What is the genetic evidence for human evolution

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Daughter of a Lesbian Tells her story

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Government of China Wants People to Stop Hiring Strippers for Funerals

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Parental Control is more subtle

NYTimes: Love and Merit

Parents two generations ago were much more likely to say that they expected their children to be more obedient than parents today. But this desire for obedience hasn’t gone away; it’s just gone underground. Parents are less likely to demand obedience with explicit rules and lectures. But they are more likely to use love as a tool to exercise control.

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Arranged Marriages in India

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David Brooks NPR Interview on The Road to Character

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Will David Brooks Lay Down His Life for his Readers?

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Being without Story

Nearly every ancient civilization had creation stories. These stories weren’t usually so interested in where the “stuff” around us came from, they were usually more interested in “what is it for”.

The creation story of the Hebrews found in their Scriptures in Genesis chapter one says that this world is good and it was made for its makers enjoyment and glory.

We moderns live in a strange time where we have an account of the material origins of the universe without a story about what it is for. The implicit message of this universe absent a story to give it meaning is that we can give it anyone we choose. We can decide what life is for or what the universe is for because we are the only creatures with a large enough brain to be able to create stories. We make meaning.

When peoples with creation stories engage people without them many atheists will declare that they also have see morality, meaning and wonder. The problem with all of those people who have stories rooting in their religions or ethnic ancestry is that they are too rigid and these stories become grounds for fighting.  Continue reading

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