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Evolution by Susie Smartypants – Smarter than you?

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

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Use soft toilet paper on your derriere

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Arguments about ‘virgin fibre’ nonsense, environmentalist says by Patrick Moore

Greenpeace, with strong support from the Natural Resources Defense Council, has come out against the sale of soft toilet tissue made with “virgin” fibre. It claims that using trees to make toilet paper is worse for the environment than driving Hummers or building McMansions.

My old organization [Greenpeace] wants Canadians to use recycled paper for TP and it’s targeting Kimberly-Clark, Procter and Gamble, and other large tissue producers. Apparently hair shirts aren’t sufficient, now we must wipe with scratchy paper to rid ourselves of eco-guilt.

It makes a good story and news outlets around the world have dutifully picked it up. But it is absolute nonsense, for a number of reasons.

Not only toilet paper, but also paper in general, is made from waste from sawmills that are providing lumber to build our homes and furniture. When North American forests are harvested, all the logs that are suitable for making lumber are sawn for that purpose. Lumber is worth more than paper, so no lumber company would be foolish enough to chip logs that are suitable for making 2x4s.

Paper is made from the sawdust and chips left over from sawmilling, and from logs that are not suitable for making lumber. In environmental terms this is the beneficial use of what would otherwise be a waste product. Indeed, the parts of the log that are not suitable for paper, such as the bark and fine sawdust, are burned to make energy to run the sawmill and to dry the lumber.

In the end, 100 per cent of the tree is used. What is wrong with that?

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A group of Toronto scientists have found God, and it’s just cells in the brain

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

A group of Toronto scientists have found God – or at least the effect God has on a believer’s brain.

Newly published research by University of Toronto and York University professors points to reduced stress and anxiety among test subjects who consider themselves to be religious, compared with non-believers, when completing a task under pressure. As a result, the believers performed better on cognitive tests.

“[Religious people] were much less anxious and stressed when they made an error,” said Michael Inzlicht, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Toronto and a co-author of the study. “I don’t think this has to do with fundamentalism, it’s something deeper – religion provides meaning in peoples’ lives.”

“[Even] Santa Claus can make you feel good.”

Sure there is no doubt that religion provides meaning in peoples’ lives, the question is whether or not that is a good thing!

google news search on this story.

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Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Lecture Series on Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems by Prof.S.Banerjee,Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.

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Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Lecture 1 of 5 of Leonard Susskind’s Modern Physics concentrating on General Relativity. Recorded September 22, 2008 at Stanford University.

This Stanford Continuing Studies course is the fourth of a six-quarter sequence of classes exploring the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course focus on classical mechanics. Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

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Living A Life Free of False Promises

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Matt Dillahunty and Ashley Perrien are joined by Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Victor Stenger who authored “God: the failed hypothesis”.

What if we’re wrong?

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The Explosive Beauty of Diatoms

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Join Mark Hildebrand on a journey from the open waters of the world’s oceans to sophisticated genetics labs and ultimately to the incredible world of nanotechnology and marvel at ground-breaking applications he and his colleagues are finding for diatoms, one of the smallest and most important marine organisms. Series: “Perspectives on Ocean Science” [9/2004] [Science] [Show ID: 8717]

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Global Warming: The Whole Story

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Join climate modeling expert Guillermo Auad as he explains the various kinds of models that researchers use to understand and forecast climate scenarios and how this science has impacts well outside of the research community. Series: Perspectives on Ocean Science [9/2008] [Science] [Show ID: 14986]

Canada, is too cold for some or most types of crops. With a warmer climate those types of crops will be possible to carry out [farm] because the forecasts indicate warmer temperatures and more participation in the whole part of North America, including Canada.” – Guillermo Auad, ~21:00 in above video.

Ah, so climate warming has benefits for Canadian farming!

Exercise for the Reader (that means you): Identify the assertions, facts, beliefs, proofs or lack there of – then report on them in the comments. How can you prove or falsify any of the statements? If you see a crucial flaw in the arguments do you also see how it flows throughout the conversation? If you see a crucial fact presented in the arguments do you also see how it flows throughout the conversation? Be detailed, cite references, no personal attacks, opinions must be substantiated. Please use time indexes (starting at, ending at, duration) when quoting or referring to material in the video so that others can see that clip.

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Time for Science and Reason

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

Center For Inquiry.

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Guy Who Looks Like God Doesn’t Get God

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

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Richard Dawkins your Response To Callers Question yesterday Was Too Weak

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

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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Implications of the Speed of “c”, light – sorry god you can’t possibly exist

Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009

The speed of c, also known as the speed of light, has some very interesting implications.

Einstein’s theories prove that information can’t be transmitted faster than the speed of “c” which I suspect no one will deny. Over a 100 years of attempts so far have backed this up.

“Einstein’s theory of relativity together with the principle of causality requires that no matter or information can travel with a speed larger than c.[5][6] Speeds faster than that of light in a vacuum are encountered in physics but, in all such cases, no matter or information is transmitted faster than c.”

Read what I write very carefully.

It’s easy to see that if information from the next nearest star system (Alpha Centauri) which is ~4.2421 light years distant (give or take depending on which source you get the measurement from and on the error amount of plus or minus 0.16 light years) and thus takes ~4.2421 light years to travel from Sol to there and another ~4.2421 years to get back. So if the mythical god was hanging out on that star for a vacation from the annoying prayers on Earth it would take ~8.4842 years for any prayers on Earth to be heard and responded to assuming no delays in gods thought processes upon receipt of the prayer by the magical telepathy. Maybe that’s nothing in god years but that’s a very long time in human years, for most humans a good chunk of their life!

Now the universe is a very big place if you hadn’t noticed. Very big.

The speed of “c”, light, is all that is needed to demonstrate that no god can be omniscient, nor omnipotent, nor omnipresent since it would take next to forever for god to communicate with parts of itself spread out all over the place across millions and millions of locations and light years.

This doesn’t even mention the “future horizon” problem where parts of the universe are cut off from each other casually therefore making it impossible for even god to see into them or affect them in any manner whatsoever.

Nor does it mention the required cpu and processing power any god would need to watch all these places at once even with the multi-million and multi-billion light year delays.

Nor does it mention that god would only see the past and never know the present at all places at once. The standard model of physics and quantum physics rip the notion of gods to shreds.

The laws of Nature are a harsh mistress for any gods.

This proof depends upon Einstein’s work and was inspired by Victor J Stenger‘s work. I’ve not heard nor seen this analysis anywhere else. I’ve been making these observations public for a few years now online.

Some people’s reactions are quite quaint when they hear this for the first time. Calm your reactive mind and let your rational and thoughtful mind have time to contemplate the consequences and implications of the above for a while, then raise rational criticisms.

I was inspired by Stenger. For the record I don’t claim that Einstein wrote the proof of what I wrote here in this post and the other posts, I simply state that fact that Einstein’s work proves what I’m saying, his work backs up what I’m saying as does the work of many physicists such as Feynman. The list is quite huge actually.

I do assert that these ideas (no matter how simple they really are) were originated by me as far as I know – I never heard them anywhere. They are obvious to me given the well known and well tested laws of the universe that I’ve been exposed to since I was a young child. When I was in my early teen and pre-teen years (10 to 15) I’d sneak off to the local planetarium almost every day for their show. After a while they simply let me in since I’d seen and paid for the show so many times.

(Recently posted here in a blog comment debate with Richard McCargar, although I’ve been posting this analysis in various forms for many years now).

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