Mary Midgley, 99, Moral Philosopher for the General Reader, Is Dead – The New York Times

Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.

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Scenes from a Multiverse by Jon Rosenberg for Jun 20, 2018 – GoComics

Scenes from a Multiverse for Jun 20, 2018 Comic Strip

View the daily comic strip for Scenes from a Multiverse by cartoonist Jon Rosenberg created Jun 20, 2018 available on GoComics.com

Source: Scenes from a Multiverse by Jon Rosenberg for Jun 20, 2018 – GoComics

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for Jul 27, 2015 | Read Comic Strips at GoComics.com

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Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for Jul 27, 2015 | GoComics.com

Source: Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for Jul 27, 2015 | Read Comic Strips at GoComics.com

“The Leftovers” spoilers

Everyone’s worried that the end of the “The Book of Kevin” spoiled the series, when the beginning was even worse.  It showed a woman faithfully following a preacher who foretells an end of the world that never happens, and is ostracized in the end.  Which will be the outline of the series.  Nora will follow Kevin through his trying to stop the end of the world, and he’ll succeed, but when the end of the world doesn’t happen, Nora will be ostracized and deny she’s the mad woman on the roof.

I wonder how many times the world has been saved by those who warn of the end and go unacknowledged, even by themselves.  Or just give the world a little reprieve, while the rock slips a little bit more.

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions – The New York Times

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions – The New York Times

Biologists at Harvard Medical School have announced the ability to create synthetic embryos from stem cells instead of fertilization, in effect making synthetic people. These “sheefs”, for “synthetic human entities with embryolike features”, present ethical considerations, while possibly avoiding legal restrictions on human experimentation. Framed as “human structures”, sheefs may be grown to maturity and provide tissue for experimentation and organs for transplant. Or they may be altered to have non-human traits. I mean, “structures”.

–Coyoty