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  1. oh, I think...one day...mostly....but far, far off in the future. and I think to some degree..many at some deep level, already know the truth, but can't look it in the eye. It seem to at some egotisical level, diplace our picture of supremacy...what, come from a lower form..never!!
  2. "I CANNOT, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia".. the opening line of Poe's Ligieia There seems to be no actual meaning behind the name Ligiea...though she does represent feminism. She is equal in intellect if not superior, her looks are stunning and she is the "new women" in every sense. The Narrator's first wife, he worships her. His second wife, Rowena..well, is not very bright, not very stunning....is the non feminist. "the old" woman. In fact Rowena is described as fair haired, and blue eyed while Ligeia is just the opposite..dark haired, and her eyes are described as "orbs of black". When Rowena dies..she is literally replaced...by the resurrection of the feminist Ligeia. "Shrinking from my touch, she let fall from her head, unloosened, the ghastly cerements which had confined it, and there streamed forth, into the rushing atmosphere of the chamber, huge masses of long and dishevelled hair; it was blacker than the raven wings of the midnight! And now slowly opened the eyes of the figure which stood before me. "Here then, at least," I shrieked aloud, "can I never --can I never be mistaken --these are the full, and the black, and the wild eyes --of my lost love --of the lady --of the LADY LIGEIA" Men like strong women, at least thats Poe's view. Final note: Poe lost most of the women he cared about early: His mother before his third birthday, and his wife Virginia due to Consumption, what we now call tuberculosis (TB). The marriage lasted 11 years.
  3. In light of the recent ruling in PA, a friend and I got into sort of tuffle...about evolution. I said it was fact. He...said it was just theory. Putting aside religious overtones...what I need is is three or four or more, quickie flashpoints that prove that evolution is a fact. These must be concise, accessible to the common man, i.e, not filled with biolgocial jargon overload. If you can help I would appreciate it. Max
  4. Here's is the latest.. Professor Slams Intelligent Design from Reuters News HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Oct. 12) - A professor on Wednesday slammed the teaching of intelligent design as a blow to science education as he testified in a lawsuit over whether the theory should be introduced in schools as an alternative to evolution. Teaching intelligent design is "probably the worst thing I have ever heard of in science education," said Brian Alters, who teaches science education at Harvard University and McGill University in Montreal and was called as an expert witness by parents suing the Dover, Pennsylvania, school district. "Evolution does not deny the existence of God," he said. "It's not about God. You can play the game of science and still have your religious beliefs." Alters warned that high school students who were taught intelligent design may suffer a loss of credibility in college academics by mixing theology and science. "It engenders misconceptions not only about evolution but also about the whole process of science," he said. Alters cited a recent survey by the 50,000-member National Science Teachers Association showing that 31 percent of its members reported being under pressure to teach creationism or other nonscientific beliefs in science classes. In at least 30 U.S. states, proponents of intelligent design are trying to introduce it into classrooms through school boards, state education standards or state legislation. The trial is in its third week and is expected to last into November. The defense is expected to begin presenting its case on Monday.
  5. from Yahoo News HARRISBURG, Pa. - The concept of "intelligent design" is a form of creationism and is not based on scientific method, a professor testified Wednesday in a trial over whether the idea should be taught in public schools Robert T. Pennock, a professor of science and philosophy at Michigan State University, testified on behalf of families who sued the Dover Area School District. He said supporters of intelligent design don't offer evidence to support their idea. "As scientists go about their business, they follow a method," Pennock said. "Intelligent design wants to reject that and so it doesn't really fall within the purview of science." Pennock said intelligent design does not belong in a science class, but added that it could possibly be addressed in other types of courses. In October 2004, the Dover school board voted 6-3 to require teachers to read a brief statement about intelligent design to students before classes on evolution. The statement says Darwin's theory is "not a fact" and has inexplicable "gaps," and refers students to an intelligent-design textbook for more information. Eight families are trying to have intelligent design removed from the curriculum, arguing that it violates the constitutional separation of church and state. They say it promotes the Bible's view of creation. Proponents of intelligent design argue that life on Earth was the product of an unidentified intelligent force, and that Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of highly complex life forms
  6. in our defense Querty....life expectancy has jumped, we have seen deep into space far greater than we ever thought, we have cloned, and deciphered the Human DNA genome...and yes, we know have tv with over a hundred channels... but history runs in cycles....and we have had it good for along while...and so now its time to retograde back to the 70's....a war halfway across the world becoming unpopular, gas prices spiking, and end of the world talk. but we will survive....we always do...
  7. oh, I personally disagree....new words are added all the time, others are dropped. For instance the word Groovy was used in the sixties, now its looked upon as archaic. While in between the pronunciation of certain words actually evolves. Changes in English Pronunciation home stones name tongue Old hääm stää´näs nä´mä toong´ge Middle hôm stô´nez nä´me toong´ge Modern hōm stōnz nām tŭng Old English...5th century to 12th Middle.........12th to 15th Modern........15th to present. Both King James Bible and Shakespeare are considered modern English. I may not have bullseyed the exact time periods in my original post, but the concept is still largely intact. Language does change. Any paperback copy of Hamlet will have footnotes on the side explaining words within the play itself, which may have different meanings than we are used to, or are not even in use anymore.
  8. well, said....even our language will be completely different in 200 years. In 500 it will almost be unrecognizable.
  9. This is such a tricky jungle to navigate because it depends on so many quirks. Is it normal of a man to dedicate himself to porn, rather than experience the real thing. Is there a difference between a lonely business man on the road, or a curious teen verses the porn "addict" who can't wait for the next issues of his 10 favorite mags. Where is the line between sexual release vs sexual obession?
  10. Max: one of best one sentence answers I have ever read....YES, I agree.
  11. [B]In 1 billion years, the sun will get hotter by ten percent. That's just enough to evaporate the oceans and trap all heat, a super green house effect. Don't laugh..even now, even as I type this, the ice caps are melting. Life as we know it will die...all life. How will the cosmos itself end? Some favor Ice.....the Universe is still expanding very fast. At a cubic Light Year (a speeding bullet would take 380,000 years to reach edge to edge), well....the Universe is expanding at 40 trillion cubic light years....a second. Eventually the galaxies will expand to far apart, suns will die..and everything will die an icy death. Others say when the universe has finised expanding it will all come crashing back to the sized of grape, and explode outward again....creating new eons of universes. As Revelations says, a new heaven and earth. All I can say is, Thanks for the Memories..[/b]
  12. In 1844 he wrote a brief sketch of it, 1858 he writes and publishes the full book form...it sells like hotcakes. The title Origin of Species. the ideas are bascially... 1. Descent with modification. 2. Populations remain the same, but food is sparce, thus struggle of the fittest. 2. Genectic passing on of admirable traits which allow higher chance of survival...or natural selection. He pauses to catch his breath and further states that everything came from a common ancestor. Countryside parsons and minsters, most of whom were amatuer naturalists, biologists, and geologists, have NO problems with Darwin's ideas. They see it all the time. For them God and evolution, no biggie and ask if its tea time. but city people..don't like being compared to monkeys, and city ministers call it the Devil's book... well... a quaint tale.. talk to the Kansas Board of Eduction..... is this really the worlds' most dangerous idea?
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