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  1. A quote from your link: "A bombshell report in June." That's only a couple of months from now. It will be interesting, but I expect little other than additional so-called sightings and maybe new interpretations will come from it. We'll see!
  2. The above link may be inaccessible without agreeing to continuing e-mails, so here is the info from Wikipedia. The news in the link above concerns the death and obituary of the famous English professor and physicist John Polkinghorne, who died March 9th at the age of 90. He was a theoretical physicist and a priest like the founder of the Big Bang theory, Georges Lemaître. He was an Anglican Priest (Church of England) instead of a Roman Catholic priest like Lemaître. Lemaître's specialty was the Physics of cosmology. Lemaître believed in the separation of science and religion, while asserting
  3. Something also new at the Firmi National Accelerator lab, "A tiny, wobbling muon just shook particle physics to its core" "Evidence taken from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago appears to point to a miniscule subatomic particle known as the muon wobbling far more than theory predicts it should. The best explanation, according to physicists, is that the muon is being pushed about by types of matter and energy completely unknown to physics. If the results are true, the discovery represents a breakthrough in particle physics of a kind that hasn't been see
  4. In my view from what I have read over time, is that Paul might have been the only "apostle" that was not completely mythical. And of course the character Jesus, of the bible, was probably mythical, even though the story might have had its basis in a real person, maybe like the difference between Dracula, and Vlad the Impaler. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler Although I think Paul was a real person, his biblical persona might expectedly involve a great deal of fiction. My Speculation: Paul may have been the first ably activated person to hear th
  5. Hi Georgia, Good question. I'm sure there will be a number of different answers concerning this question, even amongst us atheists. So I will answer your question based upon my own perspective and opinion. From my perspective as an absolute atheist, yes, morality is subjective. Nearly all of us here grew up with a Christian morality and, as for me, my subjective morality is similar to my Christian morality but I'm more committed to it now than when I was a Christian. My primary morality is based on the negative golden rule which says, don't do unto others, as you would
  6. Yeah seekingwhatisnext, I too enjoy singing religious songs like "how great though art" and rock of ages," etc. in a church pew or at a home-study get-together. One of my favorite stories concerning religious home study relates to aggressive married women who ask me what I believe. I expect they have an inkling that I don't believe so they ask. I tell them that I do not like to discuss my beliefs in a group but that I will tell them in private if they wish. That ends it right there. Not only are they afraid to talk to me in private, but the word gets around and no one thereafter asks me what
  7. As a youngster I remember one of the few times my dad would go to church was on Easter Sunday. He would give a generous donation to the church in the offering plate on Easter, but he went to church seldom, and made little donations otherwise, maybe on Christmas. We would have a family get-together for an Easter evening dinner. My dad's famous grace prayer on Easter was, "good bread good meat, good god let's eat," so he was seldom asked to say grace. That was many years ago now. But my sisters and I usually get together on Easter to this day, even though they know I don't believe. L
  8. Thanks for that, but I don't care; I want my beer and wine now. I realize that cold beer will be a cherished commodity for me in hell, but I still want the lion's share of it now, and that's it. Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God (Beelzebub and Assmodeus) favors what you do."
  9. A positive cosmological constant means there would be an ongoing negative outward pressure in space which they assert would be the cause of the accelerated expansion of the universe, which they call dark energy. This is related to the Inflation hypothesis which is a relativity new addendum to the Big Bang model. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmological_constant
  10. According to the Big Bang model (BB) the universe via space is expanding. As a cosmologist, in my own model the universe is not expanding, but it had a beginning like the BB proposal, but that beginning was a great many times older than the present BB model. Concerning the word "assuming," cosmological models assume nothing; they may propose wrong theory but can explain reasons for their proposals without assumptions. As a Christian I expect you wish to explain something to me or someone concerning your own related beliefs . As an atheist, long ago I sold my immortal so
  11. Strange pattern seen at the Large Hadron Collier (probably the same as above) https://www.livescience.com/LHCb-hints-new-physics.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LVS_newsletter&utm_content=LVS_newsletter+&utm_term=2875217
  12. This has interest of course, but I'm no fonder of the standard model of mainstream particle physics than I am of mainstream cosmology. For theory to call such a particle a leptoquark that lasts just a quintillioth of a second, a thousand-billion-billions of a second, stretches the imagination IMO. Yes, they say it would violate the standard model of particle physics, but what value is any theory if much of it is wrong? They gave the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson whose entire life lasted just 15.6 thousand-billion-billions (1.56x10^-22) of a second, because such a permanent particle was pred
  13. My point was that many Moslem rulers of the past valued science, math, and history, far more than many Christian rulers of the dark ages. Yes the Byzantines came first who prized Greek and Roman history, but had to secretly protect ancient philosophy, and knew little of math and science beyond that of Roman times. The Moslems learned from many other cultures whose knowledge they had preserved The western dark ages was part of the Moslem period of enlightenment concerning writings, book and knowledge preservation, and their own new developments in math and science. The renaissanc
  14. Who did more to preserve the knowledge of antiquity, the Muslims or the Byzantines? The Abbasid Caliphate (Muslems) did more to preserve the knowledge of antiquity than did the Byzantines. Indeed, many Byzantines made it their job to destroy pre-Christian and non-Christian material and divergent Christian writings as much as possible. Of course the Byzantines were not nearly as fanatic as was much of Western Europe at that time in the destruction of non-Christian books, both public and private. The Abbasids, on the other hand were obsessive about collecting, copying and translating w
  15. I found this piece regarding strange possibilities concerning extra-terrestrials. https://www.livescience.com/63208-alien-life-excuses.html
  16. Yeah, this so called BB crisis has been around for about 5 years. Most astronomers and theorists at that time thought that errors would be found and the problem would go away. But most now believe the problem will not go away because the problem is unrelated to specific cosmic distances. The problem lies with the Hubble constant within the Hubble distance formula which calculates galactic distances outside our local group and cluster, starting roughly 10 million light years away from us. This minimal distance to calculate by the Hubble formula is about 100 times the diameter of the Milky Way.
