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Interestingly juxtaposed "discussion"... If you are not familiar with the (horrible) term "corrective rape," see goo.gl/2Wjd0B (and goo.gl/zsWcoa (and goo.gl/ASWK2K)).

I agree with most of the atheist views of the issues, but I have to disagree when he claims that "we have seen no signs of supernatural events occurring": In my view, I can see at least three very "supernatural" (i.e., physically/logically impossible), all very much part of the current "concordance cosmology model" (goo.gl/SDRaKB), which quite a few modern precision cosmologists actually believe is "physical truth":

1) "Creation" of all energy/mass there is, out of nothing, a long long time ago. Like thirteen thousand eight hundred million years ago. This smacks of "divine intervention" (i.e., "let there be light!").

2) Hyperluminal expansion of this something ("inflation") which had a rate of expansion exceeding lightspeed by a factor of 10^25 (that's a 1 followed by 25 zeroes). We're talking massive momentum, here!

3) Space itself is said to be "expanding," and thereby relocating/displacing enormously massive objects, like whole galaxies, without actually moving anything. This is a good one: distances between galaxies increase, but galaxies are not moving (much). Yeah, right!

All three pretty Neat Tricks (clearly and distinctly super*natural)! No. I do *not argue that the alternative is divine intervention by some "Good Ol' Designer," not at all. But I do believe there is a possibility that the Universe always was, and that all energy/mass therein is constantly and eternally being "recycled"... Somehow.

Oh well, we all believe in something... I believe I'll have another cold beer!
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+EssenceOfThought By saying "thus testable and currently supported by all available evidence" about the "big bang" BS, you simply reveal your own ignorance of the subject. And just for the record:

Formation <sic!> of something from nothing: Supernatural (if not impossible)

Hyperluminal "inflation": Supernatural (if not impossible)

"Expanding Space" displacing massive objects at high speeds, with no movement or force involved: Supernatural (if not impossible)

And, to repeat: I am (or was) in no way invoking "the god of the gap" as you said. On the contrary, I am (and was) suggesting that we keep searching for an alternate, and more scientific explanation for the Universe origin. No "god" involved.

And F.Y.I., I am not the one claiming supernatural origins -- the BBT faithful are!
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The linked article concerns issues that are (should be) important to all of us: The freedom to express different scientific viewpoints (and I'm not referring to "Young Earth," creationism, intelligent design, UFO sightings, or similar dogmatic/religious and/or pseudo-scientific BS), and the abolition of all attempts of censoring of viewpoints that do not fit the current "mainstream science" view. From the article:
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The strength of the scientific method over dogmatic beliefs should always prevail in order to be able to contemplate the possibility of paradigm shifts. This is indeed a complex idea to explain, and presenting research results as absolute truth is something scientists should be prepared not to do. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, some people profess the ideas they subscribe to as the scientific or absolute truth. Such claims of absolute truth completely contort the nature of science. It is certainly going too far when science bloggers, in an attempt to protect their preferred mainstream theory, demand that a scientists' blog be closed because their views differ. Scientists who publish their research in scientific journals, who go through the peer-review process and who in the end publish slightly unorthodox but nonetheless valuable ideas, should not be censored from the science blogosphere.
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IMO, this needs to be read and distributed far and wide. Please assist!
(Continuation of the series A-E) There has been an unsuccessful attempt to close down The Dark Matter Crisis. Here is the story (and an email by Jim Peebles):
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Now, finally, progress ... What took them so long? Referring back to my post about a perceived "DNA Information Crisis?"

https://plus.google.com/+HenryKONorman/posts/KsvzjPWtbvx.
Scientists have discover that certain cell structures, the centrioles, could act as information carriers throughout cell generations. The discovery raises the possibility that transmission of biological information could involve more than just genes. Centrioles may actually be carriers of information, which holds profound implications for biology and disease treatment.
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Typhoon Maysak hit the Micronesian Yap Islands hard the last couple of days, especially the outlying islands Fais and Ulithi Atoll. The devastation is difficult to describe, and the people living on these islands are in dire need of outside help.

