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Demythologizing Science and Religion (cont'd)

Several people have questioned the dominance of mechanistic thought in the sciences, and I must admit that my understanding of the scientific community comes from reading historical accounts and from conversations with scientific colleagues who began their careers half a century or more ago now -- and from reading works by scientists whose belief systems also go back a number of decades.

The gist of the conversations I recall was that people without an acknowledged commitment…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 25, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

We Are Not Alone in the Universe

I just read  a fascinating article  in the Washington Post, that  our  scientists now believe  that  we are getting  very close  to finding Earth's  twin in the Universe......This  planet  is  about as far away  from its sun  as we are to ours...This planet  seems  to show a presence  of  liquid  on its  surface....Scientists  conclude  that  its  atmosphere  is conducive  to life.....A new  telescope  is set  to begin  operation  by 2016  called  the Wells  telescope, and it  will be  much…

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Added by Freethinker31 on July 24, 2014 at 12:14pm — 18 Comments

Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . . (Humor)

Have you ever asked yourself why we do things? Why do we do things that irritate others? What is it we do or say that make other laugh. Have you ever wondered why the most embarrassing things always happen when you think no one is around? Why? The following are just a few things that make us wonder what people are thinking.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

And the Evening and the Morning Were the Fourth Day

Ancient Perception of Day and Night

Gen.1

[1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

[2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

[3] And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

[4] And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the…

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Added by WayneO on July 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Let's guess what Cardinal Law is doing right now...

As of this post, it is afternoon in the Vatican, so I'm going to guess that Cardinal Law is playing checkers with the Pope.

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 22, 2014 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

Satan extended

The idea of satan is extremely dangerous let’s take one example

If you live in desert, heaven will be green , water , rivers, fruits , bird meat, honey and wine, -And because of masculine society -of course there will be virgin brides (how about women who goes heaven) and beds – yes beds!!!.

“In the Gardens of Pleasure,” “There will circulate among them young boys made eternal With vessels, pitchers and a cup [of wine] from a flowing spring No headache will they have therefrom,…

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Added by Rick Springfield on July 21, 2014 at 4:51am — 2 Comments

Nipples, Nipples, Nipples

There, I’ve said it. Outside of a conversation on breast feeding, nipples seem to be off limits for television. Recently, a television show featuring reconstructive surgery featured breast augmentation among other procedures aired on The Learning Channel. Breasts of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the screen, but…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Demythologizing Science and Religion

The usual way of creating a myth is very straightforward: You simply take an entity as it has come to be defined in ordinary experience and grandly alter some of its basic attributes to remove its limitations.

In Christianity, for example, the god myth was created by…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 20, 2014 at 10:15am — 4 Comments

Why satan have influence in religions

The monotheistic religions cannot be sustained without the satan, and that’s because in their development towards monotheistic they faced a big problem.

To understand this problem lets go back to the beginning when there was many gods and goddesses and each have specialized power.

One come and say these are many gods lets reduce them to just two gods one for good and other for evil.

so after that , when it was time for monotheistic, the writer faced this problem, how to…

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Added by Rick Springfield on July 20, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Young Forever

In the last years of the eighteenth century, Thomas Young began to think about the properties of light, and in 1801, he presented a paper to the Royal Society on what has come to be known as Young's Double-Slit Experiment.

What he discovered was that light from…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

How 'out' are you?

How 'out' are YOU?

As for me, I'm telling my parents I am a humanist. It's a gentle way I think to advance some understanding, and advance it in a positive way. Who can be assailed for being pro-human??

As for social media, I'm pretty 'out' on twitter (@andyhoke). I'm not 'out' on Facebook. I'm kind of 'out' on YouTube. I'm anything but 'out' on LinkedIn.

Lastly to the anonymous and nom de plume... I completely appreciate and welcome all of the considerate and…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 18, 2014 at 9:57am — 11 Comments

My response to a beloved cousin who recently appeared on my doorstep.

As you are well aware, I express my thoughts and feelings as honestly as I can, and it gets me into more problems than need to occur. In my 78 years of living, I gained nothing by remaining silent in face of what confronts me. I paid a terrible price for remaining silent when I should have screamed at the top of my lungs, and sadly, my kids paid the price for my cowardice. 

I don’t mean to imply that remaining silent is cowardice in all…

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Added by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

Irrational Christian Concepts

 Christian Irrational Concepts

There is a real problem in Christian beliefs that is worth outlining. The relation between free will, omnipotence, and omniscience are mutually incompatible concepts. Yet Christians never think deep enough to see the blatant irrationality of these beliefs. This is due to the dogma also teaching their believers to not rely on their own understanding and not question the validity of the…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on July 18, 2014 at 1:51am — 9 Comments

Religion as 'emulation of the adult by the child'

I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughly

Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men…

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Added by Robert Crichton Priddy on July 17, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

Brilliant 25 Lecture Series on Behavioral Biology by Robert Sapolsky and a couple of Neurologists

I have been viewing this series of lectures and the information has been not only Extremely Interesting, but overwhelmingly useful in my understanding psychology of both Animals and Humans.

I recommend these to anybody who has the time to view them.

Or they can pick just the subject in which they are most interested.

Such as I didn't realize that a species of birds has Theory of Mind.

I've known for years that apes have this ability.

I…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on July 17, 2014 at 5:02am — No Comments

Six Californias

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/07/15/californians-one-step-closer-to-voting-on-six-state-split/?mod=e2fb

I don't know all the details but I think balkanization could be really good for self-governance here in the United States. It could result in smaller and more responsive service. 

There are of course issues unique to each…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on July 16, 2014 at 6:49pm — 5 Comments

Law of nature VS Laws others

A Brilliant speech by Naomi Oreskes on ted.com, which I found answers one of the most common questions "why should I believe in what science say?" 

although its impossible to understand every scientific discoveries, even scientists find it hard to understand discoveries made in other fields of science, you can't explain every discovery make in physics to a biologist.

you have to remember that the laws of nature and research are the fundamental of keeping a fair…

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Added by אייל טנדלר on July 15, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Are Christians afraid to discuss or think about Hell?

I suspect that the thought of eternal damnation is the psychological 'elephant in the room' for Christians. In my travels and discussions, Christians seem to be at their most evasive when questioned about Chez Lucifer, and they seem to never raise the subject.

They never discuss Hell, and I suspect the thought is really too traumatic for them to even entertain.

Thoughts??

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 14, 2014 at 7:05am — 24 Comments

Rape Fantasy

Many years ago I was dating a girl. One evening things between us were proceeding as they naturally do between two people who are attracted to each other. Things were quite hot and we were down to our underwear. I was removing her panties.

"Stop" she said. 

I did. We lay beside each other, eyes into eyes. A very intimate moment. She finished undressing me, with some unmentionable activity. I started to reciprocate.

"Stop" she said. 

It was our 6th date, we hadn't…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on July 13, 2014 at 6:30pm — 21 Comments

Skin Politics: Propaganda and Reality

Do You Know Any of These People?

Skin politics in the African American community is dirty laundry rarely discussed in public…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 11, 2014 at 8:06pm — 26 Comments

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