upgraded chrome to Version 39.0.2137.0 canary (64-bit)
thieves on ebay. i bought a remote switch for my inverter. paid $43 for it, the guy had rewired and removed the remote switch from the circuit. and won’t refund the money. first time i’ve had to open a case.
rained again, hard wind driven, chris called, porch wet.
my mom shot herself in the head, the way her career army brother told her was the best way, on the sixth month anniversary of my dad’s death due to brain cancer. the pain never goes away entirely, but there are some days you don’t think about it, even more as time goes on. i got a lot out of a book-http://www.amazon.com/Stay-History-Suicide-Philosophies-Against/dp/0300186088
posted to http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2014/08/we-who-are-left-behind/
“The stars in this constellation are actually really far apart. They have no relationship with each other. The only connection between them is the one that we humans have made.”
Which is, strictly speaking, true. Except that constellations have had all kinds of significance for human beings — shaping mythology and religion and early scientific inquiry — for millenia. What could be the purpose of declaring that profoundly human activity — making meaning and order and stories from the stars — a delusion?
It was probably for the sake of imparting correct facts that the teacher sought to disabuse the children of the wrongheaded notion that the stars in the Big Dipper have anything to do with one another. Except that in so doing, the powerful — and to my mind, destructive — subtext she was imparting was this:
“don’t trust your perceptions. What relationships and patterns you may see may well be a delusion or illusion. Only science can tell you the truth.”
Now, I may be accused of reading too much into all of this. Perhaps. But I persist, because I feel pretty sure that Inspiring children to study science shouldn’t proceed from a basis of suspicion, as if mythology and religion and literature were just inferior attempts at science, which we’ve only now gotten right, instead of other, significant and beautiful ways to talk about the experience of being human in the world.
- See more at: http://rachelmariestone.religionnews.com/2014/08/04/science-religion-humanism-stem-childs-imagination/#sthash.Q1AjOQnn.dpuf
but how profound. human beings find meaning in patterns…..
how we come to find those patterns is an historical journey of both the beauty and the failures of being human in communities. we are not the first to get it right, for 1- we are not the first and 2-we are not right
Upon hearing the news of Robin Williams, I offer these closing words from Jennifer Michael Hecht’s book “Stay”:
“None of us can truly know what we mean to other people, and none of us can know what our future self will experience. History and philosophy ask us to remember these mysteries, to look around at friends, family, humanity, at the surprises life brings — the endless possibilities that living offers — and to persevere. There is love and insight to live for, bright moments to cherish, and even the possibility of happiness, and the chance of helping someone else through his or her own troubles. Know that people, through history and today, understand how much courage it takes to stay. Bear witness to the night side of being human and the bravery it entails, and wait for the sun. If we meditate on the record of human wisdom we may find there reason enough to persist and find our way back to happiness. The first step is to consider the arguments and evidence and choose to stay. After that, anything may happen. First, choose to stay.”
Read the final chapter here and listen to Krista’s interview with the philosopher-poet here: http://www.onbeing.org/program/extra/conclusion-from-stay/6226.
-=-=-MOSTLY ON ROBIN WILLIAMS TODAY
obviously i spent the morning reading robin williams tributes. listening to crash test dummies, i’ll let him have the last word…..I feel like Adam when he said to Eve, “Back up, I don’t know how big this gets.”
i am trying hard to write genealogy narratives. i’ve done just a few: (1)http://rmwilliamsjr.net/wordpress/2012/06/12/the-mason-living-next-door/ (2)http://rmwilliamsjr.net/wordpress/2012/11/10/florence-ekstrom-sad-missed-connection/ (3)http://rmwilliamsjr.net/wordpress/2011/12/28/tied-together-by-wood/
2 kind, very well written people responded…
Schalene Jennings Dagutis Are you trying to tell the story of your research journey? Or the story of your ancestors lives? I do both on my blog, especially when the research leads to an a ha moment or raises more questions. Mostly, though, I tell stories about incidents in my ancestors lives, but rarely their entire story in one post. From the three posts for which you included it looks like you’re trying to do both in one post, which can sometimes get confusing to readers not as well versed as you in your genealogy. Who is your target audience? The answer should give you the point of view you need for writing. As an example if your target audience is other DNA researchers, then a post filled with info about chromosomes and your conclusions would be great.