PMA (Pacific Missionary Aviation (based on the less damaged island of Yap)) took immediate action to fly out and assess the damage. The pilot, Amos Collins, took the picture below. PMA, and their ability to continue their direct support efforts in bringing much needed rebuilding material, medical supplies and food to Fais and Ulithi needs our help: it is not cheap to do these flights.

Please consider visiting the PMA website at www.pmapacific.org, where you can make donations using your credit card. Every dollar counts, and I can guarantee that any donation you might offer will not go to anything other than direct aid to the people of Fais and Ulithi Atoll.

You can also give through the Red Cross and USAID organizations, but I do not yet know how donations targeting Fais and Ulithi can be made.

This is also a good opportunity for ETG (the PRC Exhibition & Travel Group, who wishes to build exclusive resorts in Yap Islands) to show their true colors and intentions, and give generously!

See also http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/guam/item/2940-maysak-hits-ulithi-atoll-and-fais-hard-in-yap-state-of-the-fsm
The Red Cross says thousands of cyclone devastated Micronesians are in need of food, water and shelter.
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Thanks to Matt Mastracci (goo.gl/FSrkf4)) — for posting "Devolution" 101... Walking, crawling, slithering, swimming back, some 550 million years! (Please note: My intention is to enlighten, not to offend: If your religious convictions make you feel uncomfortable around scientific facts, do NOT look at this!)
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The thing to keep in mind, always, is that there is no "crown of creation": All life-forms alive today have evolved for exactly the same amount of "time," the fossil record reckons about 3,800,000,000 years. And all from the same ancestral Life form, whatever that was....
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The "devolution" .gif "only" goes back to the Cambrian Radiation (about 550 million years ago). Before that, bacteria and other one-celled Life forms paved the way for the rest of us, for more than three thousand million years. 
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In the "top down" image, every "explosion" indicates some individual being subject to some crucial mutation, eventually spreading through the entire gene pool, with variations "out to the right," and "our path" downward: Evolutionary Star Performers!

#evolution  
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Today we celebrate the birth of one of the greatest scientists that ever lived — after Galileo Galiei and Isaac Newton — the father of  two Theories of Relativity and of the Equivalence Principle, one of the Quantum Theory founding fathers, and much^2 more: Albert Einstein. Had he still lived today, he would be 136 years old (2020 in the quaternary system (base 4), 10001000 in binary (base 2). Had he written all the quotes said to be attributed to him, he’d not have much time to do anything else...

This limerick is dedicated to this relatively (and singularly!) important scientist:

An obscure Swiss patent clerk, Albert,
A self-made relativity expert!
Fast as light, he did c,
mc squared equals E
In a flash, m to E will convert!

Happy Birthday, Albie! May you forever rest in relative peace!

Incidentally, today is also π day — 3.14... — and in recognition of this important transcendental number, irrational as it is, I invite y’all to check out my animation (.pps, called “πzzaπe”), an attempt to visualize π in a simple fashion. Download from my net box at goo.gl/2WkOXM!
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An excellent article, debunking truckloads of wishful Fibonacci-thinking and outright fakery, so often seen not only in enthusiastic numerology sites, but (unfortunately) also in reputable academic journals (two recent examples: goo.gl/hl6058 and goo.gl/AWmgQg).

Author: Physics Professor Donald E. Simanek (goo.gl/wrSuTR). Many thanks, Dr.Simanek, for this entertaining, enlightening, and educational read!

Paul Simon got it right: "A man sees what he wants to see, and disregards the rest" (The Boxer (goo.gl/4OJKuc)).

