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To be Human or not to be Human:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6534243

“Already, he said, they have learned things they “never would have learned had there been a bioethical ban.”
Now he wants to add human brain stem cells that have the defects that cause Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other brain ailments — and study how those cells make connections.
Scientists suspect that these diseases, though they manifest themselves in adulthood, begin when something goes wrong early in development. If those errors can be found, researchers would have a much better chance of designing useful drugs, Weissman said. And those drugs could be tested in the chimeras in ways not possible in patients.
Now Weissman says he is thinking about making chimeric mice whose brains are 100 percent human. He proposes keeping tabs on the mice as they develop. If the brains look as if they are taking on a distinctly human architecture — a development that could hint at a glimmer of humanness — they could be killed, he said. If they look as if they are organizing themselves in a mouse brain architecture, they could be used for research.
So far this is just a “thought experiment,” Weissman said, but he asked the university’s ethics group for an opinion anyway.
“Everyone said the mice would be useful,” he said. “But no one was sure if it should be done.””

Very uncool

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There is actually some good news as far as the question of God is concerned, one of Britain’s leading athiest philosophers is reversing himself, based on science? Yes sir, Intelligent Design wins again:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=315976

“The first hint of Flew’s turn was a letter to the August-September issue of Britain’s Philosophy Now magazine. “It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism,” he wrote.
The letter commended arguments in Schroeder’s “The Hidden Face of God” and “The Wonder of the World” by Varghese, an Eastern Rite Catholic layman.
This week, Flew finished writing the first formal account of his new outlook for the introduction to a new edition of his “God and Philosophy,” scheduled for release next year by Prometheus Press.
Prometheus specializes in skeptical thought, but if his belief upsets people, well “that’s too bad,” Flew said. “My whole life has been guided by the principle of Plato’s Socrates: Follow the evidence, wherever it leads.”
Last week, Richard Carrier, a writer and Columbia University graduate student, posted new material based on correspondence with Flew on the atheistic http://www.infidels.org Web page. Carrier assured atheists that Flew accepts only a “minimal God” and believes in no afterlife.
Flew’s “name and stature are big. Whenever you hear people talk about atheists, Flew always comes up,” Carrier said. Still, when it comes to Flew’s reversal, “apart from curiosity, I don’t think it’s like a big deal.”
Flew told The Associated Press his current ideas have some similarity with American “intelligent design” theorists, who see evidence for a guiding force in the construction of the universe. He accepts Darwinian evolution but doubts it can explain the ultimate origins of life.
A Methodist minister’s son, Flew became an atheist at 15. “

I’ll be keeping this one in a folder for a while.

And guess what, most people believe in the Immaculate Conception:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6650997/site/newsweek/

“Dec. 5 – Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that, as the Bible says, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, without a human father, according to a new NEWSWEEK poll on beliefs about Jesus. “

That’s awesome.

Being a little scatter brained, here are some cool pictures:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041209/ids_photos_sp/r2839354285.jpg

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041209/ids_photos_wl/r1837971454.jpg

That’s all I got, now I need to go take a test.