Helen Youngblood Holshouser There is a lot of great information here, we can tell you know your research and DNA. I’ve done my DNA but I had trouble following your explanation. Only because of some of the terms which perhaps you are so familiar with, you don’t realize most of us don’t understand. You have great content here– perhaps enough for several “chapters” re. the same family. I was excited when I read your title, thinking my husband is a woodworker from German ancestors and would enjoy reading your story. However, it’s not really about woodworking even through DNA it seemed to me. Complicated and intellectual, but is that what readers want? Maybe, you,ll have to choose your audience.
Richard Mason Williams Jr. thank you for the excellent advice. i’ve mostly just written for myself, but i’d like to learn how to write for others as well. target audience, i will give that the thought it deserves, thanks! i’d love to read your blogs, is the url posted here somewhere? got it. tangled roots and trees, i have been there before thank you.
Schalene Jennings Dagutis Richard Mason Williams Jr. I was telling a friend just this morning that bloggers muddle along, experimenting, until we find our voice. I think I’m still searching a bit. My blog here: http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com/
Schalene Jennings Dagutis Also, there’s nothing wrong with writing for yourself. It’s how I started. I keep extensive research notes on each person in my tree — what source documents I’ve found, transcriptions of those documents, the order in which I found them, what questions I still have, what searches I’ve already done and the results, etc. After taking DNA tests, I incorporated all the matches I was able to make and the possibilities and likely conclusions I might draw. But I chose not to put all that on my blog as my family’s eyes would glaze over! My blog is for my family, far and wide, and I must admit, is also cousin bait, though that wasn’t my initial intent. I took over my research from my Dad when health issues prevented him from continuing. He can no longer speak but can read and understand conversation. So he is the main person I am writing for — that’s why I share some research process stuff instead of just ancestor stories. But realizing I was writing for my Dad helped me a ton in clarifying what to post.
Richard Mason Williams Jr. i will add both tangled roots and trees and http://heart2heartstories.com/ to my reading lists. thank you for writing them. i’m going to make this my current project. thank you for the encouragement
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If you’ve ever wondered about the appropriateness of Dune hero Paul Muad’Dib’s chosen name—“muad’dib” means “kangaroo mouse” in the Fremen tongue—rest assured that the diminutive “muad’dib” is one mighty mouse. from: http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/08/01/2014/-dune-pic-what-s-this-mouse-got-to-do-with-paul-muad-dib.html
—>If one can not take the Bible for what it says
this is the modern American evangelical gambit.
the problem is that the Bible literally doesn’t say anything.
people read and interpret the words on a page or screen.
and they form meaning of the text in their minds.
GOD doesn’t literally speak the words of Scripture straight into our brains so that HIS thoughts are our thoughts.
interpretive communities speak, people speak, sermons or conversations or books or blogs.
it is the task of hermeneutics to teach us the rules and way to interpret the Bible.
the problem is that American evangelism believes they are simply reading what it says,
they are not, they are part of a modern interpretive community that has taught them what it thinks these words mean.
that is why things like historical critical methods or a study of the early church fathers or even a study of how the abolitionists read Scripture is important. because it gets us out of our interpretive silos, and shows us how other people read those very same words and form a different system of meaning in their minds while doing so.
