The promise of Rosh Hashanah is that sometimes you can do the same thing, with courage and faith and maybe a sense of humor, and different results will come. Which is why I'm writing again about religion and science.
The Internet propaganda war is raging and far-ranging. It focuses on creating a revisionist alternative to history and established science, arguing that mainstream history and science is liberally biased.
So much has been going on recently...seriously? It's been beyond craazzzy. David Cameron and Parliament seem to have their heart set on a mass badger killing, Texas was hit by wildfires and Republicans have been debating up a storm. But at least those laboratory chimps got released. Thank goodness!
Among the balloons that exploded during this super-heated summer was the intensifying debate over the worth of psychotropic medications. We try to weigh the risks of psychoactive drug treatment against the risks of forgoing treatment.
Today, a company is targeting Lou Gehrig's disease. Their approach is undergoing clinical trials in America, right now. But in Wisconsin, the home of stem cell research? If Republican lawmakers get their way, the research which might end Lou Gehrig's disease could be criminalized.
Even in an election cycle that is dominated by the economy, feelings about cultural issues continue to be the most raw, especially where the power of modern medical science seems to conflict with tradition values. Welcome to the era of biopolitics.
It is a unique form of heartbreak for a prophet to be denied the culmination of his visions. For us, Carl Sagan may have been born at exactly the right time. He was six years old at the 1939 World's Fair, where he found both science and television waiting for him, fabulous and fascinating.
GOP hopefuls are increasingly stuck between a rock and a hard place: how to satisfy the anti-science foot soldiers recruited into the base because of their passionate energy without alienating general election voters who view those positions as irrational.