Re: Time to lighten up.

From: george murphy (
Date: Wed Apr 11 2001 - 18:42:27 EDT

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    Bjoern Moeller wrote:

    > --- John W Burgeson <> wrote:
    > > A hydrogen atom lost its electron and went to the
    > > police station to file
    > > a missing electron report.
    > >
    > > He was questioned by the police:
    > >
    > > "Haven't you just misplaced it somewhere? Are you
    > > sure that your electron
    > > is really lost?"
    > >
    > > "I'm positive." replied the atom.
    > >
    > > Burgy (John Burgeson)
    > >
    > >
    > I have to admit that I laughed at this joke, but
    > perhaps not so much for the hook line as for the
    > thought of an atom entering a police station. I
    > understand that this was a conventional downtown
    > police station, and not a particle police station?
    > The joke reminded me of Gary Larson who must be an
    > obvious favorite cartoonist among you scientists (not
    > counting myself in), even more so among those of you
    > who take care in debating evolution, paleanthropology,
    > etc. He has some really good stripes about evolution
    > and related stuff.
    > Too bad he is not drawing anymore (somebody told me
    > that he wrote a book on ants after quitting cartoons),
    > I think the joke above could sell to him for a very
    > good price.

            I have a page of cartoons which relating to evolution which I
    give to my theology-science class when we're discussing the topic. One
    is a Far Side cartoon which illustrates beautifully the popular
    perception of natural selection. A typical dorky Far Side little kid
    and his father looking over their fence to the house next door which is
    being entered by several large grinning wolves. The father is saying,
    "I know you miss the Wainwrights, Bobby, but they were weak and stupip
    people - and that's why we have wolves and other large predators."



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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