A couple of interesting things in the news about Camp Quest.
First there is this article, which is the first thing I've seen in a while that encourages children to think about difficult questions.
Second, an interview with one of the children attending who sounds more mature than many adults who make it into the media.
Collins has been nominated by Barack Obama to head the National Institutes of Health. Initially this seemed to be ok, he's a skilled administrator of science, as his work on the Human Genome Project showed. The problems started when details of his religious beliefs came out. It seems like the man from "nominally Christian" parents and who is 'ex-atheist' is a bit too mad for comfort. Sam Harris dismantles the man in this New York Times op-ed.
This photograph is from the top of Mount Nebo, looking out towards the 'Promised Land'. It was New Year's Day, and I'd celebrated the night before, but still doesn't look particularly promising. In fact, if you turn around 180 degrees the country was much more lush.
Posted by Edward Baker at 18:48
You see, the rock first does it's magic trick of providing water when Moses is instructed to hit it by God. But then, 40 years later, God instructs Moses to talk to it. But he hits it, and water comes out.
The punishment for tapping a rock? Murder before you reach the promised land. Sounds very reasonable and forgiving to me!
(Yes, I've been there. I find the Biblical stories fascinating. I just recognise that they aren't true. The Middle East would be a much nicer place if people realised this.)
Posted by Edward Baker at 18:44
I love maths (I did a physics degree), I love invertebrate biology, I've never done crochet. This video may seem a bit light hearted but it highlights the links between the natural sciences, and how crucial mathematics is to our understanding of the world.
Thanks to GrrlScientist. I have mentioned the chastity ring girl, Lydia Playfoot before. The recording is rather old, but still worth listening to. It seems that Marcus Brigstocke is almost a comic Richard Dawkins.
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