Monday, September 21, 2009

The economics of charity

A short wishful article on the need for larger scale charitable integration with existing capitalism.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Humorous Aside: The Far Side

The Far Side is a great comic! You can check it out here. I collected a few of my favorites below.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Science assisted enlightenment

Buddhist texts have it that Buddha instructed monks that they could achieve advanced states of awareness through meditative practise that achieves a mental state sometimes described with the term single-pointedness - often achieved by focusing on the sensation of air currents on the nostril area (in Hinduism this is called anapana sati and is said to be able to provide liberation or moksha to the practitioner).

Monday, September 7, 2009

Homosexuality

Homosexuality has been observed throughout the animal kingdom. Everything from elephants to dolphins to birds have been observed engaging in homosexual behaviour. There is plenty of evidence for the existence of genes that predispose the carrier to homosexuality. From an obvious Darwin - pass on your genes perspective being gay (thus probably/possibly having a pair of recessive gay genes) would not seem like a winning combination for the mere passing on of one's genes. This is one of the main reason based arguments against the naturalness of homosexuality - others don't accept it because of the dogma of some old text (such as the bible).

However, homosexuality is observed throughout the animal kingdom thus is quite natural and normal.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Humorous Aside: Professor or worse?

A professor is a nice cushy job - assuming one has tenure. The following cartoon from PhDComics.com compares a professor with a most unusual alternative career path.

Humorous Aside: Paid too little to lose one's job?

Some funny comics from PhDComics.com.