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Human Evolution by Germline Engineering is a Result of Natural Selection on Memes

(2015-10-13) I wrote this essay in 2014 as part of the Coursera course on “Human Evolution: Past and Future” by Professor John Hawks. Presumably a number of essays would be selected and published in a book. But that final selection … Continue reading

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Review of 50 Voices of Disbelief – Why We Are Atheists

50 Voices of Disbelief – Why We Are Atheists
Edited by Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk
Book Review by Fred Hsu

Sometimes mistakes have a way of helping me expand my perspective.

A long time ago, I listened to a short essay by a presumably great magician on NPR’s “This I Believe” program. Unlike other essays read on this program, this one was a belief on the non-existence of something. It was titled “This I believe: I believe there is no God.” The essay brought me to tears, as it beautifully expressed my beliefs in exactly the way I could not.

A month ago I ran across a delightful blog entry titled “Imagine No Religion.” I said to myself, “what a well-written little essay for a blog!” It nicely captured essential arguments against organized religions. Then it stripped away from religious leaders their self-bestowed authority to prescribe moral truths.

No sooner had I looked at the footer of this page than I discovered that it was one of 50 essays from the book “50 Voices of Disbelief,” reposted with permission from the author of the essay, Edgar Dahl, and the publishers. I followed the link on the page to Amazon. Normally I would have stopped there, thinking that I could always get this book later when I had free time. But I spotted the name James (The Amazing) Randi on the list of essayists. I put two and two together, and bought this book, for surely it included Randi’s great essay I’d heard on NPR.
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Introduction to Evolution

March 2009 Movies as the Only Source of Education for the Public: 1.      In Ninja Turtles, four turtles and a rat were exposed to liquid mutagen, turning them human size with ability to speak. Impossible. 2.      Hulk: physicist was exposed … Continue reading

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葛理翰牧師的夢魘

葛理翰牧師的夢魘 作者: 許瑞源 2003 Translated by stillwaters in 2006 to English as Pastor Billy Graham’s Nightmare. 比利‧葛理翰是位退休的牧師,他一生事奉上帝,被認為是上帝最忠實的僕人。更有人說他是美國歷史上最有成就的傳道人,將來死了上天堂,必定要與宗教改革家馬丁路德同桌,分享上帝及上帝兒子耶穌的榮耀。然而這些對一個末期巴金森患者來說,似乎已經一點都不重要了。現在的比利經常坐在後院裡的搖椅上,呆望著對面幾枝凋謝中的百合花。他只想多活幾個月,多享受一點古巴雪茄的榮耀。 這天比利坐著坐著似乎就出神了,傾時雷聲大作,他看見天開了,有上帝的靈,彷彿鴿子一般降下。但只一霎時就像老鷹一般地盤旋直下。不,更像一顆巨大的圓球,由天邊一下子飄落下來。比利同時聽見天上有聲音說,「這是我的愛僕,我所喜悅的…」又有一朵彩雲出現在他面前,接他進入巨球之中。 比利回首往院子看了最後一眼,卻發現自己的身體還坐在搖椅上。他記得聖經中被接上天的先知,包括摩西及以利亞,都是肉身升天的,而自己這樣子看來好像只是靈魂出竅,是以前所不曾聽說過的。不過想到聖靈要如何作工應是人所不能參透的,比利就釋然了,終身養成的習慣讓他知道應如何完全接受神的旨意。

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容閎:辛亥革命第一人

上一回在最後一段裡,筆者提起了一個神祕人物,這個人自年輕時便曾與「太平天國」打交道,後來又連續參加了「自強運動」、「戊戌維新」、「君主立憲運動」、與「興中會革命」等,可以說清末的最後六十年之中,從太平天國開始,直到辛亥革命前夕的每一個最重要運動裡,我們都能發現他的足跡。今天筆者又在《世界周刊》裡讀到記者對這個人的追念,讀後感觸良深,覺得有些話不吐不快,因此花了點時間整理手上有的資料,想將上次未揭曉的這個神祕人物介紹給大家。 Continue reading

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