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Weekend Reads 3/5/16

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All

A new calculation of exoplanets suggests that Earth is just one out of a likely 700 million trillion terrestrial planets in the entire observable universe. But the average age of these planets—well above Earth’s age—and their typical locations—in galaxies vastly unlike the Milky Way—just might turn the Copernican principle on its head.

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Radical Cleric Surfaces in Phoenix

Radical cleric Mark Driscoll, founder and former pastor of the Mars Hill church in Seattle, has announced plans to build a new church in Phoenix.

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Weekend Reads 2/27/16

That Dragon, Cancer: A game that wrestles with grief, hope, and faith

Video games have the unique power to put players in control of a narrative and then steal that control away, and That Dragon, Cancer employs that power to incredible emotional effect—after all, what can render a parent as powerless as facing an unkillable cancer in your infant child?

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Is Your Television Spying on You?

The story is more than a year old, but I saw it for the first time last week when some of my Facebook friends shared an article about the possibility of Samsung "smart TVs" having the capability of spying on their viewers.

Samsung has confirmed that its "smart TV" sets are listening to customers' every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.

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Weekend Reads 2/20/16

Neandertal–Human Trysts May Be Linked to Modern Depression, Heart Disease

Ultimately, the researchers found that Neanderthal genetic variants were significantly linked to increased risk of 12 traits, including heart attack and artery thickening. Surprisingly, the investigators also found a Neanderthal genetic variant that significantly increased the modern human risk for nicotine addiction.

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Jonah: Fact or Fiction?

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai...

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Weekend Reads 2/13/16

Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate

Our first ideas, after all, are usually our most conventional.…When you procrastinate, you’re more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns.

The Government Might Subpoena Your Toaster

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The Breath of God

According to Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM),

The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed and that it is a divine product.

Norman Geisler's Defending Inerrancy website claims the Christian faith is grounded in what Geisler calls the "three in's", and explains,

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Newcomb's Paradox

Suppose you are invited to play a game. You are shown two boxes. The first box is open and contains a thousand dollars. The second box is closed. You are told that it contains either a million dollars or nothing. You can choose to take home either the contents of the closed box, or the contents of both boxes. You cannot open the box until you make your choice.

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