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Armed Guard’s Presence Ended Arapahoe School Shooting in 80 Seconds

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A.W.R.Hawkins writes:  On December 15th Breitbart News reported that an armed guard saved students’ lives when Karl Halverson Pierson began firing his shotgun inside Arapahoe High School.

As more details emerge, it has become evident that the guard — a county deputy resource officer — did this by running toward the shooter in a way that ended the entire incident in 80 seconds.

Speaking on December 14th, Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CNN that when Pierson entered the school his “intent was evil, and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals.”

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Quiz: Are You Scientifically Literate?

Are you scientifically literate? Take the quiz

William & Mary professor Elizabeth Harbron displays vials with merocyanine and rhodamine dye in her lab in Williamsburg, Va. Steve Helber/AP

William & Mary professor Elizabeth Harbron displays vials with merocyanine and rhodamine dye in her lab in Williamsburg, Va. Steve Helber/AP

You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy.

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I took the test, and did not do as well as I hoped, but I learned a few things. Perhaps you’ll do better?


Why Surveillance Cameras Might Be Bad for Creative Economies

surveillance-camerasSurveillance cameras now exist – often unseen – on city streets in the hundreds, mounted over ATMs, from street lights, at the entrances to private apartment buildings and in public parks. Efforts to map them in Manhattan, for example, have counted more than 2,000 such cameras, each adding to an increasingly comprehensive network that is creating – depending on your point of view – either safer streets or a surveillance state.

Critics of this increasingly ubiquitous technology argue that so many electronic eyes have become invasive. They violate your privacy. They’re redefining what it means to walk through public space. But here is one more novel argument that might cause unconvinced politicians to reconsider the social costs of heightened security: What if surveillance cameras are also bad for creativity and innovation? Read the rest of this entry »


Transcript: A Culture increasingly Hostile to Men? A Conversation with Psychologist Helen Smith

helenheadshotMohler: This is Thinking in Public, [Download MP3] a program dedicated to intelligent conversation about frontline theological and cultural issues with the people who are shaping them. I’m Albert Mohler, your host and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist, a well-known writer who has written for a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and Master’s Degrees from the New School for Social Research and The City University of New York. She’s a widely quoted commentator, a frequent spokesperson in the media, and she’s also a very active blogger. She’s also the author of a very important new book entitled Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – and Why It Matters.

Mohler Dr. Helen Smith, welcome to Thinking in Public.

Smith:  Thank you so much for having me on.

Mohler:  You know, this is a topic that you announce so clearly in the title of your book, and there’s an elegant simplicity and directness to that. But I’m going to ask you the same question I ask almost every author on this program: Why did you write this book? Read the rest of this entry »