Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Hey, I'm posting from P&G! Oh, maybe I shouldn't say that, they might see this and know I'm not working. Oops.
posted by Sigmund Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
...yet there are different degrees of business (being busy, not like a store)which can be used to defined happiness and disgust. Higher levels might grow to large and become overbearing, while a medium level might prove to be the necessary balance to enjoy a fruitful life.
posted by Sigmund Tuesday, June 29, 2004
To be busy seems an intragral part of student life. Classes, meetings, sports, clubs, activities, work, social time (if any is alloted), study, fitness, calls home, church and so forth are just a few examples of how we maintain a full schedual. Unfortunately, it seems to both consume our lives and exist as an integral aspect of continual happiness.
posted by Marianna Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
Marianna...now how did I know you were going to respond with a post? Despite your efforts, I have put you into a lose lose situation. Either you don't post, or you post and retaliate as predicted. How did you get yourself into such a predicament?
On a nicer note, glad to have you in the same country again :-)
posted by Sigmund Monday, June 28, 2004
Well I must say that the last post was unfair for two reasons. First I have been incredibly busy and thus posting has not been an imediate priority. Secondly, I you forced me to respond. I mean I was going to post today anyway, but you knew that I would respond just so as to ensure victory in this competition. I had a desire to avoid responding just because you made mention of it, but then I would loose the battle.
In any sense it is good to be back in the us, where aim is common, mom makes chicken on the grill, and I can drive!
posted by Marianna Monday, June 28, 2004
Ha! Marianna stopped posting for the time being. I rise victorious! I knew I could win with ease. Silly girl...
(This will get her to post with more haste. just watch...)
posted by Sigmund Monday, June 28, 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
This will seem random to anyone who reads this besides Marianna. I apologize for two reasons to that person: Firstly, because they will not understand my reasoning for this post. And secondly, because I pity them for having nothing better to do than read this blog.
The appendix might not necessarily contradict evolution. Here is my reasoning:
You have to figure that to evolve takes millions of years, if not longer. The human being is quite young on this planet, relatively speaking, and so perhaps we have not had our full time to evolve yet. Resulting from that might be the failure to eliminate certain organs which might have no use, such as the appendix. Still we are getting there, as the organ is getting quite small as it is used less and less. The space that is freed up by the smaller appendix can be used for more crucial for survival organs. Besides, genetics is involved in evolution, and until there is a person who is born without an appendix with an advantage for survival, there is no reason for the organ to disappear. It just shrinks. But, since I cannot fathom someone being born without an appendix, I guess it'll be stuck there for a while, considering just because we remove it does not mean it will not exist in progeny. That's like saying if I lift lots of weights and have children, they will be super strong. We all know that makes no sense.
That's my take anyway, no the idea of the appendix and evolution. What do you think?
posted by Sigmund Sunday, June 20, 2004
Monday, June 07, 2004
Running yesturday was interesting. I started out a bit late, which made it possible to see by natural light, rather than the hazy twinkle of street lamps. The wheather was also typical for Auckland winter; rain had just finished falling for a time, the wind was still blustery, and new clouds were ready on their way. Yet for some reason all of this charged me with an inlightened and uplifted mood. Somehow I was able to reflect deeply on my time in Auckland, the journey that I have nearly completed, and the one I shall continue to embark on: Life.
I've decided that my stay in NZ has been one of the most life changing experiences of my life. I didn't do too many extrodinary things (well if you don't call sky diving, bungey jumping, or travelling some 8,800 miles away from home alone extraordinary), but the subtle and small experiences have accumulated well. Living indepenent of familar culture, family, friends, and in a slightly different academic atomosphere has made me search further inward and rely on stores of strength. I've also learned so much about the differences in culture, thought, and values from culture to culture. Small matters also include new recipes, new friends, new subjects, new skills (eating with chopsticks), new fears (saying goodbye), and new courage. Life will never truly be the same again.
The second area that surfaced in my mind throughout my run was the long and boring debate about which career path I should pursue. Yet for some reason yesturday morning it did not appear as an area of confusion or of critical priority. For the first time in a while I was able to approach the conflict with utter peace. I've developed a plan thus, I shall attempt to get into a PhD/MD combined degree program, for it has both the medical and scientific training I crave. I discovered that the biggest thing keeping me from attempting to get into medical school is fear of the MCAT and fear of rejection. Thus I have decided to ensure that this fear does not turn me away from a career of my dreams. I've never been one to give up without a fight, and I certaintly don't intend to do so now. Hence if I do fail, at least I'll be able to say that I tried.
posted by Marianna Monday, June 07, 2004
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
If the occurrence of life on Earth occurred by chance, and the universe was infinite, then there would have to be life elsewhere. However, as mentioned, God created life and the universe and everything. So, if this is the case, then the universe creation was not random, and so it is possible that God only created life here. But if God would have created life elsewhere, why not mention it? Why did Jesus visit only Earth in the Bible? Why did not God have men prophesize a combination of the two planets' races in peace and harmony upon Jesus' return? Just minor questions to ask about the large scheme of things. Also, if the universe was not infinite, but it was still random, then perhaps it is possible that we are the only ones lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time with the right circumstances to have life. It's possible, I suppose. Anyways, that's a lonely idea to me, as safe as it may seem. I'd still prefer to know we were not alone out there. It will be quite depressing when we begin our exploration of outer space and discover no lifeforms. Talk about the ultimate feeling of "alone".
posted by Sigmund Wednesday, June 02, 2004