Fringe: Humans, Animals, and Anomalies

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “Anomaly XB-6783746,” had a less explicitly theological focus than the one before it. But it raised crucial questions of another sort: what makes a human being, what does it mean to be an animal, and what does evolution have to do with it – whether evolution that occurs naturally, or resulting [Read More...]

One Primate’s Fall is Another Primate’s Progress

For those interested in theology, I encourage you to reflect on this perspective on humanity’s distinctiveness among the primates on this planet. That which distinguishes us as human beings is responsible for most things that are wrong on this planet – and most of what we consider to make life worth living. I think this [Read More...]

The Genetic Evidence for Evolution

There is a useful video from BioLogos explaining the genetic evidence for evolution, including the evidence of humans and chimpanzees sharing a common ancestor, with humans having one fewer chromosome as a result of chromosome fusion. Unfortunately embedding is prohibited and so I’ve only been able to link to it. Please share it with people [Read More...]

Torchwood and Doctor Who: The Almost Cyberwoman and Cyberman

It was interesting watching the Torchwood episode “Cyberwoman” in close proximity to the Doctor Who episode “Closing Time.” Both feature a character who is subjected to the process of “upgrading” to a cyberperson, and in both their cases the process is stopped before it is completed. That may be where the similarities end. While Ianto’s [Read More...]

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Tonight I caught most of a National Geographic documentary on PBS. It is called Stress: Portrait of a Killer. It brings together sociological, medical, genetic and other relevant studies and talks about what the evidence clearly shows: that whether you are a baboon or a human, stress – and particular the stress related to where [Read More...]