Monday, December 20, 2010
A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist
Religion, the last bastion of socially accepted discrimination. You'd of figured by now people would be smart enough to realize that if there really were only 'one true god/religion' it would have to be accepting of all people everywhere on earth. Yet all religous people everywhere would then have to accept that their god also created all these other religions, so either A) there god is not the only god or B) their religion is just as askew from the truth as all the others. But we do so enjoy telling people they're wrong...
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Dear Theists, thank you for so blatantly making yourselves look blind, ignorant, and untrustworthy. There's no need for outspoken Atheists, you're doing a stand-up job at undermining yourselves.
If the definition of cold is 'the absence of heat', then clearly cold objects and regions do exist, the same with dark ones. If you ask if Y exists, define Y as a state of absence of X and then prove some things exist in a state of absence of X, you have proven Y exists. What sort of terrible lack of reasoning are you using when you can be refuted merely with you own definitions? Also, saying that there are places without God refutes the quality of omnipresence, which most western religions are rather attached to.Or as I thought immediately after watching it, if you're going to use reason, logic and science to swindle people into believing in the existence of a god, then unfortunately using a very well documented Pantheist/Atheist like Albert Einstein will surely make that a very ridiculous argument indeed.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans | Video on TED.com
click the above link for the TED lecture or click this youtube link and skip to 4:50
Dr Robert Sapolsky also talks about Toxoplasmosis and it's role in cats and humans...with one of my favorite quotes:
"Well, in the endless sorta struggle neurobiologists have in the terms of free will, determinism and all of that, um - my feeling has always been there's not a whole lot of free will out there.. and if there is, it's in the least interesting places and getting more sparce all the time..."
You should watch this lecture:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
More powerful then any other collective idea in history, and the vast majority of people either don't know about it, choose to ignore it, or just don't get it.
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From the BBC
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TYWKIWDBI: Thorium - a replacement for fossil fuels?: "Excerpts from an interesting article by the business editor at the Telegraph - If Barack Obama were to marshal America’s vast scientific and..."
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Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex
"Scientists have in the past estimated that the Earth's development, a process known as accretion where gas, dust and other material clumped together to form the planet, happened over just 30 million years.
But the new research suggests this process may have taken up to 100 million years – more than three times longer than previous estimates."
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The comets and asteroids that are potentially the most hazardous because they can closely approach the Earth are also the objects that could be most easily exploited for their raw materials. It is not presently cost effective to mine these minerals and then bring them back to Earth. However, these raw materials could be used in developing the space structures and in generating the rocket fuel that will be required to explore and colonize our solar system in the twenty-first century. It has been estimated that the mineral wealth resident in the belt of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter would be equivalent to about 100 billion dollars for every person on Earth today. Whereas asteroids are rich in the mineral raw materials required to build structures in space, the comets are rich resources for the water and carbon-based molecules necessary to sustain life. In addition, an abundant supply of cometary water ice could provide copious quantities of liquid hydrogen and oxygen, the two primary ingredients in rocket fuel. It seems likely that in the next century when we begin to colonize the inner solar system, the metals and minerals found on asteroids will provide the raw materials for space structures and comets will become the watering holes and gas stations for interplanetary spacecraft.
Reference: Lewis, John S. Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroid, Comets, and Planets. Addison-Wesley, 1996.
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An important PSA you need to watch from voice actor Lance “D.C. Douglas” Baxter (go to http://voices.washingtonpost.c
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Wow, you don't say..! Who could ever have guessed this?
Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer - life - 27 April 2010 - New Scientist
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A Jedi lightsaber is plasma contained in a magnetic field. Plasma is basically the form of matter which stars are made of. Pre-Crisis Superman has flown through the heart of a star without being harmed. Therefore, he is immune to plasma.
Post-Crisis Superman was not as invulnerable, e.g. a nuclear explosion would weaken him. Assuming a lightsaber contains power similar to a nuclear explosion, it could similarly disrupt his invulnerability during impact. See FORCE OF IMPACT below.
Superman receives his power from the radiation of our yellow sun, and is weakened when exposed to radiation from a red sun. It is possible that a sith lightsaber, being red, might have similar properties.
Even so, Superboy Prime was defeated after being plunged through Krypton's red sun - which weakened him, but did not destroy him. Therefore, a red lightsaber which hypothetically had the same properties as a red star should have a similar effect, i.e. it would injure him, but not "cut" him, much less cut through him.
FORCE OF IMPACT
If Superman were rendered vulnerable by a lightsaber, it would likely create a momentary weakness in that spot, allowing the physical impact to cause damage. However, lightsaber blades, being made of plasma, presumably have a very small mass. Therefore, the force of the impact would be negligible.
In short, hitting Superman with a red lightsaber is like hitting a normal human with a wet noodle.