#entomology   #geometry   #mathematics   #fibonacci   #nature  
The fibonacci series misused by addicts of mystical mathematics.
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Almost entirely empty space ... Or "perfect vacuum": NASA/WMAP has determined that "the universe is flat, [...] the mean energy density in the universe is equal to the critical density (within a 0.5% margin of error). This is equivalent to a mass density of 9.9x10-30 g/cm3, which is equivalent to only 5.9 protons per cubic meter." (Source: goo.gl/q93ZZL)   #astronomy   #astrophysics  
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I wonder if there is an enormous sized vacuum far bigger and better than anything imagined, that surrounds our "universe"
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Is There a "Concordance" Cosmology Model Crisis?

Assuming that Einstein’s field equations are valid — after adding a few more assumptions — Given the preferred interpretation of observational data, the current status of the bushy “big bang” family of hypotheses can be summarized as follows:

1. Early Universe expansion history is wrong, requiring the additional postulate of “inflation” (goo.gl/PnocEZ, which is not understood).

2. Given (1), large structure formation (goo.gl/qkdZw2) is not understood (13.8 Gyr is not nearly enough time for recently found immense galactic structures to form) requiring the additional postulate of “dark matter” (goo.gl/5ZECd9, also not understood).

3. Given (1) and (2), our Universe is currently expanding at the wrong rate (!), which requires the additional postulate of “dark energy” (goo.gl/U6Kct2, also not understood).

4. Given (1), (2) and (3),: On scales smaller than a few Mpc, observed structures do not match mathematical (theoretical) expectations, requiring the additional postulate of some “dark force” (goo.gl/xVwema, also not understood), to couple baryons to “dark matter” in some unknown way. (see Wikipedia (goo.gl/Hjk5ge) and Scientific American (goo.gl/E5Gflp)) 

These postulates are accepted by “mainstream science,” despite scant (read: zero) supporting evidence — even after decades of fruitless and quite costly research!

Maybe it might be useful to reconsider the “concordance model” (goo.gl/rNwdgZ) — returning to the scientific method — to see if a simpler solution might not be possible after all.

Reference: Pavel Kroupa's (goo.gl/Ac94ok) articles:

The standard model of cosmology (goo.gl/oeeVYz)
The Dark Matter Crisis" (goo.gl/6nH9nt)
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#warondrugs  

Neuroscientist/Author Sam Harris interviewed about his view on the "War on Drugs" — Well worth reading. Key statements (snips from the interview):

"The drug war provided a legal excuse to do what they wanted to do already — unleash real force against ethnic minorities"

"The only people who have ever won from the drug war are the armed criminal gangs who are handed the whole industry."

"since purveyors of illicit drugs have no legal way to secure their investment, the trade will be run by increasingly violent criminals"

"The drug war makes all the problems that all sides want to deal with far worse"

"Decriminalize everything from cannabis to crack. But take all the money we used to spend on arresting and harassing and imprisoning drug users, and spend it on reconnecting them with society and turning their lives around."

"We need to create a society where people are less isolated and distressed. There are places in the world where that exists"

Hear, hear! Reconnect — Rehabilitate — Rejoice!
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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It was lost before it started. Personally, I think most of the the drugs they are "trying" to stop (ha! cops are often complicit) should be legalized and tax the hell out of them. Besides, that'd benefit these corrupt US government by giving them more money to piss away on illegal wars and keep the populace sedated so the government can gert away with even more illegal shit (e.g. what Snowden et al exposed).

BUT, it'll never happen: too many jobs depend on the status quo: DEA, DOJ, the for-profit penal system ... :0((((
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Our Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström making waves internationally... Way to go Margot! Someone in your position, showing integrity, no matter how many lucrative weapons deals that get bungled in the process: We don't get to see that very often! Kudos! Keep up the Good Work!
 
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Science is so cool! Now that they have finally discovered Mr. Higg's Bosom, we know what gives mass to matter! In a flesh, everything is so obvious. As inflated as this waste is, I first thought it belonged to Mr. Gut... Just imagine: all that mass, and a black hole lurking nearby... Scary stuff!

Say what? Boson? Flash? Waist? Guth? Oh never mind then...
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