy itself, on January 24, 2009 issued a statement arising from the meeting that is as powerful as it is clear. “It [Read More...]

Rabbinic Sources – With Caveat

I’ve used the site Come and Hear in the past as a useful place to look things up in the Talmud. But I never before noticed the caveat on the front page, offering those who are easily offended an alternative site to go to. Take a look – I think you’ll be as amused as [Read More...]

LOLCatz Keys To LOST

As we prepare for another episode full of the symbolism of white and black, darkness and light, here are a couple of images that may shed light on the show’s mysteries… [Read more...]

Star Trek Meets LOST

I had seen this before, but someone recently reminded me about it, and I don’t remember if I ever shared it here… [Read more...]

Sibelius Archive

Not all composers whose music I would like to be able to share here (or listen to myself) are well represented at the internet archive. But one who is is Jean Sibelius. Here are a few of his more famous works: Violin Concerto (performed by Jascha Heifetz) http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.8344390731741345 Symphony No. 5 (Cleveland Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski) [Read More...]

Google Ads

I’ve decided to try turning on Google Ads for this site. I hope it won’t be a nuisance. It just seems like something that has become fairly standard, and which it might in fact be foolish not to switch on. Or perhaps the foolish thing is to switch it on? Does anyone have strong feelings about it [Read More...]