Scientists played a recording of a chomping caterpillar to some plants, whereupon they produced an anti-caterpillar toxin to protect themselves. Read about the study and its implications after the jump. [Read more…]
A study of the effects of psychedelic mushrooms is being hailed as revealing positive benefits. What interests me is what the scientists and the media consider to be beneficial. The active ingredient in the mushrooms makes people more emotional, puts them in a continual dream-like state, turns down their higher cognitive abilities (that is, makes them less rational), and dissolves their ego, making them less “narrow-minded.” Note that in our postmodern culture, such assaults on the mind are all considered good things! [Read more…]
Astronomers have discovered a white dwarf star–basically, the burnt-out remnant of a star–that basically consists of crystallized carbon. In other words, diamond. It’s a diamond the size of the earth. “Twinkle, twinkle little star. . . .” [Read more…]
Natural law as a grounding for morality is basic to Roman Catholic ethics, though it is variously embraced or rejected by Protestants. As contemporary society tries to normalize sexual behavior long considered not just immoral but unnatural, natural law ethics have come back into vogue among those who insist that sexual morality is not just a narrow religious conviction but something applicable to everyone.
Protestant philosopher R. J. Snell has written a new book that attempts a new formulation of natural law, one grounded in love. After the jump, an excerpt from the book that first explains what we mean by natural law. (And note how the concept that nature has a “design”–c.f. the intelligent design movement–is integral to the idea.)
Later, I intend to post something on the Christian case against natural law theory, and we can weigh the issues. [Read more…]
Congress has refused to pass legislation restricting carbon emissions, so President Obama is doing it on his own. He has decreed what is being called a “war on coal”:
The Obama administration took aim at the coal industry on Monday by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 — despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close. [Read more…]
The government-funded effort to find alien life–known as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life)–is running out of money. So its scientists testified before Congress, claiming that extraterrestrial life is a virtual certainty and that we should find it within 20 years.
Do you see anything wrong with that testimony? [Read more…]