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Another objectively derived, emperically verifiable, fact, but this far more older than the periodic table of chemical elements and the working out of the speed of light

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Just going over my notes after another great read of Daniel Dennett, namely his Breaking The Spell, religion as a natural phenomenon

I rarely get positively moved by a quote from the Bible, but I could not escape being so by reading from John 8:44 the extract "The Father of Lies."

John 8:44 "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

I am of the opinion, as are many reputable scientists, that the readily available anthropological evidence points to our own species having evolved depredation as a vehicle of reproduction, societally hierarchically structured on male intra-sexual aggression. As I was reading it it became quite evident that it quite accurately depicted the psychological framework of a human individual of either sex at a time when being good for the species was the opposite of the globalised polyphenism that it officially is today.

The only other time I was ever stirred by the Bible was after reading Genesis in the Old testament in my thirties and seeing the temptor snake as a phallic symbol and the fruit it offered as the accompanying glans. How strange, I've thought since then, that if my interpretation were acccurate that would mean that the Jewish faith had assimilated those writings from some other culture rather than it being representative in extraction of itself. I think that because if Adam was forbidden from eating the fruit from the tree by God why then do some Rabbis perform the ritual of cleaning a boy's penis with their mouth from the blood spilled by a circumcision? This practice has received much criticism and rightly so, I think, especially because of the transmitting of diseases to the boys due to their susceptability at such a young age.

Is the story of Moses and the tablets he was given that of one of how the Jews assimilated some other culture, esteemed warriors that they were? (Just had that idea)

The idea of having the fruit in the Garden Of Eden as the glans came independantly from my friend Andrew Villarubia after I told him my views on the snake.

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Evidence Of Absence

Gamma rays are the most energetic forms of light in the Universe. They’re generated by a variety of sources, from the heated material surrounding supermassive black holes, to the supernova explosions of dying stars. But some have theorized they might also be produced by dark matter.

Dark matter doesn’t interact strongly with regular matter, nor does it interact strongly with light. But since efforts to detect dark matter directly have failed so far, we aren’t entirely sure what makes up dark matter. This has led theorists to develop lots of models about how dark matter might interact with itself. Some dark matter models propose that while dark matter doesn’t interact with regular matter, dark matter particles can collide and annihilate to produce gamma rays, similar to the way matter and antimatter can produce gamma rays through annihilation. Since dark matter is fairly spread out throughout our galaxy, this would produce a diffuse background of gamma rays.

Interestingly, the gamma ray background we observe is diffuse. About 80% of the gamma rays we observe don’t come from a specific source such as supermassive black holes. It’s possible that they come from distant sources we can’t pinpoint, but it could also come from diffuse dark matter interactions. At least that’s been one idea.

But a recent survey of the gamma ray background doesn’t support the dark matter models. Using 81 months of data from the Fermi telescope, the team was able to distinguish the energy levels of different gamma rays, and found that they tend to occur at two energies. The highest energy gamma rays seem to come from known sources such as black holes and supernovae, while lower energy gamma rays don’t have a clear source. However, the distribution and energy range of the lower energy gamma rays is inconsistent with dark matter models, so most of them can be ruled out as the source.

To be clear, this does not mean that dark matter doesn’t exist (as some popular articles have claimed). It does, however, mean that dark matter doesn’t emit gamma rays. So the dark matter enigma continues to evade a solution, and this new study simply adds to the mystery.

Paper: Mattia Fornasa, et al. Angular power spectrum of the diffuse gamma-ray emission as measured by the Fermi Large Area Telescope and constraints on its dark matter interpretation. Phys. Rev. D 94, 123005 (2016) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.94.123005

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This pantheistically sounds like the theory that this universe is a simulated computer program.

Paul Tillich was critical of the view of God as a type of being or presence. He felt that, if God were a being, God could not then properly be called the source of all being (due to the question of what, in turn, created God). As an alternative, he suggested that God be understood as the “ground of Being-Itself”.

The same goes for the computer simulated universe theory. If the Universe were nothing but a simulation, what in turn created the ultimately physical computer that simulated this universe?

I personally do not at all beleive that this universe is simulated. For instance we have the objectively derived cosmologically universal periodic table of chemical elements to prove that reality, without specific subjectivity, exists.
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