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These Are the End Times


End Times – GET READY

The Perfect Storm is already forming.

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We Are Not the Brain – Alva Noe on Consciousness at salon.com


You are not your brain.

Instead of asking how the brain makes us conscious, we should ask, How does the brain support the kind of involvement with the world in which our consciousness consists? –  –

Galileo said that the apple in your hand is colorless, odorless and flavorless. That color and so on are effects that the apple has on you, comparable to the sensation of the prick of a pin. The flavor of the apple, he said, is no more in the apple than the prickliness is in the pin. The taste and the prickliness are in you. Galileo thought we were radically deceived by the world around us. The contemporary neuroscientists simply extend this even further — this idea that the world is a kind of grand illusion that the brain creates.

Sure, it’s an important fact that the perception of colors depends on the physics of light and the nature of the nervous system. If our physiology were different, our ability to detect colors would be different. But none of that speaks to the unreality of color, any more than saying that I can’t see anything in my room if I turn the lights off speaks to the unreality of my desk. We’ve almost made a fetish of this desire to be told that things are not what they seem. We get a thrill from the paradox.

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Rejecting Atheism – Watch This!


Rejecting Atheism

A brilliant presentation about the triumph of authentic science – wonder, observation, analysis, hypothesis testing, iteration – against the hopeless drag and danger of mindless faith.

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Brilliance from Unasleep.com


Waving Goodbye to Waves and Particles as Separate Things – by unASLEEP

An utterly magnificent visual depiction of how observed differences appear to create different things, when, in fact, we are observing the same thing exhibiting two different behaviors. Unasleep is the master of this form of video and cannot be recommended strongly enough.

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The Most Basic Q&A


Who made the earth?
No one made the earth. The earth, like most other planets, formed from gases that coalesced, through the force of gravity, into stable entities called “planets.”
Is there a god?
There is no evidence anywhere in the universe for a god. That does not necessarily mean there isn’t a god, just that there is no evidence for one. It may also be important to note that one culture’s concept of a god is likely to differ from another’s. For example, the Chinese concept of Tao,

the tao

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that the universe is simply an outcome of itself, is quite different from the god of the Bible. The Chinese concept of tao does not contradict what people are able to observe. Since there is no evidence for a personal god anywhere in the universe, belief in such a deity is strictly a matter of faith.
Is there a problem with faith?.
Sometimes. Once we assume truth in things for which there is only faith, then we leave ourselves open to other beliefs and belief systems that are not founded on what we can observe as true. We leave ourselves open to the criticism of mindlessness or even ignorance.
Is there an afterlife?
None that can be known. Again, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an afterlife, just that it cannot be known. However, based on knowledge, which has its limits, we can assume that belief in an afterlife is probably just a reasonable manifestation of a wish or hope.
Is science a replacement for religion?
No. History has clearly shown that what calls itself science is limited to the best knowledge of its era. However, pure science, that which is open to endless inquiry and vigorous testing, is the very best form of intellectual discovery that human beings possess. Moreover, what we call science has been practiced by human beings from the dawn of human time. The discoveries of science are not limited to just the present era.
Are humans descended from apes?
Humans are apes and evolved from other ape-like animals.

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Can we predict the winners for the 2009 Oscars prior to Sunday evening?
For the most part, yes. Although I am unable to determine the winner of the Best Supporting Actress award. Any ideas out there? And know that, regarding the Oscars, I am talking out of my hat. On other matters this post is generally on the mark.
What is better: MS Windows or Apple OS?
Apple OS.

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