commented on Slog Bible Study: Matthew 5:28
Poor, poor Jimmy Carter. It's weird that he read and believed the Bible, which is at odds with the Religious Right that ended up backing Reagan and kicking him out.
commented on What Comes After the Fact that All Humans Are Africans?
Evolutionary biology has tons of questions like this, but I think on a personal level, you can't say the blanket statement that we are all African without being slightly disingenuous. The oldest humans were found in Africa, yes. But the oldest mammal was found in China, so by that logic, we're all Chinese. If you go back far enough, the oldest fossil of a eukaryotic cell was found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Why Michigan? I have the feeling because of the beauty of the place (I'm from Michigan in more ways than just eukaryotic lineage), but that's likely not the correct answer. We are all African, yes, but we're also all Chinese, and we're all Midwesterners.
commented on They Need More To Do On the International Space Station
I agree with Warren. Hadfield is a hero of mine. As a scientist, it takes a lot of interest to get people interested in science. I tried to talk to high schoolers as an outreach project about microbiology, and a bunch of them kept asking whether or not it would be on the ACT's. We need to push curiosity, and Hadfield is great about this. Don't be flippant, Dan. Science is dying here in the USA, and if we need a Canadian singing astronaut to remind people that cool stuff is going on in space, then power to the Canadians.
commented on WTF, Neil
I always thought of this as a song to sing about giving dating a second chance after a break up. You rely on this other person so much, but then they hurt you or you just get hurt. So sometimes, you wish you could still live with someone and have them help and support you, but without the emotional connection that could lead to pain. But there's still this longing to meet someone and actually connect with them. It's the duality of a breakup. You never want to feel again, but you want to be in love again.