"You sound to me as though you don't believe in free will," said Billy Pilgrim. "If I hadn't spent so much time studying Earthlings," said the Tralfamadorian, "I wouldn't have any idea what was meant by free will. I've visited 31 inhabited planets in the universe...Only on Earth is there any talk of free will." -- K. Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Friday, December 02, 2005

cold season

I'm doing some research in the Bio-Medical Library, and everyone here has a cold. Sniffing, coughing, looking generally miserable. I spent last night at Wilson, the run of the mill everything library, and everyone seemed to be relatively healthy. I know it's cold and the end of the semester so everyone is stressed out and getting sick, but shouldn't the health science people know how to prevent these things? I guess in this case, ignorance is health.

I'm sure I'm going to contract a virus for saying that.

In case anyone is wondering, the paper I'm researching is on the concept of extinction in evolutionary biology. Speaking of which, I highly recommend the article on the ID trials in Dover, PA in this week's New Yorker. The best part is when the school board accuses Penn State of being a brainwashing factory. Or maybe the best part is when the president of the school board, who had been pushing ID on the biology classes, suddenly moved to North Carolina and admitted he was in rehab due to an addiction to oxycoton. Really good role models, these people.


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