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Science librarian; retired.

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From Astronomy - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/7/2017
Summary: If you agree that evidence is something that you can independently verify for yourself, then the following is evidence, albeit suggestive evidence, in favor of the Simulation Hypothesis. Be prepared to rethink everything you think you know. . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From Mental States - Category: Science - Biology 10/7/2017
Summary: There are many lines of evidence leading to the conclusion that we are just virtual reality beings 'living' in a computer programmed simulated universe. Here's a few examples from the realm of the human mind. . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From The Paranormal - Category: Society - Opinion 10/7/2017
Summary: The real anomaly here is that firstly you have multi-millions upon millions of reports within the "It Can't Be Therefore It Isn't vs. I Know What I Saw" genre from all cultures / societies and throughout all of recorded history. The questions that need to be asked are can all of these "I know what I saw" people be wrong? Can all of these "It can't be therefore it isn't" statements also be wrong? Something is screwy somewhere! Can virtual reality come to the rescue? . . . more

  More Disproof Of The Existence Of God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/1/2017
Summary: It is not possible to absolutely prove that God (or any other deity for that matter of which there are thousands postulated) does not exist. Likewise it is not possible to absolutely prove that orbiting teapots, pixies, extraterrestrials, demons and ghosts don't exist. However, the actual existence of God can be shown to be so unlikely as to be 'proof' beyond a reasonable doubt. . . . more

  Disproving The Existence Of God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/1/2017
Summary: It is not possible to absolutely prove that God (or any other deity for that matter of which there are thousands postulated) does not exist. Likewise it is not possible to absolutely prove that orbiting teapots, pixies, extraterrestrials, demons and ghosts don't exist. However, the actual existence of God can be shown to be so unlikely as to be 'proof' beyond a reasonable doubt. . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From Physics - Category: Science - Physics 10/1/2017
Summary: If physics is inconsistent it's more likely we're in a computer simulation. If physics is internally self-consistent then it's more likely we're in a really real reality. Alas, we have contradictions / inconsistencies in physics - relativity vs. quantum mechanics for example. Therefore, according to cosmologist George Smoot (on YouTube), you exist in a simulation and physics can prove it. However, here's my initial collection of evidence from physics. . . . more

 The Reality And Non-Reality Of Mathematics - Category: Science - Physics 9/26/2017
Summary: There's little doubt that mathematics rules the reality roost when it comes to the laws, principles and relationships within the sciences in general and the physical sciences in particular. However, when it comes down to brass tacks, how much of really real reality is actually reflected in our mathematics? . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eighteen - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/18/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following eighteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Seventeen - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/13/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following seventeenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 The Purposeful Universe? - Category: Arts - Philosophy 9/6/2017
Summary: Does the Universe Have A Purpose? It has been suggested by theists that if the Universe has a purpose behind it all then there is, indeed must be, a God. If the Universe does not have a purpose then there is no God. Well maybe, or maybe not. It's time for a closer look. . . . more

 Hurricane Harvey And The Religious Right - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/6/2017
Summary: Are 'natural' disasters (like Hurricane Harvey) acts by Mother Nature or acts by God? If they are acts by God then they are signs of God's wrath against the wicked. God's wrath is the position taken by the extreme elements of the religious Christian right-wing fundamentalists and evangelists. It's hogwash. . . . more

 More Counter-Arguments to Christian Theist Arguments - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/23/2017
Summary: Here's another round of arguments atheists can use against theists when you ask them what they believe and why, or they ask you why you don't, and why. . . . more

 Reality: Supernaturally Real or Virtually Real? - Category: Computers - Software 8/13/2017
Summary: What follows might be of interest to those who want to compare and contrast the God Hypothesis with the Simulation Hypothesis. It’s a battle between God done it and a computer software programmer done it. What follows is an online exchange I had with someone I’ll just identify as JK which should illustrate some of the comparisons and differences. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Sixteen - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/7/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following sixteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 The 'God' Program - Category: Computers - Software 8/4/2017
Summary: By, or just explaining Life, the Universe and Everything with "God done it" is just substituting one mystery by appealing to an even bigger mystery. Just saying "God done it" has no actual explanatory power. On the other hand, explaining Life, the Universe and Everything as a computer software program, a 'God' Program as it were, can account for any and all anomalies. With software all things are possible - even explaining God. . . . more

 Jesus According to the Gospels - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/4/2017
Summary: Jesus was either a supernatural entity, a mortal human, or purely mythological. There's no independent non-Biblical source that can be verified for a supernatural Jesus and nothing that's contemporary with the actual time of Jesus to verify even his mortal status. The gospels are so inconsistent that it is hard to believe they are recording actual events, so I conclude in all probability that Jesus is a mythological being, like Hercules, thus accounting for why his actual existence can't be historically verified, nor can his alleged miracles. . . . more

 In The Beginning: God Done It? No, Pixies Done It! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/27/2017
Summary: In any text that mentions "God", just substitute the word "Pixie" or "Pixies" for God and the text will still make perfect rational sense. It's just substituting the name of one imaginary entity for another. I could go through the entire Bible and substitute for various key characters Father Pixie, Son of Pixie, and Ghost of Pixie. The texts would still make the exact same amount of sense as before-the-fact - which is to say very little. . . . more

 Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Universe - Category: Science - Physics 7/17/2017
Summary: The Universe can be pulled apart and put back together again, like Lego blocks. What might such a deconstruction and reconstruction tell us about the real nature of the Universe? Maybe that real nature is of a virtual nature. . . . more

 A Few Mini Religious Shorts - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/5/2017
Summary: Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the anti-camp as the following mini religious short pieces illustrate. . . . more

 Counter-Arguments to Christian Theist Arguments - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/24/2017
Summary: Theists in general and Christians in particular have put forth dozens of arguments and written thousands of books as to why God exists, why Jesus was resurrected, why the Bible is a true account of God’s word and divine plan, and so on and so on. Atheists don’t believe a word of this but of necessity have to put up some counter arguments. Here’s a sample of those kinds of counter arguments. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fifteen - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/6/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following fifteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 The Nature Of Reality: What Is Real? How Do You Define Real? - Category: Arts - Philosophy 6/4/2017
Summary: You probably have one and only one worldview about your reality and the reality you inhabit. However, there are many possibilities when it comes to reality as the following essay hopefully demonstrates. As the question goes, from the Film "The Matrix". What is real? How do you define real? Perhaps all is not what it seems. . . . more

 Are There Such Things As Events? - Category: Arts - Philosophy 6/4/2017
Summary: Humans throw around the term “events” as happenings within their everyday lives. The question is though, are there such things as absolutely discrete events, or is life, the Universe and everything just one long continuum? . . . more

 These Are Good Theories: The Failure of the God Hypothesis - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/20/2017
Summary: The origin of our Universe, what set off what is commonly referred to as the Big Bang event, the immediate happening just before the Big Bang event, is currently one of those areas of uncertainty in modern cosmology. So theists propose a theological alternative – God done it. While it is impossible to – as yet – prove that God didn’t do it, the God Hypothesis is a very weak explanation at best. . . . more

 These Are Good Theories: God Willingly Created Sin & Evil. - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/12/2017
Summary: Given that there is sin and evil in the world, one obvious question is why. And where does the buck stop for the actual existence of sin and evil, or for that matter of good and evil? The buck stops with God – assuming there actually is a God of course. Or of course it could just be all put down to pure human imagination and another case history within the realm of pure mythology. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fourteen: Part One - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/11/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following fourteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. [Note: Due to length I’ll divide this into two parts.] . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fourteen: Part Two - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/11/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following fourteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Premises: Theological And Scientific - Category: Society - Opinion 4/20/2017
Summary: There are just certain near absolute premises that we knit together to form our own personal coherent philosophical worldview of life, the Universe and everything. While these premises are always subject to reviews and revisions, they don't usually alter drastically once we mature and get reasonably fixed in our ways of looking at things. So, in the here-and-now, here are a few of my basic theological and scientific premises. . . . more

 The Bible: A Product Of The Human Imagination - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 4/8/2017
Summary: One thing that apparently humans excel at relative to other species is having an imagination. Witness the multi-thousands upon thousands of fantastic science fiction and fantasy and mythological tales attributed to the human imagination and human authorship. Since the Bible is full of such fantastic mythological and supernatural-themed stories, it's not unreasonable to postulate that the Bible too is just a product of pure human imagination. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Thirteen - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/19/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following thirteenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Mind-Brain Duality As Wave-Particle Duality - Category: Science - Biology 3/19/2017
Summary: Two of the real biggies when it comes to 1) physics, and 2) neurology / psychology are 1) wave - particle duality, and 2) mind - brain (or body) duality. Could the former assist in explaining the latter? If particles can turn into waves, can brain-matter turn into brain-waves and thus a manifestation of what we call the mind? . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Twelve - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/20/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following twelfth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eleven - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/6/2017
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following eleventh helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Ten - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/27/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-theist camp as the following tenth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Atheists vs. Christian Theists - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/17/2016
Summary: If you watch or read atheist - theist debates, you'll quickly note that the arguments and discussions tend to fall into a rather general pattern. Albeit with some degree of prejudice from the anti-theist point of view, I present that overall pattern in a condensed form. This is after all an essay and not a book (easily achievable)! . . . more

 God’s Existence: Bob Dutko’s Proofs Refuted - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/28/2016
Summary: Radio host and Christian Apologist Bob Dutko has given ten proofs for God's existence, which is five more than professional philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig gave! Anyway, here are Dutko’s ten arguments for God and my rebuttal to them. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Nine - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/25/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following ninth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 A Dozen Reasons To Question Christianity’s Bona-Fides - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/19/2016
Summary: Christians, True Believers one and all (well most anyway) believe that Christianity is the be-all-and-end-all of theology - the one and only one true religion. True Believers belonging to hundreds of other religions would of course take issue with that Christian point of view. They have good reason to do so. . . . more

 Chance, Design & Fine-Tuning - Category: Science - Physics 11/12/2016
Summary: Nature is weird, so weird in fact that IMHO it had to have been designed - programmed - that way, much like we have programmer alternate realities like "The Twilight Zone"; "The Outer Limits"; and "Tales from the Crypt" to name just a new. So... "What is real? How do you define, real?" [The Matrix] . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Some Bits & Pieces - Category: Computers - Software 10/27/2016
Summary: One might try and think of our Universe as just a big version and variation of "Star Trek's" Holodeck but programmed from the outside like a computer simulation or a computer / video game. This is known as “The Simulation Hypothesis”. Is there any evidence at all for this scenario? . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eight - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/23/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following eighth helping of “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 The Inquisition Is Alive And Well In The 21st Century - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/7/2016
Summary: You’d of thought by now that in civilized and predominately Christian nations like the United States that the populace would now accept that Biblical sins that harm nobody would no longer warrant Biblical punishments, specifically homosexuality and the death penalty. Alas, if you thought that you haven’t come across the more extreme elements of the fundamentalist right-wing ‘Christian’ community as exemplified by one Theodore Shoebat, alas, one among many. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Seven - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/7/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as my seventh helping of “Religious Bits & Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 William Lane Craig's Evidence For God's Existence: A Rebuttal - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/26/2016
Summary: Is there actual evidence for the existence of God? Is there actual hard-cord logic that requires the existence of God? Theist William Lane Craig thinks so and is one of those True Believers. I personally think Craig’s evidence and logic is extremely flawed. Let’s have an examination, and for those of you who want Craig’s side of the story, he has his own website and numerous YouTube video clips. Bring along your popcorn and a large grain of salt. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Six - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/16/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as my sixth essay on “Religious Bits and Pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Why Special Effect Simulations Explain The Immaterial - Category: Computers - Software 9/16/2016
Summary: You have free will, yet you can't have free will. You have an immaterial mind yet you can't have an immaterial mind. The deceased can have no existence yet the deceased apparently do have existence. Observation changes reality yet observation can't affect reality. Causality operates, yet not always. And something can come from nothing. Something is screwy somewhere! So what's the ultimate resolution? Special effects rule, OK? . . . more

 Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Five - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/7/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following fifth installment of "religious bits and pieces" illustrate. . . . more

 Yet Another Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces Encore - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/31/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following fourth installment of “bits and pieces” illustrate. . . . more

 Regarding God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/27/2016
Summary: Concepts that surround the nature of deities, especially God, continue to be debated as they have been for thousands of years. There's the theist side; there's the atheist side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the atheist camp as this helping of some of my religious thoughts regarding God demonstrate. . . . more

 An Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces Encore - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/20/2016
Summary: Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following bits and pieces illustrate. . . . more

 Is The Bible Compatible With Science? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/17/2016
Summary: There are those who claim that science is compatible with God, Christianity and the Bible. Some go further and claim that religion and theology and theism in general are in general compatible with scientific truths. Such people and such claims are delusional. . . . more

 The Disproof of William Lane Craig's Creator God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/11/2016
Summary: Theist and Christian Apologist William Lane Craig believes that the application of his philosophical and theological logic to his version of modern cosmology seemingly proves God's existence. IMHO, it does no such thing. God and cosmology just don't mix together. Because the Cosmos is circular, not linear, there is no need for any creator God. . . . more

 Some Thoughts About Quantum Physics! - Category: Science - Physics 8/4/2016
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s another potpourri of thoughts dealing with quantum physics and related, too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. People reading this will hopefully be somewhat familiar with the terms and jargon used. If not, well that’s why dictionaries exist! . . . more

 A Few Atheistic Arguments Worth Considering - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/2/2016
Summary: True Believers in God and in Christianity can give you lots of their personal reasons for their 'true' believer’s belief system and religious worldview. Alas, these tend to be highly subjective beliefs based on absolutely no firm independently verifiable historical or archaeological evidence, but often rather on the say-so of others. Non-believers can counter with an equal and opposite number of arguments. As a non-believer I hereby present a few counter arguments to those of the True Believer. . . . more

 Some Thoughts About Physics - Category: Science - Physics 7/25/2016
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s another potpourri of thoughts dealing with physics and related, too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. People reading this will hopefully be somewhat familiar with the terms and jargon used. If not, well that’s why dictionaries exist! . . . more

 A Reply To Some Religious Nonsense - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/18/2016
Summary: Everybody is an atheist at least with respect to one or more religions, theologies, belief systems and deities. No one believes that every religion is or even can be valid; that all theologies are true and that all deities have really real existence in a supernatural reality. Atheism though normally has a broader meaning - no religion, theology or deity has any reality or claim to truth. Alas, that includes God, the Bible and Christianity too. But what arguments can atheists use to put a dent in this brand of monotheism? . . . more

 Is Virtual Reality An Explanation For The "Observer Effect"? - Category: Science - Physics 7/15/2016
Summary: In physics, especially quantum physics, there exists the idea that the consciousness of an observer creates or at least influences external realities. Because physics is an established experimental science, one has to sit up and pay attention to the claims that this "Observer Effect" is in fact an established reality in its own right. Unfortunately, there are no known theoretical mechanisms than can account for this. But if this “Observer Effect” is so then it is strong evidence that we exist as virtual reality beings in a computer simulated landscape. . . . more

 Some More Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/11/2016
Summary: Those philosophical concepts that surround the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to be debated as they have been for thousands of years. Opinions proliferate here and there and in fact anywhere and everywhere where two or more humans are in close proximity. There's the theist side; there's the atheist side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the atheist camp as this encore helping of some of my religious thoughts demonstrate. . . . more

 A Quintet Of Really Big Problems With Dark Energy! - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/6/2016
Summary: Gravity is positive pressure. Anti-gravity (Dark Energy) is negative pressure. While that in theory is fine, the amount of gravity is fixed and finite, while Dark Energy or anti-gravity is ever increasing - out of what? Where's all of this ever increasing negative pressure coming from? It can't be created out of absolutely nothing. That's just one of the really big problems with the concept of Dark Energy. . . . more

 Lotz Of Luck - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/3/2016
Summary: Over thousands of years thousands of deluded people have predicted that the End Times are near to hand. All have been proved wrong. One of the latest crop predicting that the End Times are imminent is Anne Graham Lotz. I predict that she too is deluded and that her end time will come way, way before any so-called Biblical End Times come to pass. . . . more

 Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/10/2016
Summary: Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate in books, articles, videos, conversations in bars and pubs, and in fact anywhere and everywhere two or more humans are in proximity. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the anti-camp as the following bits and pieces illustrate. . . . more

 Observation Stops Motion: The Quantum Zeno Effect - Category: Science - Physics 6/6/2016
Summary: Imagine that you could stop something from happening just by staring it down; just by the very act of observation. Of course you can't do that in the macro world, but apparently you can do it in the micro realm. Let's explore that realm; the realm of the Quantum Zeno Effect. . . . more

 Scientific Paradigms And Absolute Truths - Category: Science - Physics 6/2/2016
Summary: We are all well aware that scientific paradigms have evolved over time and that what was established ‘truth’ yesterday isn’t true today, and more likely as not what is considered ‘true’ today will have been, if not overturned, at least altered by tomorrow. So what is really true? Are there absolute truths and is it the place of science to establish what those absolute or universal truths are? Can in fact science make such claims? Truth, like beauty, might just be in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps science plays a slightly different role. . . . more

 A Cosmological Q & A Revisited - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/26/2016
Summary: In a way earlier essay I introduced a Q & A session relevant to cosmology. That was quite some time ago. I thought it might now be time to revisit that idea. And so from scratch; from the get-go; from the top - down (or is that from the bottom - up; no matter), let's proceed with the dissection of the modern paradigm of the state of our Universe. . . . more

 Ten Reasons To Give Religion / God The Thumbs Down - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/20/2016
Summary: Of all the philosophical Big Questions, the one of greatest interest is that surrounding the reality of the realm of the supernatural, religion / theology, and the existence of a deity or deities and their interactions and relationships with us mere mortals - if any. However, there are good reasons to ditch these concepts as having any connection with reality. . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Life And The Mind - Category: Science - Biology 5/20/2016
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television. Carl Sagan’s "Cosmos" immediately comes to mind and "MythBusters" while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too. However, IMHO, the cream of the crop has been the "Through the Wormhole" series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each episode examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked about the broad subject of life and the mind, our mind, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 God's Unholy Word: The Bible Is Pure Hysterical Fiction - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/13/2016
Summary: You are a normally educated person in any one of the nominally Christian nations but who is totally ignorant of the Bible. Without having any prior knowledge or bias you now read the Bible cover-to-cover as you would any other book. What would you think of it? Might you conclude that many of the events therein were so absurd as to be hysterical fiction? I think that's what I'd conclude. . . . more

