Science and Religion (Part 1)Written by Val K
Could life have evolved by accident? Are we alone in universe? These are questions which have pounded consciousness of individuals. Plus this no less persistent question: what is purpose of life? Dinosaurs have come and gone. Modern man—Homo sapiens—has landed on moon. Satellites map our solar system. New planets are being discovered on a regular basis. New theories proposed. Old ones discredited. Genetics, a new field of study—though not so new—ready to re-invent this singular species: mankind. Men of science and of faith are no further apart as a test tube from a pulpit.
If life had evolved by chance, if there be no primal force, a conjugator, a God, Is there a necessity for atheism? Matthew Arnold, a nineteenth century Victorian poet, once defined religion as "morality touched with sentiments." In twentieth century, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics put forward and practiced idea of a Godless state: atheism has always been on a par with socialism.
A United States scientist in same century once showed Congress pictures, which he proves revealed evidence of advanced glass structures, which had previously existed on moon. This raises unanswered question: who then built assumed structures? A lost race?
Science and religion do not see eye to eye. Though my sympathy lies with science, I do not feel indifferent towards religion.
There is an ancient urge in man to believe. Belief varies in degrees. While some cling whole heartedly to their beliefs, others to their unbelief. Why do we believe? I would say, because we do not want to live in doubt. Descartes, philosopher in his famous postulate declares "I exist therefore I am"—a testament of undoubt in his own existence. Science disparages idea of an external entity controlling affairs of man. Certain religions discourage idea of men becoming gods. Crossroads?
Are You Really Ready to Telecommute?Written by Angela Wu
Telecommuting is a big thing these days: no more commuting nightmares, more time with kids, more time for yourself, flexible hours, increased productivity ... list goes on and on.
But what about DISadvantages? And yes, there are plenty! Working from home can be a wonderful experience for some people. For others, it just isn't suitable. Some of difficult things about working from home include:
* Constant distractions: a dirty house, TV, eager dog that wants to be walked ... you name it. Do you have willpower to ignore distractions and concentrate on your work?
* 'Out of sight, out of mind': telecommuters may not be kept 'in loop' with regards to company announcements, team issues, whatever. Plus even if you consistently turn out excellent work, your co-workers and boss may not see you and therefore they don't really associate YOU with high-quality work.
* Obsessive work: your home becomes your office, in a way, even when you use a separate room as your office. You may be unable to resist temptation to do "just one more thing" ... and before you know it, you spend much more time working than if you were in office.