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Mais, parce que selon le saige Salomon sapience n’entre poinct en âme malivole, et science sans conscience n’est que ruyne de l’âme, il te convient servir, aymer et craindre Dieu, et en luy mettre toutes tes pensées et tout ton espoir, et, par foy formée de charité, estre à luy adjoinct en sorte que jamais n’en soys desamparé par péché.
But as the wise Solomon said, wisdom enters not into a malicious mind, and science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul, thus it behooves you to serve, to love, to fear God, and on him to repose all your thoughts and all your hope, and by faith formed in charity to adhere to him, so that you may never be separated from him by your sins.
–François Rabelais, Pantagruel roy des Dipsodes restitué à son naturel, avec ses faictz et prouesses espoventables, ch. viii (1532) in: Œuvres complètes p. 206 (Pléiade ed. 1955)(S.H. transl.)
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Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
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A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”