 Playing "What If" Games With Higher Generation Particles - Category: Science - Physics 5/5/2016
Summary: All of the normal matter that makes up you and me is comprised of ordinary boring atoms - neutrons, protons and electrons in various combinations. It would be nice if that were the be-all-and-end-all of things. Alas, our matter, you and me type matter, is just the First Generation of all things that matter. There's also a Second and indeed a Third Generation of matter which nobody can explain the existence or relevance of from first principles. However, since these additional generations exist, we might as well have a bit of "what if" fun with them. . . . more

 God In Review - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/3/2016
Summary: We often like to have debates over those nebulous Big Questions in philosophy that don't really have any practical benefit. One such concept that has been debated is the existence or non-existence of a supernatural deity or deities. In our modern monotheistic society that pretty much boils down to God. Here are a few thoughts I've entered into over the atheistic nature of God which pretty much translates into God being just a mental concept and not an independent reality. . . . more

 Life, The Universe And Everything Are Illusionary - Category: Society - Opinion 4/24/2016
Summary: An illusion is anything which is not quite as it appears to be at face value. Illusions are just mental concepts based on perceptions of what you assumed were real through in reality had no actual structure or substance but in terms of perception otherwise appear to have actual structure and substance. Here are some examples of what IMHO are probably illusionary in that these concepts are not quite what they appear to be. . . . more

 The Emptiness Of Atomic Space - Category: Science - Physics 4/21/2016
Summary: Given that all atoms (hence all matter) are roughly 99.999% empty space, you’d think that all physical substances of near equal density and thickness should be equally transparent (or opaque). But that’s not the case. In fact you’d expect most common objects to be near crystal clear being nearly all empty space. But that too is not the case. Is there an explanation, perhaps a virtual explanation? . . . more

 Your Mind Simulates External Reality - Category: Science - Biology 4/15/2016
Summary: Your mind simulates external reality even if external reality isn’t in and of itself a simulation. Even if you are convinced that your external reality is THE reality, you'd be wrong. Here I give various reasons why you have never experienced the actual reality that you think you have experienced. . . . more

 Design Within The Non-Biological Realm - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/12/2016
Summary: The debate over whether or not life, the Universe and everything has been designed, has been ever ongoing, often under the guise of a science vs. religion debate. While I don't want to buy into the life / design argument since that can of worms has been especially full of far-right-wing religious rancor, divisiveness, posturing and politics, I will revisit and reinvent the design wheel with respect to the non-living Universe and everything, well, some things anyway. . . . more

 Your Simulated Reincarnations - Category: Computers - Software 4/9/2016
Summary: In traditional really real reality, reincarnation is useless since any egg and any sperm that conceived you could not have any remembrance of your previous lives. In fact no egg or sperm contains anything non-physical or immaterial, so at conception you have no self-identity, no soul, no essence, no personality, no like or dislikes, etc. Scratch really real reality. That's not the case of course in a computer-generated virtual reality or simulated reality. . . . more

 A Speculative Multiverse That Explains Fine-Tuning - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/4/2016
Summary: Many people think that our Universe is both designed and finely-tuned for life. Many scientists are reluctant to attribute design and fine-tuning to pure chance, pure necessity or to an intelligent designer and fine-tuner (i.e. - God). Another option is to opt for a Multiverse. If you have enough universes, one should according to pure probability be a Goldilocks Universe and we of course have to exist in such a Universe. However, the Multiverse concept rests on just too many unproven speculative concepts. . . . more

 We Are Starstuff In A Type-42 Universe - Category: Science - Biology 3/29/2016
Summary: Life exists. We exist. Where did we come from and what made us? Is it all a cosmic accident? Is it by design? Is our Universe a finely-tuned Universe, a Type-42 Universe that allows for life, as well as the Universe and everything? What cosmic steps are necessary for us to exist and is the answer ultimately summed up by the phrase “we are starstuff”? . . . more

 A Fourth Helping Of Random Thoughts In Physics - Category: Science - Physics 3/27/2016
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s my fourth potpourri of thoughts dealing with physics and related, too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 The Observer Effect In Quantum Physics - Category: Science - Physics 3/20/2016
Summary: The "Observer Effect" suggests that the very act of you observing something requires a change in the behavior or properties in what you are observing, which doesn't tend to be what you observe based on your everyday ordinary experiences. While it is clear your very presence must have some effect, it shouldn't be of the nature of radically changing the properties of what you are observing. Since that has happened, I offer up an alternative explanation. . . . more

 A Supreme Deity Versus Physics - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/13/2016
Summary: Various theologians and other religious philosophers have over many, many centuries, given a list of what traits or properties a Supreme Deity or Maximally Greatest Being would have. Physicists refrain since the list in question makes little if any physical sense, as we're about to discover. Much of what follows stems from an on-line debate I had with my old 'friend' the "Accidental Meta-Physician". While I admire his all gun's blazing theological faith, his physics leaves a lot to be desired. . . . more

 How Do Particles Know And Decide? - Category: Science - Physics 3/10/2016
Summary: In the macro world you'd pretty much be of the opinion that non-living or previously living things can't have consciousness or make decisions. They can't know about their environment and respond to it other than what Mother Nature dictates to them via the laws of physics and chemistry. Things are not quite so obvious on the micro scale where particles rule the roost. The concept that non-living things like particles can have consciousness and make decisions is termed Panpsychism. . . . more

 Computing Crunch Power And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 3/6/2016
Summary: It has been postulated that our reality might in fact be a virtual reality. That is, some unknown agency, "The Others", have created a computer simulation and we 'exist' as part of that overall simulation. One objection to that scenario is that in order to exactly simulate our Cosmos (including ourselves) we would require a computer the size of our Cosmos with the sort of crunch power that could duplicate our Cosmos on a one-to-one basis, which is absurd. The flaw is that realistic simulations can be made without resorting to a one-on-one correlation. . . . more

 Your 'Self-Identity' Is An Illusion: It's Just Programmed Software - Category: Science - Biology 3/5/2016
Summary: 'You' the 'you' that you think exists inside yourself, inside your body (i.e. - inside your brain) doesn't actually exist at all. It's all an illusion (defined as things which are not what they seem to be). It's an illusion programmed by outsiders (The Simulators) who have created a computer simulation with us as players in a virtual reality landscape. . . . more

 Human Idiocy Confirmed: Michele Bachmann’s End Times Are Nigh - Category: Society - People 2/28/2016
Summary: Most would agree that many a politician are a few cents short of a dollar and that logic and truth are not high on their agendas. We should be concerned about any politician, or in the case of Michele Bachmann, a retired Congresswoman (albeit still a very public figure), who holds extreme views. But what’s more concerning than a Far Right-Wing public figure is a public figure who has extreme Religious (Fundamentalist) Far Right Wing convictions. I hold up Michele Bachmann as a case study. . . . more

 Mathematics And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Science - Physics 2/28/2016
Summary: If you accept that likelihood that our Cosmos is designed and fine-tuned then your choice is between pure chance (the Mother Nature Hypothesis and/or the Multiverse Hypothesis) and a designer. If the latter, then your choice is between the supernatural (the Deity Hypothesis) and the 'natural' (the Simulation Hypothesis). What would Ockham's Razor suggest? Does mathematics assist us in choosing? . . . more

 Free Will And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Science - Biology 2/26/2016
Summary: Free Will is one of those philosophical issues that has been pondered about since humans had the ability to think abstract thoughts. It's a topic where nearly all evidence argues against Free Will and all of personal experience argues for Free Will. Yet in theology, if God is all-knowing, then you can't have Free Will since God already knows what you will do from here on out. If you are a simulated virtual reality being you can't have Free Will since the software rules your roost. The latter is the gist of this essay. . . . more

 Theology Versus The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/24/2016
Summary: The question has been asked, what's the essential difference between the 'natural' Simulation Hypothesis (we 'exist' as virtual beings in a simulated landscape) and the supernatural Deity Hypothesis? Both involve an act of creation (being life, the Universe and everything) by an invisible 'friend' of rather unknown and maybe unknowable origins, abilities, motives and intentions. Let's explore the issue. . . . more

 Simulation Physics And Virtual Electrons - Category: Science - Physics 2/22/2016
Summary: There appears to be an awful lot of coincidences in physics that is suggestive of design and fine-tuning. Design and fine-tuning is suggestive of a designer and tuner. Of course one could put it all down to pure coincidence; pure chance; the deal of the cards that came up Royal Flush; the roll of the dice which lady Luck blessed. Here are a few examples and you can decide between pure coincidence or pure design. . . . more

 Contradictions, Paradoxes And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 2/20/2016
Summary: If the Cosmos contained within various scientific contradictions, one would conclude that either we had a totally abysmal understanding of the Cosmos, or else these contradictions were deliberately designed into the fabric of the Cosmos, perhaps as an intelligence test to help reveal to us the evidence of cosmic design. If everything were logical, there would be no need to ponder, "Gee, that's funny" - the root phrase of all intellectual progress. But everything is not logical within the Cosmos, as the following examples demonstrate. . . . more

 The Kalam Cosmological Argument Debunked - Category: Science - Astronomy 2/19/2016
Summary: Cosmologists have shown based on observational evidence that our Universe had a beginning some 13.8 billion years ago which is traditionally called the Big Bang event. Logic, or at least intuition dictates that this Big Bang event had a cause. There must have been some reason why the Universe came into existence. Theists however amend this logic to intuitively say, actually state, actually conclude that there was a reason for this act of creation. God did it. Alas, that conclusion doesn't arise of necessity from the premises. . . . more

 All Things As Virtual Reality: A Trilogy - Category: Arts - Philosophy 2/10/2016
Summary: Personally experiencing a full up-front version of virtual reality with you immersed inside as the star player, is the 'in-thing' in modern digital technology right now. Of course you already experience virtual reality 24/7/52. Anything and everything you experience is courtesy of your sensory apparatus, your memories, and your overall state of being as a conscious, self-aware being. If all reality is experienced solely within your mind then you already exist in a virtual reality 'world'. That could also literally be the case. Welcome to the world of virtual reality. . . . more

 A Cosmological Quartet - Category: Science - Astronomy 2/9/2016
Summary: IMHO, modern cosmology is in a state of crisis with seemingly dozens of highly speculative ideas, each one weirder than the previous one, competing for space in the scientific and general public literature. Fundamental questions vastly outnumber fundamental answers. Here are some of my thoughts on the state of play. . . . more

 Is The Atom An Example Of Cosmic Design And Fine-Tuning? - Category: Science - Physics 2/1/2016
Summary: When one thinks that the Cosmos is both designed and fine-tuned, they mean that the Cosmos is both designed and fine-tuned for life in general but human life, mind and intelligence in particular. But standard Darwinian Evolution, pretty much does away with the need for cosmic design and cosmic fine-tuning. But Darwinian Evolution can't account for any initial pre-life conditions that life would ultimately require. Is there anything in those cosmic pre-life parameters that is suggestive of design and fine-tuning? Well how about the atom itself? . . . more

 Some Evidence For The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 1/26/2016
Summary: The Simulation Hypothesis suggests that we don't actually exist as really real reality but as virtual reality. We 'exist' only as programmed software inside a computer. While this sounds on the surface absolutely crazy, there is evidence, both observational and theoretical which supports the concept. . . . more

 Mathematics: Discovered Or Invented? - Category: Science - Physics 1/23/2016
Summary: The philosophical debate over whether or not mathematics has been discovered (mathematics really exists 'out there' independently of us) or invented (mathematics exists only because we exists and we say mathematics exists) has raged for thousands of years without resolution. My take is that if mathematics were somehow infused into the fabric of the Cosmos (as it appears to be) by a higher authority; a higher intelligence (not of necessity a deity) then mathematics was waiting to be discovered. Otherwise, the mathematics buck starts and stops with us. . . . more

 A JOHN Cosmos Where E Doesn’t Equal M-Squared C - Category: Computers - Software 1/15/2016
Summary: By rights the Cosmos should be totally random, without design, without any significant structure, without any sort of fine-tuning that allows even things like hydrogen atoms to exist. Yet that's not what we see. We do see order instead of chaos; we do see laws, principles and relationships instead of anarchy; we do see, apparently, fine-tuning and design instead of randomness; we do see repeating and consistent patterns and symmetries; we do see emergent complexity. What's the explanation? . . . more

 Anthropic Cosmology: Fine-Tuning By Design? - Category: Science - Physics 12/30/2015
Summary: An almost given hypothesis notes that the Cosmos would appear to have a degree of design and fine-tuning underlying its structure. An unrelated hypothesis suggests that virtual reality worlds will vastly outnumber really real worlds and thus suggests that we probably must be virtual beings 'existing' in a programmed, hence simulated landscape. Programmed software has to be both designed and fine-tuned. Cosmic design and fine-tuning also points towards a reality of our just being bits and bytes, not electrons and quarks. . . . more

 Information: The Gift That Keeps On Giving - Category: Science - Physics 12/29/2015
Summary: Could our ultimate reality be a virtual reality but a virtual reality that evolved into an apparently designed / programmed virtual reality in much the same way that we think the un-designed really real reality cosmos evolved apparently designed / structured emergent elements, like life? In other words, might we be virtual reality without an actual virtual reality programmer? . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Those Little Grey Aliens - Category: Society - Opinion 12/26/2015
Summary: The concept of the ‘Greys’ as a ‘flesh-and-blood’ complement to the metallic UFO is now, but not then, associated with the Roswell UFO event (July 1947). Meantime the ‘Greys’ came to the fore independently with the UFO abduction phenomena that post-dated Roswell but pre-dated the resurrection of the Roswell event. Though Roswell is significant even without the ‘Greys’, the ‘Greys’ nevertheless remain a major facet of the modern UFO debate. What follows are edited extracts I had debating a UFO ETH (ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis) skeptic about the ‘Greys’. . . . more

 Mathematical Equations And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 12/12/2015
Summary: Mother Nature calls the shots and physical scientists try to uncover and figure out Mother Nature's equations to tell them where, when and why the bullets land. Yet seemingly against all probability, the coefficients and exponents of these equations nearly always seem to take on low whole number values. Isn't that rather strange, all things considered, and if so, what does it all mean? . . . more

 Physical Sciences: Revisiting And Reviewing My Worldview - Category: Science - Physics 12/9/2015
Summary: Every now and again I find it useful to outline the various bits and pieces that are part and parcel of my overall worldview, at least as far as physics, cosmology and overall the nature of reality is concerned. Here's my latest offering. . . . more

 The Twelve Absurdities Of Christmas - Category: Home and Family - Holidays 12/6/2015
Summary: Christmas, and the seemingly near endless commercial lead-up to Christmas, is one of the most – actually the most – absurd institutions society has inflicted on the vast majority of the civilized world. Still, most gleefully and willingly jump through the same stressful hoops the following year, paying through the nose for the privilege. . . . more

 There's Something Screwy With The Standard Model - Category: Science - Physics 12/5/2015
Summary: The Standard Model of Particle Physics is the bedrock on which our understanding of matter and energy and all of the interactions associated with these fundamental or elementary particles (like electrons and photons) rests. However, that doesn’t mean that weirdness doesn’t prevail. Here’s a sampling of some of that fundamental or elementary strangeness. . . . more

 A Maximally Greatest Being vs. Maximally Greatest Beings - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/3/2015
Summary: There are those who insist that there can be one and only one possible Maximally Greatest Being (i.e. – God). Others, like myself, insist that if there can exist one God, there can exist many gods. It’s the old monotheism vs. polytheism argument. While I personally opt for the sum total of zero gods, if there is indeed a philosophical requirement for there to be one deity, then that opens up the can of worms of why there can’t be two or more deities, all Maximally Greatest Beings. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Still Debating The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 11/26/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here’s a fifth helping of my comments on the subject dealing with the concept are we ‘living’ as virtual reality beings in a simulated landscape? . . . more

 Fundamental Stuff And Their Properties - Category: Science - Physics 11/25/2015
Summary: What Are The Fundamentals Composed Of? You aren't a fundamental anything since you are composed of lots and lots and lots (add lots more lots) of things with structure and substance that are in themselves not fundamental. Fundamental means here that that's the end of the line. For example, electrons and quarks. You can't break down electrons and quarks (and some other things too) into anything simpler. So, what are the fundamentals and what are they composed of? . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Debating The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 11/23/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here’s a fourth helping of my comments on the subject dealing with the concept of the simulation hypothesis – are we ‘living’ as virtual reality beings in a simulated landscape? . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Alternatives To The UFO ETH - Category: Society - Opinion 11/13/2015
Summary: The UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) hasn’t found favor with all and sundry so what’s left and are alternatives to the UFO ETH credible? That of course is assuming that when skeptics seemingly say “it [the UFO ETH] can’t be, therefore it isn’t”, can they actually come up with alternatives to the UFO ETH? What follows is based around a debate I had with a UFO ETH skeptic on those alternatives. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Some Theology About Jesus - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/5/2015
Summary: My old debating nemesis, the Accidental Metaphysician and I, recently had an electronic chin-wag over the relative merits of some of the theology relevant to the subject of Jesus. So here are some introductory comments of mine on the general topic of the theology surrounding Jesus. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Time & Time Travel - Category: Science - Physics 11/2/2015
Summary: Time is just one of the most mysterious concepts the human mind has ever invented and grappled with. From what is time, to was time created and if so by God, to what is the state of timelessness and was God in such a state, to whether or not time travel (especially to the past) is possible. Much of what follows arose out of a few debates I had with various others on the general nature of time. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Philosophy - Category: Arts - Philosophy 10/28/2015
Summary: My old debating nemesis, the Accidental Metaphysician and I recently had an electronic chin-wag over the relative merits of philosophy. He sees philosophy (and logic) as the greatest thing since sliced bread. I see these subjects as the greatest thing since week old and moldy sliced bread. So here are some introductory comments of mine on the general topic of philosophy. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: God’s Alleged Omnipotence - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/24/2015
Summary: Most knowledgeable people acknowledge that the concept of an omnipotent deity has merit. Some true believers state that is absolutely the case. Some however say that this concept presents a logical contradiction at best and is actually pure bovine fertilizer. An actual omnipotent deity cannot exist. What follows arises out of a debate I had with an Accidental Metaphysician. Of course I give here my point of view. . . . more

