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  • SteveK

    Don’t know if Another Round-Up is where we’re supposed to post miscellaneous information or not BUT…

    The NEW Firefox Browser has Built-In Spell Check

    Firefox 2.0 has a BUILT-IN SPELL CHECK!!! NO more typos when posting at TMV… hallelujah. (note: hallelujah was a test for the new spell check… it passed the test)

    You can add words to the Firefox dictionary as needed, for example my browser now knows that “righties’ is a word whereas ‘lefties’ is not… Life is good! :]

    Also – If just for blogging learning to code for: Bold, Italic, Strike, etc. can be a real pain in the posterior. Mozilla Firefox had a FREE extension that does all your html coding for you with just a right click and select… As a former IExplorer evangelist I switched to the Firefox Browser and have never had a problem.

    For more info…

    BBCodeXtra is an extension, compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Suite, which adds to the context menu new commands to insert BBCode/Html/XHtml codes in an easy and fast way…

    Great tools!

    PS – I do not work for Mozilla.

  • Lynx

    You gotta love Brownbacks essay…talk about muddying the bloody waters. If I am interpreting him correctly he believes in “microevolution” which is to say he is unable to deny the existence of things like acquired antibiotic resistance in bacteria because it’s BLINDINGLY, OVERWHELMINGLY OBVIOUS!

    Must take a breath now….

    Specifying that you believe in “micro-evolution” automatically casts doubt on your belief (understanding belief in the SCIENTIFIC context, which requires the existence of evidence to back you up) in the rest of evolution. That is, our evolution from single-celled organisms up into what we are today. This means he, at no point in the essay, denied what he called “The premise behind the question seems to be that if one does not unhesitatingly assert belief in evolution, then one must necessarily believe that God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days.”

    As an atheist and a biochemist, I simply don’t see why admitting the avalanche of evidence that indicates we evolved from less complex organisms would IN ANY WAY diminish our “dignity”. Science occupies itself with how things work, and how things came to be the way they are. The “meaning” for a human is something else entirely, which science has never pretended to try to answer. I can’t help it, I simply think that they are entirely different areas of human endeavour. There is nothing science can contribute to religion, and nothing religion can contribute to science, their languages are simply too different. I can assure anyone who doubts it that we scientists do not view the world as this empty place, devoid of reason or love. To me, the universe is all the more incredible because simple rules have resulted in such amazing complexity. A small sculpture may be impressive, but much more so is a single snowflake seen under a magnifying glass, 100% self organizing beauty.

    I’ve gone all sentimental, oh well. David, if you need help with that paper drop me a line. I know a hell of a lot less about law than you do, but probably a bit more about biology.

  • Lynx

    Oh, and to ramble just a bit more the last part of Brownbacks article is very revealing:
    “While no stone should be left unturned in seeking to discover the nature of man’s origins, we can say with conviction that we know with certainty at least part of the outcome. Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science.”

    Translation: As long as science doesn’t mess with what religion tells me is true, we’re cool. Just don’t go putting your inconvenient “facts” in the way of my beliefs. Notice how the minute science get’s in the way of his sacred cow it stops being science and starts being “atheistic theology” (whatever the HELL that is).

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