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The Great Deceiver

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

The hand is quicker than the eye…

Imagine for a moment playing the shell game against a master.  You put down your $20 bill.

He places three shells on the table, upside down.  He slides a bean under one shell.  You mentally mark the shell. You focus your eyes on it intently and wait. Read more…

Predictably Irrational

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment

This is a book review and commentary on “Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” Dan Ariely. 
Great book.  Recommended reading.

In his fascinating book, “Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” Dan Ariely scientifically documents our flawed human decision-making process.  His focus is primarily a new field of research called behavioral economics.  He empirically examines individuals’ decision-making processes related to a wide range of issues with implications far beyond mere economics; some of the more provocative topics are listed below:

  • The Cost of Zero Cost
    • Why we often pay too much when we pay nothing
  • The Cost of Social Norms
    • Why we are happy to do things, but not when we are paid to do them
  • The Influence of [sexual] arousal and passion
    • Why sound decision-making is abandoned by the emotions of the moment
  • The effect of expectations
    • Why a person gets what he expects
  • The nature of our character

Echoes of the Garden

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Just as physicists periodically find additional echoes of our Universe’s creation, from time to time we come across echoes of that idyllic state described in the Biblical  Garden of Eden. This video is just such an echo.

Be sure to see this video all the way to the end, as you watch a silverback gorilla family wander into a human’s garden. The humans are intrigued by (and quietly video) the gorillas exploring the garden and one of its human inhabitants. What a great image this is of how wonderful God’s unblemished Creation must have been in the Garden of Eden before man ruined it!

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The Harbinger, A Review

February 16, 2013 1 comment

“The devil is in the details,” goes the saying. 

The Harbinger, a book by Jonathan Cahn introduces and connects many details to paint a picture of Divine judgment on America Biblically foretold and actually in progress since 9-11.  Although on the surface the book’s case may appear sound, closer examination of the details proves otherwise.  The book The Harbinger:  Fact or Fiction by David James dissects The Harbinger chapter by chapter, event by event, point by point, and highlights many factual and logical errors in Jonathan Cahn’s book.  In reality, Jonathan Cahn’s harbingers are little more than misrepresentation or misinterpretation of Biblical and historical facts, carefully selected and tailored to suit the author’s premise.  The devil is indeed in the details, and that’s why all is not as it looks!  A more extensive review follows: Read more…

Categories: Review, Science and Faith

The Star of Bethlehem

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m not and astronomer. I’m not even much of a stargazer. I simply haven’t had the opportunity since I’ve lived in or near cities all my life, and about the only stars one can see at night are blinking neon. So frankly, I kind of ignored the whole story of the Magi following the Star of Bethlehem to the baby Jesus. “OK,” I said to myself, “so it was a shooting star.” …and that was that.

But in truth that wasn’t that. There is much more to the Star of Bethlehem, and thank God for Rick Larson who demonstrated that in the “Star of Bethlehem” movie. It’s a must see for everyone! Read more…

Window on the Plains

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Driving through the West and Southwest, one notices that every little town seems to have a museum. If the town has a post office, it has a museum. Perhaps it doesn’t even have a post office, but it may have a museum…

I decided to stop by one of these museums, the Window on the Plains Museum, as I was passing through Dumas (pronounced “Doomus”), TX. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much more than a small room with a few Texas “antiques” – items one would usually find at a garage sale or estate sale.

Was I surprised! The museum really did provide a wonderful window into the history of the plains!

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Cherahola Skyway

November 16, 2012 Leave a comment

All this year I’ve been looking to photograph fall colors in the mountains with minimal success. While visiting The Lost Sea Adventure, the attendant suggested I check out the Cherahola Skyway.
“It should still be good fall colors in the mountains, and it’s only a 20 minute drive from here,” she told me. Read more…

The Lost Sea Adventure

November 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Driving on I-75 near Sweetwater, TN, I saw a sign next to the interstate, “The Lost Sea Adventure.
Lost Sea? Adventure? In the middle of the Appalachian Mountains? This I had to see!

So I followed the signs about 10 miles off the freeway. Honestly, I didn’t expect much.
Upon arrival I found nicely kept grounds, but no water anywhere to be seen. Obviously the sea had been lost!

Nevertheless I entered what appeared to be the main building and asked the attendant about the adventure.
“We have a cave with the largest underground lake in America. You can take our 90 minute tour; we also offer special group tours with reservations, including the overnight Wild Cave Tour,” she responded.

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Shenandoah Caverns, Part 2

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

In order to attract return visitors and new visitors, Shenandoah Caverns offers not just an opportunity to explore God’s marvels 300 feet underground, but several additional exhibits:

  • American Celebration on Parade is a fascinating collection of parade floats and inaugural props
  • Main Street of Yesteryear is a wonderful collection of animated displays depicting American culture, characters, and stories
  • The Yellow Barn is an events center and antique mall combined.

I visited the first two; time prevented me from exploring the Yellow Barn. The exhibits are perfect for a family and children. One can easily spend an hour or two viewing these exhibits, and a most enjoyable full morning or afternoon for a complete tour of the caverns plus all exhibits. The grounds provide space for family picnics to complete a full day of adventures and activities.

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Shenandoah Caverns, Part 1

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Caverns have always held somewhat of a fascination for me. While I don’t like the idea of crawling around on my belly in total darkness, I do find “civilized” caverns interesting. Shenandoah Caverns is one of these “civilized” caverns. In fact, it’s quite well developed with lighting and an elevator.

As with all caverns, a tour guide takes you through the caverns and points out the various formations and features. My tour guide was most knowledgeable and helpful in making the cavern tour a memorable experience.

Shenandoah Caverns is located in Virginia on I-81 at exit 269 and is definitely worth a visit.
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