Two more planets in our Solar System?

Pluto has been demoted from its planet status, though some dispute that.  But astronomers have found evidence that there may be two actual planets beyond Pluto.

If they are definitively discovered, what should we call them?  The names should be classical to fit with the others.  I say name one Athena, after the goddess of wisdom, since wisdom is also elusive and hard to detect.  And let’s  name the other one Pluto, so that we’ll once again have a planet named Pluto. [Read more...]

What about New Year’s Resolutions?

A time-honored custom is to make New Year’s resolutions, decisions to use the new beginning offered by the new year to improve one’s life in some way.  Reportedly, 50% of people make such resolutions, but 89% fail to keep them.

This can be seen as evidence for the theological teaching about the bondage of the will.  But though moral self-improvement is largely fruitless, apart from the Gospel, are there are other kinds of resolutions (exercise, eat better, or keep a tidier desk [my goal year after futile year] that are worth making and might be realized?  (Though such non-moral resolutions fail too:  I’m told that new gym memberships soar at the first of the year, but that attendance plummets after just a few weeks.)

Have any of you actually kept a New Year’s resolution for the whole year or longer?  How did you manage that?  After the jump, some advice for doing so. [Read more...]

Elephant mothers vs. Tiger mothers

Is it better to be a Tiger mother or an Elephant mother?  That is, a parent who believes family life is preparation for the adult world and so should be a school of hard knocks, harsh consequences, and tough love.   Or a parent who believes family life should be a haven from the outside world, a place of comfort and emotional security?

After the jump, read an excerpt from an essay on the subject and see a video of an elephant’s parenting style. [Read more...]

Pope says animals can go to heaven

Pope Francis, comforting a boy whose dog had died, said that “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ.  Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” [Read more...]

The God of multiple infinities

There are an infinite number of numbers.  But there are also an infinite number of numbers between any two numbers!  In fact, there are more numbers between numbers than there are countable numbers, even though both are infinite!  (Mind blown yet?)  George Cantor, the father of Set Theory and a devout Christian, proved that.  Joel Bezaire shows what the concept of “multiple infinities” can do to our sense of the infinity of God. [Read more...]

Where does water come from?

That’s not just a little kid question but a genuine scientific mystery.  In the early days of earth’s existence, according to scientists, the planet was just too hot for there to be water.  After things cooled down, there still would have been no water.  Comets have been discovered that have water vapor, so the leading theory has been that comets bombarded the earth and gave us the oceans.

But now a study has found that comet water is, for the most part, very different from earth water.  Another candidate now is asteroids.  But it’s hard to imagine how many comets or asteroids–which may have some water, but not all that much–it would take to create earth’s vast oceans. [Read more...]


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