Sunday, August 27, 2006

Cocaine Vs Breast-feeding

...In one study, mother rats were given the opportunity to press a bar and get a squirt of cocaine or press a bar and get a rat pup to suck their nipples...Those oxytocin squirts in the brain outscored a snort of cocaine every time.

The quote is from the book The Female Brain by Louann Brizedine and I found it on this blog. The bond between a mother and her infant is very stong, stronger than cocaine even. This points to the speical bond between Mary and Jesus.

Development of Speechballoons

I found this interesting although it doesn't have much to do with Apologetics.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Freakconomics Refuted

A few posts ago I commented on Steve Levitt’s book Freakconomics. Levitt gave evidence that abortion lowered the crime rate but in reality only a portion of the data supports his theory. The other portion refutes it. I am not going to go into the facts but I will give some links.

Here is a article that gives the fact of where Levitt went wrong:

Pre-emptive Executions?

Here is a debate between Steve Levitt and Steve Sailer on the subject:

Does Abortion Prevent Crime?

Here are two books that refute Levitt's claim:

Econospinning: How to Read Between the Lines When the Media Manipulate the Numbers

by Gene Epstein

Party of Death by Ramesh Ponnuru

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Book Meme

Father Erik Richtsteig on his blog Orthometer tagged me. So here are my answers...

1. One book that changed your life.

The Art of Natural Family Planning by Kippley it has helped in my relationship with my wife and God. It has also helped me to understand woman better...but I still haven’t figured them out..

2. One book that you have read more than once.

Search and Rescue by Patrick Madrid

3. One book you'd want on a desert island.

Desert Island SURVIVAL for Dummies There is really no such book but there should be.

4. One book that made you laugh.

Don Quixote de la Mancha

5. One book that made you cry.

A Cry of Stone by Michael O’Brien

6. One book you wish had been written.

I would have liked to of read a sequel to Thomas Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain but instead of Merton succumbing to the spirit of his age, he instead becomes a saint. Better yet, how about a book 40 years from now about me being a saint. That would be cool.

7. One book you wish had never been written.

I would but I don't want to give it any attention.

8. One book you are currently reading.

Introducing Keynes, by Peter Pugh and Chris Garratt. It’s a book dumbed down into a comic book format but it gives good information. I have been interested in economic theory recently for some reason. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.

9. One book I have been meaning to read.

Anything written by Peter Kreeft that I have not read.

10. Tag some others.

Anyone that has a blog who happens to read this.