Monday, December 29, 2014

Erik Satie, as performed by Ian Munro and friends

I love Erik Satie's beautifully handwritten manuscript for his Sports et Divertissements.

And I was fascinated to be given the link to this wonderful page about Ian Munro's ensemble version of the work.

You can listen to the performances as you read.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thinking about God as Trinity

Dan Phillips has posted Warfield's statement on The Trinity in the New Testament and my Facebook friend, Anna Brotherson has posted her article When theology says more than it ought: A critique of the concept of the trinity.

I'm hoping to chew over these in the coming days, and am posting the links here, so I can find them again.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Paleo Diet

Is there anything trendier than the Paleo Diet? Is there anything less recommended by dietitians?

People who seem to be reputable scientists and qualified doctors or nutritionists don't seem to think much of it.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki doesn't think much of it.

Scientific American calls it "half-baked"

The current Wikipedia article calls it a "fad diet."

A Sydney Morning Herald article says there is no scientific evidence to support eating the Paleo way.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Helping Jehovah's Witnesses to find the truth

Helping Jehovah's Witnesses find freedom in Jesus.
This web page has plenty of reliable information, which I hope will be useful to me - and maybe to you, too.

Foods and drinks to avoid, according to The Reader's Digest

Foods you should never buy is an interesting Reader's Digest article.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Can we be sure that Jesus existed?

This article in Wikipedia on the historicity of Jesus is a reliable guide to mainstream scholarly opinion of ancient historians.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Why is there an obesity epidemic?

This article seems sensible. It is quite persuasive, I think.

According to the article, we are getting fat because:

1. We are eating more junk food
2. Our sugar consumption has skyrocketed
3. We gain a lot of weight during the holidays, which we never get rid of 
4. We started getting fat when low fat diets [which were high in sugar] were introduced
5. Food is cheaper than ever before
6. We are drinking more sugary soda and fruit juices
7. Increased food variety contributes to overeating and weight gain
8. We don't burn as many calories when working 
9. We are eating more vegetable oils: mostly from processed foods.
10. When we eat in a group, it dramatically increases the number of calories consumed
11. We are sleeping less
12. Our calorie consumption has increased dramatically