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Archive for March 4th, 2009

GOD, The Failed Hypothesis, How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

A talk by Victor J. Stenger in Toronto. He starts at 7 minutes into the second segment of the video, you can start there or with the third video (37 seconds into his talk).

Best quote: “What competent engineer would put a waste disposal site in a recreation area?” – Victor Stenger

On April 5, 2007 Dr. Victor Stenger gave a presentation of his book, God: The Failed Hypothesis at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Start here above in the second video at 7 minutes in OR at the beginning of the next video below.

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The most interesting and important topics in physics

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Meteor impacts Toyota truck.

Physics can be cool, er, hot!

Physics 10: Physics for Future Presidents. Spring 2006. Professor Richard A. Muller. The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics. [courses] [physics10] [spring2006] Credits: lecturer:Professor Richard A. Muller, producers:Educational Technology Services.

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Richard Dawkins Interview on Minnesota Public Radio

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Dawkins Interview mp3 download.

Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” is on Midmorning this morning. I’m thinking people are going to need an outlet to react to what he has to say, so News Cut will step into the line of fire. Dawkins says atheists should be just as forthright in their views as those who believe God is real.

MPR Dawkins Interview Blog Comments.

My comment:

At about 31 minutes 20 seconds into the interview Richard Dawkins answers a question about history and the validity of the “virgin birth”. Dawkins, in my view didn’t answer that very well.

Yes, one time events in history can’t be repeated by using the scientific method, so how do you test the claims of the “resurrection” of “jesus”?

Well, that’s easy with biology. When a human being dies their body decays. Upon heart dead, brain death and cell death, living bodies decay. Micro organisms immediately start eating your body from the insides out and outside in. Bugs and insects of all kinds begin their feasting on a pretty much set schedule. The body decays. If you’re unlucky enough to die away from a modern hospital emergency room there is no hope, and if you were lucky to be in an ER there is a very small chance they can being you back from some causes of death, like a heart attack, but the percentage is very low.

Laws of science not just rule in possibilities but they rule out possibilities. So nope, no possibility of any resurrection for anyone named jesus in the first century! This is proven by the laws of biology that we know of today. Therefore the resurrection of jesus is simply a bad bed time story written by superstitious folks or by con men attempting to con the masses back in the day. Looks like many are still taken in by this obvious attempt to undermine people’s ability to reason critically with objective reality in mind.

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Objective Reality Exists Without Us After All

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

It’s Easier to Observe the Failure of Local Realism than Previously Thought.

Local realism is something we live with every day, even if we don’t realize it. The principle of local realism combines two assumptions: locality and realism.

[1] Locality says that distant objects cannot directly and instantaneously influence each other (since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light).

[2] Realism says that the things we measure and sense are indeed really there apart from our measurements, and it’s not just our measurements that make them exist.

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Two million flights pass through the New York area airspace each year

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Key to Eliminating U.S. Flight Delays? Redesign the Sky Over New York City.

A very interesting article.

More than 2 million flights pass over the city every year, most traveling to and from the metropolitan area’s three busiest airports: John F. Kennedy, Newark, and LaGuardia. And all that traffic squeezes through a network of aerial routes first laid out for the mail planes of the 1920s. Aircraft are tracked by antiquated, ground-based radar and guided by verbal instructions issued over simplex radios, technology that predates the pocket calculator. The system is extremely safe—no commercial flight has been in a midair collision over the US in 22 years—but, because the Federal Aviation Administration treats each plane as if it were a 2,000-foot-tall, 6- by 6-mile block lumbering through the troposphere, New York is running out of air.

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MIT Linear Algebra Course

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Another course in linear algebra and matrix theory, which is needed in many fields of science including computer science, climate science, physics, statistics, etc…. It has 35 lectures! They are excellent!

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Your Food Takes A Trip Through Your Digestive System

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

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Is this purported testimony for real?

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

John Slayton wrote: “Although the first page is dated February 25, all the internal pages are dated July 10, 2002. Is this purported testimony for real? I have asked over there, but no one has responded to this point.”

Hi, yes, the evidence is that Dr William Happer’s testimony in front of the “Environment and Public Works Committee” was made on Feb 25th, 2009.

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What is the most efficient way to sort a million 32 bit integers?

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

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Unsetteling Foundations of Climate Science

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Summary of Testimony of Richard S. Lindzen before the Senate Commerce Committee on 1 May 2001.

The public presentation of the issue of global warming over the past 12 years, has, by the very nature of the presentation, forced confusion and irrationality to dominate the discussion.

On the one hand, the issue is presented as a complex, multifaceted problem involving atmospheric composition, heat transfer, weather, temperature, ocean dynamics, hydrology, sea level, glaciology, ecology and even epidemiology – all topics that are individually filled with uncertainty.

On the other hand, we are assured that ‘the science is settled.’

What exactly this ‘settled science’ is, is never explained, but whatever it may be, it is claimed to be supported by the thousands of ‘outstanding’ scientists involved in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is presumed to imply a wide array of catastrophic scenarios endangering the very existence of future generations.

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Science, Technology, is it good or is it whack?

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

Ali G talks to some geezers about science, and technology.

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Richard Feynman Messenger Lectures + Character of Physical Law

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

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Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

To understand climate science one must be able to comprehend the jargon based language used by climate scientists. This series of of 20 lectures (of about one hour and 10 minutes each) touches on some math topics used in climate science such as those listed here:

Professor Stephen Boyd, of the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford University, gives an overview of the course, Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems (EE263).

Introduction to applied linear algebra and linear dynamical systems, with applications to circuits, signal processing, communications, and control systems. Topics include: Least-squares approximations of over-determined equations and least-norm solutions of under determined equations. Symmetric matrices, matrix norm and singular value decomposition. Eigenvalues, left and right eigenvectors, and dynamical interpretation. Matrix exponential, stability, and asymptotic behavior. Multi-input multi-output systems, impulse and step matrices; convolution and transfer matrix descriptions.
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Darwin’s Legacy

Posted by pwl on March 4, 2009

A series of ten videos comprising almost 20 hours of lectures on Darwin’s Legacy. Starting with:

September 22, 2008 introductory lecture by William Durham for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Professor Durham provides an overview of the course; Professor Robert Siegel touches upon “Darwin’s Own Evolution;” Professor Durham returns for a talk on “Darwin’s Data;” and the lecture concludes with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lynn Rothschild.

“Light will be thrown…” With these modest words, Charles Darwin launched a sweeping new theory of life in his epic book, On the Origin of Species (1859). The theory opened eyes and minds around the world to a radical new understanding of the flora and fauna of the planet. Here, Darwin showed for the first time that no supernatural processes are necessary to explain the profusion of living beings on earth, that all organisms past and present are related in a historical branching pattern of descent, and that human beings fall into place quite naturally in the web of all life.

Now, 150 years later and 200 years after Darwins birth, we celebrate the amazingly productive vision and reach of his theory. In this Fall Quarter course, we will meet weekly with leading Darwin scholars from around the country to learn about Darwins far-reaching legacy in fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature, and biology. With such a broad reach across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, no wonder the theory of evolution by natural selection has been called the single best idea, ever.

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