A conversation with an old classmate prompted me to contemplate the scale of human interaction, from individual to society levels. Seeing an exhibition of Maxine Payne‘s photography revealed a hidden corner of American Culture. I stumbled upon the song “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty, which is beautiful. It reminded me of the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smokey Mountains during April. Seems like a lifetime ago. In stark contrast is the question of whether one can remain a pacifist while enjoying games like Starcraft. The open source movements, and Data Havens (see http://locut.us/~ian/blog/ on Freenet). Censorship alive and well. How does this relate to the controversy over the teaching of evolution in public schools? Epistemologically, religion and science are non-overlapping, mutually exclusive, separate. This is because science can only operate on testable hypotheses and faith is by definition the belief in something that cannot be proven by a materialistic, mechanistic experiment. Is it more important for people to be taught what is factual or what they want to believe? Or what stabilizes society? Speaking of stability, social interaction as a college student is vastly different from what it will be in the larger world. This is a positive thought! More thoughts than time to write today…

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