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FUUUUUUUUUUUDGE by NORMLme on January 29th, 2012, 9:53 am
Really though....censoring on private messages?! lame lame LAME.
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'Mud and chaos at island music festival.." by toucana on June 23rd, 2012, 1:14 pm
Reports of gridlocked traffic and mud bound chaos at this weekend's festival on the Isle of Wight invoke happy childhood memories for me. My mother's family came from Newport Isle of Wight, and we spent all our childhood summer holidays there with our extended family and grandparents back in the 1960s.

The Isle of Wight is a tiny rhombus shaped patch of land just 23 miles wide and 12 miles deep located off the south coast of England. It has always been the very first port of call for any sea-borne invaders of our shores, including the Romans who called it Vectis, yet it has also ever been a traditional sleepy hollow. They say that the clocks go back twenty years when you step off the ferry at Cowes.

Between 1968 and 1970 the Isle of Wight improbably played host to three of the most famous rock music festivals ever held in England, and I watched all of them unfurling at a distance from the perspective of a local child, rather than as an invading 'grockle'. Many...

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We Love Science! Er...Most of It. by Paralith on April 10th, 2011, 6:51 pm
My last post ended on an optimistic note about how much Americans really do love and respect science. It seems that current events needed to retaliate and cut down my offensive enthusiasm. Last week, the results of a survey of public high school biology teachers were published, showing that over half of our country's biology teachers "fail to explain the nature of scientific inquiry, undermine the authority of established experts, and legitimize creationist arguments."

I cannot entirely blame teachers for this; last week I heard an evolutionary biologist describe how her husband, a high school science teacher in Tennessee, does not want his school or his community to know that his wife studies evolution. I have no doubt that many teachers face incredible pressure from parents.

There have also been several news stories in the past week about state legislatures passing or attempting to pass laws about what to teach in students in biology class. Perhaps Americans do appreciate...

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Note 1 by The Joshua Letters on January 19th, 2012, 9:53 am
I am posting this as more of a note than a letter. It is my response to a string of comments that I have received that have brought me to realize the necessity of covering one more important aspect on the topic of truth.

Since the time I started actively seeking truth, I have frequently heard, “Truth is relative dependent upon the person who is interpreting and their perception of it”. This is I believe, a misunderstanding that stems out of the goodness of people’s hearts, wanting to avoid confrontation and maintain the peace. It is a misconception so common that it has acquired it’s own catch phrase, “perception is reality”, but I would hope the reader would understand that such is not true… perception of truth does not equal truth. To help make this point let me present an example. For every given person, the question can be asked, “Are they dead or alive”. The truth to this question is generally easy to pin down. However, if the person is dead, the question, “How did they die?” can ...

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you’d make a fantastic moderator by Fuqin on November 18th, 2011, 12:28 pm
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