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For quite a while I’ve been looking for just the right poster to frame and hang in my office, but I’d yet to find anything that really caught my eye. Instead of continuing to search for something I probably wouldn’t be completely happy with, I decided to make my own poster. Here it is:

curiosityposterfinal1

In a couple of weeks my 24″x36″ poster will be delivered from http://shortrunposters.com for the affordable price of $26.86. That’s the cheapest I’ve found for printing up a single poster, and if you’d like to have a copy of your own printed up you can feel free to use this PDF (my gift to you – 24.6mb), which has been prepared for those dimensions. Enjoy!

Original Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Note: I am not affiliated with ShortRunPosters.com in any way. They are just the cheapest that I’ve found, and they do a good job. If you find a cheaper place to have the poster done up, please leave a comment. Thanks!

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Comedian Andrew Maxwell takes five British creationists to the west coast of America to try to convince them that evolution rather than creationism explains how we all got here. Stuck on a bus across 2,000 miles of dustbowl roads with these passionate believers, Maxwell tackles some firmly held beliefs – could the Earth be only 6,000 years old, and did humans and T-Rex really live side by side? It’s a bumpy ride as he’s confronted with some lively debates along the way, but by the end could he possibly win over any of these believers with what he regards as hard scientific fact? [BBC]

Election time is once again drawing near, and soon we will be headed to the polls to elect or re-elect our public officials, as well as approve or reject various ballot proposals and initiatives. They say the two things you’re never supposed to talk about at work is religion and politics, but each election cycle these two topics seem to get more and more intertwined with one another. So, while I won’t be breaking any workplace taboos by discussing these topics here, I’d say chances are pretty good that someone is going to read what I have to say and get pissed off. Feel free to leave a comment.

A little over a week ago, Billy Graham appeared in this full page ad in the Wall Street Journal and USA today…

Do you hear that America? Billy Graham says that you need to vote for leaders that will stand on Biblical principles, and presumably they will ensure that the legislation they enact forces your fellow Americans to live by those same standards. It might be worth noting that if the issues the Rev. Graham issued were done so in order of importance, then according to him the most important issue America needs to deal with is gays and lesbians. This would especially be the case in the state of Washington where approval of Referendum 74 would legalize gay marriage in the state.

Many Christians seem to think that voting for candidates and proposals that ensure biblical values are forced upon the populace as a whole is a good thing, but they do themselves more harm than they realize. When Christians try to use the power of government to force others to live according to biblical standards – it is a public admission that their Gospel, their Holy Spirit, and their Christ – is impotent and powerless. First Corinthians 2:4 says that lives are transformed by a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, but many Christians today seem content to attempt to transform lives by checking a box on a ballot. Of course, when you don’t really have the power of a supernatural being residing inside you, forcing others to live the way you want them to is probably easier than convincing them of the validity of your message and the way you live your life.

I recently finished up a philosophy class called, Technology and the Human Condition, and for our final paper we had to write about whether or not we would want to live forever in a young body if science made it possible. It was a fun topic to write on, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it here.  Enjoy…

As Long As There Are Still Questions

Everyone says they want to live forever – at least most people do. Entire religions are built around the idea that you can live forever if you just adhere to their teachings. Of course, you have to die before you get the opportunity to experience immortality, and there really isn’t any way to cash in on that whole “eternal life in a perfect body” thing until your dead. This, of course, is a huge buzzkill to a lot of people who would like to experience living forever in the here-and-now, instead of in a hereafter that nobody is sure even exists. However, what if science could deliver eternal life in a young body – now? Would I want it? Would I want to live forever in a young body? The short answer is a tentative, “Yes – as long as there are still questions that need to be answered.” Continue Reading »

Bonobos have to be the coolest primates on the whole planet next to humans.  We share about 99% of our DNA with them, and if you take a couple of minutes to watch this video, you can see them walk upright like humans as they carry sugar cane and their young.   It’s amazing footage….

“The more false we destroy the more room there will be for the true.”

I’m going to steal away a few minutes from my ever busy schedule to write about the Project Reason 2012 Video Contest, that I recently participated in, and ultimately ended up taking home 2nd place, and the $4000 prize.  I’ll start off by saying that this was one of the best organized video contests I’ve ever been a part of.  I submitted my video, and was notified it was a finalist the day before the voting period started.  Once voting was over, I was notified that I had won 2nd place the day the voting ended.  If that wasn’t speedy enough – I had a check in hand 1 week later.  Video contests rarely run that smooth, or are that well organized.  My hat is off to Sam and Annika Harris for doing an outstanding job with the logistics.  Now, onto the entries…

1st Place – $10,000

I absolutely loved the 1st place winner.  The animation, the scripting, the narration (everything sounds better with a British accent), the music, and most of all – the message.  It was great.  While it was great, however, it was not my first choice, and the only reason is because it was preaching right to me “in the choir.”  I just don’t think the video would challenge the thought process of the theistically-minded enough to have an impact.  I could be wrong, but that’s just my impression.  Just the same, I’m very happy for the 1st place winner, and if I was going to take 2nd place to another video, I wanted it to be that one.  The producers did an outstanding job.

2nd Place – $4000

I won’t add anything new on my video seeing as I’ve already given the background on it here.

3rd Place – $1000

This was probably my least favorite of the 6 finalists.  Had it been shortened into a 30-second video, I probably would have liked it a little better, but I’m just not one for long, text-driven (small text at that) videos.  Obviously there were others who liked it, and overall the message is a good one.  Dogmatism really IS NOT patriotic.  I just would have like to have seen that message driven home in a slightly different format.