Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Workplace Blogging and other matters

My weekend silence was due to yet another trip back to the homeland, also known as St. Louis. I spent the weekend showing Ben, a Swiss undergrad, around town. It's really hard to see everything in a day and a half, but I'd like to think we saw some of the highlights: the Gateway Arch, The Science-Center/Planetarium, The Anhauser-Busch Brewery, Forest Park, and the Art Museum. A good time was had by all. Of course, the offer is open to any of my friends, international or otherwise, who would like to see St. Louis from somebody who knows the area (well, more or less).

I would recommend, if you know any international travellers, to show them the highlights of a city or area you know. Do your part for international relations!

In other news, you might see some increased "workplace" blogging from me this week. Sadly, my projects are stalled behind broken equipment, back-ordered reagents, and unresponsive Korean professors. I'm in the lab, hoping I eventually find something to do, but in the meantime I might just post a bit.

Unless you're Tom, in which case I never post from the lab and I'm always hard at work.


Tom said...

How can a scientist also be Christian? The two occupations are, in fact, mutually exclusive. You make me sad. Check out evilbible.com. Maybe they can help you. They seem to keep things in context.

Hal said...

"In fact." Beautiful. So many baseless assertions wrapped up in a single phrase.

Simply saying, "You are wrong, here is a website that proves it" is not an argument, "Tom." However, if you'd like to have a discussion about how a Christian can, in fact, be a scientist (just as most through history were), then that would welcome.

Tom said...

Strange...I thought scientists were supposed to rely on evidence and critical thinking. As far as I know, Christianity doesn't meet either of those demands. Both can be applied to everyday life, but not together, because evidence and faith don't mix.

Also, why don't we have more peer review journals that deal with the existence of God?

Further, if you really believe in the bible, why don't you devote your time to serving God? Clearly you can't be doing that while you're in the lab or posting.

One more thing: you should check out some of Bart Ehrman's work. He also has a PhD, like you will someday, and was once a hardcore fundamentalist, but after DOING RESEARCH (i.e., reading early manuscripts), he realized that most current versions of the bible are full of passages that were not originally there. Unfortunately, you don't seem familiar with treating religion as a science, so you probably aren't up to date with the state of biblical scholarship.

Seriously, they are mutually exclusive. Think about it.