 God and the Ancient Egyptians - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/17/2015
Summary: Most knowledgeable people acknowledge that one of the biggie Biblical tales details God’s relationship with Pharaoh and the firstborn in Ancient Egypt. Does this relationship put God in a favorable or an unfavorable light? It should come as little surprise that I argue that God is not shown in a favorable light in this Biblical tall tale. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Revisiting The Mind, Again - Category: Science - Biology 10/12/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the mind, consciousness and personal identity. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: A Dozen More Thoughts About Physics - Category: Science - Physics 10/11/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth” which features in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a dozen more of my comments on one of the general, albeit diverse topics covered, physics and physical realty. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: The “Inspired” Bible - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/9/2015
Summary: Many knowledgeable people, those true believers, acknowledge the concept that the authorized Bible being the inspired word of God Almighty has merit. Some Doubting Thomas’s however say that this concept is pure bovine fertilizer for a whole host of reasons. What follows arises out of a debate I had with an Accidental Metaphysician and true believer which I’ve edited for, hopefully, sake of clarity. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: The Concept Of Infinity - Category: Science - Physics 10/5/2015
Summary: Most knowledgeable people acknowledge that theoretically, on paper at least, the concept of infinity has merit, even if it’s difficult to pin down. Some however say that this concept presents a logical contradiction. What follows arises out of my point of view regarding the concept of infinity in a debate I had with an Accidental Metaphysician which I’ve edited for, hopefully, sake of clarity. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: A Dozen More Ponderings On The Almighty - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/3/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” which features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are yet more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, The Almighty, the Maximally Greatest Being possible. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Time Travel - Category: Science - Physics 10/1/2015
Summary: Most knowledgeable people acknowledge that theoretically, on paper at least, it is possible to travel back in time; back into the past. Some however say that this presents a logical contradiction. Then too there are all of those possible paradoxes that could theoretically arise. What follows arises out of my point of view in a debate I had with an “accidental metaphysician” which I’ve edited for, hopefully, sake of clarity. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Scientific Attitudes On UFOs - Category: Society - Opinion 9/29/2015
Summary: The subject of UFOs as viewed by the scientific community mixes just about as well as oil and water. I examine some of the in’s and out’s surrounding that mix although the basic fundamentals seem to revolve around the fact that the UFO issue was never initially considered a scientific issue, just a national security issue. . . . more

 The Bible Is A Work Of Pure Historical Fiction - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/24/2015
Summary: The Bible says that God exists. But the Bible reads like a typical work of historical fiction. Does that mean that God is just a fictional character? IMHO, yes. . . . more

 Mind and Matter - Category: Science - Biology 9/21/2015
Summary: The body is clearly something physical. The mind is also something with structure and substance although that certainly doesn't appear to be so. Explanatory linkages between body and mind based on established biophysics and biochemistry are not at all obvious. Thus the mind-body problem, or dualism, which is along the lines that the mind must be physical yet it has all the hallmarks of being non-physical. Perhaps another type of biophysics and biochemistry is required. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some More About Human Uniqueness - Category: Science - Biology 9/14/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on the alleged uniqueness of the human species. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Weird Stuff - Category: Society - Opinion 9/13/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on subjects dealing with, well, weird stuff. . . . more

 Thinking About Thoughts And Free Will - Category: Science - Biology 9/11/2015
Summary: Nearly each and every one of us believe that we have free will even though in actual practice we have extremely little control over our own bodies; for most of the day we just go through the motions as pretty much mindless zombies; and for a third of the day, that third when we’re asleep, we lack any free will at all. Here's some more evidence suggestive of the idea that free will might be an illusion. . . . more

 Logic and the Married Bachelor - Category: Arts - Philosophy 9/6/2015
Summary: What follows are extracts from an ongoing on-line debate I engaged in about the place of formal logic in the great cosmic scheme of things. Some say logic is absolute and the be-all-and-end-all in the road to truth. I say that observation, evidence and resulting proofs are a better, but albeit complementary pathway to truth. The extracts have been edited so as to hopefully be meaningful as standalone paragraphs. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Revisiting The Simulation Hypothesis, Again: Part One - Category: Computers - Software 9/5/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth” which features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the simulation hypothesis – are we ‘living’ in a computer simulation? . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Revisiting The Simulation Hypothesis, Again: Part Two - Category: Computers - Software 9/5/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are some concluding comments on one of the general topics covered, the simulation hypothesis – are we ‘living’ in a computer simulation? . . . more

 Some Ponderings On That Roswell UFO Incident (July 1947): Part One - Category: Society - Military 8/31/2015
Summary: The UFO-related Roswell event (July 1947) was one of only a select few UFO events that has both extremely high credibility (professional military officers as witnesses – plural) as well as extremely high strangeness in the form of actual physical stuff for analysis on the slab in the lab. Alas, the downside is that the very nature of the Roswell event was never a scientific issue but always a highly classified and ongoing national security issue. Thus, you don’t get to know about that slab in the lab analysis. . . . more

 Some Ponderings On That Roswell UFO Incident (July 1947): Part Two - Category: Society - Military 8/31/2015
Summary: What follows are further extracts from an ongoing online debate I engaged in about the alleged UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. The extracts have been edited so as to be meaningful as standalone paragraphs. Some previous knowledge about the Roswell event would probably be useful. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Panpsychism - Category: Science - Physics 8/29/2015
Summary: What follows are extracts from an ongoing online debate I engaged in about the alleged concept that all things, not just living things, are, to a greater or lesser extent, have consciousness. That concept is known as Panpsychism. The extracts have been edited so as to be as meaningful as possible as standalone paragraphs. However, some previous knowledge about the Panpsychism concept would probably be useful. . . . more

 Free Will: Missing In Action - Category: Science - Biology 8/29/2015
Summary: You, and your body, in its entirety, are a biophysical and biochemical factory. Stating the obvious, what goes into your system is not the same as what comes out of your system. You have no free will control over those natural biophysical and biochemical processes. Your free will is missing in action. Some further examples follow. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Revisiting Mathematics - Category: Science - Physics 8/27/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, mathematics. . . . more

 Artificial Life And SETI - Category: Computers - Software 8/22/2015
Summary: When you think of colonization you tend to think of biology. But biology is no longer confined to the wet and the squishy. Life can now be found in silico. Will such artificial life, like computer ‘viruses’ expand to fill all available niches? It’s not hard to imagine extraterrestrial in silico creations making their way to the Third Rock from the Sun on the fastest spaceship possible – a light beam. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some More About The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 8/19/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” which features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the simulation hypothesis (are we ‘living’ in a computer simulation). . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Mathematics - Category: Science - Physics 8/19/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, mathematics. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some More About Physics - Category: Science - Physics 8/14/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on some general themes that cover physics. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Revisiting The Mind - Category: Society - People 8/14/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the mind, consciousness and personal identity. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some More About Theology - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/8/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, subjects dealing with theological concepts. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some More About The Almighty - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/8/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer to Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on one of the general topics covered, God Almighty. . . . more

 Some More About Dark Energy And Expanding Space - Category: Science - Astronomy 8/5/2015
Summary: The expansion rate of the cosmos is apparently accelerating which is contrary to not only common sense but what generations of cosmologists would have bet the family farm on; a decelerating cosmos is what any sane astronomer would have predicted. So something is screwy somewhere, but there are so many problems with an accelerating Universe and what drives that acceleration that cosmologists might not have to worry about losing their family farms. . . . more

 Dark Energy: The Ultimate Free Lunch - Category: Science - Astronomy 8/5/2015
Summary: Science is full of surprising discoveries. One that recently won the Nobel Prize in Physics was the discovery that the Universe is not just expanding, but that expansion rate is accelerating. The cause is a mysterious and unexplained ‘dark energy’ which is ever increasing right along with the accelerating Universe. . . . more

 Those Anomalous Martian Rocky Artifacts - Category: Science - Astronomy 8/5/2015
Summary: One of the many things you expect in planetary exploration is to expect the unexpected. However, there’s the unexpected and then there’s the downright ridiculous! Mars is continuing to provide not only the unexpected but the ridiculous as well. Mars is awash in anomalies, most of which fall into the category of anomalous rocky artifacts; rocks on the surface that appear to be anything but a standard rock. Something is screwy somewhere and needs an explanation, even a ridiculous one. . . . more

 Free Will And Your Brain's Pleasure Centre - Category: Science - Biology 8/3/2015
Summary: It's not your conscious mind that makes allegedly 'free will' decisions but rather some structure or something far more basic and primitive that all creatures great and small with what could reasonably be called a 'brain' share - a pleasure seeking; pain avoidance mechanism - the brain's 'pleasure center'. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 7/30/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, is our Universe a fake? . . . more

 Closer To Truth: God Almighty - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/30/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on the general topics that cover the concept of an Almighty God. . . . more

 Free Will: A Trilogy of Thoughts - Category: Society - People 7/28/2015
Summary: Do we have free will, or do we lack any free will, is one of those Big Questions that have perplexed professional philosophers and scientists and the average layperson too for millennia. The rational and objective part of me says we don't have free will; the more personal and subjective part of me wants me to believe I do have free will. I'd like to think I have free will even though I don't think I have free will. Here are a trilogy of short shorts where I try to come to terms with the paradox. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Time - Category: Science - Physics 7/23/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on the general topics that cover the concept of time, nature’s way of preventing everything from happening at once. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Sleep And Dreams - Category: Science - Biology 7/23/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. Featured are one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, sleep and dreams. . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Cosmic Coincidences? - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/20/2015
Summary: There are two main cosmic coincidences that come to mind, and while coincidences happen, they still raise eyebrows and often beg for some sort of rational explanation. My explanation is that these coincidences were all programmed in by whomever or whatever created our Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Motivations? - Category: Computers - Software 7/20/2015
Summary: When considering the nature of your reality, one of the ‘what if’ scenarios to ponder is that you and all else you know of, are the product of a Supreme Programmer who has created or programmed a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. While this Supreme Programmer isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a deity, he, she, it or them must have a logical motive(s) for creating the software packages that gives us our virtual reality landscape. What might that motive(s) be? . . . more

 The Simulation Hypothesis: Explaining Human Enigmas? - Category: Science - Biology 7/20/2015
Summary: The simulation hypothesis postulates that what we perceive to be life, the Universe and everything actually exists inside a computer. We’re just programmed software ‘living’ in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe; in a ‘fake’ landscape. Evidence supporting this hypothesis might arise from what’s to date inexplicable from the within the realm of other possible realities like the natural and the supernatural. Consider the human species for example. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Free Will - Category: Society - People 7/18/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the subject dealing with the concept of free will. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: ESP - Category: Society - People 7/18/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series titled “Closer To Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, ESP and related psychic subjects. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: The Universe - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/15/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” featuring one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the universal topics covered: The Universe. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: The Brain And The Mind - Category: Science - Biology 7/15/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on general topics dealing with the brain and the mind. . . . more

 Emergence: By Cosmos Or By Life? - Category: Science - Biology 7/13/2015
Summary: There are many emergent properties we associate with the emergence of life, and often intelligent life, like thought or even abstract thinking; decision making, affection, etc. Yet upon closer examination many of these kinds of emergent attributes can also be attributed as properties of the Universe at large, maybe not all, but still a goodly number, leading to the ultimate question of is the Universe alive? . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Theology - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/13/2015
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television and IMHO, the cream of the crop, "Through the Wormhole" series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked on topics associated with theology, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Human Uniqueness - Category: Science - Biology 7/11/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth”. The show features in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, a subject dealing with the alleged uniqueness of the human species. . . . more

 What Might Intelligent Aliens Mean? - Category: Society - Opinion 7/11/2015
Summary: Humans actively search for extraterrestrial intelligence(s). But whether we find them or they find us first, the question remains what would intelligent aliens mean to us? I think it depends an awful lot on what they are like relative to what we are like. I mean if aliens are in any shape, manner or form different in quite some significant ways, we might not be able to either relate to them at all or intensely dislike them on the spot. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: The Big Cosmic Picture - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/9/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” featuring one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the universal topics covered: The Big Cosmic Picture. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Simulated And Multiple Universes - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/9/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” featuring one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on two of the universal topics covered: The Simulated Universe and the Multiverse. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Atheism - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/9/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” featuring both one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on the general topic of atheism. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Fine-Tuning And The Goldilocks Universe - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/7/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” that features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the universal topics covered: Fine-Tuning and The Goldilocks Universe. . . . more

 Some Thoughts About Entanglement - Category: Science - Physics 7/7/2015
Summary: If I understand the concept of entanglement correctly, it basically means that if you know the state of one thing (via an observation or a measurement) then you automatically know the state (without an observation or measurement) of some other thing. The two things therefore are entangled. However, enigmas arise. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some Things About Quantum Physics - Category: Science - Physics 7/6/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” which features interviews and panel discussions with the of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered: Quantum Physics. . . . more

 Ancient Aliens: A Reasonable Hypothesis Supported By Facts - Category: Society - Opinion 7/6/2015
Summary: The entire concept of ‘ancient astronauts’ is a field ripe for detailed academic study, and the concept of the ‘ancient astronaut’ shouldn’t be dismissed by scholars are readily as it has been. In support of that rather bold claim, I present the following scenario that is centered on various reasonable hypothesizes as well as various factual observations from human mythologies and archaeologies. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Some Ponderings On UFOs And Officialdom - Category: Society - Military 7/5/2015
Summary: When it came to the interface between the general public and the scrutiny and investigation of UFOs, the United States Air Force (USAF) was the agency caught between a rock and a hard place. However, that unenviable position became so unbearable that they needed to bail out of the UFO PR business and ultimately enlisted the help of physicist Edward U. Condon and the University of Colorado to provide a dignified exit. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/5/2015
Summary: SETI stands for the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligences out there, somewhere. Sporadic searches for alien radio signals, whether deliberately beamed out by ET and/or just plain leakage, have, to date failed to find the smoking gun, albeit they have now and a rare again found some wisps of radio smoke. Here I just ramble and ponder a bit over some of the aspects central to that search for signs of other intelligences among the stars. . . . more

 Closer To Virtual Reality: Extraterrestrials And The Simulation Hypothesis - Category: Computers - Software 7/5/2015
Summary: I believe that the Simulation Hypothesis – a hypothesis that we ‘live’ as virtual beings inside a simulated landscape inside a computer - is the most probable hypothesis when it comes to choosing between differing possibilities of reality. My pontificating on the aliens-are-here, the UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis and related, is to be examined here in that virtual reality scenario. . . . more

 Closer To Reality: Some Ponderings On The Concept Of Boldly Going - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/5/2015
Summary: If any and all extraterrestrial civilizations adopted a philosophy of “Why Bother” when it comes to boldly going throughout the cosmos, either in person and/or via announcing their existence via some form of electromagnetic communications, then each and every galactic civilization, including this here terrestrial civilization, would exist in total isolation. Such a scenario is unlikely in the extreme as I hope to point out. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Theological Realms - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/4/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth” which features interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on the general topics that cover theological concepts. . . . more

 Frank J. Tipler and the Omega Point Resurrection - Category: Science - Physics 7/4/2015
Summary: We nearly all desire immortality and we nearly all tend to look to a God of Theology to provide it. However, one physicist, Frank J. Tipler promises you a resurrection, an afterlife and immortality all thanks to the god of physics, or as he calls it the laws of physics. Alas, no other physicists believes a word Frank Tipler says on the subject. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Some Things About Physics - Category: Science - Physics 6/29/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth”. It features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered: Physics. . . . more

 Your Virtual Reality - Category: Computers - Software 6/29/2015
Summary: You’re not going to like this, but the odds are uncomfortable high that your physical reality isn’t physical at all, but virtual. In other words, you don’t exist with the substance and structure you think you exhibit. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Is Time Travel Possible? - Category: Science - Physics 6/27/2015
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series called “Closer To Truth”. It features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered – Is time travel possible? . . . more

 They Talk-The-Talk; Don't Walk-The-Walk - Category: Science - Physics 6/27/2015
Summary: They, “they” usually being professional and usually physical scientists, like to talk-the-talk and espouse their latest and greatest brilliant new theory or anomalous discovery. However, all too frequently they never seem to be able to walk-the-walk and produce the actual goods. . . . more

 Can Consciousness Be Non-Biological? - Category: Society - Opinion 6/21/2015
Summary: If consciousness is just awareness, then we already exist in a world where consciousness is non-biological. Probably what is really meant here is consciousness that is aware that it has consciousness, or self-awareness . . . more

 Some More Thoughts On Why Space Is Not A Thing - Category: Science - Astronomy 6/21/2015
Summary: Why is the modern standard model of cosmology a pseudo-science? Basically because it is advocating something akin to a perpetual motion machine - even worse. . . . more

 Be Skeptical Of the Skeptics - Category: Society - Opinion 6/20/2015
Summary: Skeptics often want to have their cake and eat it too. . . . more

 Unstable Nuclei And The Half-Life - Category: Science - Physics 6/20/2015
Summary: Here’s a very simple question. An unstable (radioactive) nucleus goes poof and decays. That’s ‘what’ happens. The simple question, the way more interesting question is ‘why it happens when it happens’. The second interesting question that follows is how can such a decay in a collection of such nuclei result in a precise mathematical relationship which one calls the half-life relationship. The standard explanations make no sense. Perhaps the simulation hypothesis and/or the concept of Panpsychism can take up the slack. . . . more

 Carbon Atoms: More Quantum Weirdness? - Category: Science - Physics 6/19/2015
Summary: As we all are aware, collections of carbon atoms comes in various forms. There's graphite, coal (minus all impurities), diamonds, and even Bucky-balls. Now comes the weirdness. . . . more

 Against The Grain: Explaining Radioactive Decay - Category: Science - Physics 6/19/2015
Summary: In previous essays, I noted the anomaly that is radioactive decay which is how something that is totally random and happens for no reason at all exhibits a precise mathematical relationship. I'd now like to expand a bit on the anomaly of radioactive decay by providing some explanations, that, to be honest, are going against the grain. . . . more

 A Modern Synthesis Of Quantum Physics Nonsense - Category: Science - Physics 6/18/2015
Summary: Quantum physics is a bedrock foundation of modern science and it accounts for fully a third of the world’s GDP. However, the subject itself is about as weird as it gets with many facets being straight out of “The Twilight Zone”. I suspect that while the mathematics is correct, scientists have gotten those “Twilight Zone” mechanisms wrong. I suggest that one can eliminate the “Twilight Zone” aspects with some very minor tweaking. . . . more

 Some Thoughts About The Reality Of Space - Category: Science - Astronomy 6/18/2015
Summary: Premise: Space is NOT a thing. Space has no structure or substance. Space is a mental concept of the human mind that we use to picture the imaginary container real stuff resides in. I find no credibility in the alternative, that space-is-a-thing with structure and substance. Why this is so is the subject of this essay . . . more

 Tell Me All About Your Free Will - Category: Society - People 6/17/2015
Summary: Quite apart from a Universe which might well be deterministic and clockwork-like in its makeup, or even a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe where you are software, and software rules, (OK?) your free will is limited at best or perhaps lacking in substance entirely. The Universe is the way it is and no amount of wishful (free will) thinking is going to change that. . . . more

 The Issue Of Awareness - Category: Society - People 6/17/2015
Summary: You consider yourself an aware being, but is that the be-all-and-end-all to the topic? Are you as aware as you think you are? Is your awareness the same as the next person’s awareness? Is your pet aware? How far on down the line can things go before something isn’t aware, or is it awareness to a greater or lesser extend all the way on down the line. Things might not be as cut-and-dried as they seem. . . . more

