Hmmm, that looks nothing like a real pizza.
Elvis rode a scooter.
So after Lightman goes bird watching for ospreys he has a transcendent experience with nature, and this negates all his training as a scientist! I had an experience once where a hummingbird fluttered dead still in front of my face for about 5 seconds, and neither of us flinched... I thought it was wonderful and fascinating.... but it didn't convert me to Christianity! I think Lightman is giving science way too little credit for its power to provide us with knowledge. Perhaps he is frustrated that physicists can't yet reveal what occurred in the first gazillionth of a second after the Bag Bang. So, in that very brief moment in time, he says "God did it!", and stops asking the question of "how" and instead instructs others to "just be happy". Yet neuroscience is now telling us all kinds of ways in which the brain may be responsible for transcendent experiences such as the so called "end of life" or "near death" phenomena, and this god of the gaps is shrinking with every new scientific discovery. While scientists may never be able to disprove the existence of God, science may be able to give us clues in that direction. For example, Lightman tells of some of his physics colleagues who believe that their god can reach into the physical world and perform miracles. But if a god can alter matter and/or energy, these phenomena can be quantified, and to date there has been no scientific study proving the effectiveness of prayer or proof of supernatural occurrences on earth. Lightman also claims that science has no role in the guiding of morality and ethics. On the contrary, the human brain has evolved neural centers, pathways and neurotransmitters that give us the ability to empathize with others, to perceive others' joy, pain, suffering, and that guide our behavior to prevent (or inflict) same. Many animal species have evolved similar behaviors (e.g. altruism) and societal rules with much less complex brains. True moral behavior comes from our ability to understand how our behaviors affect those around us. Did we have no morals before the Ten Commandments? And without these commandments, is Lightman suggesting he and others would be unable to control any such unethical behaviors? And when is the Bible the supreme source of ethics? Since when was the keeping of slaves (as instructed in the old testament) moral or ethical? In conclusion, I was impressed with Dr. Lightman's academic credentials upon reading the announcement of his presentation at Rhodes, and I went expecting a reasoned presentation on the intersection between science and religion. Instead, he witnessed about a god who comes to him in baby birds, and he preached his personal opinions regarding the inadequacies of science to provide us with real truth. I left very disappointed for the young students in the audience who were probably looking to him for more than a sermon. Jay Blundon, PhD Neuroscience
There goes Faux News again... spreading all kinds of irrational fear!
I think Chick FilA would have been a good choice for Mr. Sanders.
The Memphis Kings Scooter Club has been promoting all things scoot since 2003. This year's Dead Elvis Scooter Rally (not a motorcycle rally as posted above) is huge, with over 100 scooterists participating from as far away as Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. We have two scooters to raffle (raffle tickets are $1 each, but you have to register to participate in the raffle). We have a short ride within the city to Graceland, Levitt Shell, Stax Music Museum, and Sun Studio. We are also offering a long ride along the Mississippi River Trail. You won't have to pre-register to participate... you can show up Friday night at the Meet and Greet. Schedule and details posted at www.memphiskings.net.
Yes, definitely looking forward to seeing Hot L Baltimore. Annie??? Really???
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