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An animated Socratic dialog. 

Is reason absolute? How could it be? After all, reason has been used to justify both good and bad ends. This might suggest that other variables should be brought in for discussion. Is, as Hume surmised, reason a mere "slave to the passions"? If this is true, then perhaps emotion cannot be decoupled from reason. On this view, to remove empathy from reason would be akin to uttering a sentence without nouns. On the contrary view, perhaps reason is only to be bested by better reasoning; maybe reason is all we have, for better or worse.
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Meet carbon: "the molecular slut of the elements".
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Your computer on your phone
Google's Chrome Remote Desktop service, first launched in 2011, is coming to mobile. Today, the company released an Android app that will let users access their desktop computers, whether through a...
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"She just woke up one day and was Jane Goodall. To her, you’ve got to be effective in this world. Jane has never blinked since I’ve known her. She’s a nonstop advocate for the planet. At first she advocated for chimps and then it became the whole planet. She likes to focus on young people. She can dance with presidents, kings and queens. You have to listen to her and absorb what she’s got to say."
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After three agonizing years, Professor Karen King finally published her paper on the 'Jesus wife papyrus fragment' in Theological Review yesterday. (She rediscovered the fragment in 2011; press release in 2012; radiometric dating in 2013.) Those three years have not allowed for much of a consensus. The pro-forgery and pro-authenticity sides both have solid arguments. 

Of course, what's too often left out of coverage of this story is that even if the fragment is legitimate, it doesn't tell us anything definitive about the historical Jesus. It merely tells what Christian communities (or even a lone maverick) that sprang up in the wake of his death thought about the figurehead. Otherwise put, validating the legitimacy of an ancient manuscript is not the same thing as validating the historicity of the words it narrates.
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In 4 billion years, the Milky Way and Andromeda will collide and merge. Stars will be scrambled. Planets will be jumbled into ferocious disarray. Constellations will be redrawn. Gravitational allegiances will be cast off and disowned.

As the two galaxies rocket toward one another at 402,000 km/hr, they will one day become..."Milkomeda"?
Four billion years from now, our galaxy, the Milky Way, will collide with our large spiraled neighbor, Andromeda. The galaxies as we know them will not survive. In fact, our solar system is going t...
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We're gonna need a bigger throat
Sharks are often seen as "living fossils," examples of evolutionary excellence that have not altered their design significantly since they came into existence. Evolutionary biologists have...
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Love wins.

"And then the magic happened.

"For the next 40 minutes or so, students and faculty and guests passed the mic to one another and spoke plain truths about their lives and loves. They expressed frustrations and hopes. They professed faith and doubt. Some identified themselves as gay or straight; many did not. Some identified themselves as Christians, others as atheists or Buddhists or agnostics. One man said he moved here from a country where homosexuality was punishable by hanging. Another said that after a history of drug use and time in prison, he had found Christ, and that studying theology in college had deepened his faith and opened his mind. Just before we ran out of time, a woman stood up and said, “I’m a lesbian. After this, I have some work to do,  and then I have to get to the grocery store, and then I will have dinner with my partner, and then we will walk the dogs. That is my gay agenda.”
Peter LaBarbera came to my college to "expose" the "gay agenda." He wasn't expecting what would happen instead
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If this doesn't set your heart racing on a Friday you might be a lost cause.

NB: This is not the impactor that snuffed out the dinosaurs. This one was much older (~3.2 Gya), much larger (23-36 miles wide), and moving much faster (12 mi/s).
Around 3.26 billion years ago — long before the dinosaurs — a massive asteroid measuring nearly 36 miles (58 km) across smashed into the Earth. Geologists have now reconstructed this cataclysmic event, and it was far, far bigger than we thought. Here's how things went down on that fateful day.
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An ancient detective story picks up a new lead. While the K-Pg extinction is rather well understood today, the Permian (P-Tr) extinction, otherwise known as the "Great Dying", has been shrouded in some mystery. New lines of evidence may help explain the global crime scene fossilized in the rocks below.

Key to the story is horizontal gene transfer, a mechanism of gene acquisition common in bacteria and other prokaryotes. A bacterium known as Methanosarcina picked up a gene from a neighbor microbe. This gene helped expedite the production of methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas, whose greenhouse effect is much larger during its atmospheric lifetime of 8.4 years relative to CO2's, which has a smaller effect but a much longer duration (exceeding 100 years). With the bacterium now spewing out massive amounts of methane, there was an acclivitous spike in global temperatures.

The gene alone was not enough to complete the greatest serial killing spree in history, however. It also needed an influx of its primary energy source: nickel, which was supplied by the Siberian traps, long known to have been the most prodigious source of this element. As a result, Methanosarcina grew much larger and devoured the ocean's stores of carbonate ions, which many marine organisms such as bivalves rely on to form their calcium carbonate shells. In the end, 96% of marine species were wiped out, as were over 90% of all species sea, land, and air.
Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth's history. Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 million years ago, about 90 percent of all species on Earth were suddenly wiped out -- by far the largest of this planet's five known mass extinctions. It turns out that Methanosarcina had acquired a particularly fast means of making methane, and the team's detailed mapping of the organism's history now sh...
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Other marine calcifiers include oysters, clams, scallops, conchs, crabs, lobsters, shrimp, sea urchins, sea snails, prawns, limpets, shallow water corals, deep sea corals, calcifying algae, and calcareous plankton. All of these organisms are negatively impacted by ocean acidification from the uptake of another greenhouse gas: (of course) CO2. We've already seen a 30% increase in ocean acidity since the Industrial Revolution. And we're targeted for much worse if current trends continue.

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/.../What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F
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Informed Citizen. Savvy Conversationalist. International Socialite. Knowledge Hound. Autodidact. Information Distiller. Fluent in science, technology and religion. Vanguard of truth. I like to debunk 'bunk'. Videophile. Audiophile. Purist.

I am an active Google+ user who contributes a good amount of original content. You'll also find I am not one to simply reshare articles without prefacing with additional insight to add value for my followers. 

Stay connected with me here and through my website below, where science, technology, the web and a relentless artillery of thoughts collide in a fury of cerebral pyrotechnics:: Tech Thoughts

I've been a patron of the techie sphere for a few years now. You might remember me from my online aliases and contributions over the years to AVS Forum (scionracing) or Xbox.com A/V Forum (Exit Wound86).


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