 Why The Concept Of God Fails - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/15/2015
Summary: There are many reasons why the concept of a supernatural deity, we tend to call Him (so assumed) God. There are flaws in the logic for God; there are flaws in the alleged nature of God; there’s conflict with other ideas that have greater verifiability; there are just a host of flaws and conflicts full-stop, as the following hopefully starts to illustrate. . . . more

 Dualism Reconciled - Category: Society - People 6/15/2015
Summary: The philosophical and neurological dualistic mind-body problem is in one way a problem in that the body (including the brain) appears to be one thing of structure and substance – something that is physical – while the mind is of another thing that’s non-physical or not-material. Yet the two, mind plus body, can interact. Why is this so? How is this possible? Here are a few more of my musings on the subject. . . . more

 The Mind-Body Problem - Category: Society - People 6/14/2015
Summary: A recent essay of mine titled “Where Are You Hiding?” explored the age-old mystery of dualism regarding the mind-body problem which deals with the issue of whether or not there is a non-physical or non-material part to your existence. Here I continue to explore the in’s and out’s with an emphasis on something very mysterious indeed, memory. . . . more

 Where Are You Hiding? - Category: Society - People 6/14/2015
Summary: You are very much aware of yourself quite apart from your physical body. There’s that mental part of you contained within those little grey cells. It’s your awareness, self-awareness, self-identity, soul, spirit, consciousness, etc. I tend to label it your essence. It’s what makes you, you and consists of memory and personality and knowledge, and related. The problem is, all of that has apparently no physical existence. One could put your brain in a vat, but not your essence. Is something screwy somewhere and if not what are the implications? . . . more

 Some Variations On The Concept Of The Greatest Possible Being - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/13/2015
Summary: What is "The Greatest Possible Being"? There are hundreds of traits or properties that one could have that are the greatest in that category. If God (for example) is “The Greatest Possible Being” and that entails being greatest in all possible traits, then God is also the greatest evil being possible. In any event, “greatest” is in the eye of the beholder since greatness is a mental concept not a something that can be absolutely measured to the agreement of all. Here are some variations on the concept of “The Greatest Possible Being”. . . . more

 So You Think You Are Aware Of Your Reality? - Category: Science - Biology 6/3/2014
Summary: You probably think you have a pretty good handle on your reality, especially the reality that’s immediately around you and in your immediate body. Assuming there is a really real reality out there (as opposed to virtual reality via software or wetware), you perceive relatively little of it and what the substance and structure of it is. . . . more

 Some More About Your Personal Reality - Category: Science - Biology 6/1/2014
Summary: Reality – it could vary from just your mind as the entirety of all existence to you being the figment of someone else’s imagination. Without your five senses and brain thingy, you wouldn’t experience any reality at all. There are as many versions of reality as there are living things, up through and including ‘living’ machines – artificial intelligence (AI). But is there any reality at all in the absence of living things, including AI? . . . more

 Personal Reality: Really Real, Pseudo-Real, Or Unreal? - Category: Science - Biology 6/1/2014
Summary: Reality! It’s second nature to us. It is what we live our entire lifetime in and are forever within that lifetime surrounded by. Reality isn’t just interacting with matter and energy (and associated forces); ditto time and space, but in lots of less intangible ways like comprehending the names of objects and their nature; dates, and their importance; and places (we’ve never been to). You often interact with reality in degrees of ignorance just because that reality is just the way things are, and are done, even if you don’t know the full evolution of why it came to be that way. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Aliens - Category: Science - Biology 5/24/2014
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and also a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; God. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered – alien life. . . . more

 Random Thoughts About The Mind - Category: Science - Biology 5/23/2014
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of thoughts on all manner of aspects dealing with all that stuff between your ears that’s too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Random Thoughts on Life & The Human Universe - Category: Science - Biology 5/23/2014
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of thoughts on life and the human universe (even if not quite everything therein) that’s too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Cosmos - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/22/2014
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television, many available on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos immediately comes to mind and MythBusters while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too. However, IMHO, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, has been the Through the Wormhole series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked on cosmology, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 Random Cosmic Thoughts: Round Four - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/22/2014
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a fourth potpourri of cosmic thoughts too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 The Rise And Rise Of The Machine - Category: Computers - Computer Science 5/21/2014
Summary: It would appear based on relatively recent trends that sooner rather than later Homo sapiens will morph into Homo robotus. Just as likely, Homo robotus will share the world or will be supplanted by Robot robotus. It’s all due to the rise and rise of the machine. . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Physics - Category: Science - Physics 5/18/2014
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television, many available on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos immediately comes to mind and MythBusters while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too. However, IMHO, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, has been the Through the Wormhole series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked on or about physics, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Future Concepts - Category: Society - Opinion 5/12/2014
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television, many available on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos immediately comes to mind and MythBusters while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too. However, IMHO, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, has been the Through the Wormhole series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked about our future, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 Through The Wormhole: Aliens - Category: Science - Biology 5/4/2014
Summary: There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television, many available on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos immediately comes to mind and MythBusters while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too. However, IMHO, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, has been the Through the Wormhole series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions. Here are the questions asked so far about aliens, and my personal opinions on each. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Cosmos - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/2/2014
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and also a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; God. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here are a few of my comments on several of the general topics covered, this segment on Cosmos. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: Consciousness - Category: Society - Opinion 5/1/2014
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and now a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; God. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here are a few of my comments on several of the general topics covered, this segment on Consciousness. . . . more

 Closer To Truth: God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 4/30/2014
Summary: There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and now a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It was hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; God. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here are a few of my comments on several of the general topics covered, this segment on God. . . . more

 Physical Reality: Real Or Unreal? - Category: Science - Physics 4/24/2014
Summary: Is reality really real in the sense that it would still be an identical reality even if you didn’t exist, or yet exist, or that your equivalent halfway across the world, or the Universe or as someone generations ago or to come experiences it? You’d probably agree – surely rain a million years ago has the same wet reality as rain you or your equivalents experience. The stars would still shine even in a lifeless Universe. You believe it, but can you prove it? . . . more

 You Only Live Twice - Category: Society - Opinion 4/9/2014
Summary: We’ve all heard the expression about dreaming one’s life away, but what if were literally true. That is, life really is but a dream; you don’t die and go to some kind of afterlife, assuming there’s an afterlife of course, but on your dream deathbed you actually awake and awake into a new really awake reality, which you can call an ‘afterlife’ if you wish. . . . more

 God’s Reality vs. the Reality of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 4/4/2014
Summary: There’s a hundred times over more evidence for the existence of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny than there is for an almighty deity, oft called God. It’s rather disquieting that there’s massive amounts of evidence for what we don’t believe in, what we know is make-believe, yet no evidence at all for the reality of what multi-millions of individuals accept without question. Something is screwy somewhere. . . . more

 Erik Rush And Jim Garrow: Two Irrational Peas In A Right Wing Pod - Category: Society - Politics 3/24/2014
Summary: There are those from all walks of life who hold extreme world views of the political, economic, religious, racial, ethnic, sexist, paranormal, environmental or climate change, etc. kind, even if those worldviews would be deemed irrational to 99 and 44/100ths percent of everyone else. Okay, if they sincerely believe in that worldview, even if extreme, well different strokes for different folks. It would be a very boring world if absolutely everybody agreed on absolutely everything. But… . . . more

 Pots And Kettles: "Show Me Your Evidence!" - Category: Society - Opinion 3/22/2014
Summary: You will find many claims in science and religious texts that this, that and the next thing is 100% factual and true. Usually, in science at least, those claims are backed up by hard evidence, peer reviewed, and published for the entire world to read and examine. However, that’s not always the case. Claims are sometimes made that such-and-such is factual, but there’s no supporting evidence, which a) wouldn’t be so bad if that were admitted, and b) if those failing to give their evidence didn’t demand hardcore evidence from others for their claims. . . . more

 More Profound Things: The Living - Category: Science - Biology 3/17/2014
Summary: There are many things and concepts within the collective worldviews of humanity that are considered pretty mundane. However, there’s certainly a collection of things and ideas which rise to the top in profoundness when compared and contrasted with the ordinary everyday routine. These are the sorts of profound things and concepts which keep you awake at night, pondering the Big Issues. No two people will come up with identical lists. Without further ado, here are some more of mine. . . . more

 More Profound Things: The Non-Living - Category: Science - Physics 3/16/2014
Summary: There are many things and concepts within the collective worldviews of humanity that are considered pretty mundane. However, there’s certainly a collection of things and ideas which rise to the top in profoundness when compared and contrasted with the ordinary everyday routine. These are the sorts of profound things and concepts which keep you awake at night, pondering the Big Issues. No two people will come up with identical lists. Without further ado, here are some more of mine. . . . more

 Seth Shostak On UFOs: Some Commentary - Category: Society - Opinion 3/9/2014
Summary: Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in California has authored or co-authored a trio of books to date about life in the universe in general and extraterrestrial intelligence in particular. It’s difficult to address these topics without having to mention either in passing or at length the subject of UFOs and possible association with extraterrestrials. This Dr. Shostak has done, but painted with a very skeptical, perhaps in places with a misleading, paint brush. . . . more

 Roswell: Mogul Balloon Or Flying Saucer? - Category: Society - Military 3/5/2014
Summary: UFO sceptics in general and Roswell sceptics in particular have embraced with relish, or was that swallowed hook, line and sinker, the most recent explanation for the July 1947 Roswell, New Mexico UFO (only it wasn’t called a UFO back then) incident. The Roswell debris was just the remains of a Project Mogul balloon train. However, the Mogul balloon theory suffers equally the faults of the previous weather balloon explanation. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Philosophy & Metaphysics - Category: Science - Physics 2/28/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. My answers are based mainly with the thought of our being in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe that has been constructed by one or more Supreme Programmers. However, some of the answers apply regardless of what the nature of our ultimate reality is. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Life - Category: Science - Biology 2/25/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Physics - Category: Science - Physics 2/19/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Mind Over Matter - Category: Science - Biology 2/13/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Cosmology - Category: Science - Astronomy 2/11/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. . . . more

 The Russell Stannard Questions: Time & Space - Category: Science - Physics 2/7/2014
Summary: There are many Big Questions in science, many of which go back to the ancients, even back into prehistory in all probability. One of the best modern set I’ve found recently were sidebars in a book by Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, Russell Stannard. These are my answers, thoughts and commentary to those Big Questions. Many readers might have ‘fun’ trying to come to terms with these in their own way based on their own worldview. . . . more

 String Theory: A Knotty Theory - Category: Science - Physics 1/29/2014
Summary: String Theory suggests the substitution of tiny vibrating strings for little billiard ball particles, but requiring in the process an extra six spatial dimensions. It gets the thumb’s down until such time as proponents of String Theory get some experimental runs on the board, something not accomplished in over four decades. . . . more

 Big Bang: Big Blunders: Myth Busted - Category: Science - Astronomy 1/22/2014
Summary: If you read the Standard Model of Creation Cosmology (the Big Bang event), it reads an awful like the first few verses of Genesis. While I’m sure that is just a coincidence, neither scenario as given is a satisfactory explanation, for vastly different reasons. Here I tackle the physical ones, not the supernatural ones. . . . more

 Quantum Evidence In Support Of Your Virtual Reality - Category: Science - Physics 1/6/2014
Summary: Most physicists don’t have much of a philosophical streak. Most philosophers don’t usually have the technical background to come to terms with modern physics. Whether physicists or philosophers, they don’t promote ideas far outside their subject’s standard model. It’s not usually considered a wise career move. I have no academic career to damage, so I’m going to combine physics and philosophy and think way outside of the established box. It’s going to be physics ‘explained’ by appeal to the Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe scenario. . . . more

 The Many Theoretical Lives Of Radioactivity - Category: Science - Physics 12/26/2013
Summary: When you study radioactivity in high school or anything that relates to radioactive dating, you’re drilled in the fact that any and every radioactive (unstable) nuclei decay at a fixed mathematical rate called the half-life. Each ‘brand’ of nuclei has its own half-life that’s applicable or unique to those particular nuclei. What’s probably not drilled into you is that unstable nuclei decay for no reason at all and that tends to make a bit of a hash of the half-life relationship which in turn can’t be explained. Something is screwy somewhere. . . . more

 Some Oops In Those Laws, Principles And Relationships Of Physics - Category: Science - Physics 12/11/2013
Summary: Some physical scientists – professional skeptics – are quick to jump on what in their opinion are the flaws inherent in what they term pseudoscience or the paranormal. Perhaps they should gaze at their own navels first before criticizing others, as the following hopefully points out. . . . more

 Have You No Soul, Brothers And Sisters? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/8/2013
Summary: There would be few among us who would deny the existence of a soul; specifically their soul; probably of supernatural origin; and their ticket to an eternal afterlife – somewhere. But no matter how you slice and dice the concept, you open up a can of worms at every turn. And once those worms get loose, it’s near impossible to re-can them. . . . more

 Astronomers On Alien Life - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/27/2013
Summary: The bulk of books, articles, documentaries, written and presented on the subject of life in the universe are by professional astronomers. However, much of the subtopics that make up the broad-brush picture have nothing to do with professional astronomy. As such, readers interested in the subject need to be highly critical when astronomers wax lyrical about extraterrestrial life as most what they pontificate about is personal, not professionally based opinion. . . . more

 Does A Microbe Have An Afterlife After It Dies? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/17/2013
Summary: When you kick-the-bucket in this terrestrial abode and head off into that great eternal afterlife located in an even greater heavenly abode somewhere beyond the Pillars of Hercules (or equivalent), no doubt you expect an everlasting existence interacting with deities and of course your fellow, albeit also deceased, humans. But what about all the other terrestrial life forms (animals and plants). Don’t they too deserve their slice of the afterlife pie? No fear. You’ll find them too out back of beyond, or wherever ‘heaven’ resides. . . . more

 SETI: Will ET Please Stand Still! - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/14/2013
Summary: The traditional, even the untraditional Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been going on now for over five decades; six decades if you include UFOs, and a century’s worth if you include listening for Martian radio signals. Of course, as we are all well aware, nothing has, to date, come from these extensive searches. Either there’s nothing out there worth searching for, or perhaps one is shooting at a moving target. A better search strategy might be to shoot at a stationary target(s). My suggestion is for an optimal static SETI target – the Moon. . . . more

 That Roswell ‘Flying Saucer’ Event: The Smoking Gun - Category: Society - Military 11/1/2013
Summary: Of all reported UFO events, the best known and documented was the Roswell incident in July 1947. If you’re not one of the powers-that-be (i.e. – in the loop), it’s easy to get mired or bogged down in the masses of names, trivia and after-the-fact events that may, or may not have happened. One needs to focus on the key names and events that took place at the very start and take the logic from there. Logic should then compel you to treat Roswell as the UFO Smoking Gun. It’s all a matter of applying common sense to what is on the public record. . . . more

 Extraterrestrial Robots Boldly Going - Category: Society - Opinion 10/29/2013
Summary: When you think of extraterrestrials, you probably think of ET, Mr. Spock, Klaatu, Yoda, Klingons and Romulans, the Blob, Martians with heat rays, Alien vs. Predator, the Sontarans, or perhaps the ‘Greys’ of UFO lore. However, if you really had an extraterrestrial close encounter of the up-close-and-personal kind, I’d wager the odds are far greater that you’d be shaking ‘hands’ with something more akin to Robby the Robot. . . . more

 Carl Sagan’s Philosophy on UFOs: Some Thoughts In Reply - Category: Society - Opinion 10/19/2013
Summary: Many a well-known scientist, because they are well known, often have to venture outside of their area of expertise when say interviewed or pontificating within a broader arena of which their speciality is just a tiny niche. As such, they are on far shakier ground and thus subject to rebuttal by others who are more knowledgeable in that other part of that broader arena than the famous scientist in question. One prime example is the late astronomer Carl Sagan waxing lyrical about but out of his depth on the subject of UFOs. . . . more

 Issues Surrounding Self-Awareness: A Solution? - Category: Science - Biology 10/9/2013
Summary: I’ve previously viewed an opinion that there apparently seemed to be no logical reason, in theory, why one couldn’t have more than one self-awareness spread over two (or more) bodies (a counterpoint to those having more than one self-awareness housed in just one body). I’ve now come up with a reason why one can’t have a self-awareness in dual bodies. At least I hope this explains the conundrum. . . . more

 Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs: Some Comments - Category: Society - Opinion 10/3/2013
Summary: Sooner or later, nearly every astronomer, especially if they have a relatively high public profile, has got to face the UFO issue and expound upon whether there is any scientific credibility to the idea that some UFOs are bona-fide alien spacecraft. One such astronomer, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, has indeed made his point of view known. He doesn’t deny the theoretical possibility, but that is about as far as the credibility goes. I take issue with some of his opinions as this essay details. . . . more

 Science vs. The Extreme Religious Right - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/27/2013
Summary: The religion vs. science debate should have been settled and confined to the dustbin of history multi-generations ago. The fact that it still rages today sits squarely on the shoulders of those diehard never-give-in right wing religious fundamentalists who just keep on keeping on about how the ‘goat-herders’ who penned the Bible deserve all the Nobel Prizes for getting the science really right. No doubt the non-existent validity of the debate will continue to rage for generations to come. . . . more

 Immediately Before The Big Bang’s Ka-Boom - Category: Science - Astronomy 9/17/2013
Summary: Once upon a time, or was it in the beginning, there was a Big Bang and thus was born what we now call our expanding Universe – expanding because really Big Bangs are associated with explosive events and explosive events hurl out stuff hither and yon. But while there’s little dispute about the Big Bang event, the central question is, was it an ‘in the beginning’ event, or more akin to a ‘once upon a time’ event? If the latter, then it’s reasonable to suggest there was a prior existence to that ‘once upon a time’ event. . . . more

 Even More Random Thoughts On Natural History - Category: Science - Biology 9/12/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a third potpourri of thoughts on natural history too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Some Core Philosophy Regarding Ancient Astronauts - Category: Society - Opinion 9/1/2013
Summary: If one or more extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced alien technologies have already done their boldly going exploring the galaxy thing, it stands to reason that at various times in our geological and historical past we would have received visitors from the stars. If one or more such occurrences happened in out historical past, there might be some suggestive evidence of same; and thus the concept of the ‘ancient astronaut’ would come to pass. The question is, is there such suggestive evidence? . . . more

