Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Um ok....

MSN Health - British Scientists Offer Spacie Origin of SARS

May 23, 2003 -- Could SARS be from space? A group of British scientists is making that case by proposing that the SARS virus may have originated in outer space, fell down to earth, and landed in China where the outbreak began. But most infectious disease experts are sticking to a more conventional explanation for the origins of SARS.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life. The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Heaven may encore the bird who laid an egg. If the human being conceives and brings forth a human child instead of bringing forth a fish, or a bat, or a griffin, the reason may not be that we are fixed in an animal fate without life or purpose. It may be that our little tragedy has touched the gods, that they admire it from their starry galleries, and that at the end of every human drama man is called again and again before the curtain. Repetition may go on for millions of years, by mere choice, and at any instant it may stop. Man may stand on the earth generation after generation, and yet each birth be his positively last appearance.

GK Chesterton Orthodoxy , Ch. 4

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

"The strongest saints and the strongest sceptics alike took positive evil as the starting-point of their argument. If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the existence of God, as all atheists do; or he must deny the present union between God and man, as all Christians do. The new theologians seem to think it a highly rationalistic solution to deny the cat."

Gk Chesterton - Orthodoxy

"Now the layman or amateur needs to be instructed as well and to be exhorted. In this age his need for knowledge is particularly pressing. Nor would I admit any sharp division between the two kinds of books. For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand."

--CS Lewis, Introduction to De Incarnation

Saturday, May 10, 2003

You know, I could write a sociology paper on the way people turn in their papers. There is the quick drop, where the author is so happy to get the thing out of his hands that even the fastest possible way to get rid of it is not fast enough (I would fall into this catagory). Then you've got your casual drop with a sneak glance at the paper below, the several who carefully checked their meticulously spaced Southeastern/Turabian-style title page against the title page of the paper on top before grimacing and placing theirs on the pile (what if the other person's title page is wrong and yours is right? Can we ever be sure until we get it back covered in red?). There's also the people who go their desks first and chat for awhile before taking out of folders or notebooks and turning it in (apparently the paper was a breeze for them and they are in no hurry to get rid of it). My favorite of all is the guy who unabashedly goes through the entire stack to see what everyone else wrote on. I think if he had enough time he would have started grading them himself.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

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