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ESP Meta-Analysis

From Wikipedia:

In 1940, Rhine, J.G. Pratt, and others at Duke authored a review of all card-guessing experiments conducted internationally since 1882. Titled Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years, it has become recognized as the first meta-analysis in science.[8] It included details of replications of Rhine’s studies. Through these years, 50 studies were published, of which 33 were contributed by investigators other than Rhine and the Duke University group; 61% of these independent studies reported significant results suggestive of ESP.[9] Among these were psychologists at Colorado University and Hunter College, New York, who completed the studies with the largest number of trials and the highest levels of significance.[10][11]

[8] Bösch, H. (2004). “Reanalyzing a meta-analysis on extra-sensory perception dating from 1940, the first comprehensive meta-analysis in the history of science”. 47th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association.
[9] Honorton, C. (1975). “Error some place!”. Journal of Communication 25 (25): 103–116. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1975.tb00560.x.
[10] Martin, D.R., & Stribic, F.P. (1938). “Studies in extrasensory perception: I. An analysis of 25, 000 trials”. Journal of Parapsychology 2: 23–30.
[11] Riess, B.F. (1937). “A case of high scores in card guessing at a distance”. Journal of Parapsychology 1: 260–263.

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City of Extremes

Lindsey once described Los Angeles as a city of extremes (eg. poverty and wealth). We’re now learning that Coeur d’Alene has its extremes as well. Compare: Burt Rutan (famous rocket scientist) vis-a-vis this lady (its depressing; read at your own risk).


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Top 5 Male Models

Taking John Piper’s advice, and constraining myself to 5, living, extra-familial men, yielded the following rough-draft list:

For the fifth un-ordered slot it was a tie between: JP Moreland, John Lennox, Alister McGrath, Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, and a missionary/humanitarian aid worker whose name and location I cannot disclose. I like John Mark Reynolds and John Piper quite a bit too, but for reasons I may elaborate on later, I don’t think they’ll make my final top 5 list. Top 10 though, probably.

After making the list I wondered whether I should diversify a little bit, and include role models from other fields. I’ll think about that. Also, after looking at the list I realized how little I actually know several of the members. A while back I launched a campaign to consume everything ever published by William Lane Craig, so I’ve become fairly familiar with his work, and I’ve read from the others, but not to the extent I probably should if I’m going to make them role models.

I am tempted to explain and defend my list. But I am going to go to sleep instead. See you tomorrow.

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The Kiss at the End of the Rainbow

NaBloPoMo really brought us all together this year, and it got me thinking in blogs again. Though, most of the ideas that were generated by this mode remain in draft form. As I take a look back over my blog I realize that I copped-out a lot (and who can blame me – November as a National Blog Posting Month? Really? With Thanksgiving and horse-headed dance parties and all in it?), and that I somehow managed to eek out a handful of posts that I enjoyed writing and don’t cringe when I re-read. These posts can be clustered into themes.

Stories (which just so happened to be about prophetic scriptures):

Reflections on Ideas:

Relational Vignettes:

Biographical Sketches:

I think I may try to write more of these types of posts in the future.

What did you enjoy reading about on this blog and in the blogosphere generally during NaBloPoMo? What were your favorite posts to write?


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Today I picked up some books from the library I had ordered on inter-library loan.

Their titles are:

  • The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
  • Chronological Aspects in the Life of Christ
  • The Meaning of the Pentateuch

I also threw out my back in a debilitating way and am in excruciating pain. Which is why you’re getting the old NaBloPoMo cop-out treatment (something I all but swore I would not deliver).

Go read a book.


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Top 5 Sites for Getting Political Facts


What do people really think? You hear opinions all the time about how Reagan is widely considered to have been the best president in history, that the world thinks George W. is stupid, or that blacks and hispanics are all democrats. Here you can get the facts about who believes what. I’ve been fairly impressed with Gallup’s ability to ask interesting, timely questions and segment their samples in the ways that seem most relevant.


I’m going to throw this one in here instead of because it usually covers the more political topics that Snopes doesn’t. It can sometimes show the slightest liberal bias, in my estimation, but it usually does a good job FactChecking all parties and relying on authoritative sources to do so. The more “balanced” is cheesy, of lower quality generally, and displays on obvious conservative bias. Nevertheless it can sometimes be smart to check it, too.


Here you can get the quick and dirty low-down on just about any politician on just about any domain of issues. For example, if you want to read quotations of Hilary Clinton on children and families, you could. You can see voting records, quotations, endorsements, FactChecks, etc. I particularly enjoy comparing quotations and campaign promises to voting records.


On this website you can search for both House and Senate bills and find out what their statuses are, see their full texts, summaries, sponsors and co-sponsors, etc. etc. You can even link to specific sections of specific bills for reference. It’s got pretty great searching, sorting, and filtering capabilities, too. This is a great place to get down and dirty with the facts and eschew propaganda. Read the bills because your representatives might not.


When it comes to politics, it seems like the doc that literally constitutes America deserves to be #1. This site has the text of the constitution nicely laid out and tagged up so that you can easily link straight to individual amendments if you want. It’s also jam-packed with useful notes and things for research.

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Bloggers

The Good

While I try to read broadly, there are a few thinkers who resonate with me, and probably the best-looking of them all is C. Michael Patton. My favorite posts are:

The Bad

I have more in common with the following blogger than I do most people on this planet. Our backgrounds, intellectual values, and general demographics make it so that I can deeply relate to his writing, and find myself vigorously nodding my head to much of what he has to say.

The only problem is that he is an atheist.

Read about why his blog is different.

The Ugly

I have read several good books about how to treat a woman, including “Letters to Philip on How to Treat a Woman”, and “Every Woman’s Desire”, to both of which I give high marks. But the work of the gentleman who runs “The Generous Husband” is my favorite. A rare sage of a man, truly.

Oh yeah and, compared to C. Michael Patton, he’s kinda ugly.


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