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I feel so lucky to have been raised by Secular Humanist parents!
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Nice to hear you had a good time in Amsterdam, +Leslie Sox. :-)
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Wow. Watch the included video!
 
Cheetah robot lands the running jump (w/ Video) - In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs—making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. http://ow.ly/2ZdFhT
In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs—making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.
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Why "I feel it in my Heart" is a terrible argument for God

Superbly written and argued blog-post in which Greta Christina obliterates the commonly used argument by religious people how they feel God in their hearts and therefore it must be true.

The reasons why people assign natural occurrences to a supernatural higher being are amongst others:
Our minds have a strong tendency to see intention, even when no intention exists.
Our minds tend to see patterns, even when no pattern exists.
Our minds aren't very good at understanding probability.
Our minds tend to believe what we're taught as children.
Our minds tend to believe what we're told by authority figures and others in our social group.
Our minds are wired with confirmation bias, the tendency to believe what we already believe, and to exaggerate evidence that supports our beliefs, and to ignore evidence that opposes them.
Our minds tend to hold onto beliefs we have a stake in.

It's a long blog-post, but it's well worth the read!
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I feel the bleak emptiness of human existence, the pointlessness of all endeavour beyond the direct results, and the inherent self-serving nature of other people in MY heart.  Something far more tangible than "god".
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Funny little quiz with 10 untranslatable words from 4 languages. Enjoy!
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The German ones are the easiest... for me at least :)
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Too good not to reshare. Mothering done right!

Via +Kyla Myers and +Meg L.
 
h/t to +Capt. Spastic 
I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people. I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the
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Very well written if they would get away with it he would be stoned to death. Just serve them with the contempt they deserve. Nothing but praise for this mum. 
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Nothing to be added to this. Great post by +Dezzi The SECULAR Humanist​!
 
This is a photo taken in the 1980's of Joel Abong just a few weeks before he died. He was the son of sakadas- sugar plantation workers- on the Philippine island of Negros, where I was born and raised.

When the US stopped buying most of its sugar from the Philippines in the 1980's, Negros, which had been a mono-crop industry for over a century, went from becoming the Land Of The Sugar Barons to the basket case of Asia. The sugar money dried up, and many plantation owners, rather than helping out their sakadas, didn't, and starvation was the result.

Encountering Joel Abongs during a community outreach effort was one of the first times I thought, "If these kids' families pray so hard to God to save their children, but they die anyway, either God is not good nor powerful nor all-knowing. Or, he doesn't exist at all."

As an atheist, when someone praises God for some minuscule thing, I seethe because I see Joel's face in my mind's eye, and I think of how the term "Thank God" insults his memory.


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Heartbreaking :(
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Just like witch-hunting from the Middle Ages, and the Spanish Inquisition searching for heretics

Religion doesn't unite. It divides. Religion is poison!

(Via +Viana de León)
 
Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite
Alissa J. Rubin, +The New York Times 

...ISIS believes that the Shiites are apostates and must die in order to forge a pure form of Islam. The two main branches of Islam diverge in their beliefs over who is the true inheritor of the mantle of the Prophet Muhammad. The Shiites believe that Islam was transmitted through the household of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that it comes down through followers of the Prophet Muhammad who, they say, are his chosen people.

But how can ISIS tell whether a person is a Sunni or a Shiite? From accounts of people who survived encounters with the militants, it seems they often ask a list of questions. Here are some of them:

What is your name?

A quick look at an Iraqi’s national identity card or passport can be a signal. Shiites believe that the leadership of Islam was passed down through the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law Ali and his sons Hussain (or Hussein), Hassan and Abbas, among others. While some Sunnis and members of other Islamic groups may also have those names, ISIS would most likely associate them with the Shiites.

Where do you live?

In every city and province, even majority Sunni ones, there are enclaves that are known to be Shiite. People who said they came from one of those neighborhoods would most likely be killed.

How do you pray?

Shiites and Sunnis offer prayers in slightly different ways, with Sunnis generally folding their hands or crossing their arms in front of their stomachs and Shiites leaving them extended, palms resting on their thighs.

