The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Last post of 2013!!!

I wanted to crank this one out real quick today 'cause I saw an article and a video this morning that go hand in hand. First, I saw this:

Here is the complete study:

What's worse is that if we were able to poll the entire population, i'm sure the numbers would be even worse. I'm not an Evolutionary Biologist, so I can't explain it as well as one can. However, the science has been in for a long time and evolution is a proven theory; it is fact. That people try to use an ancient text that has little understanding of science and no understanding in today's technology, is maddening. 

What lifted me up a bit though was this 20 minutes of Carl Sagan being brilliant:

He says a number of brilliant things in that video, but my favorite may be this:

Let’s look a little more deeply into that. What is faith? It is belief in the absence of evidence. Now, I do not propose to tell anybody what to believe. But for me, believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake. The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence. And if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.

Religion has nothing compelling to say about science or the way the universe works. It occasionally has an insight on morality and how to treat one another, but I even find that to be scarce. 

Ok! That's all I have to say for now! This was just a quick entry before I go off and celebrate what the year was and look forward to what is coming or not coming. Let us keep learning and always remember to love one another.