 Religion: Round Three of Some Random Irreligious Thoughts - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/22/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a third potpourri of thoughts that won’t exactly put me in a favourable light with any deities (if any) that are too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Chemistry Is Weird - Category: Science - Chemistry 8/19/2013
Summary: Despite the fact that most of us were exposed to the subject in high school, I’d wager that 99.99% of us don’t give a passing moments thought to the reality in our world, the reality which makes you, you – chemistry. Yet, even if you did chemistry in high school, you probably never gave a passing moments thought to how weird chemistry really is. Weirdness aside, chemistry works. We all rely on that, except when it comes to the chemistry that rules the roost of that brain thingy of yours. . . . more

 Self-Awareness Revisited - Category: Science - Biology 8/13/2013
Summary: Although the brain is the only bodily organ capable of contemplating itself, part of that contemplation, awareness of self, is an enigma. On the surface it would appear that there can only be a finite number of self-awareness configurations, since the brain is a finite structure, and eventually there would have to be a repeat self-awareness. Yet, there appears to be no record of any awareness-of-self in one body having dual awareness-of-self in another body. That’s an enigma. . . . more

 Physics: More Random Musings On Natural Philosophy - Category: Science - Physics 8/9/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of further thoughts on or about physics too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Natural History: Some More Random Rambling - Category: Science - Biology 8/6/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s yet a further potpourri of thoughts on or about natural history that are too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Residents Of The Quantum Realm - Category: Science - Physics 8/3/2013
Summary: Now the really interesting thing about quantum physics isn’t so much the physics but the philosophy behind it all. Why is it so? What does it mean? That these philosophical issues matter and should be of interest is because you, the macro reader, is made up entirely – from the ground up – out of the residents of the realm of the micro, the inhabitants of the realm of the quantum. . . . more

 Some More Random Irreligious Thoughts - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/2/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s yet another potpourri of irreligious thoughts too good not to record, but with not enough meat available to flesh out. . . . more

 Natural History: Some Random Rambling Mainly On The Human Species - Category: Science - Biology 7/30/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of thoughts on aspects of humanity’s natural history and traits too good not to record, but without enough meat available to flesh out more fully. . . . more

 Random Observations That Are Out Of This World - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/28/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s an extraterrestrial potpourri of thoughts too good not to record, but without enough meat available to flesh out more fully. . . . more

 Self-Awareness: Limit One Per Customer - Category: Science - Biology 7/25/2013
Summary: You are a self-aware being. That’s no great revelation. While there are many unknowns about self-awareness, it’s ultimately grounded in physics, chemistry and biology. The real mystery is why you have one realization of self-awareness in one body, not two or more realizations of self-awareness in two or more bodies. What prevents that from happening? There seems to be a self-awareness limit – one per customer, and that applies to both human and animal. . . . more

 Natural Philosophy: Some Random Thoughts - Category: Science - Physics 7/24/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of thoughts on natural philosophy (i.e. – physics) too good not to record, but without enough meat available to flesh out more fully. . . . more

 Religion: Some Random Observations - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/21/2013
Summary: Sometimes you have a new thought, an idea, or eureka moment, but it’s not gutsy enough to expand into a reasonable length article or essay. So, here’s a potpourri of irreligious thoughts too good not to record, but without enough meat available to flesh out more fully. . . . more

 The Concept Of A Simulated Universe: Questions & Answers - Category: Society - Opinion 7/20/2013
Summary: Nearly everyone will tell you that there is a really real universe out there and that they are part of that natural universe. However, that might not be the case. The case might be that there is a really real virtual universe out there and that you are a part of that simulated universe. In other words, you are just a character in a video game, only this video game that you are a character in was created by an unknown – let’s call this creator the Supreme Programmer; maybe a human; maybe not. . . . more

 Those Cosmological Ad-Hoc Epicycles - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/14/2013
Summary: Sometimes observations are hard to explain. So you just have to tack on the best ad-hoc explanation that fits the facts, even if the explanation itself is lacking the nitty-gritty details. Astronomy went through such an exercise when anyone who was anyone said that the Earth was the centre of all things, and all things revolved around the Earth. That didn’t end very well. I suspect that modern cosmology is in a similar situation that ultimately won’t end well as far as the status quo is concerned either. . . . more

 God Of The Philosopher vs. God Of The Bible - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/9/2013
Summary: There are those philosophers who are religiously inclined who have tried to conjure up their idealized version of a deity – God for all practical purposes and have been doing so ever since Methuselah was in diapers. However, versions of God as represented by them aren’t really the Biblical God. Rather, their God is the ideal abstraction of God or the philosophical concept of God. So any similarity between their abstractions and the attributes given God of the Old Testament is purely a matter of coincidence. No matter – either way it’s all nonsense. . . . more

 Those Cosmic Black Holes Revisited - Category: Science - Astronomy 7/3/2013
Summary: I’ve noted in earlier essays that someone crossing over the Event Horizon of a cosmic Black Hole does so from a personal perspective of one second per second – normal time. An outside observer would see that same crossover event as one frozen in time for all eternity. That implies a paradox in that something cannot happen at one second per second and yet take an infinite amount of time to happen. The paradox might be resolvable if it were only the image of the happening frozen in time. Alas, that too has issues. . . . more

 Radioactive Decay: For No Reason At All? - Category: Science - Physics 6/26/2013
Summary: We’re all frightened by radioactivity. We associate it with high level nuclear waste; atomic weapons and the mass destruction of nuclear war; Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Three Mile Island and Chernobyl; radioactive fallout that causes cancer and biological mutations. What I’m most frightened about radioactivity is that there is no rational scientific explanation for it! That’s probably because radioactivity resides within the realm of quantum physics, and there’s no rational scientific explanation for that either. . . . more

 Some More About That Unique Human Species - Category: Society - People 6/22/2013
Summary: Humans share 98% of their DNA with their closest animal relatives, the chimpanzees. That 2% difference however was enough to put man on the moon while the chimps still frolic in and around the forest trees. So, humans should pat themselves on the back, right? We’re king of the mountain; top of the tops, lord and master over all we survey. But what else has that 2% difference bestowed upon us? Perhaps a closer comparison to the rest of the species inhabiting Planet Earth should deflate our massive egos a might. . . . more

 Reflections On A Pane Of Glass - Category: Science - Physics 6/16/2013
Summary: In quantum physics, you may deduce that those residents of the micro realm, those elementary particles, have some very strange properties bordering on quasi-free will. They seemingly have the ability to ‘know’ things about their external world and their relationship to that and make decisions and act accordingly. There are experiments to back this up that include an observation you can make at home to verify this. Look outside your window. What do you see? A very big mystery is what you see, if your window is anything like my window or most windows. . . . more

 An Infinite Cosmic Connection: Issues Arising - Category: Science - Astronomy 6/9/2013
Summary: The nature of, the size, the shape and the duration of our Universe has been speculated and debated upon ever since humans gazed in wonder at the night sky. Though ideas have waxed and waned, and though modern cosmology is more focused than ever on actual observations, speculations, well that’s still the case today. My take, albeit slightly more philosophically inclined, is that our Universe is just part of an overall infinite in space and infinite in duration cosmos. . . . more

 Causality vs. Probability In Quantum Physics - Category: Science - Physics 6/4/2013
Summary: It is absolutely impossible to read any popular account on quantum physics without running into the words “probability” or “uncertainty” if not in each and every paragraph, then at least on each and every page. Quantum physics and probability fit together like a left hand and a left handed glove! But it’s all bovine fertilizer since the concept of probability is a human concept that has no real application in Mother Nature’s realm. . . . more

 Some Profound Events In Modern Science (And Why) - Category: Society - Opinion 6/3/2013
Summary: Science has had many a profound impact on our lives since the turn of the 20th Century and not always a positive one – depending on who you talk to. There have been literally hundreds of significant scientific concepts, events, including inventions that have had a profound impact on our individual selves and our society. Any list doesn’t bring justice, and there will be howls of protest for omissions, but still, here’s a baker’s dozen that I feel are pretty profound. . . . more

 Time To Question Time? It’s About Time! - Category: Science - Physics 5/27/2013
Summary: Time is the most mysterious concept that you are likely to think about. You know exactly what time is, unless you actually have to explain it and then things bog down. If you admit that time is pure puzzlement, well you’re not alone as the nature of time has been endlessly debated by thinkers, good, bad and average, ever since humans had the ability to think. Okay, I’m a thinker, so here are my thoughts in Q & A form about time. . . . more

 Virtual Reality As An Alternative Worldview - Category: Society - Opinion 5/24/2013
Summary: There really is a really real cosmos that has spawned an extraterrestrial intelligent civilization, or is home to our future descendents, or contains a dreamer, any of which has created a simulated universe that includes us as virtual reality occupants. In support of this, I postulate that the following are suggestive signs – evidence, not proof – of this idea. It all evolves around my observations that when it comes to the cosmos and human affairs, something is screwy somewhere. . . . more

 My Personal Set-In-Stone Worldview - Category: Society - Opinion 5/20/2013
Summary: Everybody has his or her own particular worldview, philosophy, a set of truisms, a concept of reality, and overall, a degree of certainty on just how the world works. Equally true, that worldview evolves as you grow older. Santa Clause was probably part of your worldview when you were five years old, but unlikely at fifty-five. I’m no exception to the rule, so here are my latest ‘set-in-cement’ thoughts on how the world operates. . . . more

 You Revisited: Some More About You - Category: Science - Biology 5/17/2013
Summary: There’s something very odd about you. You have self-awareness about you, but not self-awareness about anyone else (human or animal). How did that happen? How did you acquire your own sense of self-awareness? You began at conception, so presumably self-awareness was programmed in at that moment yet didn’t eventuate until later. When it comes to the concept of you, there’s a lot of explaining required. . . . more

 The Worldview of the Lonely Electron - Category: Science - Physics 5/13/2013
Summary: One way of coming to terms with the cosmos is to do thought experiments and keeping things simple. When you come to terms with the simple picture, then you can gradually build up the complexity until you start to model the real cosmos. There’s nothing much simpler than to imagine an entire universe that contains one and only one electron – absolutely nothing else: just the Lone Electron. What sort of worldview would our Lone Electron have or we have of it? Actually it would be Boring with a capital B. . . . more

 My Dozen Most Profound Things & Concepts - Category: Society - Opinion 5/10/2013
Summary: There are many things and concepts within the collective worldviews of humanity that are considered pretty mundane. However, there’s certainly a collection of things and ideas which rise to the top in profoundness when compared and contrasted with the ordinary everyday routine. These are the sorts of profound things and concepts which keep you awake at night, pondering the Big Issues. No two people will come up with identical lists. Without further ado, here is mine. . . . more

 A Universe Without Life - Category: Science - Physics 5/6/2013
Summary: You know and I know that at this point in time, our Universe is inhabited. Even if nowhere else in the cosmos, Planet Earth is host to terrestrial life. However, the Universe didn’t start off with any life, especially human life. This puts the kibosh on a certain brand of quantum philosophy, the brand that encompasses the role of the observer and the role played by probability. . . . more

 Shuffling Cards With Dr. Quantum - Category: Science - Physics 5/3/2013
Summary: The realm of the micro, quantum mechanics, is presented as a realm of probability, uncertainty, indeterminacy, indecision, etc. This is in contrast to the realm of the macro where events tend to be on firmer footing – like the Sun rising tomorrow morning. However, such terms as probability are human concepts and interpretations and often result from natural limits on what we can learn about the micro. If you eliminate the human then you eliminate the distinction between the micro and the macro. . . . more

 In the Beginning, Was Time Created? - Category: Science - Physics 4/26/2013
Summary: Is it possible to create time? If you accept the modern cosmological paradigm that’s exactly what happened 13.7 billion years ago. If you accept that, was the creation of time a once only creation or is the creation of time occurring even as you read this? Or, is the whole idea of literally creating time something only those smoking the good stuff could conceive of, while those of a less befuddled mind view as total bovine fertilizer? It’s the latter IMHO, or should be. . . . more

 The Dark Night Sky Paradox Revisited - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/23/2013
Summary: It’s obvious that there is quite a difference between daytime and night-time. At night, the sky is dark! Why? Well, it’s obviously dark at night because the Sun isn’t shining in our night sky – wrong answer. In fact, if you stop to think about it, the night sky should be as bright as the daytime sky. That it’s not means there’s a paradox, usually referred to as Olbers’ Paradox. Resolutions have been around for yonks; I introduce another one here. . . . more

 Scientists And Some Doubleplus Ungood Absurdities - Category: Science - Physics 4/20/2013
Summary: Even the very best of scientists can exhibit some sort of scientific sleight-of-hand and bamboozle their lay audience with absurdities. Actually, this approach often is just taking a lazy way out. Explaining things in sufficient detail, to avoid the absurdities, would either be too involved or take up too much text. At least I hope that’s the case. If some scientists actually believe what they write, then something is rotten in academia. . . . more

 The Universe Inside A Black Hole - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/15/2013
Summary: There are numerous ways of theoretically generating a collection of separate and apart universes, commonly called a Multiverse. One such novel approach uses two accepted entities, a universe and a Black Hole to generate each other in turn in either a linear or a cyclic fashion. While the linear approach runs out of puff, the cyclic version doesn’t, but only if you postulate a form of time travel! . . . more

 Fantastic Voyage Inside A Black Hole - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/8/2013
Summary: Suicide missions are hardly unknown happenings, so presumably it wouldn’t be too hard to find a volunteer to take a long walk off a short pier and dive into the heart of a Black Hole. Well, let’s trade in the walk and the pier for a spaceship, with our suicidal pilot crewmember willing to boldly go. What might she expect? For that matter what might a chickenhearted outside observer expect to see? . . . more

 Charge: The Proton, the Quark and the Electron - Category: Science - Physics 4/5/2013
Summary: The electron, the proton and the quark are all entities within the realm of particle hence quantum physics. All three carry electrical charge. All three have mass. After those observations, things get interesting, or messy, depending on your point of view. . . . more

 Reality: Maybe This, Maybe the Next Thing - Category: Science - Physics 4/2/2013
Summary: In science as well as in metaphysics there are often competing ideas about what’s real and what’s not real but might be real – an alternate reality not yet proven. Here are a baker’s dozen of examples of what we believe is a truism today, but could easily be shown to be mistaken tomorrow. In one case, the last, tomorrow is already here! . . . more

 Our Expanding Universe: In Space or By Space? - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/28/2013
Summary: You will read in astronomical texts the idea that space is a thing, a flexible membrane that can influence the motion of objects, in fact carry the flotsam and jetsam of the Universe around. This flexi-space is expanding over time, and by carrying the bits and pieces that comprise the Universe, provides the reality behind the common phrase ‘the expanding universe’. Unfortunately, space is not a thing and the consequences arising means the common mechanism for an expanding universe is nonsense. . . . more

 The Many Alternate Realities of Mother Nature - Category: Science - Physics 3/26/2013
Summary: Coming to terms with your reality is hard enough under ordinary circumstances, but Mother Nature’s perverse and likes to baffle us with one hand in the observed reality this-is-nuts cookie jar while giving us with the other hand her middle finger by ignoring a more theoretical alternate reality common sense cookie jar, just to make life difficult and hard to understand for us mere mortals. . . . more

 Reality: Now You See It, Now You Don’t - Category: Science - Biology 3/22/2013
Summary: In these life and times of your day-to-day activities, going about your business in this four dimensional space-time you find yourself stuck in, I doubt whether you question that what you experience is anything but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. What you see is what you get, and what you get is really real reality, absolute nuts-and-bolts no question about it reality. If that’s what you think, think again. . . . more

 The Branes and the Bulk - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/19/2013
Summary: For millennia, New Age devotees have related observations of nebulous exotic entities from apparently alternative realities like Parallel Universes that have made a crossover into our reality. Rational people suggest that’s just so much bovine fertilizer. Or is it? Perhaps theoretical physics and String Theory might just support such an exotic scenario, the scenario of the Braneworld. . . . more

 Free Will: An Illusion At Best; A Delusion At Worst - Category: Society - Opinion 3/14/2013
Summary: Just about every human on Planet Earth holds near and dear to their worldview that they have control over their own lives, or at the very least control over their own mind. Even if you live in a dictatorship or you are a slave or a prisoner you have free will of the mind. You can’t go to jail for what you’re thinking. But wishing or believing or faith doesn’t make it so and there are many scenarios that render your alleged free will to the state of an illusion, if not a delusion. . . . more

 Are You Conscious Of Your Subconscious? - Category: Science - Biology 3/11/2013
Summary: In psychology, there is the concept of the subconscious, or the unconscious, mind. Whatever you call it, you have no real apparent control over it and it’s not subject to your introspection. As such, you have no free will over this apparently automated non-awareness part of your mind (not to be confused with your automated nervous system which holds sway over your body). When you lack free will over the workings of your own mind, well that suggests something or someone else is pulling the strings: translated its evidence for a Simulated Universe. . . . more

 Pat Robertson: Harmless Crank or Dangerous Right Wing Christian Fanatic? - Category: Society - People 3/8/2013
Summary: It takes way more than you fingers and toes to tick off the number of radical right wing religious fanatics, those Christian fundamentalists and evangelists who seemingly are anti anything and everything even slightly left of their worldview. They don’t tend to preach the positives, but concentrate on the negatives like God’s wrath, Satanism, hellfire and brimstone, demons and the end times. One of the better established examples is long term televangelist Pat Robertson, and his worldview is pretty typical of the type. . . . more

 How Prehistoric Australia Was Populated: Issues Arising - Category: Society - People 3/4/2013
Summary: The first human inhabitants of the island continent of Australia arrived perhaps as long ago as 60,000 years – just 10,000 years after some nomadic band(s) kissed their African homeland good day. Since there is, and never has been in human prehistory, a land bridge between the two geographical continents, the first Australians had to have mastered the ‘art’ of sailing. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence to back up what must be the obvious. . . . more

 The Concept of the Megaverse Illustrated By Australian Currency - Category: Science - Astronomy 2/27/2013
Summary: Everyone is aware that they live on a small blue-green planet which goes around an average star which orbits an average galaxy which is one of billions of galaxies that collectively make up our Universe. Is that all there is? Well, you may have heard of the Multiverse concept – a collection of Universes. You are probably familiar with Parallel Universes, even if just from watching or reading sci-fi. I’ll use an analogy here we’re all familiar with to illustrate these concepts – money. . . . more

 In the Beginning: The Annotated Alternative Creation - Category: Society - Humor 2/26/2013
Summary: We’re probably all familiar with the mythology of The Creation as outlined in the Book of Genesis: chapters 1 and 2. But if you believe in a Simulated Universe relative to a Supernatural Universe, here’s an annotated variation on The Creation theme. . . . more

