From the Westminster Larger Catechism   Q. 168. What is the Lord’s supper? A. The Lord’s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, […]

It has been great to think about some of the difficulties involved in quantum mechanics. This week I shared the following quotes with my students.   “Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it  hardly brings us […]

A lecture by Michael Crichton Caltech Michelin Lecture January 17, 2003 My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to […]

(The Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 May 2011) The American higher-education system has long been seen as a leader in the world, but confidence in its future and its enduring value may be beginning to crack along economic lines, according to two major surveys of the American public and college presidents conducted this spring. Public […]

Title · Intellectuals Author · Paul Johnson Published · The library of Congress has catalogued the hard cover edition as follows: Johnson, Paul Intellectuals. HM213.J64 1989 305.5’52 88-45518 ISBN 0-06-016050-0 p. ix This book is an examination of the moral and judgmental credentials of certain leading intellectuals to give advice to humanity on how to […]

This interesting video explains the difference in outcomes that come from different cultural perspectives. Those that are future oriented tend to defer gratification, and achieve more in the long run. There is also an interesting connection made with religion (Protestants compared to Roman Catholic) and geography. One observation, disturbing if true, indicates that boys are […]

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