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Comment by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on November 3, 2010 at 7:08pm
From the 2nd Epistle, of his Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic’s pride,
He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas’ning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little or too much;
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall:
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl’d;
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

( Public Domain )
Comment by Cara Coleen on October 18, 2010 at 12:55pm
Well I'm trying to read it between homework and working, so I'll let you know if he references any studies. I hope he does. I like him so much that I don't want to give him a bad review! Is there a thread dedicated to this book?
Comment by Cara Coleen on October 18, 2010 at 12:36pm
I really liked Harris' lecture, but then again I'm not a scientist. I have the book but I haven't begun reading it. I did assume he'd get more specific in the book than he did when speaking. What sort of arguments would you look for?
Comment by James on October 4, 2010 at 10:11pm
Just finished "The Grand Design" and I must say I was somewhat disappointed. It was a good read, but I must say that I was hoping that it would go into more detail on the theories. Chapter after chapter, I hoped that the details would come, but it was kept easy for all to read. Maybe that was the point, but it left me wanting.

Next for me will be "The Moral Landscape".
Comment by Adrian on July 31, 2010 at 10:53am
"Beasting it" is slang in Scotland for working hard. Hence, the nickname, "The Beast".
Comment by Adrian on July 31, 2010 at 10:22am
Larry, it refers to work-rate....
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 31, 2010 at 6:39am

Lost in a Book
By Jeremy Shere
June 3, 2009 - Moment of Science

Have you ever got so caught up in a really good story that you loose all awareness of your surroundings? Well, there’s a study that explains what’s going on in the brain when we get caught up in a story.

Basically, according to the study, when you read a story that engages you, your brain creates detailed and vivid simulations of the details in the story. When you read, your brain is activated as though you’re actually observing, imagining, or doing the things you’re reading about.

The point is that reading isn’t a passive activity where the brain is just processing language. It’s much more dynamic and active. Say you’re reading a book about baseball, the brain reacts in ways similar to how it would if you were actually playing baseball, or watching a game, or imagining yourself hitting a ball, or whatever.

The researchers studied readers’ brains using an MRI scanner. But because the readers had to remain perfectly still, their heads were immobilized as they read the story one word at a time on a computer screen.

Even reading stories in that strange, one-word-at-a-time way, the readers’ brains were still activated to create mental simulations of the story. Maybe being lost in a good book doesn’t mean you’re zoned out. It’s more like your brain is tuned in.
Comment by Adrian on July 30, 2010 at 9:55pm
I get the Irish diminutive, Aido. Or there's my work nickname, The Beast!
Comment by Adrian on July 30, 2010 at 2:48pm
Re Adriana vs Adrian - Adriana definitely cuter!
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 30, 2010 at 9:30am

Anne Rice: 'I Quit Being A Christian'
The Huffington Post
By Jessie Kunhardt

Anne Rice, the bestselling novelist most popularly known for "Interview with the Vampire" and her other creepy vampire novels, announced on Wednesday via Facebook that she has officially renounced Christianity. It's a bold move for the author who has become well-known for her vehement religiosity; the majority of her frequent tweets are related to religion in some way. The author has also recently launched a new series of novels about angels, which debuted in October 2009 with "Angel Time."

Rice declared on her Facebook account that she is "an outsider" in the Christian community:

I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.

Rice affirmed that though she has decided to leave the Christian institution, she "remain[s] committed to Christ as always."

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