 The Human Species and the Cosmic Connection - Category: Society - Opinion 2/25/2013
Summary: There are various enigmas that cry out for resolution, like the Fermi Paradox regarding ET, “Where is everybody?” Then there are enigmas surrounding human origins, evolution and characteristics, extinctions, migrations and colonizations, and the rise to civilization. Finally, much that’s in our global mythologies is anomalous. In modern times we have UFOs and alien abductions. It’s time to wrap all this up in one neat little package, tied up with a nice little ribbon and bow. . . . more

 One Plus One Equals You - Category: Science - Physics 2/24/2013
Summary: You are part of life, the Universe and everything. You and that greater whole have to be grounded in some fundamental bedrock that connects everything into a logical and unified whole. Most would say that’s the role of the laws, relationships and principles of physics. But there’s a deeper level yet. Mathematics are the ultimate foundation that make physics a logical (if not quite yet unified) whole. So ultimately life, the Universe and everything is based on maths. Maths is ultimately your reality. It’s what makes you tick! . . . more

 First Contact with Extraterrestrial Artificial Intelligence - Category: Society - Opinion 2/23/2013
Summary: Scenarios about human-alien First Contact are usually based around flesh-and-blood meeting and greeting flesh-and-blood. In sci-fi, First Contact is often depicted as meeting and beating (to a pulp) flesh-and-blood by flesh-and-blood. There are far more sci-fi scenarios that explore alien invasion relative to a friendly and diplomatic “take me to your leader”. However, a way more likely First Contact scenario is alien silicon-and-chips meets/greets/discovers human flesh-and-blood. . . . more

 UFOs and Our World War Two Atomic Technology - Category: Society - Opinion 2/22/2013
Summary: A rarely seen, ‘long lost’ Walt Disney UFO documentary titled “Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland” hosted by Robert Urich, is a program that’s pro-UFO as in UFOs being the product of extraterrestrial intelligences. Unfortunately, though while I have relatively little bone to pick with the general content, it did repeat what IMHO is a fundamental error which is the relationship between our use of nuclear weapons in WW2 and the arrival of the aliens (if aliens there be) in 1947. . . . more

 There’s Something Fishy About Bryan Fischer’s American Family Association - Category: Society - People 2/14/2013
Summary: The American Family Association and their spokesman, Bryan Fischer, would have you believe that what they are all about is pro-family. While that maybe so, my take is that they are an extremist right wing religious hate-group, promoting an agenda that advocates no equal rights for homosexuals, is anti-abortion, anti-environmentalism, is anti-Muslim/Islam and extremely anti-President Barack Obama. . . . more

 Ghostly Encounters of a Simulated Kind - Category: Society - Opinion 2/11/2013
Summary: There are three possible universes we inhabit. The Natural Universe where the laws of science rule the roost. The Supernatural Universe where one or more supernatural deities reside and miracles are commonplace and the laws of science can be overridden or suspended. The Simulated Universe where what we perceive as life, the universe and everything is just programmed software and we are virtual beings in a virtual reality. Which one of the three possibilities is the one we can actually call home? . . . more

 Love Between Virtual Reality and Really Real Reality - Category: Communications - Mobile Cell Phones 2/5/2013
Summary: Humans are a social animal, but the bond isn’t always human-human. Sometimes it is human-animal, sometimes it is quasi human-machine (a man and his car; a captain and their ship). Increasingly it is now a human-artificial intelligence (AI) or virtual reality (VR) bond. What do you love? Your mobile phone! . . . more

 Kiwi Cats Under Fire and the Claws Are Out - Category: Science - Environmental 1/30/2013
Summary: Some people in New Zealand, and no doubt in other places, would like to exterminate the domestic pussycat because of its environmental impact, specifically on native wildlife. But the double standards applied here condemn the people advocating them way more than the objects of their condemnation. . . . more

 Out-of-Africa: Prehistoric Migration Issues - Category: Society - Opinion 1/27/2013
Summary: Modern humans originated in Africa some 200,000 years ago – give or take. Further on down the timeline, some band(s) of African humans eventually migrated Out-of-Africa and ultimately colonized Planet Earth. That’s the standard anthropological model. However, within that standard scenario lie a lot of anomalous issues, some of which are explored here. An attempt to resolve these anomalies is presented. . . . more

 Origins of Agriculture: Mythology vs. Anthropology - Category: Society - Opinion 1/19/2013
Summary: We’re aware that once upon a time our ancient ancestors lived day-to-day as nomadic hunters and gatherers. Then, roughly 10,000 years ago, in various locations around the globe, we ceased our wanderings, put down roots as rural agricultural-based settlements, and became civilized. Anthropologists cannot tell us why. Mythology does tell us why – the gift of agriculture was from the gods. What to those cultures were gods, we can interpret as ‘ancient astronauts’. . . . more

 Cindy, Oh Cindy: Gimme That Old Time Religion! - Category: Society - People 1/15/2013
Summary: We’re aware that God is interested in saving souls, I just wasn’t aware that the souls (soles) in question were on a pair of Cindy Jacobs shoes! . . . more

 Zeus, King of the Gods vs. the God of Israel - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/12/2013
Summary: Within all human cultures over all of recorded history, there have been literally multi-thousands of supernatural deities forming the cores of the world’s religions. First and foremost would be the monotheistic deity, God. Of the polytheistic deities, the Greek King of the [Olympian] Gods, Zeus (Jupiter to the Romans) is top-of-the-pops. Now for the heavyweight champion believability fight – God vs. Zeus – that’s the match-up of the millennia. . . . more

 We’re Still Just A Flock of Human Sheep: More Baa! - Category: Society - Opinion 1/10/2013
Summary: I said it before, I’ll say it again: nearly all of us conform to the sociological norm and rest comfortably within the cultural box society demands of us, because, ultimately it’s too much effort to really be an outsider, a free thinker and doer due in part to the social consequences of being, well, different. Let’s face reality; most of us are sheep most of the time. Here’s round two of ‘what the flock’ just to further drive home the point. . . . more

 There’s a Trilogy of Universes to Choose From - Category: Society - Opinion 12/30/2012
Summary: There is a trilogy of possible universes we inhabit – Supernatural, Natural and Simulated. There are also several universal beliefs that nearly all humans, all cultures, over all of history share. Belief in these universals usually extends to the present day. Can the later assist in determining which of the three possible universes we might live in, is the one we do live in? . . . more

 The Worldview of the Extreme Religious Right - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/25/2012
Summary: The majority of churches, religious institutions and prominent religious individuals, though deluded IMHO, are for the most part, most of the time, middle-of-the-road and live-and-let-live. But as any probability statistician can relate to, there will be minorities on either side of that road. One side of that religious road, the Right side, are not only in your face but hold opinions (usually stated as facts) and philosophies that are anything but the normal mainstream. In fact they are extreme. . . . more

 People Kill: Mass Murder but God Doesn’t Care - Category: Society - Opinion 12/20/2012
Summary: Following yet another mass shooting in the US of A, with all the predictable and understandable gut reactions that pour forth, my gut feeling is that nothing of substance will be done since American history, culture and the Constitution rule; gun control isn’t the real issue; things will get worse; people kill (it’s in our genes – deal with it); and it provides another reason why God is an increasing irrelevance in society. . . . more

 Happy Holidays and the War on Christmas - Category: Home and Family - Holidays 12/19/2012
Summary: Should we all have a “Merry Christmas” or will just having a “Happy Holiday” suffice? Do we really all need to receive supersaturation exposure to all things Christmas for weeks on end? What is the point of the over-the-top commercialism of a religious celebration that firstly doesn’t apply to everyone and secondly is just a figment of the Christian imagination anyway? Why do we lie to our children about Santa? Is it any wonder that there’s now a “War on Christmas”? . . . more

 God’s Holy Word: Something’s Screwy Somewhere! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/15/2012
Summary: Multi-millions around the world accept the Bible as the literal word of God, and as such it cannot be in error. However, an examination of Biblical texts strongly suggests, to those with open minds, that error, or as I like to phrase things “something’s screwy somewhere”, abounds. . . . more

 God vs. the Legal Eagle - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/8/2012
Summary: One positive attributed to our trilogy of monotheistic religions is that they form some sort of moral, ethical, legal bedrock for our various civilizations, and without these religious texts we’d all be barbarians if not Neanderthals. Still, when it comes to our legal system, God and the Bible, for example, are not just in the background, but usually offstage, even out on the street. . . . more

 The Power of Positive Prayer: Pray Tell - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/1/2012
Summary: If there is anything the Big Three monotheistic religions agree on it’s the power of positive prayer. What I ‘pray’ for is an end to human stupidity; those who believe in the power of positive prayer in the first place. My prayer will of course go unanswered. . . . more

 When It Comes To Disasters, God's A Disaster! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/26/2012
Summary: Humans can and do die prematurely through no apparent fault of their own. It’s a common feature on the news. It’s reasonable to ask who’s responsible. There are various agencies that can be held accountable: God, Mother Nature and Mankind. Since God is allegedly the Top Banana, the buck stops with Him when it comes to a ‘please explain’ those premature deaths. So, here’s an analysis of possible explanations with God taking centre stage. . . . more

 We’re Just a Flock of Human Sheep: Baa! - Category: Society - Opinion 11/23/2012
Summary: We all probably like to pride ourselves for being independent thinkers and doers – thinking and doing outside of the box that society has tried to put us, and confine us, in. Dream on. Nearly all of us conform to the norm and rest comfortably within that box because ultimately it’s too much effort to really be an outsider, a free thinker and doer due in part to the social consequences of being, well, different. Let’s face reality; most of us are sheep most of the time. . . . more

 Religion: What's In It For Me? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/19/2012
Summary: Given that the Bible is the most contradictory and illogical text that’s alleged to be non-fiction, it’s a wonder anyone puts any stock in the Christian religion, the Bible, God and associated entities. But, billions have and do. Why? Well religion puts you in the driver’s seat. You adopt religion because you’re a selfish bastard! “Why believe” is a no-brainer since there’s a lot to be said for the “what’s in this for me” question and religion markets itself by offering you a theological banquet. . . . more

 Purpose in Your Life, the Universe and Everything - Category: Society - Opinion 11/15/2012
Summary: If there is a common theme within religions and associated philosophies, it’s one of trying to position oneself in the broad context of life, the universe and everything as something special. You have somehow been tapped on the shoulder with a special and unique mission or destiny, or a special purpose or meaning that you have to carry during the time of your existence, something that places you uniquely above the rest of life, the universe and everything. Hogwash! . . . more

 The Skeptic vs. the Witness - Category: Society - Opinion 11/9/2012
Summary: There’s many a conflict that rages between observation and theory. What is observed cannot be; what cannot be alas is observed. Skeptics, those supporting theory, dump down on those who contradict theory because they witnessed something to the contrary. “It can’t be therefore it isn’t.” The witness dumps down on the skeptic with the statement, “I know what I saw”. Impasse! Perhaps there is a third option, one where both theory and observation can coexist. . . . more

 Show God the Rubbish Bin: He's Past His 'Use By' Date - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/2/2012
Summary: What does the phrase “past its use by date” mean? It means the product is no longer relevant or serves the purpose for which it was once intended; it’s superseded; irrelevant; it’s outdated; if organic it stinks, leaves a bad taste in your mouth, can be harmful to your health and wellbeing, and all-round is a product better discarded into the rubbish bin, buried, incinerated and forgotten about. That seems to sum up the product we call God of the Old Testament. . . . more

 The Multi-You: How Many Of You Are In You? - Category: Health - Conditions and Diseases 10/29/2012
Summary: You probably think of yourself as singular. Not even your identical twin is you, your clone, but someone else. There is only one you, past, present and future. Not so. Quite apart from those abnormal psychological multiple personality disorders, I suggest there is a normal psychological multiple personality state of affairs. In a very real sense, you (and every one of us) are a quasi Jekyll-and-Hyde character. . . . more

 The Creation of Adam and Eve: The Dust-and-Rib Scenario - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/24/2012
Summary: Where did we, the modern human species, come from? Science has a very convincing case that we evolved via Darwinian natural selection from primate ancestors over the past eight or so million years. New Agers suggest we are the product from those same primate ancestors, only by artificial selection via genetic engineering on the part of ancient aliens. Then there’s God’s religious claptrap, one of various mythological creation tales to account for mankind, starting with Adam and Eve. . . . more

 Where Can Yesterday And Tomorrow Be Found? - Category: Society - Opinion 10/20/2012
Summary: We are all familiar with the concepts of ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. We probably use the terms all the time in daily conversation and correspondence. But exactly where do we find ‘yesterday’ or ‘tomorrow’? What exactly is ‘yesterday’ or for that matter ‘tomorrow’? When exactly is ‘yesterday’ or ‘tomorrow’? We use the terms loosely, but pinning them down is elusive. . . . more

 The Bible, Literally - Category: Society - Politics 10/12/2012
Summary: It’s one thing to hold extremely religious right-wing fundamentalist views, but quite another to bring them to the fore in a personal manner when holding not only an elected position as a Congressman but also holding a position on a Committee that by its very nature must be the antithesis of that worldview. Such has been the sad case that recently surfaced in the United States. Unfortunately, it’s not a one-off, and the implications are considerable. . . . more

 Created In Man's Image: God On The Brain - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/7/2012
Summary: Reality isn’t all that complicated. It resides 100% within that brain-thingy of yours. The Big Question is, is that (your brain) the sum total of reality or are their other realities outside of your own that reside as both an outside reality and in other brain-thingies? And where does the reality of a god (or any supernatural deity) fit into that Big Mental Picture? Perhaps God was created in man’s image. . . . more

 The Trouble With Human Evolution - Category: Science - Biology 9/29/2012
Summary: When it comes to the standard model of how modern humans evolved from our primate ancestors, be prepared to ask the tough questions and see if they get answered to your satisfaction. Questions like can you really go from primates to what makes you, the reader, you, via natural selection in 6 to 7 million years. So, if you think the standard model is unlikely, and you reject any supernatural explanation that leaves but two alternatives: artificial selection or we’re simulated beings. . . . more

 Who's Who In The Ancient Astronaut's Bible - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/22/2012
Summary: Since the idea of supernatural deities is nonsense IMHO, perhaps there’s another explanation behind the more likely as not reality molehill hidden inside the traditional religious mythological mountain. That explanation could revolve around an extraterrestrial flesh-and-blood alternative. . . . more

 A Final Potpourri of Anomalies - Category: Society - Opinion 9/15/2012
Summary: It’s been said and cited again and again that the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine. Whether or not that’s true, the universe, and all it contains, like us, is surely strange indeed. . . . more

 Still More Anomalies: Another Top Baker's Dozen - Category: Society - Opinion 9/8/2012
Summary: From the cosmic to the quantum; from the macro to the micro; from the natural world to the human world, enigmas are everywhere. Here’s another baker’s dozen worth. . . . more

 My Top Baker's Dozen Anomalies - Category: Society - Opinion 9/1/2012
Summary: The Universe is filled with mystery. There are a myriad of things that are, but shouldn’t be, or probably shouldn’t be. Adequate explanations are not only lacking, but even the wildest possible theoretical explanations are rather thin on the ground. There often tends to be a massive divide between observation and theory. These anomalies run the range from the Universe as a whole, down to your local neck of the woods, down in fact to the realms of the microscopic. Here are a few of my favorite anomalies from the top down. . . . more

 Dark Energy: The Ultimate Free Lunch - Category: Science - Astronomy 8/23/2012
Summary: Science is full of surprising discoveries. One was that the Universe is not just expanding, but that expansion rate is accelerating. The cause is an unexplained ‘dark energy’ which is ever increasing right along with the accelerating Universe. But if the Universe contains all that is and ever will be, where is this extra ‘dark energy’ coming from and is this creation out of nothing a violation of the laws and principles of physics? If yes, perhaps there’s an even more surprising alternative. . . . more

 Impossible, Improbable and Imaginary Geographies - Category: Science - Earth Sciences 8/19/2012
Summary: Far away places with strange sounding names. Sometimes they exist; sometimes they exist but not quite in the way at times suspected or expected; sometimes they don’t exist at all. It’s the latter two categories I examine here. . . . more

 Armageddon: Your End of Days in Religious Mythology and Prophecy - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/17/2012
Summary: When it comes to the end of the world, at least in Biblical mythology, including prophecy, you get various buzz phrases like: Book of Revelation; the Apocalypse; Armageddon; the Second Coming; the End of Days, etc. There’s been more than just a minor industry spawned by this concept. So, we’ve had the hype, where’s the substance? . . . more

 The London Olympics: The Least Important Non-Event Happening Since the Previous Olympics - Category: Society - Opinion 8/15/2012
Summary: Never have so many swallowed so much hype over so little. I refer to that bloated, over-the-top, over-promoted, over-hyped, grossly overrated and nearly economic obscene staging of athletic competition called The Olympics. Who really needs or benefits long-term from this extravaganza, the be-all-and-end-all to end all extravaganzas? My analysis suggests, apart from the athletics who win medals, not a single solitary soul. . . . more

 The All-God: All This, All That, All the Next Thing - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/6/2012
Summary: God is certainly considered by the faithful to be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and of course omni-warm and omni-fuzzy. He’s also as omni-conceited as they come. But all that’s irrelevant since the All-God has the all-quality of non-existence. . . . more

 Abducted by Aliens? A Possible Case History - Category: Society - People 8/4/2012
Summary: From right around the world, from people from all races, creeds, cultures, ages and occupations, come their tales of alleged abductions, not by terrestrial kidnappers looking for a quick megabuck, but extraterrestrials looking for – well it isn’t cash. While no two abduction accounts are absolutely identical, there are such close similarities that the subject has to be taken seriously. Some accounts detail the experience; some just the possibility. This falls into the latter category. . . . more

 Divine Right: Born To the Lurk & Perk - Category: Society - People 7/30/2012
Summary: What is the ultimate origin of the concept of ‘born to rule’ or of ‘divine right’? Why should someone who just happened to be the product of a particular sperm cell and a particular egg cell require worship as if they were a god? Does it have anything to do with real supernatural deities anointing those with the ‘right stuff’ genetics, those who they see fit to rule, or perhaps there’s a more intimate connection. Perhaps in fact it’s all nonsense. . . . more

 Religious Hatred of the Nonviolent Kind: The Westboro Baptist Church - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/25/2012
Summary: One tends to associate religious intolerance for other religions with bloodshed. The phrase ‘holy wars’ comes to the fore. However, the peace movement has come to religious hatred as well as in all other manner of protest movements. The most famous, or infamous, of the peaceful religious haters is probably the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). I’m sure many of the recipients of their hate would prefer the days of bloodshed so they could dish a bit something back in return. . . . more

