One Greater Family

Many churches take a stand on the issue of evolution. Fundamentalists chuck their scriptures at science, and more progressive denominations think of their stories of creation as metaphorical descriptions of the process of evolution. But what are we to make of the fact that the Mormon church, that the Latter Day Saints have a position of no position on evolution? Continue reading One Greater Family

When the planets align

There are hundreds of thousands of people in the Sacramento area, and we see thousands of people every day we venture out. So it may only be a mathematical consequence, a convergence of various chances that results in the inevitability that we may run into someone that we know, however unexpected it may be. Nevertheless, our human minds seem to ignore mathematical realities when the unlikeliest of people turn up. At Trader Joe’s, I ran into Michael Mercury.

Who? Continue reading When the planets align

Episodes 19-24

Greetings Mindcast listeners, both real and potential.

This is my first post on my blog dealing with the Mindcast. First, I have good news to report: I have finished editing, uploading, and indexing Episodes 19-24. That includes the full month of January plus two weeks of February. Continue reading Episodes 19-24

DICER: More than just an enzyme.

It slices, it dices, it’s found in quinces. Well actually, it has been found ubiquitously in eukaryotes – from plants to animals, fungi, and protists. Dicer is an enzyme that cleaves double-stranded RNA, which may sounds boring to you, but it is my favorite enzyme in the world. Why? It defends against viruses, particpates in a gene regulation system, and it is the basis for a process called RNAi, a promising tool for genetic research and crop biotechnology. But that’s not quite enough to qualify as a truly awesome macromolecule in my book, Continue reading DICER: More than just an enzyme.

Have you stopped beating up science?

Science Fiction author David Brin comments on the Intelligent Design situation, offering up a moving conclusion. He suggests that if we focus on the aspects of ID that differ from classic Creation Science, then we could highlight just how effective science has been at forcing the opposition to evolve. Continue reading Have you stopped beating up science?

No scriptwriters left behind

This week I saw the new Jim Carrey comedy, mildly funny. But while waiting to see it I saw a new coke advertisement with polar bears and penguins hanging out together, drinking coca-cola. Wait a second, Polar bears live on the North pole, and punguins on the South.

Chris Mooney lamented about what this means about, and does to the public understanding of science, in this case biogeography. Continue reading No scriptwriters left behind

All about the Information!!

Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, weighs in on the difference between how politicians use information and how scientists use information. And there’s that pesky word “truth” coming up again.

“I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, what’s happening in the U.S. is a wholesale dismantling of one of our most precious resources: the scientific ability to sort truth from fiction. This ability is what my website (and blog) are all about, so I intend to be more active in this field in the future.”

Continue reading All about the Information!!