Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thruple, monogamish, and wedlease

This is an excellent talk given by Ryan T. Anderson of The Heritage Foundation. He discusses the consequences of redefining marriage from a public policy perspective, and the impact it has had on religious freedom. If you don't have time to watch the entire talk, then I recommend at least watching the last twenty minutes (start at 33:23). Like me, you may even learn a few new words:
  • thruple
  • monogamish
  • wedlease


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Why is modern art so bad?

Creation of Adam, Michelangelo
Unfortunately art has lost its importance and influence in the world. This 5-minute video below explains how art went from beautiful to ugly because of the Impressionists of the late 19th century. They rebelled against the French Academie of Beaux-Arts, which still held on to classical standards. I wish we could return to those standards again, and bring beauty, truth, and goodness back into art again.

The modernists pushed out classical standards by claiming that beauty was in the eye of the beholder. As a result they sowed the seeds of aesthetic relativism, which resulted in the decline of standards towards that which is only a matter of personal expression. Without standards we can't determine quality, and have gone from the transcendent to the trashy. Blame falls squarely on artists and the art community of museum heads, gallery owners, and critics who encourage the trashy.

I think its interesting to note that aesthetic relativism in art began long before the sexual moral relativism of the 1960s. We also see this aesthetic relativism in music. You just don't hear beautiful classical music like this anymore.
Quality in art is not merely a matter of personal opinion but to a high degree...objectively traceable. -- Jakob Rosenberg

Celebrate what we know is good, and ignore what we know is not! -- Robert Florczak

Art is the signature of man. -- G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prager on Ted Cruz’s speech to Arab Christians

By Dennis Prager

September 16, 2014

Last week at the inaugural summit of the organization, In Defense of Christians, founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today, Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world, Senator Ted Cruz was heckled and booed, and decided to walk off the stage.

This is how he began his speech:

“Today we are gathered at a time of extraordinary challenge. Tonight we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews.”

All of 117 words — about the killing of Christians — later, Senator Cruz said the following:

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The operating room of the future

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Today's technology is truly catching up to Star Trek. Fifteen years ago, a company called InSightec from Israel, developed a new technology to destroy tumors inside the body. The technology is known as MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS), and it is capable of heating and destroying tumors without touching surrounding tissues. Here are some of the benefits listed on InSightec's web site:
  • non-invasive incisionless procedure
  • no anesthesia and no hospitalization required
  • no ionizing radiation
  • quick return to normal activities
  • improved quality of life
In this TEDMED Talk, one of the surgeons at InSightec, Yoav Medan, shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots, and focused ultrasound to treat brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Christ was either God or a bad man

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Read: The Divinity of Christ by Peter Kreeft