Monthly Archives: August 2010

the edge of science

“Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”{Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 1} I recently listened to a debate on the question of whether Intelligent Design should be … Continue reading

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will & scenes from a park

These are two more poems that I wrote in a class that was taught by Jonathan Scott (a.k.a. the word ninja) at church a while back. Scenes from a Park – Smell of rain, minutes old, now steam Rising Raising Reasoning with … Continue reading

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the happy poet

One of my few poems so no need to get nervous…. The Happy Poet A hopeful asked the universe for leave to write and rhyme The universe responded “how have you spent your time?” The suitor answered “jumping from one … Continue reading

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our reach and our grasp

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? Robert Browning Bob has identified both our “try” and our “fail.”  So we invent.  We invent ladders.  Ladders extend our height.  We invent telescopes and microscopes.  … Continue reading

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the zeroth law: parental jurisprudence

In Isaac Asimov’s epic “robot” series of books that began with I, Robot, robots were hardwired with three “laws” that exerted absolute control over all their actions.  These laws were 1) a robot may not injure a human or through … Continue reading

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you can’t take it with you

I don’t know if you’ve ever sat outside and looked at big rocks and mountains and rivers and thought about the fact that they were here long before you and will be here long after you’ve gone.  I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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out of the nest

It’s a funny time in life right now.  Aging parents and aging children.  Aging me.  Three generations who are soon to graduate.  Not being one given to morbid considerings by nature, I take this meditation as a gift from the … Continue reading

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