Combing the Net – 5/4/2011

How to Deliver a Baby in a Pinch — I thought I’d better study up on this, just in case. It’s from the eminently handy “Man’s Guide to Pregnancy”, and full of pithy, helpful tips such as: “If your wife’s contractions are less than two minutes apart, the baby is on its way, and you probably don’t have time to get to the doctor. If you can see the top of the baby’s head in the vagina, you definitely don’t have time.”

Anatomy of a Fake Quote — If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter at all this week, you’ve probably seen this quote, attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” The only problem? MLK never said it. An all-too-common problem in today’s world of social media.

Robots Evolve Altruism — A Swiss experiment with robots found that after hundreds of generations, these robots seem to have “evolved” a sense of altruism, learning to help each other in their search for “food”. I suppose this is meant to show how humans could have evolved to demonstrate things like sharing, accounting for a sense of natural law and morality without a transcendent Creator and lawgiver. Of course, all this fails to account for the fact that these robots were themselves designed and programmed by intelligent creators, and set into a very ordered environment…

Is God Glad Bin Laden Is Dead? — According to John Piper: Yes and No. A worthy read.

Best Beer Ad Ever? — Check the comments section on this post for other entries, but I might be sticking with Abraham Piper’s choice:

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