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Talks from the Saturday session of the God/Cosmology debate (Maudlin, Collins, Rosenberg, Sinclair) are now online. http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/04/15/talks-on-god-and-cosmology/
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Christian theosophy is so weird that debates with them don't interest me much. I remember when I was 8 years old, concluding that the people in church didn't really know about God. I figured if there is a God, that would be most important to know, but I would not find out in church.

Then during college I got deeply into yoga, having discovered it as a way to directly perceive reality. My environmental science degree made me feel hopeless for the world because of too many people eating meat, which is causes an extreme burden on the planet, so I dedicated myself to yoga with no other interest. That led me to finding a used copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is and seeing Krishna in person after a week of carefully studying it.

Anyway, I don't believe debating is a reliable method for getting to the truth of the question of God. Many people assume that the universe should reveal God, but the Vedas describe the purpose of the universe to conceal God. Therefore if anyone wants to avoid accepting God, it is easily done. Creation exists exactly for that purpose, among others, according to the Vedas.

Someone may challenge that the Vedas are just ignorant stories, but their Sanskrit composition proves to me that they were given for people of far superior intelligence, what to speak of the intelligence of their source. 
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Will we ever make violins as good as Stradivarius? Sure. We do, all the time. (by @edyong209) http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/07/stradivarius-violins-arent-better-than-new-ones-round-two/
This June, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off the Macdonald viola, created in 1719 by the legendary Italian violin-maker Antonio Stradivari. They’re asking for a minimum bid of $45 million, which wou...
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it appears that Sean shared a link that was publicly available, and this article would have had sources with people with proper credentials. Plus, Sean is "pretty smart" and I wouldn't challenge him with a problem "outside his expertise"
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Sheep in space! Or, see the Principle of Equivalence at work in your browser. http://labs.minutelabs.io/Relativistic-Space-Sheep/
See the Equivalence Principle in action!
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Awesome !
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Science, unlike pseudonymous columnists at the Daily Mail, cares about expertise, not gender or skin color. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/groundbreaking-science-is-blind-to-prejudice/2012225.article
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There used to be a caching website you could link to without inflating the Daily Mail's page impressions and encouraging their propensity for posting revenue-boosting. clickbait. Sadly this kind of website is a pretty blatant infringement of copyright, so it's no longer around.
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Running around giving talks. Drop by if you're in the neighborhood! http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/04/07/peregrinations/
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Scientists should always make the honest case for their work (like @ParticleFever does), not promise better gizmos.
http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=1767
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A new way of thinking about quantum field theory: guest post by Jaroslav Trnka on the Amplituhedron. http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/03/31/guest-post-jaroslav-trnka-on-the-amplituhedron/
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The four-gluon diagram that's shown in the text is a bit misleading, because it's not obvious where the denominator in the expression it's supposed to represent is coming from-it should come from an internal line. The text does mention internal lines, but the diagram dosn't seem to have any.
 
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Data! It's almost as if it can be used but also misused, depending on what one wants to show. http://crookedtimber.org/2014/03/26/silver-vs-krugman/
Nate Silver's relaunched [FiveThirtyEight]( has been getting some flak from critics---including many former fans---for failing to live up to expectations. Specifically, critics have argued that ins...
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When Silver's articles put forward ideas that people agree with, then he's a statistical savant, but when they don't, he's a sell-out traitor.   I say what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  ;)
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Physicist at Caltech. Master of time and space.
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I think about things that are smaller than atoms and/or bigger than galaxies.  Everything in between scares me.

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