November 4th, 2005

Dancing Thru

The Platform Bed on hold

Back in September, I ordered an oriental-style low platform bed. It got lost for a while. A long while. Meanwhile, I parked the new mattress on a simple wood frame. They finally found the platform bed and delivered it less than a week ago. There is a giant box in the dining room, which is probably going out to the garage for a while.

For one thing, I've had it with assembling furniture, for a while. And I'd have to reorganize the bedroom again. And then there is another one that makes me think I'll deal with the new platform bed come late winter or spring.

Circe loves the current arrangement. She hides out under the bedframe (she can juuuuust squeeze in) and bats paws out under the gap. It's really rather charming to see a couple white-slippered dark brown "gloves" come out from under the bed and swat at your ankles (or the other cats). Ming has taken to fishing back, lately. I think the entertainment is worth keeping the current bed arrangement for now.
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End of the World near? Vatican acknowledges evolution!

Interesting article out today, interviewing Vatican officials about science.
Cardinal Paul Poupard is part of a Vatican project to try to end the conflict of religion and science. Among some of his featured comments:
"The permanent lesson that the Galileo case represents pushes us to keep alive the dialogue between the various disciplines, and in particular between theology and the natural sciences, if we want to prevent similar episodes from repeating themselves in the future."
"We also know the dangers of a religion that severs its links with reason and becomes prey to fundamentalism."
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Monsignor Gianfranco Basti, director of the Vatican project STOQ, or Science, Theology and Ontological Quest, reaffirmed John Paul's 1996 statement that evolution was "more than just a hypothesis."

"A hypothesis asks whether something is true or false," he said. "(Evolution) is more than a hypothesis because there is proof."

He was asked about comments made in July by Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who dismissed in a New York Times article the 1996 statement by John Paul as "rather vague and unimportant" and seemed to back intelligent design.

Basti concurred that John Paul's 1996 letter "is not a very clear expression from a definition point of view," but he said evolution was assuming ever more authority as scientific proof develops.
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