Let’s not forget that days are measured differently on Magrathea. The Creation story can still be true without necessarily being magical and with little or no hands-on intervention. The following interpretation is not exactly my fervent belief, but it does model a fairly decent hypothesis for reconciliation of theology and science. So, suppose first contact happened thousands of years ago to a sheep herder who could barely process the experience. Passed down in the best verbal description he could manage, and seen heavily through the lens of his native mythology, the Genesis account is still a pretty consistent summary of the story we get from scientific theory. Plus there are numerous iterations of the same basic tale in both earlier and later civilizations. Going back to the genesis version: Day 1 – accretion and stellar ignition. Day 2 – atmosphere and liquid water. Day 3 – emergence of land through tectonics and appearance of plant life. Day 4 – cloud cover subsides enough make the sky/sun/moon/stars visible. Day 5 – early megafauna emerge from “the waters,” including “winged fowl” (pterosaurs could fit this description). Day 6 – mammals and homo sapiens. Day 7 – “rest.” And Genesis 2 is possibly what I call Day 8 – an isolated population of curated plants and animals, including a pair of humans with highly invasive tendencies which are almost immediately set loose on the planet. At least that’s how you present it to a poor shepherd who has no concept of telephone cleaners or insurance salesmen.
The day of the Alpha Bro is waning.
Careful, pretty soon they’ll have Disney lawyers!
Must be a fan of “Fifty Shades of Grate.”
I don’t understand how Sadie can be so much more wise in person than on her show. Sure, Google has minimized the experience of wondering in curiosity about the unknown. But, at least for me, it has replaced it with the superior wonder of marveling in awe at the vast stores of information at our fingertips. Why discuss whatever hypothetical answers to a question you can envision when you can instead ponder at the implications of the answer (or answers), the process of how the knowledge came to be, and the further questions that spawn therefrom?
Honestly, I feel that Trump will probably not be found in that nesting doll. He’s been a puppet of his own empire for so long that all the truly guilty parties have kept him in the dark. This is why he’s had to change his stories so much. Bush Jr. is gonna have to hand over his title of Patsy-in-Chief.
As far as Hillary, one of the things I love the most is how Trump promised to appoint a special counsel but still hasn’t gotten around to it. He even said she was a good person right after the election. Not that that sentiment lasted long. She’s far too valuable UNinvestigated as a convenient smokescreen. As soon as trouble arises, Twitter and Fox News love to yell “WHAT ABOUT HILLARY?” While cries like “biggest inauguration attendance” or “millions of fraudulent votes” were pretty good in their time, they were more easily fact-checked and soon ran out of gas. But Crooked Hillary could last forever, as long no one bothers to ask why the President or Congress still haven’t investigated her. Funny how you rarely even hear them make excuses – their own supporters are too easily appeased by mere whining to demand real action.
Either a decimal error, or the calculation used some very extreme numbers. Take your low figure of $0.10 per pound of potatoes and compare it to a 4 oz. bag of extra-fancy potato chips. Normally even those would sell for at most $3.50, but put them in a pretentious boutique store and you might see a $5 price tag, leading to $20 per pound. Still, it takes quite the stretch to get there. If they meant to say “20 times,” that would be much more realistic and still a high enough factor to merit putting it in Ripley’s.
To be fair, the use of style guides as if they were prophetic scripture was in its heyday among the educated in Wells’ time. Modern scholars are more accepting of the “evolving language” model. Ironically, aspiring pedants among the masses tend to cling to hearsay about guidelines that were too often taken as absolute rules.
I wonder if they use the word “snuggle” in the same way as Homer and Marge Simpson.
Both quotes are riffs on the original from Plato: “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”