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Go to: Bishop 'blames Jews' for criticism of Catholic church record on abuse

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Off topic, for who missed this funny video: 'Understanding Christianese', 4 parts, Youtube:

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:05:00 UTC | #458593

Go to: Bishop 'blames Jews' for criticism of Catholic church record on abuse

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"Australians are safer in strip joints, gay clubs or brothels than in churches"

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:55:00 UTC | #458494

Go to: Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report

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The universe didn't start with a big explosion. If you go back in time spacetime gets denser and denser. At one point it is so dense that matter and energy as we know it did not exist. A little bit further back even spacetime as we know it did not exist since it was infinite dense. That doesn't mean it wasn't there or there wasn't a universe, it just means that we cannot see further back since there was no further back. Asking what was there before the big bang is like asking what color Thursday is. It makes no sense.

Anyway, the observable universe as we know it came into existence through expansion of spacetime. This expansion continues and is accelerating.

I really don't get it when people do not 'believe' in the big bang. Turn on the TV and tune in on a channel without a proper signal. The noise you see is for a part background radiation. This is a leftover from the Big Bang when the universe was still very young and very dense. It's there and we know quite a lot about it these days. If there wasn't a big bang 'in the beginning' the LHC would be 100% wasted money since it could not produce results, we could not have had nuclear energy and bombs, astronomy and space travel would be impossible, modern communication would be impossible, etcetera. And there would be far less noise on a detuned TV set.

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 01:17:00 UTC | #458267

Go to: 'Near-death experience' explained by carbon dioxide: study

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Experienced the same thing in my youth when I used to smoke pot. I smoked way too much for some time and I experienced all kinds of paranormal things. Deja vu, mind reading, psychokinesis, flying through a tunnel with beautiful sounds and colors towards a bright light, but also seeing dead people like John Lennon ('Let it flow' or 'float' he said) and eventually meeting a 'guide' who sort of told me to stop what I was doing when things had turned very, very ugly. These experiences were real to me and caused a lot of confusion in the aftermath after I stopped smoking. It took some years to really understand nothing of it was real. Basically because some things that once seemed very logic or plausible didn't make sense at all anymore. Finally it all collapsed. Anyway, it's because of these experiences that I became very skeptical. The human brain is very powerful with suggestion, imagination and (self) delusion.

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 06:54:00 UTC | #457945

Go to: Two articles - Fossil skeletons may belong to an unknown human ancestor & Yet Another 'Missing Link'

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Off topic:
Near-death experiences may result from elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood. BBC News:

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 18:44:00 UTC | #457266

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