Posts Tagged ‘science’

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ launches an unlikely protagonist onto a heroic journey

August 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 9, 2016

Last month, my Sibling-in-Law’s family was once again kind enough my parental unit and I to join them for part of their annual summer visit to Ocean City, Md. This year, fortunately, I wasn’t suffering from dental pain, and no violence to books was inflicted during the trip.

Despite — or more likely because of — the lack of suffering and drama, I managed to zip through a novel during my time on the beach. I very much enjoyed consuming The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 2003 bestseller by the British author, illustrator and poet Mark Haddon.

The narrator of The Curious Incident introduces himself this way on the second page of the book:

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.

Eight years ago, when I first met Siobhan, she showed me this picture

Sad face

and I knew it meant “sad,” which is what I felt when I found the dead dog.

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Is the end Nye for creationism? (Probably not.) Musing on an unusual debate in Kentucky

February 7, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
Feb. 7, 2014

On Tuesday night, science educator Bill Nye stepped on stage at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., to debate the institution’s founder, Ken Ham. The question at hand was whether science or the Bible offers a better explanation for the creation of the universe and the development of life on Earth.

I didn’t watch or listen to the event, as I was driving to New York because of the death of a friend’s parent. But the web, naturally, has a full spectrum of reactions to the event.

A number of people who advocate for science and evolution are upset with Nye for even crossing metaphoric swords with creationists. Before the event, physicist and philosopher Karl Giberson wrote the following at HuffPost:

Ham has won the debate before he even steps on stage, simply because Bill Nye does not believe in God. Nye walks on stage with a huge bubble over his head that says “I reject God and the Bible and I accept evolution.” Ham walks on stage with a bubble that reads “I believe in God and the Bible and I reject evolution.” And Christians will be pressed to choose sides.

The anti-science guy has already won.

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