Watching ‘Journey to the End of the Universe’ on National Geographic HD. Which, by the way, is a fantastic documentary. It has all stuff I knew from before, but for the amount of stuff it covers with gorgeous images in just an hour its great, as well as how it strikes the feeling of the sheer scale of how enormous it all is
Reminded of an article I read earlier this week, where people from various fields give their reasoning as to the origin of life, whether God is compatible with evolution and God would have used evolution as a method of having created life, etc.
A Human Genome Project chief geneticist was of the view that she believed in a God, and a God that was all-powerful would have known the results of any parameters he set down from the beginning, and that he would have created a system that could design life as elegantly and effectively as evolution did. A Harvard professor who believed the two concepts were incompatible gave the reasoning that pushing the origin of life back to a God is simply explaining away one unknown mystery with another unknown mystery, which is ‘what was there before God?’ or ‘how do you explain the existence of God, then?’.
How does this connect with the original documentary I mentioned? Essentially, the origin of the universe. How all known rules of physics break down at singularities, whether black holes or the beginning of the universe. How time didn’t exist until the universe began, so there is no such thing as ‘before’ the universe began. The core of science ultimately is based on those mysteries which we still have no answers on. Relativity and most of physics counts it as a principle of their theories.
I don’t say this as some ‘look, PROOF!’ cos it’s not. There is no such thing as ‘proof’ of any religion- that is the definition of the word ‘faith’, actually, ‘belief in something which you cannot know and cannot prove’ and thus by definition no observation or inference or calculation or technology or logic should be able to ever prove the existence of a superior power. My point simply is that unknown mysteries are the everpresent and the basis of every worldview, polytheistic to monotheistic to atheistic to anarchist. And of everything in life.
(quote by: zayaan)
Hahahaha LOOK IT’S ME
- Professor McGonagall: Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?
- Harry Potter: Yes.
- Professor McGonagall: You called her a liar?
- Harry Potter: Yes.
- Professor McGonagall: You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?
- Harry Potter: Yes.
- Professor McGonagall: Have a biscuit, Potter.
demolitiondoll said: That’s also one of those “I WANT TO BE SOMEONE’S DREEEEEEAM” It’s really cute though ^^
But you are :)
And I know, I loved it the movie was so awesome.
The I want to know who that is!
It’s a movie you’d want to watch a cold autumnevening with a cup of tea!
Well not in that way but I’ve long been looking for a friend like you. Since I finished school.
Make that chocolate instead of tea! I’m only used to think of tea as a more formal drink to go with dinner or Ramadan break-fast. Or when you’re really hungry and need something in your stomach but there’s no food. It doesn’t seem rich enough to be something rainy days to me somehow.
Because the Occupy Wall Street protest is barely ever talked about or heard of, follow this blog: http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com
Living the American dream, my ass.
The CNN Money Tech Tumblr has decent coverage as well as links to all the other media sources that have articles etc about them.
Especially Guardian, who are probably the media source I have the most respect for in the world- almost all the other British papers are News Corp run crap or just crap, and even the best American sources rarely match the Guardian for sheer quality of both material, coverage and original investigation.
Also, forever credit to them for exposing the phone hacking scandal, weakening the Murdoch stranglehold, preventing News Corp from buying the big television channel and letting British politicians stop having to kiss ass and suck up (as much as before) to Murdoch at the expense of the public like they had been for decades.
Laurie & I are wrapping up the Facebook story, but I’m still testing stuff, so I clicked “deactivate my account.”
Facebook doesn’t surrender without a fight. It hauls out its best weaponry: Your friends’ photos. “EVERYONE WILL MISS YOU!” it shrieks.
Oh my God you gotta be KIDDING me
- Stacy: did you download the guardian's new facebook app?
- Neil: no. in fact, that's what made me try to quit Facebook
- Stacy: did you download an app from them long ago?
- Neil: I don't think so. why?
- Stacy: cos it's showing you as one of my "friends who use this app"
- Neil: ?!? let me go look
- Stacy: was trying to figure out how broadly it grabs permissions
- Neil: nope, I have not used it
- Stacy: awesome. sending you the screenshot
- Neil: I was asked if I wanted to use it, and clicked the "F#%$ NO" button. actually, guess it should be the "PISS OFF" button
- Stacy: Our article is basically about facebook's lack of a F#%$ OFF button
- Haha I KNEW those Facebook sidebar suggestions of apps or services saying x number of my friends and certain names were all using it would you were bullshitting!