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  • Sharon Tootill 12:29 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    In the Hands of the Prophets 

    Are you okay?
    Okay? I’ve forgotten okay. I haven’t seen okay in what seems like years.

    Episode Summary

    Vedek Winn visists the station and causes a controversy when she declares that Keiko O’Brien’s teaching of science about the wormhole amounts to blasphemy as far as Bajoran spirituality is concerned, since referring to the Prophets as alien entities dishonours the celestial temple.

    Winn manages to turn all the Bajorans on the station against the Star Fleet personnel including the Bajoran engineering staff, and the school is temporarily closed down.

    It all comes to a head when the school is bombed and when Vedek Bareil (the much more progressive and forward thinking Vedek and favourite for the position of Kai) arrives, there is an attempt on his life, as well as another murder – all of which Winn has cunningly orchestrated behind the scenes.

    Kira, who had originally supported Winn’s position ends up seeing with painful clarity exactly what sort of woman she is and what she has done, and the lengths she is willing to go to in order to get what she wants.

    Notes

    The argument over the teaching of the prophets is clearly a metaphor for the teaching of creationism in American schools (and, to a lesser extent, in private schools in the UK and around the world – my contact Jonny Scaramanga has been working tirelessly to expose the use of ACE teaching materials in the UK. I wrote about this a while ago in “Culture Clash“, although I have changed my mind considerably since I wrote that post – having looked at the details of the curriculum and heard the voices of the affected students).

    On the Station

    These DS9 posts were originally started on the blog “The Bajoran Exile” that I wrote on Open Diary way back when. I didn’t ever get as far as this last episode of season 1 there before we moved away to the place without an internet connection and meanwhile the platform shut down entirely. So I’m pleased to have managed to resurrect it and finish the season.

    DS9 was not my favourite emanation of Star Trek but I grew to love it, especially as I recognised in Kira a fellow angry and feisty survivor, and readily identified with her.

    I have found Star Trek in all its forms to be a really useful metaphor and window into life, the universe and everything. It means that I have an almost endless supply of topics to write on, which as you know I find cathartic and helpful, so I’ll enjoy carrying on into season 2 and beyond. (Watch this space!)

    Now that I have amalgamated all my blogs, it means I’ll be writing about DS9 and Voyager in the same place, so I hope that’s not too confusing. If it’s Star Trek overload, I apologise, but you may be in the wrong place. I can’t de-nerdify my inner geek. It’s out now and proud; it’s the core of my being!

    LLAP

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  • Sharon Tootill 11:43 am on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    400 Parts Per Million 

    Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions course by Exeter University via FutureLearn, Week 2, activity 2.6

    “Understanding past climate changes can be key to understanding the state of the climate in the future. On May 9, 2013, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached the level of 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time the Earth experienced this level of carbon dioxide was in the Pliocene about three to five million years ago. Investigate what the temperatures were during this time period and compare them to today. Using your knowledge from the course so far, what could explain the changes?”

    OK. I have to put my hand up here and say at the outset that, although I knew that ‘millions of years’ and ‘evolutionary biology’ and geology would be an inevitable part of this course, it is a challenge to get my head around understanding these issues with a background of belief in creation and a much younger earth. I am obviously trying to be as open-minded as I possibly can (and plan to take a course in evolutionary biology at some point as well) I wish I understood more about both geology and biology and would love to hear from creationists on their understanding of climate change. That isn’t an invitation for debate by the way, so please don’t attempt to post anti-creation or pro-evolution arguments. I am really getting plenty of that side of things and don’t need additional comments from that perspective. If you’re willing to be respectful and helpful, I’d be glad to hear from you.

    In answer to the question, as best as I can, presumably past high levels of carbon dioxide would have been due to volcanic activity, whereas it is considered that the current high levels are to do with human activity. I’m not clear on how the levels have dissipated in the meantime.

     
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