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June 12, 2013 – Republican Party self-destruction is on display in Virginia as the E.W. Jackson, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, is looking foolish for his assertion in a 2008 book that biological evolution is disproven because chimpanzees can’t talk:
Religious fundamentalists in the Republican Party scare away sensible voters when they inject their superstitions into public forums.
Many fundamentalists, for example, reject the laws of biological and geological evolution. Some even seek to foist this dogma onto school curricula as a legitimate alternative to knowledge gained through the scientific method.
November 21, 2012 -- This Thanksgiving, take a moment to thank one of the greatest benefactors in your life: the entity who shows you the way so that you don’t get lost, or even after you do—the virtually omnipresent, almost omniscient entity who is glad to help you with your questions—the entity who can help you reach new customers or merchants—the entity who can help you find plane tickets to see your loved ones or help you communicate with them if you can’t travel.
August 27, 2012—As the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” approached the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, the millions of people following the mission on TV and radio could hear the voice of a NASA controller calling out “sixty seconds … thirty seconds.” This was the time before the fuel would run out and the mission would have to be aborted.
Today NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Mars.
Its advanced instruments should bring humanity closer to knowing whether life exists on the Red Planet. I discussed the "Spiritual Significance of Mars" during that planet's closest approach to Earth in human history.
This month's "Achievers" column begins to redeem the promise made on the inside back cover of the December 1999 Navigator. There, under the headline "We're Celebrating Year 250," I wrote: "At The Atlas Society''s fall conference, both David Kelley and Robert Bidinotto remarked on the need to create, justify, and dramatize an ideal that will counter the pastoral ideal shared equally by our classical heritage and the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
Fall 2011 issue -- Just 10 years ago 3G and Bluetooth were in their infancy; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube didn’t exist; and there were no mobile app stores. Fast-forward to today: social media inhabits a large slice of the web, an estimated 40% of web traffic is generated by video, and mobile multi-media is exploding. Video conferencing from your handheld is no longer just the stuff of Star Trek re-runs.
Summer 2011 issue -- There are people whom you have known or met who have a powerful quality to them; they know themselves, they seem comfortable in their own skin. They may be shy or outgoing, but in either case they don’t appear to be flustered or thrown off balance in a fundamental way very easily, and even when they are, they regain their equilibrium quickly and continue on. They are the same person across many situations.