 In the Beginning: God vs. Science - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/19/2012
Summary: Probably among the most familiar of familiar phrases in the English language is one that starts out “In the beginning God created…” However, there are alternative non-theological variations on that phrase that fall more in the realm of natural philosophy (or as we call it today, science). What’s at stake is the credibility of God’s alleged word vs. the credibility of the word of science. Christians might believe the Bible, but they put their real faith in science when they turn on their TV set or board an aircraft. So too should they put their money on the scientific scenarios of the creations. . . . more

 Australia’s Carbon Tax: Fuzzy or Phony? - Category: Science - Environmental 7/15/2012
Summary: Australia recently (1 July 2012) introduced a carbon tax [a tax on carbon dioxide emissions] designed to make Australians feel all ‘fuzzy’ (I dare not say ‘warm and fuzzy’ under the circumstances) that their government was doing their bit on behalf of all the great unwashed to deal with global warming. The reality is that the government will just add revenue to its coffers; the great unwashed will pay through the nose and global warming will keep on keeping on getting, well, warmer. . . . more

 Those Tall Tales of Biblical Disasters - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/9/2012
Summary: Despite what you might hear in church, or view on Christian websites, the Bible isn’t all about those ten Godly commandments, loving your neighbour, doing onto others, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, truth, justice and everlasting life. Star Wars aside, there’s a dark side to the Force. Even apart from hell, fire and brimstone and lots of sins and sinning, there’s much death and destruction all around. The Bible is full of tales of disasters that rival anything Mother Nature has conjured up. . . . more

 When Religious Aliens Come Knocking - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/5/2012
Summary: Aliens, as in extraterrestrials, come in all manner of shapes and sizes at least according to science fiction authors, TV produces, filmmakers and even scientists. We have to rely on them since we don’t yet have an alien on the slab in the lab for verification. Our potential aliens also have all manner of philosophies and intentions – invasion and sex usually dominate. But what about religion: their existence and impact on our religion and of greater importance, their religion’s impact on us. . . . more

 God: The Intelligent Designer? Oops! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/30/2012
Summary: One alleged proof of an Almighty deity is that life, the Universe and everything (LUE) is apparently designed in an intelligent, not in a random way. Part of that life is of course human beings, like you. Are you intelligently designed? If you answer “Yes”, I’ll say “Bull”! Is the rest of LUE intelligently designed to optimise your love and respect of your alleged Almighty Creator? If you answer “Yes” yet again, I’ll say “Bull yet again”! . . . more

 Seven Alien Misconceptions Revisited - Category: Society - Opinion 6/27/2012
Summary: The scientific community and the general community tend to have differences of opinion over the topic of extraterrestrial life, especially intelligent extraterrestrial life with advanced technological capabilities. The scientific community tends to be ultra conservative; the great unwashed are way less critical since they get their news and views from the tabloids and sci-fi programs. Perhaps the middle ground is a more viable option than either side’s extremely conservative or uncritical point of view. . . . more

 Israel vs. Wagner: This Is The 21st Century, Isn’t It? - Category: Arts - Music 6/22/2012
Summary: I’m sure each and every country, past and present, will have enacted some dumb (even if not legally binding) policies both foreign and domestic, like say the White Australia Policy. Some are regionally, even globally important, others are trivial. My commentary is on one such dumb and trivial policy – Israel’s unofficial banning of the music of the classical opera composer Richard Wagner for reasons which have nothing to do directly with Wagner. . . . more

 Extraterrestrialism: Our Out-Of-This-World Inheritance And Legacy - Category: Society - Opinion 6/20/2012
Summary: If asked the question about your ultimate origins, you might reply that you were of this or that nationality, perhaps with ancestry from this or that other place. Perhaps if you’re a bit more clued you’d say “Africa” as the birthplace of the human race. If you’re really cluey, you might say the oceans, the undoubted place where life itself got its start. But no doubt, no matter what, you’d say you were “terrestrial” – of this Planet Earth. Alas, you’re still not cluey enough. You’re extraterrestrial. We are the aliens, directly and indirectly. . . . more

 The Olmecs: An Enigma Wrapped Up In A Mystery - Category: Society - People 6/14/2012
Summary: When it comes to the ancient civilizations in the Americas, well the Amerindians like the Anasazi at Mesa Verde come to mind; even more so the Aztecs, the Incas, and the Mayans. But perhaps the most interesting of all, a culture that normally registers on the peripheral vision of our knowledge of all things Mesoamerican, is that of the Olmecs. Olmec society, civilization and culture is famous for several things: their mysterious origins and demise; their obsession with jade; their cult of the Were-Jaguar; and last, but not least, those monumental ‘African’ stone head carvings. . . . more

 Jesus of Nazareth: R.I.P. - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/12/2012
Summary: Assuming that the Christian religious figurehead known as Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth actually existed, and that is not a given by any stretch of the imagination, then the odds are, IMHO, that he was just another mortal human and not an immortal supernatural deity, the alleged ‘Son of God’. . . . more

 Six Impossible Godly Concepts - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/9/2012
Summary: We all like lists: The ten best this, the top dozen that; the five worst ranking next thing. That’s why the popularity of the Guinness Book of Records. In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen believed in six impossible things before breakfast. Exactly what those impossible things were is not stated; perhaps they fell in the lap, not of the gods, but of God. . . . more

 Biblical Doomsday - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/7/2012
Summary: While many Biblical concepts resonate with the general public, one of the most interesting and personal concepts is the ‘End of Days’ prophecy and the Book of Revelation. Old Testament prophets predicted (speaking on behalf of God) gloom and doom. Jesus has been cited as a deity obsessed with the Apocalypse, forever preaching about the ‘End Times’. Over the following 2100 years, religious fundamentalists have followed suit, dragging the faithful along by their short and curly bits. It’s even spawned a minor publishing industry. Alas, it’s all bovine fertilizer. . . . more

 Biblical History: Fact or Fiction? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 6/5/2012
Summary: Is Biblical history fact or fiction? Well, it's probably a mixture of both but the emphasis is weighted heavily on the fiction part - say by a ratio of 99% bovine fertilizer to 1% wheat among the chaff. . . . more

 Stoned, For All Eternity - Category: Science - Physics 6/3/2012
Summary: A great deal has been written about and made much of in alternative archaeology books about how and why our technologically primitive ancestors were able to carve out, transport and erect massive multi-ton stone blocks into megalithic monuments of well, monumental size. The implication is that since there is no doubting the existence of these structures, our ancestors must of in fact possessed an advanced technology or had assistance from those who did (i.e. – ‘ancient astronauts’). That runs contrary to the standard model of scholarly archaeology. But the questions remain. . . . more

 God’s Population and Environmental Policy: Genesis 1: 28 - Category: Science - Environmental 6/1/2012
Summary: One part of the Bible that people like and take seriously is that God commands people to have sex – with the opposite sex of course, even if only for the purpose of producing more people who will grow up and eventually have sex, etc. Humans tend to be very good at this, regardless of race, IQ, occupation, status, income, overall health or even disabilities. Unfortunately, the consequences have been less than a utopian paradise or heavenly. . . . more

 Those Quotable Scriptures: Fact or Fiction? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/30/2012
Summary: Our culture is awash with Biblical quotations uttered by Biblical personalities. You can quote God, or Moses, or Jesus, or Noah, or any of the dozens of others from the various chapters and verses in the Bible. The question is how much faith can you muster and attribute to the bona-fide accuracy of those you quote? If you’re really honest with yourself, the answer is bugger-all! . . . more

 Bibles Galore! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/28/2012
Summary: We have all heard of ‘The Bible’, but that’s really a misnomer. What you have heard about, or have in your home, is ‘a Bible’, not just one copy of many, but one copy of the many versions of the so-called ‘The Bible’. Now the questions to be asked are if there is but one God, therefore but one holy word of God, why are there dozens of different versions with differing texts? And if no one version is more correct than another, then perhaps no one version is correct. All Bibles in all languages are works of fiction! . . . more

 Biblical UFOs, Abductions and Ancient Astronauts - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/23/2012
Summary: Nearly all of us are familiar to a greater or lesser extent with the concept of ‘ancient astronauts’ – extraterrestrials that influenced human history many millennia ago. Evidence is cited from around the world, and draws on mythology, religion, out of place artefacts, artistic works, and the construction of various monumental megaliths that modern society and modern engineering would be hard pressed to reconstruct. It shouldn’t be surprising that a small fraction of that evidence has been culled from the Bible. . . . more

 Six More Impossible Biblical Things - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/17/2012
Summary: The Bible is apparently one of the best, if not the best selling books of all times. Why it isn’t for sale though in the mythology or fiction section of bookstores (or available in similar locations in libraries) is beyond me. Simply put, The Bible isn’t believable as non-fiction and as a historically accurate record of those ancient times. . . . more

 Energy: A Passport To Your Afterlife? - Category: Society - Death 5/13/2012
Summary: When you die, your energy has to go somewhere. Some say that’s your passport to the afterlife. Your energy is you after you die. I say that’s a load of codswallop! . . . more

 Ten Impossible Biblical Events - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/12/2012
Summary: We all like lists: The ten best this, the top dozen that; the five worst ranking next thing. That’s why the popularity of the Guinness Book of Records. In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen believed in six impossible things before breakfast. Exactly what those impossible things were is not stated – so here’s mine, plus four more, that reside in the land of the Biblically ridiculous. . . . more

 The Tenth Plague - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 5/8/2012
Summary: God is a cold-blooded, premeditated, serial killer. The Bible says so. With respect to that tenth plague inflicted upon ancient Egypt, death to the firstborn, there’s no wriggle room here. God did not delegate; no one else did the deed; it was no one else’s idea; God and God alone must bear 100% of the responsibility for His actions and the death of up to a fifth of the entire ancient Egyptian population. To add insult to injury, others celebrate those deaths via the Passover! . . . more

 UFOs: Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Category: Society - Opinion 5/5/2012
Summary: It’s pretty much common knowledge that most scientists reject the reality of UFOs, at least in terms of UFOs being something ultimately anomalous, like extraterrestrial spaceships. Eyewitness testimony doesn’t cut their mustard. Photographs don’t hack it. What they demand is something nuts-and-bolts that they can study, put under a microscope, pound with a hammer, pour acid on, etc. No actual body on the lab’s slab equals no actual evidence one can study therefore there is no reality to the nonexistent body and no correspondence will be entered into on the matter. I smell a double-standard rat! . . . more

 Six Impossible Physics - Category: Science - Physics 5/2/2012
Summary: We all like lists: The ten best this, the top dozen that; the five worst ranking next thing. That’s why the popularity of the Guinness Book of Records. In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen believed in six impossible things before breakfast. Exactly what those impossible things were is not stated – so here’s mine that reside in the land of physics. . . . more

 Six Impossible Physical Actions - Category: Science - Physics 4/28/2012
Summary: We all like lists: The ten best this, the top dozen that; the five worst ranking next thing. That’s why the popularity of the Guinness Book of Records. In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen believed in six impossible things before breakfast. Exactly what those impossible things were is not stated – so here are some of mine that reside in the land of the physical sciences – action-at-a-distance. . . . more

 "In the Beginning": Why? - Category: Society - Opinion 4/25/2012
Summary: One of the biggest mysteries to me is why anyone in their stark raving right mind would assume anything and everything had been created from scratch. You cannot make that assumption from first principles based on personal observations and human history. Knowledge that there were in fact creations therefore must be based on information passed down from those with way more insight or knowledge than you could possess. . . . more

 Six Impossible Metaphysical Things - Category: Science - Physics 4/20/2012
Summary: The paranormal incorporates a whole potful of concepts, some which maybe plausible, some rather implausible, and some that are IMHO impossible. Here I detail what I think are six impossible metaphysical or paranormal concepts, and why. But for true believers I give an escape clause toward the end. . . . more

 Whodunit: Who or What Killed Off Our Ancestors? - Category: Science - Biology 4/14/2012
Summary: “Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?” was one of those top-notch mystery comedies from 1978. Who killed the ancestors of modern day humans isn’t quite so funny, but it’s still a top-notch mystery. I propose one rather unconventional answer, our creator ‘gods’, the extraterrestrials. . . . more

 Gamma-Ray SETI - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/10/2012
Summary: Gamma-ray bursts are cosmic phenomena. As far as terrestrial astronomers go, they are unexpected (you can’t point your telescope in advance knowing where and when one will happen) and they are short-lived (so when one is detected you have a rather limited window of opportunity to point your telescope). Now, the question arises, are they all totally natural phenomena, or could some be manufactured, and like artificially generated radio waves, perhaps contain a message in a cosmic bottle? - A message of interest to those who seek out new life and new civilizations. . . . more

 A Biblical Quiz - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 4/5/2012
Summary: Believing in the reality of Biblical stories is, IMHO akin to accepting the reality of the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and the Adventures of Superman. Or, perhaps it’s more akin to accepting the reality of that other Holy Trinity – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy! Next time your local clergy starts shooting off at the mouth about the reality of all things Biblical, the Glory and the Greatness of God, here are a few awkward questions to pose (or perhaps just forward this on to your local place of worship along with a “please explain”). . . . more

 Cosmology's Biblical Resolution - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 4/2/2012
Summary: There are but two possible or realistic fates for our expanding Universe. Either it will expand forever and ever, or else the expansion will eventually halt and reverse into a contraction. If you had to choose between the two, based not on the science of cosmology, but on the Bible, you’d have to opt for the former. Fortunately for the Bible, cosmologists place their bets on that option as well. . . . more

 The Mythological Sky - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/29/2012
Summary: We’re all quasi familiar with the stars in the night sky; some more than others which often depends on whether you’re in the centre of a brightly lit polluted city sky or out in the clear dark air of rural – wherever. To the ancients, those bright lights in the night sky weren’t just bright lights in the night sky, but actual representations of their myths and legends. Time and time again their gods rewarded various characters with immortality, not by turning them into deities, but by placing them forever and a night in the heavens for all to see and remember. . . . more

 Biblical Foreign Policy: Make War, Not Love - Category: Society - Politics 3/23/2012
Summary: When we think of religious fanatics, we think of those long ago times like the Crusades and the Inquisition and those who imposed the doctrines of Christianity by force on non-Christian societies like those in Africa and the Americas. Or, perhaps we think of some modern countries today that have one form or another of religious fundamentalism at the core of their domestic and foreign policies. But surely nations like the United States have not had, and do not have, any such associations, at least at leadership levels. Well, as the 2012 Presidential election campaign rolls on, one has to wonder if that could change. . . . more

 Mythologies of the Solar System - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/19/2012
Summary: The names of the moons, planets and of course the Sun itself are not just household names unassociated with anything but these celestial bodies, but bodies usually named after selected characters from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. There are tales to be told about them; some fleshing out to do. These are just a few of the highlights. . . . more

 Polytheism Confirmed - By the Bible! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/15/2012
Summary: For a large part of the civilized world, monotheism rules because the Bible says so. Fortunately there are still cultures around with more commonsense and polytheism still rules. I say “more sense” because far from refuting polytheism the Bible confirms it. It’s monotheism that’s a myth. . . . more

 The Great Escape - From Hades - Category: Society - People 3/12/2012
Summary: Like most cultures, the ancient Greeks had an afterlife concept, but it was quite different from the trilogy of Christian versions of a Hell in one place and a Heaven in another geographical location. To the Greeks, all were rolled into one geographical place, the underworld, and subdivided like a housing estate into a place for those with good grades; a place for those with average grades, and another corner for those with failing grades. Unlike Hell, one could escape from Hades the place, which was administered by Hades, the god of the underworld. If you weren’t a god, that wasn’t easy, but it could be done. Here are those who escaped, even if at least briefly. . . . more

 A Walk to the Supermarket: Observations on Human Nature - Category: Society - People 3/8/2012
Summary: As we all are aware, even if we would never admit it, the human being is the nastiest species on this pale blue dot of a planet. In fact, if there is any species that really needs culling, it’s the human species. If I needed any reminding of this, all I need to do is take a daily walk to the supermarket, and I’m guaranteed to see, albeit in microcosm, the worst that humanity has to offer. . . . more

 The Biblical Forty - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/5/2012
Summary: You can’t read much about Biblical lore without running across the pure number forty. It appears very often. Why? Was it a lack of imagination on the part of the mortals who penned the texts? Was it coincidence? Is it just statistical probability? Does it have some deeper significance? There’s no apparent obvious answer to this – it just is and it just is interesting. . . . more

 Typhon: The Father of All Monsters - Category: Society - Men 3/1/2012
Summary: We all love our monster movies and tales, even the ancient ones like Beowulf or Saint George and the Dragon. There are thousands of monsters, ancient and modern. If you think modern, one tends to think of Godzilla or some such, and while you may think Godzilla’s a big mother, that nothing compared to Typhon, the mother (well, actually father since Typhon’s a ‘he’) of all monsters. . . . more

 Biblical Cryptozoology - Category: Science - Biology 2/25/2012
Summary: Cryptozoology is an endeavour to establish the reality of animal species (often mega-fauna) that are currently unverified or totally unknown. New species (usually insects and micro-fauna) are being discovered everyday. Alas a lot will never be verified because we humans unknowingly have driven them to extinction. Mythologies around the world are full of unknown mega-fauna, which truth be known, if they have or had existence it is or was extraterrestrial in nature. Here I briefly look at the most popular of all mythological texts, the Bible, to see what might be of zoological interest. . . . more

 Come Fly With Me On Mythological Wings - Category: Society - Opinion 2/20/2012
Summary: Mythology is full of strange winged creatures, some of them humanoid. If these creatures are not native to Earth, that is they are really real, not mythological, but extraterrestrial, is there anything really implausible at work here? There’s nothing implausible about wings – obviously – even when extrapolated to beings our size or larger. There are just three variables at work here, sheer oomph muscle power; the density of what you’re flying in; and gravity. With the right combination, all sort of flying creatures not native to Earth might be possible. . . . more

 God’s Temper Tantrums and General Bad Behaviour - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/13/2012
Summary: God is a kind god; God is a loving god; God loves you; God cares about you; God is a compassionate god; God is a forgiving god; God is a merciful god. You see it on church billboards – “God loves you anyway”. We’ve nearly all had that drivel rammed down our throats since we were kids in Sunday School and some of us actually believe it. Does the hype match the Biblical reality? Can pigs fly? . . . more

 Superheroes: Then and Now - Category: Society - People 2/8/2012
Summary: Those modern superheroes that dominate our comics, novels, TV shows and films we know are really figments of the human imagination – Fictional characters. What about the reality or otherwise of those superheroes from the ancient past? Are they also totally mythological, or are there perhaps some real superheroes standing astride the reality molehill that lurks behind the mythological mountain? . . . more

 Exit Stage Left, The Exodus - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/1/2012
Summary: Once upon a time various authors compiled a volume of pseudo historical fairy tales (minus the fairies), some chapters more pseudo than others. We call that volume of tales today The Bible. One of the most pseudo chapters IMHO is the tale told in the Biblical Book of Exodus – an interesting work of fiction, but hardly history. . . . more

