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Biology / The Other Explosion You Should Know About
« Last post by Unbeliever on March 15, 2018, 02:20:28 PM »
I'd never heard of the Avalon Explosion, until I saw this:

Physics/Chemistry / Causal Set Theory
« Last post by Unbeliever on March 14, 2018, 04:01:11 PM »

The causal sets program is an approach to quantum gravity. Its founding principles are that spacetime is fundamentally discrete (a collection of discrete spacetime points, called the elements of the causal set) and that spacetime events are related by a partial order. This partial order has the physical meaning of the causality relations between spacetime events.

Quotes / Re: Atheism
« Last post by Unbeliever on March 13, 2018, 04:39:34 PM »

Ode to Gaia

Sunlight and water engendered a form,
Once the planet became just a bit less warm,
Made up of bacteria well able to swarm
That could thrive in all climates, endure any storm.

Divinities didn't create planet Earth,
But scientists might just've witnessed the birth
Of an organism of far greater worth
Than deities of cosmic girth.

The Earth was blind, but now it sees,
By the light of its new-found faculties,
A candle lit by those whose knees
Wouldn't bend for kings nor deities.

With instrumentation we can now show
What before we couldn't hope to know,
From protons and photons to galaxies aglow,
From space/time and energy to how life can grow.

We've traced our genetics to eons long past,
When the new molten Earth had cooled at last,
When enough CO2 had been out-gassed,
When the moon first drew tides on oceans vast.

Once life struggled up from wherever it came,
It kept the Earth's temp'rature nearly the same,
Though the sun puts out more of its hot solar flame,
We simply metabolize it like it's a game.

Mars and Venus, our neighbors, are sterile, we've found,
One's too hot, one's too cold, not a bug on the ground,
It's only on Earth that life moves around,
Like Goldilocks here, life laid itself down.

Now we're searching throughout all celestial space
To discover another intelligent race,
For anything there that can maybe keep pace,
But we've heard not a peep, not even a trace.

Nowhere else in the universe have we yet seen
A stable wet planet that's even as green,
A globe with an atmospherical screen,
With a chemical brew that could stir up a gene.

No gods and no aliens do we discern,
We need them the less the more we can learn,
Our fortunes, our fates and our lives do not turn
On whether we're saved or whether we'll burn.

Apparently then we're a planet alone,
All the problems we have are solely our own,
So that what we have planted is what will have grown,
And what we will harvest is what we have sown.
Christianity / The Gospel According to Carrier
« Last post by Unbeliever on March 09, 2018, 03:49:42 PM »

The Gospel According to Carrier

The Gospel According to Carrier Part 2

Historical Jesus Debate, Richard Carrier vs. Jonathan Tweet

The Real Origins of Christianity

Why Invent the Jesus?

Books by Richard Carrier:
Astronomy/Cosmology / An Eternal Cyclic Universe
« Last post by Unbeliever on March 09, 2018, 01:13:13 PM »

This is part update, part remake of our earlier film on Sir Roger Penrose’s Conformal Cyclic Cosmology(CCC). If you haven't seen the first one, don’t worry, you don’t need to. If you have seen our first film there is plenty of new material and updates that weren't covered . So hopefully both audiences should be catered for in this version. We also give a layman explanation for Twistor Theory.
The film is a part of series fo films exploring competing models of the big bang, In previous episodes we have interviewed cosmologists such as Stephen Hawking, Alan Guth and many other leading figures in the field.

Long-Standing Space Disk Mystery Solved by Basic Quantum Physics

Mathematics / Magic Cube 4D
« Last post by Unbeliever on February 23, 2018, 04:28:50 PM »
This is a simulation of a 4 dimensional Rubik's cube that you can solve - or at least try to solve.


Here is a Mathologer video about solving the 4D cube with simple 3D tricks:
Technology / An astonishing old calculator
« Last post by Unbeliever on February 22, 2018, 02:34:43 PM »
One of the first (if not the first) electronic calculators, from 1962/1963.

General Religion / The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach,or Ecclesiasticus
« Last post by Unbeliever on February 22, 2018, 11:11:31 AM »
The Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Yeshua ben Sira,[1] commonly called the Wisdom of Sirach /ˈsaɪr©ˇk/ or simply Sirach, and also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus /ɪˌkli˘°ziˈ©ˇstɪkəs/ (abbreviated Ecclus.)[2] or Ben Sira,[3] is a work of ethical teachings, from approximately 200 to 175 BCE, written by the Jewish scribe Ben Sira of Jerusalem, on the inspiration of his father Joshua son of Sirach, sometimes called Jesus son of Sirach or Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira.

In Egypt, it was translated into Greek by the author's unnamed grandson, who added a prologue. This prologue is generally considered the earliest witness to a canon of the books of the prophets, and thus the date of the text as we have it is the subject of intense scrutiny. The book itself is the largest wisdom book from antiquity to have survived.[4]


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