James Taylor – Steamroller Blues
Today’s Quote: “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.” — Jules de Gaultier
Still in the Seventh Day
I see in my morning New York Times e-mail that the Utah legislature defeated an “anti-Darwin” bill intended to challenge the theory of evolution in high school science classes. The bill died after being amended by the majority whip, Stephen H. Urquhart, a Mormon who said he thought God did not have an argument with science. Some Mormon legislators opposed the bill because they agreed with Mr. Urquhart that science and religion should remain separate, others because they thought intelligent design was not in keeping with traditional Mormon belief. A spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Joe Conn, said Utah’s vote would resonate. “If the creationists can’t win in a state as conservative as Utah, they’ve got an uphill battle,” Mr. Conn said. (But Mormon conservatism isn’t the same as mainstream Christian fundamentalist conservatism. Mormon conservatism makes more sense.)
Finally, a sign of intelligent life in a legislature. Do issues such as this really need to be legislated in the first place? Wouldn’t it make sense to present all three theories (creationism, intelligent design, and Darwin’s theory of evolution), explain what each theory entails, and leave it up to the students to make up their own minds? Real education is about discovering what you don’t know and challenging what you think you do know.
Personally, I don’t see a conflict between creationism and evolution. In my mind they fit together well although intelligent design seems kind of whack. Okay, God created everything in six days. How many billion years is a day for God? It seems to me that God leaves most things to chance anyway. And I suspect we may still be in God’s seventh day.
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What did the W stand for in the group known as AWB? A) Working B) Wise C) White
2. Which Prince were Adam and the Ants in 1981? A) Of Darkness B) Valiant C) Charming
3. What is the home country of Julio Iglesias? A) Mexico B) Cuba C) Spain
4. In 1998, No Regrets was a hit for which singer? A) Robbie Williams B) Joe Jackson C) Seal
5. Who had an 80s No. 1 hit with La Isla Bonita? A) Gloria Estefan B) Madonna C) Celine Dion
6. What is the last name of the brothers in Oasis? A) Gallagher B) McDonald C) Guinney
Update: The FrankenWeb Server
I think I have all the parts I need for “FrankenWeb.” I’ve got a 20-GB drive for the OS and applications and two 40-GB drives (which will be mirrored) for data/content. I just acquired a CD-ROM drive, a floppy drive, and a cooling fan. The box already has a motherboard, processor, and memory so it looks like I have all the required hardware. Now it’s just a matter of putting it all together and installing and configuring the OS and applications.
Music Trivia Answers:
1. C) White [AWB was also known as the Average White Band. I have one of their albums, Cut the Cake.]
2. C) Charming
3. C) Spain
4. A) Robbie Williams
5. B) Madonna
6. A) Gallagher