-doone for his dogged devotion to the objective scientific worldview, expressed in countless diagrams and articles.
-Jeff H for his open mindedness and willingness to consider alternate frames of reference.
- doug for his passion and unshakable faith, the sheer totality of his surrender to the absurd.
and having said all that, I'm dropping out of the debates on evolution. I just find them infuriating and futile. RG is to me about collectively building frameworks for the… Read More
Added by gneognostic on March 31, 2009 at 1:16pm —
I stared at the Mexicana Airlines clerk in the city of Veracruz in a slight state of shock and momentary disbelief. She had just informed me that somehow my reservation for tomorrow afternoon’s flight from Mexico City to San Francisco ‘se perdió’, had ‘gotten lost’, and neither was my connecting morning flight from Veracruz to the capital on her computer screen. ‘Se perdió’ did not mean that someone, or something, such as the computer in front of this smiling clerk, had lost my reservation. It… Read More
Added by Gordon Christy-Stefanik on March 30, 2009 at 2:41pm —
New Texas science standards saddled with incoherent changes
The Texas State Board of Education managed to keep the "strengths and weaknesses" language out of the science education standards, but passed a series of small amendments that provide guidance that is, at times, scientifically incoherent.
You win some, you lose some. That's the message that the scientific community got from the Texas State Board of Education last week, as it voted on new state… Read More
Added by Dane on March 30, 2009 at 1:18pm —
Well theory of relativity states depending on where you are in the universe is relative to the time it is. So if you step outside the universe time seize to exist. The big bang theory, the universe started as a primeval atom. So if time is relative then we are all still one. but why would we percieve time why do we live? to make choices life is all about balance and the way we control our balance is by choices.
Added by jordan martinez on March 27, 2009 at 4:40pm —
If evolution exist what did the first life form eat? Life feeds on Life feeds on Life feeds on Life.
Added by jordan martinez on March 27, 2009 at 4:31pm —
Among some conservative Christians, a movement is giving new meaning to the biblical mandate to "be fruitful and multiply."
The movement, called Quiverfull, is based on Psalm 127, which says, "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Those in the Quiverfull movement shun birth control, believing that God will give them the right number of children. It turns out, that's a lot of… Read More
Added by Denita on March 25, 2009 at 4:33pm —
A computer is a machine which uses the most basic juxtaposition in existence in order to express a potentially infinite variety of perturbations. Perturbations of what juxtaposition? Opposites, naturally. This makes it perfect as an analogy for causality, especially when critically analyzing society. The open-source software issue is perhaps the most concrete example of a far larger, more abstract, and inherent issue to our world.
Here are the dimensions of computer… Read More
Added by Gene Johnson on March 24, 2009 at 1:38pm —
Man=Adam, We are all Adam... We ate from the fruit of knowledge, look at what knowledge has brought us so far. The more we create the more complicated things get, the more pain we cause to ourselves. Ouroboros the snake that eats its own tail, the cycle of life. the greatest creation destroys the whole. What shall be mans greatest creation? AI
The son of man... the antichrist built by the thing we should have never had... knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss.
We are all man we are… Read More
Added by jordan martinez on March 24, 2009 at 12:01am —
The month of March has brought interesting news on the front of religion in America today. The National Journal’s cover article highlighted what they call the "Rise of the Godless." The American Religious Identification Survey found that the number of Americans claiming no religion is on the rise. Both instances highlight a growing lack of religions affiliation and belief in America’s youth.
The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS)… Read More
Added by Denita on March 23, 2009 at 4:22pm —
Speaking the truth is one of the spiritual values that is traditional. I think perhaps that it's repeated so often in Buddhist and other religious literature, because it is such a very hard thing to practice.
The central question is: is it always kindness to speak the truth? And if it's not - how does one know when to speak the truth, and when to lie kindly?
I've written several blogposts about this question.
The first one asks the question:… Read More
Added by Katinka Hesselink on March 23, 2009 at 7:14am —
Why are elements of shamanic practice adopted in people’s ritualization of resistance? First, “shamanism” can be regarded as a native religion, while such “major” religions as Christianity and Buddhism are of foreign origin. In this regard shamanism is chosen as a symbol of the pure Korean cultural tradition. Second, since shamanism has been branded by the state as a superstition and not a “proper” religion, it is identified with the alienated space that is negated by the official discourse of… Read More
Added by Denita on March 22, 2009 at 11:35pm —
Quantum weirdness: What we call 'reality' is just a state of mind
A lifetime studying quantum mechanics has convinced Bernard d'Espagnat that the world we perceive is merely a shadow of the ultimate reality
Are the objects we see just pale projections of quantum reality? Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
I believe that some of our most engrained notions about space and causality should be reconsidered.… Read More
Added by Dane on March 21, 2009 at 5:17pm —
Jeff has his christian rappers, Sid has his angry atheist rappers...
I have my agnostic folk singers. Carter Family + Bertrand Russel = Iris… Read More
Added by gneognostic on March 19, 2009 at 5:54pm —
Why do people want to be cloned? I mean there is no point in it. I mean there is another one of you, yeah thats awsome to you but to other people, not so much. So why do people want to be cloned? Please tell me.
Added by Jacob Redden on March 19, 2009 at 12:35pm —
"To be a philosopher is to take to the road, never settling down in some place of satisfaction with a theory of the world, not even a place of reformation, nor of some illusory transformation of the conditions of this world. It aims for self-transformation, for the inner metamorphosis, which is implied by the notion of a new or spiritual rebirth. The adventure of the mystical philosopher is essentially seen as a voyage which progresses towards the… Read More
Added by Denita on March 18, 2009 at 2:10pm —
Smart crows seem to be able to use causal reasoning to solve a problem, something that has never been documented in chimps, report researchers from the University of Auckland.
Three New Caledonian crows successfully solved the "table-trap" problem presented to them, ie. they had to retrieve food from a set-up where failure meant losing the food down a trap-hole in a wooden table. The crows succeeded even when the equipment was modified. Apes that had been presented with the same… Read More
Added by doug on March 15, 2009 at 10:08am —
March 15, 2009
The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off
By FRANK RICH
SOMEDAY we’ll learn the whole story of why George W. Bush brushed off that intelligence briefing of Aug. 6, 2001, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” But surely a big distraction was the major speech he was readying for delivery on Aug. 9, his first prime-time address to the nation. The subject — which Bush hyped as “one of the most profound of our time” — was stem cells. For a… Read More
Added by Denita on March 14, 2009 at 10:03pm —
Added by Gene Johnson on March 10, 2009 at 11:30am —
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2… Read More
Added by Sidian M.S. Jones on March 9, 2009 at 7:00pm —
In 1931, Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel destroyed Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica with his Incompleteness Theorems. He used mathematics itself to prove that mathematics cannot be self-contained or perceived in absolute, but is instead a kind of knowledge that is self-actualizing in an infinite variety of forms.
In the near future, humanity will destroy religion with enlightenment. She will use spirituality itself to prove that spirituality cannot be… Read More
Added by Gene Johnson on March 9, 2009 at 5:50pm —