Archive for April, 2008

RockTV

April 28, 2008

The troupe at RockTV released the new Dealbreaker’s List video.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we had fun making it.

 

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Expelled: Jumbled Thoughts

April 23, 2008

Last Friday after the Rock twenty or so of us student-aged youngin’s went to a ten thirty showing of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. While it was an entertaining hour and a half, when the lights dimmed and it was time to leave I didn’t feel at peace- the movie stirred up a tiredness in me that looms whenever Creationism/Intelligent Design v.s. Naturalism is discussed. And now, with a few days to mull things over, I feel like I can lay my thoughts out somewhat.

Stein does start the film off with a solid complaint: academia has a disdain for scientific explanations that do not support accepted Darwinian explanation. There were a few interviews of professors who have struggled with or lost their positions in Universities as a result of their mentioning that there may be a design to life.

Then, Expelled rolls up its sleeves and starts to delve into the theory of the origin of the first organism. While it is true that this is a huge hole in Darwinian theory, the flippant attitude the film assumes destroys any basis for being a fair documentary. (But Ben Stein is awesome, so it was enjoyable anyway.)

The film continues to stray from the original thesis and heads into issues of the Holocaust and the philosophical reasoning behind Nazi’s new race. This all culminates with a dramatic interview between Ben Stein and Richard Dawkins in which Stein rails Dawkins with questions to find inconsistencies in his athiestic worldview.

I began to think: for those of us who follow Christ how do we talk about this messy topic and avoid the infuriating posturing and mud slinging? I find it really hard when this subject comes up to avoid frustration from listening to either side of the discussion.

Thinking it over I remembered a few things.

In regards to demeanor, there’s Colossians 4:5-6:

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone

Jesus says in Matthew 5:

Your are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

If we lose our “tastiness” we lose our value in a way- especially in these sorts of conversations. I guess we need meaningful and exact ways to explain or talk about creationism/evolution- ways that are tasty.

I also thought of James 1:19:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

So what do you think?

Try this…

April 15, 2008

Pick a number- a somewhat smaller number.  Say 5.

Alright.  Follow these rules:  If the number is even, divide it by 2.  If it’s odd, multiply it by three and add 1.  Repeat until you get one.

It’s easy for some numbers: Start with 8 and it goes 8,4,2,1.  One in three steps.

Start with 5: 5,16,8,4,2,1. One in five steps

Some other numbers, on the other hand bounce around.  Take 7: 7,22,11,34,17,52,26,13,40,20,10,5,16,8,4,2,1.  That’s 16 steps.

Try it with 17.

After you do it for a few numbers you find that, even though some numbers take a while, they all eventually hunker down to 1.  But it’s not proven yet that all numbers will.

This is another unsolved math problem called the Collatz Conjecture, or the 3x+1 conjecture.  It’s a close relative to dynamical systems and chaos.  Easy to understand, ferociously hard to prove.

Origami in Space

April 11, 2008

In a recent article the associated press let the world know of Japan’s intentions to throw a paper airplane from space and see if it makes it to earth intact.

The president of the Origami Airplane Association, Takuo Toda, spent 18 months developing and testing airplane designs.  This effort might be encouraged by up to $300,000 dollars yearly in grants.

The most fantastic part of this article:

At this point, the proposal faces just one challenge, but it’s a potentially crippling one: There is no way to track the paper craft or predict when or where they may land.

Happy Friday.

Big Love

April 8, 2008