Yossi Nagar, Forensics and Israelite Origins

A while back I joined as a contributor to the Ancient World Bloggers Group. Today, at long last, I made my first post on that blog, which I am also reproducing here. It relates in particular to the work of an Israeli anthropologist who is featured in a documentary, part of which my class on [Read More...]

Eli Stone

I taped Eli Stone after watching the season premiere of LOST, not only to see the Oceanic Airline commercial that was promised to feature in it. The series is about a lawyer who begins having ‘visions’ or ‘hallucinations’. It is discovered that he has a brain aneurism – as his father presumably had, but it [Read More...]

Oceanic Airlines Commercial

I will post about Eli Stone soon, but found I needed to devote a whole post just to the Oceanic Airlines commercial aired during the show. It talks about the “golden pass” allowing one to fly anywhere. The “Oceanic Six” are given such passes (Jack mentioned using his every weekend). Someone who looked vaguely familiar [Read More...]

LOST in a Zoroastrian Multiverse

As I continue thinking about the possibility that LOST is exploring issues of the meaning of life and morality in an infinite multiverse, I find myself compelled to conclude that this universe has a balance of good and evil, as well as of order and chaos. In the Star Wars universe the thinking seems to [Read More...]

Religion and Morality in an Infinite Multiverse

In a recent post about LOST, I explored the possibility that the mystery of the island being explored in that series may relate to the idea of parallel universes. In this post I want to explore further, albeit very briefly, some of the issues raised by the view (put forward by some physicists, cosmologists and [Read More...]

LOST Season 4 Begins

If you haven’t watched the season premiere of LOST yet then don’t read this post. It is basically one big collection of spoilers. If you have seen it, then please do join me in recalling and reflecting on what we’ve just seen. The way the episode begins is phenomenal. Jack is watching a car chase [Read More...]

Memetic LEGO Mindstorms and Christian Origins

I have been tagged with a meme by Doug Chaplin, and so I need to do the following: Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)Find Page 123.Find the first 5 sentences.Post the next 3 sentences.Tag 5 people. I’ve decided to follow his lead and not include the Bible on this [Read More...]

LOST: So It Begins

I think some people are misinterpreting the most recent mobisode from LOST: Missing Pieces, entitled “So It Begins“, which takes us back to the moment just before the start of the pilot episode in season 1. It shows Christian Shepherd and Vincent talking to one another, and Christians saying Jack “has work to do”. But [Read More...]

LOST in a Parallel Universe

I have a theory about LOST, one that I think will make sense of the focus on mirror opposites, of opposing forces of light and dark, good and evil. I think it also makes sense of the video clip with the rabbit at the Dharma station known as “The Orchid”. If my theory is correct, [Read More...]

LOST Latest

This post is simply a list of clues given in the LOST season finale version that aired tonight, which had added “subtitles” that give additional information, attract attention to details, make connection and remind: There is a focus on mirror opposites in the series as a whole, and no less in this episode named after [Read More...]

eBay scam

Here’s a warning about another scam, claiming to be an eBay invoice (eBay doesn’t do monthly invoices, and the e-mail address from which it claims to be sent is billing@eby.com rather than an address at eBay.com). The link provided fortunately doesn’t seem to work, but it doesn’t lead to eBay’s web site but to http://csccog.org/cal/includes/eBayISAPI.htm [Read More...]

More on Evolution Weekend

Michael Zimmerman (dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences here at Butler University) has written an op-ed piece about evolution and religion, which is closely connected with the Evolution Weekend project. In the past, Ken Ham has dismissed Evolution Sunday saying “atheists take glee when they see the clergy supporting evolution”, while P. [Read More...]


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Voyage of the Damned

I finally watched the Doctor Who Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned” last night. It was certainly entertaining, and as tragic as the recent episodes have often tended to be. The “earthologist” (with a fake degree from a degree mill that also did dry cleaning) was particularly funny, with his poorly-informed understanding of human traditions: [Read More...]