Humans


“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I, ii, 335

DNA StrandsI am what some of my friends affectionately call “vertically challenged.” The sun visor in my car is often useless to me and, depending on the chair, my feet don’t always lie flat on the floor. Several of my coworkers at RTB share these trials with me—but though we are short, we hope to help make a big difference in the lives of people RTB reaches.

Likewise, though there is a possible 98–99% genetic similarity between humans and chimps, it’s the little variations that seem to make big differences. As researchers dig deeper into genetic comparisons, a more complex picture emerges. (more…)

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99365754We humans like tradition. For example, whenever my husband’s family gets together the evening always ends with a game of Tripoley (a combination of Hearts, Poker, and Rummy). Yet sometimes we also like to change tradition—hence why my husband and I have been subtly attempting to introduce some of our new favorite table top games at family get-togethers.

Changing tradition can be as simple as altering family activities or (in my family’s case) holiday menus. Or, it can be paradigm-altering—like Copernicus and Galileo questioning the geocentric model of the solar system or the big bang theory challenging the Aristotelian view of an infinite universe. (more…)

Have you been following Take Two’s list of things we’re thankful for this year? Family, friends, and God’s faithful provision are obvious bringers of gratitude. Our list, however, includes lesser-known objects—meat-loving critters and the big bang, to name a few. Here we add two more to our odd collection of things for which we’re thankful this and every year. (more…)

I’m convinced our neighborhood garbage men have “nap detectors” on board their trucks. They show up when, and only when, my daughter is napping. I cringe every time I hear the truck rattling around our apartment complex, and pray the little one will sleep through the commotion below her window. (more…)

It’s the million-dollar question that has perplexed every individual, regardless of education, geography, and economical status: What does it mean to be human? (more…)

Tonight marks the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The opening ceremony is one of my favorite events of the games. I love the pageantry and sense of camaraderie among athletes and countries. As the games progress, I get swept up in the passion of competition, the athletes’ varied back stories, and the unexpected dramas that unfold throughout the event.

An event like the Olympics always brings to my mind the astounding differences between humans and animals. Although we share some similar biological characteristics, the animals are the physical gold-medalists for sure. Imagine Michael Phelps racing a bluefin tuna or a gymnastic team competing against high-flying monkeys. (more…)

For introverts, alone time is vital.

“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,” said Darcy, “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”  —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Like Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen fame, I am an introvert. (more…)

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