In a chilling video that appeared to have been made more than a year ago in the Anbar Province of Iraq, ISIS fighters stopped three truck drivers in the desert and asked them whether they were Sunnis or Shiites. All three claimed to be Sunni. Then the questions got harder. They were asked how they performed each of the prayers: morning, midday and evening. The truck drivers disagreed on their methods, and all were shot.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Recordings of religious songs could also be a tipoff. Similarly, even the ringtone on a person’s telephone could be a clue because it might be from a Sunni or Shiite religious song.

Read the whole thing (http://nyti.ms/1FdKUIq)

Below: Credit +Yaakov Kirschen, who links to the article 

#isis  
#sunni  
#shiite  
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+Brian Serviss The estimates of people actually killed in the Spanish Inquisition range from 2,000 to 5,000 people. In contrast, the Muslim hordes slaughtered over 100 million people in east India during their occupation. The greatest genocide in the history of humanity! 
No one is soft-soaping the Crusades. However, are you aware that the First Crusade was called in self-defense AFTER 465 years of Islamic aggression? That was very justifiable! Do you know any of the bloody history of Islam and how the Muslim hordes burst out of Arabia after Muhammad’s death to conquer all of the middle east decimating the Byzantine and Persian empires, North Africa, east India and parts of Europe—all subjugated under the boot of Islam within 200 years of Muhammad’s death. Do you justify that? 
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Really liking the new Google Photos already. Creating new (private) albums and adding pictures to them as we speak. :-)

And while Google Plus is evolving doesn't mean it's dead. Far from it!
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Game of Thrones Cello Cover: Break of Reality

Not sure how I missed this a while back, but excellent work. Passionate!

Filmed at Kolo Klub in Hoboken, NJ. Produced by Break of Reality. Set stylist and direction: Heather Sanders (Tutu and Betz). Cellists: Patrick Laird, Laura Metcalf and Brook Speltz. Percussionist: Ivan Trevino.

#gameofthrones   #cello   #coversong  
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Goosebumps, indeed. 
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Al Jazeera poll shows alarming levels of support for ISIS

'Do you support ISIS victories in Iraq and Syria?' This is the question being posed by Al Jazeera Arabic news channel in one of its regular Arabic language polls.

So how many Al Jazeera Arabic viewers are willing to give their anonymous vote in favour of an ISIS victory? At time of writing the poll had attracted more than 36,000 votes, with a staggering 81% in support of the ISIS and only 19% rejecting the group.

While we in de Western democratic nations consider IS as a barbaric terrorist group, the common (Sunni) Muslim in the Middle East considers them as heroes who fight against the despised Assad regime in Syria and the Shia-led government in Iraq.

With such vast support by the general population in the Middle East, no government of the surrounding countries (Turkey, Jordan, Saudi-Arabia, Egypt, etcetera) will send their army to fight against IS on the ground. It would be way too unpopular with their own people.
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This is very interesting. There is no main media coverage of this, you'd expect fox to be running this all day if it were large scale opinion.

Then, they say 36k online poll. And this is more interesting. People wouldn't take part in a poll like this. Not regular GCC people anyway, they'd be too scared of being tracked and arrested (and they would be arrested). So despite 36k being a drop in the ocean numbers wise, we need to ask where they came from. I can tell you that daesh as it's known here is none too popular. Neither is Iran mind you, but Iran is also fighting daesh.

I reckon 36k are daesh themselves and a few unhappy Iraqis/saudis 
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Amazing if our night sky looked like this!
Great post by +Thomas Baekdal​.
 
Here is something absolutely spectacular. When we look up at the night sky, we can see our own Milky Way Galaxy as this white fog like line all across it. It's a stunning sight. And we can also see distant stars, but we have no concept of other galaxies because their edges are not distinguishable by the human eye. They are not bright enough to be seen as a whole.

But what if we could see them? How big is our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, really in our night sky? Below, is an image overlay of the night sky, with our moon, and the actual size of Andromeda. 

Isn't this amazing?

