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College / PSU
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:49:17 PM »
OK, I am not in the US and do not get much news over here.  What is the deal with the Alton's not wrestling?  Are they suspended again?

Off-Topic / Oprah Demonstrates How Stupid She Is
« on: October 14, 2013, 08:11:32 PM »

Oprah Winfrey recently spoke to atheist long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and told her that she definitely wasn’t an atheist if she believed in “awe” and “wonder.”
In a conversation with Nyad on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday, Winfrey seemed baffled that the 64-year-old swimmer could be an atheist and “a person who is deeply in awe.”
“I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity — all the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt,” Nyad, who recently completed a swim from Cuba to Florida explained. “So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.”
“Well, I don’t call you an atheist then,” Winfrey replied. “I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery that that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.”

Off-Topic / Things Not to Say to An Atheist
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:20:23 AM »
Curious if anyone finds this objectionable.  I thought it was reasonable and tame.

Off-Topic / The Most Amazing FACT
« on: October 05, 2013, 10:33:23 PM »

Evolution(?) / The Failures of Creationism
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:07:23 AM »
Methodological Naturalism or the scientific method pitted against supernaturalism or a belief in magic.

Evolution(?) / Thread Dedicated To Origins Science
« on: September 28, 2013, 07:32:47 AM »

Life on Earth came from Mars, study suggests

Were our earliest ancestors Martians? A new study suggests that all life on Earth may have originated on the Red Planet, the BBC reports. That's because Mars would have had plenty of the minerals that are best at forging RNA, which is one of the key components of life and is believed to have predated DNA.

On Earth, those minerals would have dissolved into the ocean (water is "corrosive" to RNA, adds But life could have formed on Mars, then headed here on meteorites, suggests U.S. scientist Steven Benner; he's not the first to propose such a theory, the BBC notes.

The investigation centers on how atoms were arranged to form RNA, DNA, and proteins. Benner says minerals containing the elements boron and an oxidized form of molybdenum were central to the process -- but at the time, Earth was probably incapable of supporting enough of such minerals. He tells that analysis of a Martian meteorite revealed the presence of boron on Mars, and "we now believe that the oxidized form of molybdenum was there, too." As such, "the evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock," says Benner. "It's lucky that we ended up here, nevertheless -- as certainly Earth has been the better of the two planets for sustaining life."

Evolution(?) / Basic Evolution Resource
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:58:32 AM »
Anyone with an open mind can learn that it is basically undeniable.

Off-Topic / Collapsing 4D Star Could Have Spawned Universe
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:18:45 AM »
There could be a gaping hole in the Big Bang theory. Or rather, a giant, colossal black-hole caused by the collapse of a four-dimensional star.


So Canadian astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi and his colleagues have turned to an idea first proposed 13 years ago. In that model, our 3D universe is merely a membrane—also known as a brane—floating through a 4D “bulk universe:”

    Ashfordi’s team realized that if the bulk universe contained its own four-dimensional (4D) stars, some of them could collapse, forming 4D black holes in the same way that massive stars in our Universe do: they explode as supernovae, violently ejecting their outer layers, while their inner layers collapse into a black hole.

    In our Universe, a black hole is bounded by a spherical surface called an event horizon. Whereas in ordinary three-dimensional space it takes a two-dimensional object (a surface) to create a boundary inside a black hole, in the bulk universe the event horizon of a 4D black hole would be a 3D object — a shape called a hypersphere. When Afshordi’s team modelled the death of a 4D star, they found that the ejected material would form a 3D brane surrounding that 3D event horizon, and slowly expand.

Afshordi’s team believes that the universe—its stars, nebulae, planets, even us—might be that very membrane, and that its inflation might be triggered by motion through a “higher-dimensional reality.” In other words, we might be living in a brane around the event horizon of a collapsed hyperdimensional star that gave birth to the universe.

It’s a bold claim—but one that solves a handful of problems in fundamental physics. Read Merali’s article for more details, and watch NOVA’s “Origins: Back to the Beginning” to learn more about other theories behind the creation of the universe:

Evolution(?) / Evolution Vs. God - An Atheist Review
« on: August 24, 2013, 08:11:55 PM »
Well done intelligent response to the banana man, Ray Comfort's silly video.

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