Life did not imitate art on Sunday when this town where Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born and first heard the ghost stories that would inform the "magical realism" of his novels, rejected a proposal to change its name to honor him.
After the polls closed in the late afternoon, Sanchez said
more than 90 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the
proposal. "But turnout was not high enough for the vote to
count," he conceded.
Spent a lot of time today in a cafe playing with my Blackberry, adding some stuff to it, and generally cramping up my thumbs. Being back at a fullsize keyboard right now sure is fun. One thing I learned: never put an underscore in your webpage title if you can help it. Requires pulling up a special screen and all on a PDA.
"[The author] questions the common modern scientific reasoning that life converges
on intelligence, and intelligence converges on one science valid
everywhere. He ends the book by agreeing with Stephen Hawking (usually
a safe bet) that intelligence is overrated for survival in the
universe, and that we are most likely alone."
At an hour-long lecture last week at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Dr Hawking said the late Pope John Paul II once told scientists they should not study the beginning of the universe because it was the work of God.
And the Vatican responds:
Said [spokesman] Donohue: "There is a monumental difference between saying that there are certain questions that science cannot answer” which is what the Pope said - and authoritarian pronouncements warning scientists to back off.