The Eclectic Web–2012/12/30

More on school shootings:

Game Theory: A Year When Real-World Violence Crept Into Play

The author denies a connection between real world violence and video games (certainly a debatable proposition), but the article reveals some interesting insight into human nature as the author, a young dad, considers what to do about his video games and his young children.

“It’s tough to believe these three things at once: 1. Video games are a uniquely powerful medium of communication. 2. They have a negligible effect on behavior, whether promoting violence or aggression or hugs or butterfly collecting. 3. Children should be shielded from violent games (and from all violent media) for a very, very long time, and the 10-year-olds who are playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II (or going to see ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) are being failed by their parents.”

Baptist Press: Looking for a fix – Mark Coppenger

“Nothing is foolproof since fools are so ingenious.”

Some practical wisdom that despairs of finding a human fix to the social evil of horrific (but rare) mass shootings.

Baptist Press: School shootings & spiritual warfare – Russell Moore

“Let’s not offer pat, easy answers to the grieving parents and communities in Connecticut. We don’t fully understand the mystery of iniquity. We don’t know why God didn’t stop this from happening. But we do know what this act is: It’s satanic, and we should say so.”

One more article on Christmas you may have missed:

No, That’s Not the True Meaning of Christmas

Good words from John MacArthur on what we really ought to be concerned about in the battle with rising secularism.

“Secularists who can’t stand the sight of a Christmas tree pose no real threat to the church or her mission. What ought to trouble us in a culture dotted with churches and filled with professing Christians is that we haven’t managed to break through the confusion and commercialization of the year’s biggest holiday and show the world what we’re actually celebrating.”

So that’s how they do it! … and other eclectica…

Inside An Amazon Warehouse

“Amazon must rely on barcodes and human hands to find the ordered items and drop them into the proper bins — without robots, Amazon utilizes a system known as ‘chaotic storage,’ where products are essentially shelved at random.”

‘Brighter than a full moon’: The biggest star of 2013… could be the comet of the century

“A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse”

(These last two articles are examples why we have taken to calling this regular column ‘The Eclectic Web’.)

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