—>I don’t really care about the age of mankind.
the great metaphor of the two books of GOD comes into the discussion.
anyone can read the book of nature if they spend the time and energy to learn the science.
if the church teaches something contrary to the book of nature, whether it is that the sun revolves around us, or that there can not be alien life, or that the world is recent, then any educated person has good reason to ignore the rest of the church’s message about Jesus who he can’t see because the church is wrong about what he can see.
this is why the age of the earth, the biologically theory of evolution, just as slavery was 150 years ago a crucial test of the church’s commitment to speak truthfully to the world.
is AiG lying or is it mistaken? for it is certainly wrong. the earth is not young and we do not have to believe that idea in order to be faithful to GOD and take the Bible seriously. Dabney believed the destruction of the southern slave society was the end of true Biblical society. just as Kam Ham believes that acceptance of an old earth is the slippery slope to liberal unbelief.
i’d like to learn what people have found out about how the swedish immigrant generation and the 1st generation born in america found spouses. my dad told me that “the old swedes”, his reference to his grandparents immigrant generation, sent back home for wives. i’ve never found any evidence for that. but all the immigrants i have did marry swedes. one was a 1st generation american-swede the rest were immigrants.
they married older, about 5-8 years than they would have back in sweden, which is a common immigrant pattern. which means they also had fewer children, most had only 1 and those lines have died out now.
back to my question: in that immigrant generation did your ancestors marry not-swedes? proximity, language, religion occupation all play a big role in choosing a mate. afaik, the swedes assimilated quickly into american society. my grandfather married a granddaughter of irish potato famine refugees, apparently only used swedish for words for foods, another common immigrant fact. has anyone paid close attention to how their swedish ancestors met, i’ve plotted addresses, but haven’t found organic connections like common workplaces?
if anyone has a link to an interesting paper studying such things i’d love to read it.
i need to work on a research plan. my brick wall is a great grandfather from sweden who changed his name. i have a marriage license in 1899 with harry f williams. i have a restaurant bought in 1902 he owned. i have a cousin and my great grandmother’s half brother’s arrival in 1902. i need to follow up on the restaurant hint, where did he learn the business? did he own something in another city? the cousin appears to be a brickwall.
but my major problem is simply putting a plan down on paper so i can begin to look at data that is not online. i’ve pretty much run out of clues and am sitting around hoping for a y match on ftdna. so i’d like to write out a research plan, is there a place i can learn more about this task, with special reference to immigrating swedes?
Lie No. 1: Racism has barely been an issue in U.S. history and slavery wasn’t that big a deal.
Lie No. 2: Joe McCarthy was right.
Lie No. 3: Climate change is a massive hoax scientists have perpetuated on the public.
Lie No. 4: The Bible is a history textbook and a scientific document.
Lie No. 5: Black people are the descendants of Ham and therefore cursed by God.
Lie No. 6: Evolution is a massive hoax scientists have perpetuated on the public.
Lie No. 7: Sex is awful and filthy, and you should save it for someone you love.
Lie No. 8: Dragons actually once existed.
Lie No. 9: Gay people do not actually exist.
Lie No. 10: Hippies were dirty, immoral Satan-worshippers.
Lie No. 11: Ayn Rand’s books have literary value.
i do not know if Christians are simply unaware of the evidence for the theory of evolution or ignore it. but i believe the leaders in the Church like KH/AiG will have to give an accounting to God for their work here, at least i hope so.
here’s what i wrote when i saw this on a friend’s page earlier:
there is no such thing as an “irrefutable scientific fact”. if it is truly irrefutable then it is not science. if it is science then it is subject to falsification. all science is provisional and subject to new understanding.
the topic of abiogenesis is not part of evolutionary theory, it is chemistry not biology.
there are lots of examples of new genetic information. my favorites are the nylon bug, syncytin which is a co-opted viral protein from a ERV. but the big example is successive gene duplication as in the blood clotting cascade or the hemoglobin chains.
i believe it is important to share the truthfulness of science when it is challenged by AiG et al. i think they are dangerous to the greater Church, telling people essentially that nature lies to us. but i want to do this in a way that doesn’t hurt friend’s feelings. being concerned about people is important,maybe as important as standing up for the truth as we understand it.