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Sticky links, 22nd of April, 2008 23.04.2008

It's been a while...

Sleevefaceone or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion. I saw a Ray Conniff cover in there, this is classic stuff. There's a flickr group as well (:

YoungMeNowMe, a competition where you have to submit a photo of yourself as a youngster, and a photo of your current self, posing the same way as in the youngster shot.

Physical geographers have uncovered proof of a spruce from Dalarna in Sweden being the oldest living organism. The tree is 9550 years old. Huzzah! The spruce's ability to clone itself is what makes it possible for it to live for so long (it shares roots with it's offspring, as far as I understand).

Recently I've been into the writings of Richard Dawkins, especially "The God Delusion". It's an interesting read, although Dawkins' approach is sometimes a bit too Michael Moore-ish. I can understand why some religious people dismiss him for being too arrogant. Anyway, in The God Delusion, he references a study done on whether prayers helped people under medical treatment (NYT article, login needed, this might be handy). Surprisingly, there was no scientific proof of prayers helping the healing process.

It seems like somebody got it right in the music world as off late — Charlatans are giving away their latest album, for free (free as in free beer, not 'pay what you feel like'-free).

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Jonas | web | @ / 12:33 / 23rd of april / 2008

Unless it's the belief debate you're interested in, Dawkins' really worthwhile work is The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The Extended Phenotype - IMHO of course.

Jonas | web / 13:06 / 23rd of april / 2008

Cool, thanks Jonas. I'll look into those as well.

For now, the belief debate has tickled my interest, and it coincides nicely with me finally reading Brave New World, where the issue of God is also treated as something dangerous, as the existence of a God means that the human race is unhappy, unsatisfied, and dangerously insecure without an external blame machine (:

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