AYFABTU's Blog (7)

Just sharing some neat links...

'Lost' Miller-Urey Experiment Created More Of Life's Building Blocks

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081016141411.htm



Scientists near in creating artificial life

http://thecurrentaffairs.com/index.php/scientists-near-in-creating-artificial-life-study/



The… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on December 16, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

"Grandpa" is Just a Word

I read this at my grandpa's funeral on 11/19/2008.

None of this seems real quite yet. Part of me wonders if it ever will. Another part of me wonders… if this never seems real, how will there ever again be such a thing as "reality"?



Guy Heintzelman was my grandpa. But that was just a biological technicality. There isn't a moment of my life that I can recall when he wasn't an integral piece of who I am. Be it picking me up from school, weekend trips to the… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Dealing with Death

I'm 29 years old. I've never lost anyone close to me. My grandmother passed when I was seven. I don't recall much of that time.



Friday, November 14th, 2008... at approximately 5pm eastern... my grandfather took his last breath. It was devastating. I was crushed. Growing up, my father wasn't around except when he'd pick my sister and I up for our Christmas vacation and then for another week during our summer off from school. So my grandfather was the only father figure in my life… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 24, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Cry for Education

Having been reading, watching, thinking, living evolution quite a bit over the last bit. I'm awestruck at how so many people who don't even understand the concept of evolution dismiss it as nonsense. To do so would hold a strong likeness to me claiming that some surgical procedures promise for success is utterly zero. While I may have some anatomical knowledge, it is… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Social Reconstruction: Parts 1 & 2

These are two pieces based on related thoughts written at different times quite some time ago... probably between 1.5 and 3 years ago. So it seems that the time is near... it feels good to finally be a proud American again.



Part 1



We need social reconstruction. I won’t even talk of reform, for it seems to imply that the current state of being is salvageable. While not all is bad in the current state, it will be easier to destroy what we have and build… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 2:37am — No Comments

[A]gnostic [a]theists

Agnosticism is often used as a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism. I think this is a misuse of the word -- regardless of Huxley's intentions when he coined it.



Agnostic comes from the Greek "gnosis", meaning "knowledge". Why this is ever applied to belief, I do not know.



Atheist comes from the Greek "theos", meaning "god". Literally, "atheos" means "godless".



In both situations, the a- prefix, of course means "without".… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 2:09am — 3 Comments

Spreading the Wealth

I was on my way back from Home Depot today, and I saw a guy holding a sign that said "Homeless." I'll freely admit that I hardly ever (if never) give money to these people. Sure, it's sad that some of them are very broken down in the realm of hope and motivation. But at the same time, I'm always skeptical over whether or not they are even homeless or just lazy fucks who make their living off a scam.



In any event, the thought of how giving them money is a form of "spreading the… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 1:53am — No Comments

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