Homosexuality and Nature v. Nurture

Head of the Human Genome project talks on Life Site about this question.

As Dr. Collins would agree, environment can influence gene expression, and free will determines the response to whatever predispositions might be present.

Dr. Collins succinctly reviewed the research on homosexuality and offers the following:

“An area of particularly strong public interest is the genetic basis of homosexuality. Evidence from twin studies does in fact support the conclusion that heritable factors play a role in male homosexuality. However, the likelihood that the identical twin of a homosexual male will also be gay is about 20% (compared with 2-4 percent of males in the general population), indicating that sexual orientation is genetically influenced but not hardwired by DNA, and that whatever genes are involved represent predispositions, not predeterminations [emphasis added].”

The heritability estimates for homosexuality is substantially lower than General Cognitive Ability, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Openness, Aggression and Traditionalism!

Dr. Collins noted that environment–particularly childhood experiences–as well as the role of free will and choice affect us all in profound ways. As researchers discover increasing levels of molecular detail about inherited factors that underlie our personalities, it’s critical that such data be used to illuminate the issues, not provide support to ideologues.

I didn’t die yesterday

and I am very grateful to God. I was driving home from Dallas and I crossed the bridge outside of Conroe and do not remember a thing until I’m in the far left of four lanes and I’m in the Woodlands. (That’s about ten or so miles with lots of working on the road in between.)

I think I went to sleep.

I am glad I didn’t die. I am glad I didn’t kill anyone else.

My son says he’s sure I wasn’t asleep, that I just don’t remember. Then he told me about the sleep medicine which has people sleep-driving. I read about it here.

He is alive.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that he came to the earth, lived here, was crucified, and rose again. This is close to the 2000th anniversary of that day.

Other notes

Don’t move around your house unless you have to. Stay in your room. Call 911. Get your gun. If the intruder goes towards your kids, then ge gt him. If he comes in my room’s door, I will be at the ready and challenge him- Loudly!

I’ve said I would shoot someone in my house, because I would be in fear for my life if they were in my house. But I hadn’t thought of how I would shoot them. If I heard them walking around the kitchen, I shouldn’t go in there looking for them.

I can see where this could be a problem.

I don’t want someone getting to me to hurt me once they’re in my house. But I don’t want to go looking for them either.

Also, how do I know the noise in the kitchen isn’t the boys rummaging for a snack? I’ve heard of too many people killing family members because they didn’t make sure of who they were shooting.

I think it is much more likely that if an intruder is in my home, I won’t know it and I will think it is the kid.

Use sense of smell. I can smell cigarette smokers at a long distance. Lots of bad guys stink. If I can smell him, he is close.

Physically move carefully, slowly, quietly. I need ot only move as fast as I can guarantee the hits. I need to be able to hit the bad guy and not hit the boys.

Use the structure to maximize my distance to the bad guy. I don’t want to grapple over my gun.

Some bad guys are good shooters. I should not count on being able to outshoot them. They may be dedicated opponents.

Here, again, you have to be aware of the fact that you may have to take a shot and then keep going.

I should move slowly. I should carry my normal fifring stance with me. I should move one step and then bring the one foot towards the other. I should not bring my feet together nor should I cross my feet. I am not stable if I do those. What if he runs into me?

Remember stay as far from a potential shooter as possible.

I am going to copy all my notes on moving through a house later.

If you’ve shot someone and the police come

you are in big trouble.

The police don’t know you are trying to save your life. They just see someone shot and you with a gun.

So if you shoot someone, do you put your gun down right away? No. How could you know that the person won’t hurt you still? (Remember if the good guys can keep going with bullets in them, so can the bad guys.)

Once the police arrive though,

Roll thumbs together, hands up, drop gun.

Your gun is not as important as your life. Your gun will not go off just because you dropped it. So get your hands visible quickly and get the gun out of your hand so the police don’t think you are a threat.

I was a little concerned about how I would hear the police. I am deaf in one ear. But I suppose that if I am still aware that there could be more than one bad guy, I’ll be scanning and see the police. In that case, I’ll already know it is safe to let go of the weapon.

Also, people tend to yell when their adrenaline spikes, so I should be good that way, too.

Another thing to think about is to tell the police you want to cooperate. “I want to cooperate. Do you intend to arrest me?” Make sure you give your statement to the person who decides that you are going to be charged, if possible.

Take a few minutes to collect yourself. You’ll be having high adrenaline and you will want to calm down.

Just be aware that you should not shoot unless you are afraid for your life or your loved one’s life. I will not shoot unless I am afraid for my life.

But if I am in danger of losing my life, I am not going to worry that I might get charged with a shooting or have to go to jail.

Two problems in keeping your life.

Problem 1: Survival
Problem 2: Criminal and civil liability.

Reasonable is what you know when you shoot.

Being alive is better than being dead. (Is it?)

If you’re being robbed, how do you give them your money without being in their space?

I wrote is it because I wondered if it is always better to be alive than dead. I don’t think so. “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

But if there is a choice of me being alive and a bad guy who kills people dead or me dead and a bad guy lose to kill other people, I want the bad guy dead. That’s my answer to people who ask me how I could even consider taking a human life.

I’m not one of those “kill them all and let God sort them out” folks. I’m not going to shoot people randomly. But if some is coming at me or my family with the intent to kill, I’m going to do my best to stop them from doing that. I don’t think I have to kill them. But I do have to keep shooting till they stop coming at us.

I also know that people can live through lots of bullet wounds. FS told us about a jewelry store owner, I think it was, who’d been in multiple shoot outs and had five (?) bullets in him when he took out a shooter.

So if I get shot and my family or I are still in danger, I am going to keep shooting.

If my family is no longer in danger, I am going to stop shooting.

