That's what I came here to post. Most of what I know comes from Israel Finklestein's book on David and Solomon, but I think he made the general point that the Northern Kingdom of Israel and its kings mentioned in the Bible were likely to be the real major players for most of that time, and Judah would be just a… » 12/18/14 9:24am Yesterday 9:24am

While true, more than a fair share of them are drawn to her specifically to test their strength on the Slayer. Angel also had a lot of antagonists that were gunning for him specifically because of what he did as Angelus, not all of whom were particularly evil before they started. » 12/16/14 8:32am Tuesday 8:32am

Do you think the Brown Recluse deserves its reputation? I think I've read somewhere that there is often confusion between bacterial abscesses and spider bites in general, and that there aren't great ways of identifying a spider bite if it happened without the patient's knowledge. Do you think there might be some… » 12/15/14 10:32am Monday 10:32am

Well, at some point the Church is going to have to address the issues that our understanding of neurology, consciousness, and evolution are going to bring up. Do we have some sort of special non-physical, non-detectable soul that pops out of us when we die and was specially put in there by God? And if so, what… » 12/12/14 9:34am 12/12/14 9:34am

I'd rather see similar competing franchises, like Borne Vs Bond rather than see multiple takes on the same character. Doing the 'Ultimate' franchise style just seems like an excuse to reboot your franchise without actually canceling the previous version, and something that's doomed to overexpose your character. » 12/11/14 11:59am 12/11/14 11:59am

I'd like to know what life was like contemporary with the Last Common Ancestor of all life on Earth. Were there whole swaths of life with different genetic codes, amino acids, and the like? Was the evolution of the LCA an apocalyptic even for all the other life, or was it another symbiosis situation, where useful… » 12/11/14 7:25am 12/11/14 7:25am

Yeah, that's a load of nonsense. The notion of something being popular ruining a genre of books or movies is foolish, since the popularity of a big name does a lot to raise the profile of the genre as a whole. It may produce derivative works, but it also can open up whole new audiences to whats already out there, and… » 12/09/14 12:56pm 12/09/14 12:56pm