I love religious paths, I think they're awesome and fascinating and variously fulfilling. generally, I feel like they don't quite fit with my outlook on things, especially because I feel like I need freedom to believe and not believe at my whim and leisure.
The path that I've felt most personally inclined to is judaism. the depth and richness of the cultural traditions, the beauty of the liturgy, the freedom and trepidation with which jews approach the divine. But judaism is a faith… Read More
Added by gneognostic on May 31, 2009 at 1:59pm —
ok time is relative
what if when u die u live a whole new life within the instant of death and depending on how u lived in this life depends on how ull live in the next ur mind would know, its like a fractal...
Added by jordan martinez on May 30, 2009 at 8:22pm —
I Think Therefore I AM, It is therefore it thinks, it is all, all is one!
Added by jordan martinez on May 30, 2009 at 6:57pm —
I think "Evil" should be defined as "doing anything that is to the detriment of your own species." This would include murder, adultery (for various practical reasons), thievery ( breaks down trust that the community needs for survival), any kind of damaging emotional abuse, abuse of power, etc. It would of course include pedophilia, which is damaging to children, but not homosexuality, because, though it doesn't further the species, you can't force someone to join the gene pool. Some people are… Read More
Added by Susanna on May 24, 2009 at 11:30pm —
The only ones who pay a greater price then the valiant fallen are the valiant families who must continue on.
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by… Read More
Added by Jeff H on May 24, 2009 at 9:28pm —
From the Absolute, neither being nor non-being, comes One. I give its alias, Tao. We can refer to it as the Source, represented by that most wonderful language, mathematics, as One.
From One comes Two, duality. Conveniently named yin and yang; and their constant interchange gives birth to the dynamism of Three.
Three is te
, which means nature as a universal power (source of action). Nature, having been firmly established, gives birth to Four.
Four are the… Read More
Added by Zijan on May 21, 2009 at 11:01am —
I recently realized a fascinating subject of study. I found myself arguing with a "secular literalist
" about a concept in physics. In a previous thread, I had pointed out how that same man was using a double standard concerning how he faithfully accepts so many things without actual evidence while condemning Christians and others for doing that same thing.
Someone who can't see the double standard that he was displaying on the other thread, which he of course emphatically… Read More
Added by James S Saint on May 20, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Esoteric Christianity is becoming more popular. It is a combination of belief in Jesus as a VERY special messenger and New Age beliefs like karma and reincarnation. People usually also believe in healing, aura reading and things like that. Examples of teachers of Esoteric Christianity
are Rudolf Steiner
and Edgar… Read More
Added by Katinka Hesselink on May 20, 2009 at 7:26am —
My first rough draft
December 21, 2008
The Question’s: How did we get here?
Was it Divine intervention by some God who is still ruling over us?
Was it one big bang that was random and with Chaos just spit us out?
Was it just Evolution every changing things and everything is related?
Was it planned and orchestrated by a bunch of beings that are immortal?
Was it planned or a random act from a different dimension?
Was it Conscience from our own minds,… Read More
Added by Roy Farver on May 17, 2009 at 2:00pm —
If we say ´God DOES
exist´ or ´God DOES NOT
exist´ (like the title of a video ´God does not exist
´ ) we notice that ´does´ is ´to-be´ for the countable noun
In the video, the Narrator said ´Existence is a relatively simple concept -- it is defined as that which consists of either matter or energy. Therefore if a god exists, it must be composed of either matter or… Read More
Added by Hole Spirit of TuHanTu on May 17, 2009 at 3:30am —
We who gather in this union ordain and establish these Articles of Rational Harmony for the purpose of firming the rational pursuit of maximum momentum toward eternal union harmony.
1) Governing Authority
All governing authority shall be vested in the following four fundamental offices; Representative, Senate, Executive, and Judicial.