A fair and equal example

How hard is it to not eat nightshades? What if you’re not a big ketchup fan, love Fritos, and prefer sweet potatoes to baked spuds? Then you might think that giving up nightshades would be simple.

So what would be a fair and equal example for you of how hard it is to avoid them?

Take the five foods you eat every day, whatever those are and skip them. Then add the nightshades in, since they aren’t your regular foods. Skip all of those and see how you like it.

Do you love jalapeno burgers? Go for the burger, but skip the jalapeno.

Do you want to eat Chinese food? Okay, but no peppers of any sort… That leaves the non-spicy foods and not all of those.

Oh, but one of your regular foods is bread! Well, you could eat the burger without the bread, just get a fork.

It’s an idea.

I’m very frustrated right now about attitudes towards how easy it is to avoid a food that makes me feel badly anyway. Think of it as being told you can never again indulge your sweet tooth, plus.

Reading romances

I rather feel about romances as many people do about science fiction. It isn’t accepted in academia, so it shouldn’t be done. But if it must be done, it should be done in secret.

I have read over thirty romance novels in the last week. But I didn’t list any of them in the books and reading because they aren’t “serious” books. I gave away four bags of them for a garage sale for an inner city mission (along with other things that were not books).

Who are my favorite authors?

Marie Ferrarella
Suzanne Brockman

There are several others I like.

Merlin Lovelace
Justine Davis
Sharon Sala
Rebecca Winters
Jessica Bird
Carla Cassidy
Katheryn Jensen

All of those are in my keeper pile of romance novels.

First three months List of Books 2007

73 books. Not up to one a day, but more than one every two days.

Ordinary Heroes: A Novel by Scott Turow
Irish Magic II- story by Susan Wiggs was good, the rest not so much
The Man from Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller, very well written Western
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 4

The Visitant by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear- icky Anasazi stories of murder and incest mixed with interesting archaeology characters being developed–Don’t know if I’ll read the others.
The Price of Murder by Bruce Alexander
Jack, Knave, and Fool by Bruce Alexander
Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris, a great book, I enjoyed it.
Death of a Duchess by Elizabeth Eyre. I liked it well enough to get another of her books to read.
Shoes to Die For by Laura Levine. My short review is here.
Hasty Death by Marion Chesney- good, fun, fairly light reading
Sick of Shadows by Marion Chesney
Our Lady of Pain by Marion Chesney
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davis- didn’t like it, too depressing
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier- I really liked this one, even though she didn’t know who it was till the end.
Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meier- This is much later in the series and I didn’t like it as much. She looks like an idiot at the end and everyone is patronizing. I’m still going to look for other books, though.
Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
Tippy Toe Murder by Leslie Meier
Bimbos and Zombies by Sharyn McCrumb
Shakespeare’s Trollop by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Counselor by Charlaine Harris
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris 23
A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris
A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris
A Really Cute Corpse by Joan Hess, fun light read- Claire Malloy mystery
Misery Loves Maggody by Joan Hess- Arly Hanks mystery, not as good

Children’s Books:
(I like to read these and I don’t usually put them on the list, but maybe I should.)
Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
Santa Clause Doesn’t Mop Floors
Leprechauns Don’t Play Basketball
Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips (Except that it is obvious they do.)
Zombies Don’t Play Soccer (This one was strange. It was clearly not a zombie at the end.)
Aliens Don’t Wear Braces
Gargoyles Don’t Drive School Buses (I liked this one. In it a library is saved.) 7

Science Fiction:
Accidental Goddess by Linnae Sinclair– I very much enjoyed this one.
Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnae Sinclair. My review.
Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Alien Taste by Wen Spencer– Fascinating. First Ukiah Oregon book. As of January 2007 there are four.
Tainted Trail by Wen Spencer
Bitter Waters by Wen Spencer
Dog Warrior by Wen Spencer
Games of Chance by Linnae Sinclair: I have read this one about seven times in one week. It is excellent. 8

A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer– good book I enjoyed it. The boys said it sounded like a romance, but really its a milieu story.
Tinker by Wen Spencer– R recommended the book and I read it. I enjoyed it so much I had to order the sequel.
Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer
Divine by Choice by P.C. Cast– I didn’t love this one as much as the first, but it is good. I didn’t like it because I don’t like the fact that she has sex with someone other than her husband. It kind of ruined the true love aspect of the book.
The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
A Walk in Wolf Wood by Mary Stewart- fun, fairly light reading
The Witching Hour by Nora Roberts
Winter Rose by Nora Roberts
A World Apart by Nora Roberts
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- Came to me highly recommended and I liked it.
The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey– My brother said not to buy it in hard back. That was a good call. It has great character development, but the plot is a little… flimsy.
Another Day, Another Dungeon by Greg Costikyan– light read, a little slow in the middle, but good. 13
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. About a woman who can feel where and how the dead died.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
A Wizard’s Dozen edited by Michael Stearns: There were a few good stories, but overall, not that good.
Saint Vidicon To the Rescue by Christopher Stasheff. My short review.

The Faiths of Our Fathers by Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
Women in Anglo-Saxon England and the Impact of 1066 by Christine Fell
Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Reading in Bed
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura
How to Write Love Letters
Book Lovers Quotations
The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes. I’ve been wanting this book since I read it in the American Library in Geneva, Switzerland, which, by the way, was run by Brits. It had way too many biographies, but I found some great books there.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey 8

Saint Vidicon

Just finished reading Saint Vidicon To the Rescue by Christopher Stasheff. The best part of this book was the story already printed about Father Vidicon. But the switch in viewpoint was interesting, as were all the different problems encountered. I liked the time loop made by the paradox of killing your own grandfather. Interesting approach to that.