Our good friend Archie bounced back somewhat this week, at least in the main entry. But, as always, his talks with himself in the "comments" thread reveal how ignorant he remains, despite pontificating as if the ring-kiss and kneel were ubiquitous and past, for this particular homily, among his parishioners.
Let us peer past the pews, and witness what transpires from the pulpit:
I am completely unoffended. You're choc-a-block with good ideas e.g., the precautionary principle seems like a no-brainer, but the evidence suggests otherwise. At 400 ppm CO2, 350.org is a true anachronism. If you have ever seen Golgi stains of prefrontal neurons before and after, say, sucrose or methamphetamine use, you'd be astonished at the long-lasting hypertrophy. I'd say a similar thing has happened to industrial society's brain following the exploitation of fossil fuels: a derangement of architecture and function leading to the loss of normal incentive recognition.
This would be allegedly springing from the cranial vault of one "Compound F". At the moment of his speaking, he stands next to and slightly behind Father MICHAEL. He is an altar boy.
Meanwhile, up on the pulpit, Father MICHAEL readies the wafers.
Once the communion tray is ready, he descends from on high, and walks to the first pew, where the little altar boy now is placed, and where he always sits during communion:
Compound F. okay, that gets tonight's gold star. I haven't read up on prefrontal neurons since my college biology classes, but clearly I need to review that!
Dominus vobiscum, et cum spiritu tuo.
The pseudoscience referenced by Corporal Fragged-brain is amusing. Apparently the phrase golgi apparatus and the labels prefrontal neurons / sucrose / methamphetamine are supposed to lend scientific heft to the implication that yes, if you consume sugar or any "speed" variant, a little burst of brain activity will happen, because that's what happens when energy sources (sugar) or biochemical triggers of heightened energy/endorphin release (amphetamines) are consumed. That's what your body will do, short term.
As to the basic idea of energy-release within the corpus, Cpl F is not far wrong. But to suggest that there's some kind of long-term overgrowth ("hypertrophy" - which is what you see when a bodybuilder gets Hans-und-Franz pumped up,** or when you are taking a written essay exam and your stupid writing hand cramps up in the death claw position before you're finished writing) from eating sugar, drinking sucrose solution, or gobbling/smoking amphetamines, that's just absurdity talking.
Perhaps it's the same "humour" we got from MICHAEL at the Simulated Beavers Riverside Lodge and Brandy Sipping Salon.
"See, we are just like Will Ferrell in Elf, squeezing an adult body into a child's desk. How hilarious! What grand, smirk-evoking word-sorcery! Are we not the most uproarious comedy skit on the internet?"
Exchange the Second:
We have today among us a young parishioner whose Confirmation you all are cordially invited to witness immediately after today's Mass. Young Vesta has been called upon to Confirm her faith in Our Lord and His Emissary, Father MICHAEL.
Seems like a Burkean society would procede to experiment incrementally, evaluate carefully, replicate freely, and eliminate continuously, emperically and without principle a priori. No? Sounds Natural.
I do believe she has memorized her speech accurately. Here comes the splash of Holy Water --
Vesta, excellent! Yes, I was planning on getting to that. Burkean conservatism is also evolutionary ecology applied to the sphere of human politics...
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit....
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
I have observed the grandiosity, pomposity, pretense, arrogance, haughtiness, and desire to obtain False Idol status in your words and deeds. I confess that I lose faith in the Church because of your foibles, which are grouped together not by my imagination, but by your deeds on display, Father.
There is no such thing as "evolutionary ecology," Father, and I wonder why you treat the two words as emblematic, significant, and authoritative with a repository of accumulated legitimate scientific wisdom hiding behind them.
The phrase at best, if given the greatest charity, is a redundancy.
Ecology = supra-organismal biology. You know what supra- means, do you not, Father? It is Latin and you are a pontiff in the Latinate tradition. It means above.
Ecology observes the system as a whole.
If the individuals in the system experience change, it does not render the system as "evolutionary." It is merely a system that has dynamic qualities. Nothing more.
Evolution is a separate concept and as of 2016 remains a theory.
Such as that which says, Yahweh gave the world to Jews, and all non-Jews are your slaves.
--Paul Behrer, who would be repulsed by the Father's arrogance if he didn't know the Father was just an actor in a C-grade movie, one in which the actor speaks to a mirror for 84 minutes.
** In contrast, the female patient of the FACS cutter who gets silicon gel or saline solution sacs installed in her upper thoracic is not actually hypertrophied, but instead is edging toward human-machine merger, which is an artificial growth and not one prompted by nature. On the other hand, if in the future the patient's body should react negatively to the installed sacs, and suffer the relatively anomalous end of extreme corporal over-reaction on the aggressive D side of game strategy, perhaps scar tissue will see hypertrophy in the region, and in the oddest of cases, carcino cells can demonstrate their expertise in hypertrophy-without-end in that same region.