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Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer writes about the relationship between the physical universe and the pursuit of spirituality.

Should you listen to anti-folk music?

Perhaps it’s a good idea to stay away from anything with a subversive label such as anti-folk, but you might want to make an exception with "All the Rowboats" by Regina Spektor. The song carries all the musical seriousness of folk music, but with a lighthearted, even sarcastic message. Spektor, a Russian-born pianist, might be referring to works by the American realist artist Winslow Homer

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Traditional Christianity thrives in southeastern Kansas

I pack a few clothes and my mp3 player to board the plane for southeastern Kansas. My great-grandfather Henry and his family packed everything they owned on a train. They stopped and purchased land because there was a Lutheran Church, and so my Grandfather Erwin grew up on the farm. He left to become a German professor, and today I know almost nothing about farming.

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Is it moral to remote control insects?

A group of researchers from North Carolina State University have wired electronics to cockroaches and controlled them remotely from a Microsoft video game console. Using the joystick, scientists were able to move the insects left, right, or straight ahead.

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Something to die for?

 

An American myth says that happiness is some sort of leisure activity: a well-stock trout stream; a sunny beach; a golf game on the coast. It’s what we all look forward to in retirement or striking it rich in the lottery. But how many, after achieving their dreams, only find disillusionment? How many, after finding fame, turn to drugs and alcohol for comfort?

 

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So who owns my body?

It was a unanimous decision. Whatever their religious backgrounds, they were all united. The Supreme Court ruled that Myriad Genetics cannot copyright a human gene. "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court.

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