dolphin rights

Dolphins Should Be Treated as “Non-Human Persons”

This article goes well with an article I tweeted a while ago: (http://bit.ly/1bmFPK). I’m not really sure what to make of this idea, or how this really differs from the normal protections provided for endangered animals.

What are your thoughts?

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it is resolved

Instead of making a resolution that is to last all year, which I will have forgotten by March anyway, I decided to merely try and do something for two or three months. I am going to try and be more dedicated to riding my bicycle on the rollers to be better prepared for this year’s cycling season. I only rode them a few times last winter, and I was in much better shape than the year before, so I know that it will help me. (I have only ridden them one time so far his winter.)

The problem with the rollers is that the ride is very boring. One of the things that I enjoy the most about cycling is getting somewhere and seeing things. The other thing is that it is hard to really get in a tough climbing workout on rollers. Even though I modified my rollers to make them easier to stay on, hard efforts tend to send me and the bike off the front or back .To remedy this I’m going to make my own fork stand so that I can do some sprinting and climbing workouts. (You may be thinking, “Why don’t I just get a rear-wheel trainer?” Problem is, my feet are so big that they would hit the trainer where it attaches to the rear axle!) I’m excited about this little project, and this resolution. I’m off to get a ride in right now!

One last thing…check out this video of how Lance Armstrong is beginning to prepare for next season:

natural selection is universal

Some interesting science news for the new year: http://j.mp/5Digdm. It has been found that lifeless proteins evolve. This would seem to suggest a mechanism for abiogenesis; how organic molecules could assemble themselves, evolve, and eventually become alive.

praying against prayer

I saw this story this morning (http://j.mp/8bry5P) and I began thinking about what God is supposed to do when people from both sides are praying for an outcome that favors their side. Especially with an issue like health care, it seems that both sides have good points. (Conservatives, like the Family Research Council: “It will cost too much and ruin the economy.” Liberals, like Sojourners: “It is immoral to allow people to die because they can’t afford medical care.”) What is God to do? Obviously, there will be an outcome, but how does the prayer affect it? It seems to me that there are a few logical choices here:

  • God cannot affect the outcome.
    (So why pray?)
  • God will not affect the outcome.
    (What is prayer for, then?)
  • The outcome is already predetermined.
    (Again, what is prayer for?)
  • God grants the request of the side that he is most pleased with.
    (Should we not then be recording who is praying for what and then follow the group with the best outcomes, since they have figured out how to please God?)
  • God doesn’t exist, prayer is ineffectual, and people pray for what they want (and say this is what God also wants.)

I’m going with the final option, but I’d like to hear other opinions in the comments!

look out for the wall

At first, I thought this was more “war on Christmas” gibberish…

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season. The Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!'”

~ Dave Barry, humorist