  17. Yeah, I agree. A conundrum or paradox of anything is based upon the mainstream understanding of it. For many paradoxes there may be simple valid explanations of it that the mainstream has yet to discover, become aware of, or better understand it. As to aliens, there are two obvious explanations of what we now call a paradox concerning aliens not seen IMO. 1) Is that aliens have already been here but the evidence has not been accepted as yet, it has been deliberately hidden, or lost in archeological time. 2) That life is much more difficult to form in the first place than our current understan
  18. In a previously excavated cave in Israel where many skeletal bodies were originally found, a discovery of a new biblical scroll was made. https://www.livescience.com/biblical-scroll-discovered-cave-of-horror.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LVS_newsletter&utm_content=LVS_newsletter+&utm_term=2875217
  19. Some facts and claims of science seem very strange. Here are some that may stretch one's imagination. https://www.rd.com/list/science-facts-never-learned/ https://www.howitworksdaily.com/15-amazing-science-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind/ https://www.sciencealert.com/13-science-facts-never-learned-high-school-2018 https://www.globalanimal.org/2015/05/21/25-most-bizarre-fascinating-animal-facts/117587/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwrsGCBhD1ARIsALILBYqzAhVLYIaxOpyXVGySUg7lVAZPXKrWf1ug7D8CaHf6AXTgkmOHRJgaAjCpEALw_wcB
  20. For Moslems and Christians, the government was entangled with religion for many centuries which we now call the dark ages Once the kings started breaking away from the Pope, this religious control of the state began to slow down. For the Moslems such control continues to some extent to the present day in many Moslem countries. Some consider the shift in power between the Ottomans and the Christians began about the mid 1400's when the printing press was invented and the renascence in Europe had begun. Before then the Moslems generally controlled the worlds knowledge, while many Christians wer
  21. These are kind of interesting comments concerning the possibility of extra-terrestrials. https://www.space.com/would-alien-life-take-our-call-curious-kids?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SDC_Newsletter&utm_content=SDC_Newsletter+&utm_term=2875217
  22. Yeah, laws not enforced are not worth much. Stupid laws that are enforced are less than worthless; they detract from life.
  23. Yes, this is also true. But I find no adverse constitutional changes, in my search, relating to the separation between religion and state. (2019) "The current Constitution of 1982 neither recognizes an official religion nor promotes any. ... Turkey's "laïcité" calls for the separation of religion and the state, but also describes the state's stance as one of "active neutrality", which involves state control and legal regulation of religion." "Secularism in Turkey defines the relationship between religion and state in the country of Turkey. Secularism (or laïcité) was fi
  24. Yes, it's true that there is a popular regressive movement to keep up with the conservative Moslem revival movement in most of Islam, but the laws and constitution of Turkey have not changed, as far as I know, so that such present behavior involving the non-separation of religion and state could legally be challenged, if so desired. The separation between religion and state could be more difficult in US since such separation is not clearly defined by our constitution.
  25. Yes, religion-wise their religion is just a ridiculous as Christianity, but the practicing morals of the majority are far better than Christians IMO. Morals such as the golden rule, praising humanity, empathy etc. Examples of Morality and generosity: As was said above, most Moslems take their religion very seriously, unlike most Christians. For this reason morality is more important to the majority. I was in Turkey about 10 years ago when they had tea centers all over Istanbul. In these tea centers, some inside and some outside, there were no full time attendants. You just pour you
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