_ i. No action is to be performed by any office or member of any office unless by… Read More
Added by James S Saint on May 17, 2009 at 2:00am —
Throughout the history of mankind the thought that there is something common among all people that should allow for them to live in peace with each other, has arisen time and time again. The most common answer to that question is that every person is merely another effort to sway the world toward his favor and the natural result is to compete.
This outlook upon the nature of humanity focuses on the effort of each person to conquer not only nature, but all of humanity as well. It… Read More
Added by James S Saint on May 17, 2009 at 1:00am —
The Big Bang
could have been just one, yet not the begining. If cyclicler this seems that it comes and goes never a starting point this a little narrow
Ok Then how about many Big Bangs like quite fire works or the energy in our heads. Just hundreds of super nova like black holes in every possible diminision. Why do we need to find a begining?, when what we should be looking for is the secular geomerty of no begining or end with diminsion.
the veiws below are not… Read More
Added by Roy Farver on May 16, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Ok - I realize that this sounds weird, complicated and confusing - but seriously - just follow the steps one by one and it will be worth it...I promise, if you relax and visualize it - it will make sense.
Step one is open both of these youtube videos on your screen at the same time This is just an example - you can experiment on your… Read More
Added by Mardi on May 16, 2009 at 8:46am —
In Scientific American Magazine (April 20, 2009), Katherine S. Pollard asks, "What Makes Us Human?", explaining "Comparisons of the genomes of humans and chimpanzees are revealing those rare stretches of DNA that are ours alone." Interestingly, shse begins by repeating the myth that the human and chimpanzee genomes are 99% similar:
Six years ago I jumped at an opportunity to join the international team that was identifying the sequence of DNA bases, or “letters,” in the genome of the… Read More
Added by Jeff H on May 14, 2009 at 1:58pm —
When I realize life is like a grand experiment into which I both intervene and observe the results of my actions, I can adopt these 2 roles - Participant & Observer. As such, I can participate fully in this thing called life and at the same time become the detached observer. To do this I must know my-self in order to develop a certain degree of mastery of self. But how much of my-self can I really get to know? Here's a simple view that say's we all have blind spots that can be… Read More
Added by Kernel John on May 13, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Interestingly enough the first lesson has nothing to do with god. As a matter of fact, if you look to most religions (except perhaps Buddhism and a few others) they are all about believing in God and developing a relationship with the Divine Soul, Spirit, Creator, Principle or whatever you want to call Her. Elaborate religious institutions, ritualistic practices and tenets (dogmas) have been created - all in an effort to bring us closer to God. Yet, although these institutions claim million or… Read More
Added by Kernel John on May 10, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Evolutionary biologists Andrea Feller and S Blair Hedges compared the DNA sequences of 4 mitochondrial genes, and found a sister-group relationship of salamanders and caecilians, with frogs as the outgroup. (1998, Mol. evidence for the early history of living amphibians, Molecular Phulogenetics and Evolution. 9 (3):509-516.) This contradicts the pairing of frogs and salamander, based on their similarly amphibian life cycles. (Benton, MJ, 2005, Vertebrate Paleontology, 104) Olivier Rieppel has… Read More
Added by doug on May 10, 2009 at 12:58pm —
What is the best guess answer for the list below? The reason I say 'best guess' is because Jesus does say that people who do good works will not get into heaven, he said" I never knew you". So I really don't know how one gets to be saved and go to heaven.
1 Everyone becomes an angel and goes to heaven when they die.
2. Whoever obeys the Ten Commandments will go to heaven.
3. Whoever goes to church will go to heaven.
4. Whoever does more good things than bad things… Read More
Added by Dennis Noble on May 9, 2009 at 9:48pm —
Wikipedia hoax points to limits of journalists' research
A sociology student placed a fake quote on Wikipedia, only to see it show up in prominent newspapers, revealing that a lot of the press doesn't go much further than most 'Net users when it comes to researching a story.
By John Timmer | Last updated May 7, 2009 8:03 PM CT
Taken from:… Read More
Added by Dane on May 7, 2009 at 9:12pm —