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A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and John Huddlestun (College of Charleston)

and speaking of the Book of Genesis…

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Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham
Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham
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interesting: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham (mixed feelings)

Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken HamI guess I can play the part of a die-hard Christian with no doubts about God and fully separate religion from science, but it’d be a lie. How many times must I feel like I’m lying to myself?

I like science. I’ve studied science. I even teach science to my five-year-old as often as I can (huge kick out of tricks using centrifugal force and still working on centripetal force). I take science at face value, but I do understand that all knowledge is flawed. I even like Bill Nye (better know as The Science Guy, Evolutionist).

There were some comments and answers by Ken Ham (founder of Answers in Genesis & Creation Museum, Baptist, Creationist) that made me doubt, but my faith tells me to take it with a grain of salt. Watch the debate and tell me what you think.

Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham
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By the way, does anyone know where I can get the transcript of the debate?

rants: blood diamonds & Saint Valentine

Antique Valentine 1909 01Today’s Valentine’s Day. Some people even call it Saint Valentine’s Day. I don’t see anything holy, godly or spiritually related to the traditions of this day.

“Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day

It’s merely a made-up festivity to sell diamonds (dumb, poor men spending their hard-earned money on crystals made from pressurized carbon (C) molecules to sustain someone’s ill vanity, which could be used to project concentrated light beams with the help of coils of thin threads made of gold (Au) usually referred to as lasers) and chocolate. I don’t see any reason worthwhile aside from decaying commercialism and blood diamonds.

what if IBM Watson becomes an ordained minister? maybe

IBM Watson Power 7 (taken from Slashdot)IBM Watson Power 7 might become an ordained minister after all. Several people are already getting married this way. Now this is really cool!

ULC Ministers Join in ‘Robot Wedding’ Trend
But robots have have also played instrumental roles in the ceremonies themselves. At the wedding of Neeva Reese and Moe McLendon in San Juan Capistrano, California, a robot with glowing red eyes named Father Emiglio served as wedding officiant. The groom constructed the unusual wedding minister using the shell of an Italian toy robot called Emiglio, an array of Lego blocks, vacuum tubes, and antennae, a Star Wars Y-wing starfighter for a nose, and ribbon cables for mutton chops. Meanwhile, mechanical engineer Laura Wong used a robot from work to serve as ring-bearer at her wedding.”

http://www.themonastery.org/blog/2014/01/ulc-ministers-join-in-robot-wedding-trend/

Before anyone complains about having a robot minister — especially IBM Watson Power 7, read the following from the program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group.

Michael Holmes 10/10/2012 at 09:00:17
Hi. Michael Holmes here, program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group. Just to be clear, Watson has no role in ‘becoming’ any kind of human role and will continue to focus on helping professionals make more informed, evidence-based decisions based on its ability to consume and understand vast quantities of written documents. ie- it’s not a doctor. But it is being trained to help oncologists better use the medical literature to make better diagnosis, test, and treatment recommendations for cancer patients.”

interesting: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

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