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Climate Change, SETI, And Dr. Fermi

Climate Change, SETI, And Dr. Fermi

"Life" Issues, activism, Astronomy, autonomy, awareness, Big Bang, Challenge, citizenship, civics, Climate Change, community, conflict, conservatism, Cosmology, Creation, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Current Events, Discernment, doubt, Education, Environment, Evidence, Evolution, faithfulness, Fundamentalism, Human Condition, Hurricanes, Ideology, Milky Way Galaxy, Paleontology, Politics, Rationality, Science, Secularity, SETI, The Big Blue Marble, Thinking, Uncategorized, Universe, Weather and Climate, Wildfires, Windstorm
The recent report on the findings of climatic research into the causes and probable evolution of climate change – a more accurate term than “global warming” – prompted me to consider a possible answer to Enrico Fermi’s classic question “Where is everybody?” Multiple generations of science fiction writers have projected a future in which the Milky Way Galaxy fairly teems with life, rather like Times Square on New Year’s Eve or the tavern in the first Star Wars movie  – so much so that the late Prof. Stephen Hawking has publicly counseled SETI investigators to – not literally STFU – but certainly to exercise due caution in broadcasting the existence of intelligent life on earth to every corner of the Galaxy. (Not that we have a choice by now:  earth’s electromagnetic emissions by now com
Am I Really Gonna Have To Write About This Yet Again … ?

Am I Really Gonna Have To Write About This Yet Again … ?

14th Amendment, 5th Amendment, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Child Abuse, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, constitution, Criminal Procedure, critical judgment, culture, Current Events, death, Education, Equality, faithfulness, Fascism, First Amendment, history, Ideology, Incarceration, injustice, Judicial Review, Justice Clarence Thomas, Marbury v. Madison, Muslims, Patheos, Religion, Secularity, Uncategorized
… but I suppose the answer is “Yes, I will have to write on this subject again, just as I have before.” This time around, I am writing in response to what Patheos rather breathlessly describes as a "constitutional horror":  Justice Thomas' assertion that, the "establishment" clause notwithstanding, States still have the right to designate certain religious / denominations as "official". As usual, and as is customary with all matters religious when people are given a breadth of audience that far exceeds their depth of knowledge, the hysteria is altogether overblown and unnecessary, due to an absence of working knowledge about the history of the subject – in this case, the interpretation of the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment. The whole point of what follows is a matter
Jock Straps, Jesus, And Junior High

Jock Straps, Jesus, And Junior High

"Life" Issues, affirmation/s, awareness, bigotry, body, Challenge, Change, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Education, emancipation, Equality, Fascism, hate, Hope, Ideology, Lipophilia, Lipophobia, Religion, resentment, social justice, Tolerance, transformation, Uncategorized
Over the last several years, there has been a lot of chatter in the media about the obesity epidemic afflicting the United States, especially young teenagers of junior-high age.  I will not rehearse the linked statistics here:  you probably know them better than I, since, unlike your faithful Skeptic-In-Residence, most of my “Skeptic’s” readers are parents.  (However, in fairness, I do have a PhD in being a kid ... a fat kid in particular. So I do have some modest competence to say what I say below.) I have even written humorously here and, somewhat humorously, here about my own struggles with weight, body image, and exercise. But this is really no laughing matter. Now, as far as the biological, somatic, and nutritional dimensions of the problem are concerned, basically no one is laugh