It's huge! And keep in mind that it's currently 2.5 million light years away. Here is another picture from NASA: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130801.html

But, of course, it's going to get even bigger. Andromeda is on a direct collision course with our Milky Way Galaxy, currently approaching at a speed of about 396,000 km/h, and it will slam into us in about 4 billion years (although there is no real risk of actual planets hitting each other). And after a short dance of another 1-2 billion years, we will merge into a new larger galaxy. Here is a simulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4disyKG7XtU

Of course, this makes little difference to us here on Earth. You see, Earth won't be a habitable planet by then. Our own sun is dying, and will slowly turn Earth into a wasteland over the next 3 billion years. So by the time Andromeda hits us, we will no longer be here. 

Hopefully, we will have become a fully native spacefaring race by that time, with colonies on thousands of planets, as well as entire civilizations living in huge spaceships wandering the universe. http://goo.gl/iTBrr5
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If you enjoy the Game of Thrones TV-series, do yourself a favour and watch this brilliant and hilarious video of Coldplay's Game of Thrones: The Musical !
 
Games of Thrones: The Musical 

brought to my attention by +Björn Dietz and I can say, that this did make my morning. Have a great weekend everyone. Have cake, coffee and laugh :) 

No but seriously, have a coffee and watch this if you haven't seen it. 
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I'm going from wtf to hahaha to wth hahaha omg, great fun to watch indeed.
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Mostly your very average guy with a wife, a son and a daughter. Working full time to provide a decent living and enjoy a good life in my spare time.

A little bit of a geek, a little bit of a nerd, a little bit of a gamer, definitely a movie-lover. But I also love to read good books (sci-fi and fantasy mostly) and take long walks in nature (preferably in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland).

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I love to keep updated on new technology and the ongoing developments in social media. I'm a big fan of all things Google: Gmail, Google+, Android, Nexus devicesIngress, and I use all of it on a daily basis. In Ingress I chose the Enlightened faction because it suits my progressive outlook at life and my sense of optimism for the future of Mankind. :-)

Travel
I like to travel to new interesting places to experience different sights, sounds and cultures. But I also love to return to my own cosy comfy home again. Countries I've visited so far are: Belgium, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Singapore and The Philippines.

Photography
Late 2011 I bought a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX C3, which sports an excellent APS-C sensor. Some nice photos taken with it are shared in this G+ photo album here. Please feel free to visit the album and leave comments on my photos there.

My old hobby: pencil drawing
Some 20 years ago I had a hobby of making pencil drawings of beautiful women. Recently I scanned them and put them in an album. A selection of these drawings are visible publicly here. The full album is not publicly visible because of some nudity. Anyone who likes to view all of the uncensored drawings can just ask me for full access to that album.

Belief, or rather lack thereof
I've been born and raised into a Humanist family. I've attended a Protestant-Christian elementary school, not because of the religion but because their education quality was higher than that of the Catholic and the Public elementary schools situated next to it. 
For the same reason I attended a Catholic secondary school because it was better than the Public secondary school. During my teenager years I got involved with the Pentecostal Church but realised it's not for me. I've also studied about Zen Buddhism which is more a philosophy than a religion. More recently I read an abridged Dutch translation of the Quran to know more about that religion as well. 
But all these ventures into different religions make me realise only more that I am an unbeliever to the core of my being. I can't accept or believe in something that denies or conflicts with scientific findings and generally accepted scientific theories. I also don't entertain superstitions or other irrational fears. I prefer rationality. :-) So if you want to classify me, I'd say I am a Secular Humanist.
For any theist (religious believer) who has questions or doubts, this is a good website to visit and read up about it: God is imaginary.
I'm also not interested in engaging in debates/arguments about religion, for all the possible arguments that theists can come up with have already been countered by far greater minds than me, and in a much better way than I ever could. So, any theist who feels like arguing about his/her faith, please go here instead: So you're a theist who wants to comment on an atheist blog, read this first. 
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Read The Lord of the Rings (in Dutch) when I was 12. Was an early adopter of Google (Search) when everyone else still used Altavista, of Gmail when everyone else still used Hotmail, of G+ when everyone else still used Facebook. Proud owner of an Android phone and an Android tablet.
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