 What the Bible Doesn't Mention - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/27/2012
Summary: We all know what the Bible mentions. Books featuring ‘stories from the Bible’ are a dime a dozen in bookstores. What doesn’t the Bible mention is way more interesting and amounts to just about most of life, the universe and everything. What the Bible omits tells heaps about the bona-fides of God the alleged deity, and ultimate author! . . . more

 History: The Interesting Questions Are Often "Why?" Questions - Category: Society - Opinion 1/17/2012
Summary: When it comes to historical happenings, whodunit; what was done; where it was done; when it was done; and usually how it was done tend to be for the most part straight forward. In fact there usually tends to be a lot of emphasis placed on the who, what, where, when and how things were done or accomplished instead of ‘why’ things were done or accomplished that way, yet it’s the ‘why’ question that’s usually the most interesting – and also the hardest to address. Here are a tiny few of multi-dozens of possible examples that explore some anomalous ‘why’ facets within the historical record. . . . more

 Fun With Physics: Don't Beam Me Down, Scotty! - Category: Science - Physics 1/9/2012
Summary: ‘Beaming’, the near instantaneously conversion and transport of matter to energy and back to matter again is a staple of science fiction. Beaming technology is used extensively in “Star Trek”, but also for example in the TV series “Stargate: SG-1” as well, and no doubt in other sci-fi shows, films and novels. While obviously an extremely useful device in speeding up the action (just like faster-than-light warp drives and related), is it possible or is this just pure Hollywood sleight of hand? Alas, I find all sorts of problems with the physics, even the philosophy of this “Beam me down, Scotty” scenario. . . . more

 Extraterrestrial Angels - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/6/2012
Summary: My philosophy tends to be that behind every mountain of mythology lies a molehill of reality. It’s just a matter of trying to figure out what that hidden needle-in-a-haystack reality might be without access to the actual needle. Take the case of angels. I think a better reality would have them as angelic extraterrestrials relative to the mythological ‘winged’ entities that really aren’t represented as such (winged, that is) in the Bible and similar texts. . . . more

 Aliens Did Not Build the Egyptian Pyramids - Category: Society - Opinion 1/2/2012
Summary: Though I find much admirable and compelling about the ‘ancient astronaut’ hypothesis of Erich von Daniken and a host of other converts, I just cannot accept the idea that ‘ancient astronauts’, that is aliens or extraterrestrials if you prefer built the Egyptian pyramids however difficult it may appear for ‘primitive’ humans without benefit of the wheel or the pulley to have constructed them. . . . more

 Evidence for Our Multi-Path Virtual Reality - Category: Society - Opinion 12/28/2011
Summary: Observations don’t always agree with theory. That’s not usually a problem as theorists can often accommodate the observations as often the error bars around the measurements are wide enough to accommodate the theory. But, when observation and theory really collide, especially when it comes to those fundamental Big Questions, and also especially with the conflicts continue over many, many, years; then it’s time for Mr. Spock to raise those eyebrows! However, there is an easy solution, albeit one which won’t sit well with 99.99% of readers. The solution is that you, the reader, don’t exist! Well you do exist, just not in a real reality sense but as a virtual reality created by others. What’s the evidence? . . . more

 Our Multi-Path Virtual Reality - Category: Society - Opinion 12/26/2011
Summary: If, as the James Bond song title goes, “You Only Live Twice”, then you experience more than just one of life’s pathways in one form or another. There’s one life for yourself as apparently real reality; one life for your dreams, which is a form of self-created virtual reality. And so the main themes to follow are the intermixing of not only a multi-path reality, but a reality which might be instead virtual, but not as in a wetware dream state, but as the product of software, software generated by someone, or something else. . . . more

 Humans Enslaved - Category: Society - Opinion 12/21/2011
Summary: Humans can be enslaved in all manner of ways. By force by others is the usual image, but there is conscription and of course the bowing and scraping that’s part and parcel of being a law-abiding citizen. You probably feel a slave at work, but at least its voluntary and you do get paid for it. What I’m on about here is self-enslavement and how you willingly dance to the many tunes of the numerous pied pipers. . . . more

 Can Black Holes Evaporate? - Category: Science - Astronomy 12/16/2011
Summary: While there is a constant transfer of matter and radiant electromagnetic energy (photons) between bodies throughout the cosmos, there are sinks, ultimate final resting places where matter/energy can retire to and be removed from the rest of the cosmos. These cosmic sinks are Black Holes. But is that retirement permanent, or can stuff re-enter the cosmic workforce? Can Black Holes evaporate? The theoretical short answer is “yes”; the long answer is “no”. . . . more

 The Big Bang's Metaphysical Baggage - Category: Science - Astronomy 12/12/2011
Summary: The Big Bang event is the leading scientific cosmological theory when it comes to explaining the origin and evolution of life, the Universe and simply everything. While the Big Bang event is the leading candidate and the standard model, it’s not the only one. That’s fortunate, because while a fair bit of once theoretical now verified observational evidence supports that standard cosmological model, it also comes as well with a fair bit of metaphysical baggage. It’s mainly that metaphysical baggage that concerns me. . . . more

 Humans Have The Intelligence; Animals Have The Smarts - Category: Society - Opinion 12/9/2011
Summary: There’s no question that of all species on Planet Earth, modern humans, Homo sapiens, are top of the pops when it comes to intelligence (IQ). All other species, however close they might be in evolutionary terms to modern humans, pale in comparison. BUT, and there’s always a BUT, animals are way smarter, which raises questions about our actual relationship to them. Here I give numerous examples where animals are top of the pops when it comes to pure smarts. . . . more

 No Virginia, There Is No Santa Claus - Category: Home and Family - Holidays 12/5/2011
Summary: Santa Claus is just about the only concept I’m aware of where authority figures are encouraged, indeed even ethically required to lie to children. Failure to do so, especially from a public figure, can have unpleasant repercussions from the rest of society. It’s okay to tell kids Superman doesn’t exist, but not Santa. Yet the only ongoing beneficiary of this Xmas fraud is the retail sector. . . . more

 I Don't Do Christmas! - Category: Home and Family - Holidays 12/1/2011
Summary: Of all the holidays that society rams down our collective throats, Xmas is the most insane of all. The alleged purpose to celebrate the birth of a deity is pure fiction. The real reason – it’s all about the economy, stupid! In protest, I don’t do Xmas – no cards, no carols, no presents, no parties, no stress, no bills and no dieting. I just sit back, relax, and watch most of the rest of the world engage in their annual insanity rituals. . . . more

 Mythology of the Cat - Category: Home and Family - Pets 11/28/2011
Summary: I’ve previously had a go at trying to figure out how a wild animal with minimal contact with humans might view their world, especially when humans are a part of it even if the animal doesn’t know it. I concluded that no matter what, the animal; in my previous essay the case of a possum, while having a worldview would never get the particulars correct. But what about a domestic animal who interacts with us day-in-and-day-out? What’s their worldview and is it any better than that of a wild animal? . . . more

 A Parallel Analogy Between Supernovae and Cosmology - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/23/2011
Summary: Parts of the current standard model of the origin of our Universe (the Big Bang event) violate nearly every principle of physics there is – from causality to the conservation laws. There’s got to be a better answer. Fortunately there are cosmological alternatives (not detailed here) including perhaps my own variation on the theme (which is detailed here). Supernovae gave me a possible clue to a cyclic Multiverse. . . . more

 Jovian Life: The Moons Versus The Planets - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/20/2011
Summary: In our solar system, the planets are divided between the inner terrestrial planets and the outer gas giants, collectively called the Jovian planets, which along with their many moons form the Jovian system. Since it’s easier to look in our own planetary backyard neighbourhood first for alien life, there’s been much speculation about what pieces of solar system real estate, if any, might be suitable abodes for extraterrestrial life. While Mars has always been top-of-the-pops, a few bits of Jovian real estate are now under-the-gun. While most speculation is on selected Jovian satellites, I put the accent on the parent bodies. . . . more

 The Jokers in the Deck of Physics - Category: Science - Physics 11/13/2011
Summary: In physics you have four fundamental forces and four fundamental dimensions and two fundamental types of stuff with associated properties and fates. In each case you have something, the odd one out – the one that is not symmetrical – the jokers in the physics deck. What are they? . . . more

 Theft of Fire - Category: Society - Opinion 11/11/2011
Summary: It is crystal clear from the texts of mythologies around the world that the so-called ‘gods’ – extraterrestrials one and all IMHO – gave the required gifts necessary for civilization to us humans (who were apparently [genetically] created in their image). Fire is one such gift, yet it is the one gift the ‘gods’ shouldn’t have had to give us. That’s one oddity. Another oddity is that someone, a lesser deity or cultural hero had to steal fire from higher authority first, and then present stolen property to humanity. And the anomalies just pile up. Something’s screwy somewhere! . . . more

 And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: High-Tech in Action at the Battle of Jericho? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 11/6/2011
Summary: One of the more popular Biblical bedtime stories is Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, a sort of Biblical version of the big bad wolf who huffed and puffed and blew the house down, only in this case the huffing and puffing went into playing musical instruments and the resulting noise brought the house down. Is this just another example of a story in the Bible’s collection of stories that only the gullible could accept? In this case, I’d have to say the answer is a very loud and unmusical “yes”. . . . more

 Gods of the Chariots - Category: Society - Opinion 11/3/2011
Summary: One telltale sign that the ‘gods’ were really extraterrestrials would be if they displayed advanced high technology before humans could have come up with those same high-tech goodies. An obvious electronic circuit; a diagram of some sort of particle physics interaction; an aerodynamically sound aircraft, even a depiction of Saturn’s rings represented as a 50,000 year old petroglyph or as cave art would just about be proof positive to convince the most strident of ancient astronaut sceptics. Alas, no such evidence – yet at least. But we do have those ‘chariots of the gods’, a topic worthy of further exploration. . . . more

 Gaia: The Mother Of All Aliens - Category: Society - Opinion 10/30/2011
Summary: The asexual and sexual reproductive biology of the ancient Greek Mother Goddess Gaia is impossible as related. Her reproductive skills are akin to a human female giving birth not only to humans but to all sorts of other animals and even monstrosities. No writer of mythology (fiction) even back then would make such a fundamental error if he wanted his fiction to be credible. What’s the alternative? - Aliens. . . . more

 Zeus, the Extraterrestrial - Category: Society - Opinion 10/24/2011
Summary: The well known and recognized ancient Greek character Zeus, was either as fictional as Alice in Wonderland, or a supernatural deity as described, or a terrestrial mortal or a flesh-and-blood extraterrestrial. Of the four possibilities, the final one, Zeus the ET, is the most intriguing. . . . more

 ET's Home Sweet Home Away From Home - Category: Society - Opinion 10/22/2011
Summary: If aliens are present in our neck of the woods as many believe, then they originated from somewhere way out there (an interstellar home sweet home). They are unlikely to commute daily between home sweet home and here, just like scientists don’t commute daily between New York City and the South Pole. Therefore, these extraterrestrials have set up a base of operations – a home away from home. Where might that be, and has the location(s) changed over recorded history? . . . more

 Satan Is One Of The Good Guys! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 10/14/2011
Summary: Satan (Lucifer, the Devil, Beelzebub, whatever) has gotten a lot of very bad PR. But if you stop and think about it, it’s hardly justified. One could argue that Satan, though hardly a poster boy for the Salvation Army, is angelic relative to his former boss, commonly called God or Jehovah. However, in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter as both Satan and God/Jehovah are as fictional as Winston Smith (“1984”), Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. . . . more

 Universals Of The Human Condition 2 - Category: Society - People 10/10/2011
Summary: It’s pretty obvious that all humans share with all other humans various but fundamental universals. We all have a biological mother and father for example. One normally however associates every human being and every human society as unique in terms of their worldview. Yet there remain certain universals (like mom and dad) seemingly shared across the board by the great majority of individuals comprising any and all cultures. Some of these universals were explored in an earlier essay. Now let’s explore several more universals common to the human condition, which are innate to our internal psychology and/or based around external realities. . . . more

 Universals Of The Human Condition - Category: Society - People 10/3/2011
Summary: Every human is unique in terms of their worldview. Every society, every community, every suburb, every village, town, city, county, state, country has a unique identity. Every culture, race (ethnic grouping) also has a unique identity. Yet there are certain universals seemingly shared across the board by the great majority of individuals comprising any and all narrower divisions. Some of these universals are mysterious; some not so mysterious. Here are just a few of them. . . . more

 Captain Yahweh and the Starship Heaven - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/26/2011
Summary: We’ve all heard of Heaven, but beyond that the concept is pretty fuzzy depending on your culture, your religion, your upbringing, and your personal interpretation(s). There are probably as many worldviews of Heaven as there are people who think about it. My own unique spin on the concept not only envisions Heaven as a physical place, but a high-tech one as well – not the home of Yahweh (God) the deity (who doesn’t exist) but Yahweh the extraterrestrial – once Captain, now ex-Captain of the Starship Heaven. That is, Heaven is a spaceship (or was – it’s gone away now). . . . more

 The Missing and Presumed Dead - Category: Society - Death 9/25/2011
Summary: We’ve all heard of ‘missing persons’ and often official PR awareness campaigns like ‘Missing Person’s Week’ designed to encourage ‘missing persons’ to return home and to encourage the public to assist in locating such people. For friends and family, having a loved one or colleague go missing is traumatic. But not only individuals go missing. Sometimes it’s a whole group of people vanish. All too often a ship or plane goes missing. One can even up that ante and have whole communities vanish into apparently thin air. In a few cases, an entire culture or civilization has come and gone with no one the wiser. The questions really are, are such events from the personal to the collective, of relatively little interest since natural explanations abound, or are there ‘paranormal’ influences at work? . . . more

 Pilots & UFOs: Flying The Deadly Skies - Category: Society - Death 9/19/2011
Summary: There have been thousands of pilots who have died while piloting, even apart from those killed in battle, that haven’t involved UFOs. There have been (by now) thousands of encounters between pilots and UFOs that haven’t involved death. However, there is an intersection between these two categories. . . . more

 The 'Greys': They're Coming To Get You Barbara! - Category: Society - Opinion 9/12/2011
Summary: An apparent phenomena associated with UFOs is collectively known as alien abductions where humans are kidnapped briefly for seemingly experimental medical research purposes oriented around human genetics and reproduction. Implants are often alleged so that the aliens can keep tabs on previous victims in order to do follow-up abductions. These aliens are commonly and collectively known as the ‘Greys’ even though there are often more than one body type reported. So, have you been abducted by the ‘Greys’ and if so, to what end? . . . more

 The End of Days: Cancelled Due To Unforseen Circumstances - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 9/2/2011
Summary: The End of Days should have happened a long, long time ago, 80 generations ago in fact – if it were to happen at all. They didn’t end, though many hope, pray and predict they still will. I say they won’t. Why? Nearly all the players have exited stage left - and right. So, it’s not the end of days that’s coming, rather the twilight of the gods that have come, with just a mere handful around now. We call them the ‘Greys’. . . . more

 Historical UFOs: The 'Miracle of the Sun' at Fatima (1917) - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/29/2011
Summary: UFOs aren’t anything new. In fact, if my premise is correct, that the polytheistic gods (including the monotheistic God) were not deities but extraterrestrials (‘ancient astronauts’) then their aerial and sometimes fiery chariots so often referred to in mythology were nothing but shuttlecraft out of their mother-ships or star-ships – what we might now term UFOs. For a possible example, consider a tale from Portugal in 1917, a tale of the dancing Sun. . . . more

 The Mythology Of The Possum - Category: Science - Biology 8/26/2011
Summary: For those of you who have companion animals, or even those of you who have just watched animals at a distance, you may have wondered how those animals view and perhaps even think about life, the universe and everything. That is, each animal, if they have any intelligence at all, must have some sort of personal worldview mythology; a perspective or point of view (POV) probably, even usually, but not always forever beyond our understanding since we can try to walk a mile in their paws by using our intelligence as a guide. . . . more

 A Hairy Issue For Humans - Category: Science - Biology 8/21/2011
Summary: The amount of your hair from the neck up is different from your hair (what little there is of it) from the neck down. There are sexual differences with respect to hair between the human male and female as well both from the neck up and from the neck down. The curious part is that neither neck up or neck down or sexual differences tend to have close parallels with nearly all the rest of the terrestrial mammalian kingdom, mammals we presumably naturally evolved from. The 64 cent question is why? . . . more

 UFOs: The Sceptics, The Scientists, And The Double Standards - Category: Society - Opinion 8/18/2011
Summary: The UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) can’t be therefore it isn’t; alright it might be but it still isn’t; don’t bother me with facts, my mind is made up; and in any event it’s all pseudoscience and I just deal with real science. Trust me on this – I’m a scientist! And we all know scientists are 100% rational and right 100% of the time! . . . more

 Monster Birds Of The Americas - Category: Science - Biology 8/14/2011
Summary: There are myths and legends that tell of human beings abducted as a food source by flying beasties. Confining ourselves to the Americas, especially the indigenous natives of North America, the question is, is there anything verified by science that’s birdlike or that flies that could snack on a fully grown human? If not, something’s screwy somewhere and other explanations are required. . . . more

 Biblical Tall Tales: Jonah And Joshua - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/11/2011
Summary: Ah, the Bible! The Bible is an endless source of inspiration. Inspiration that is for trying to figure out how to deal with the idiocies contained within. Some tales are plausible like David and Goliath; many aren’t, like Jonah and the whale or large fish; and some, like Joshua at Gibeon (Gideon) violate so many laws of physics that no sci-fi authors in their right minds would perpetrate such nonsense on their reading public. . . . more

 Biblical Old Age: An Explanation Or Two - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 8/7/2011
Summary: One of the many anomalies part and parcel of Biblical texts are those “Book of Genesis” genealogies that inform us that various characters in the Bible apparently spend way more time in retirement and collecting pensions and other old age social security benefits than they ever did gainfully employed. Methuselah is often the person cited as king of the pensioners. The question is, are those Biblical old ages fact or fiction? If factual, what are the possible explanations? . . . more

 UFOs: Show Me The Evidence! - Category: Society - Opinion 8/4/2011
Summary: UFO skeptics claim that there’s little or no credible evidence that any UFO event can be interpreted as an alien spaceship doing its alien flying thing, boldly going on Planet Earth where no extraterrestrial has gone before. However, the fact that there exists such a thing as the UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH), six decades (and then some) on must suggest that there is some really real evidence in support of that UFO ETH belief, belief supported by opinion polls over many, many years. . . . more

 Non-Existence: Stop The World And Let Us Off! - Category: Society - Death 7/28/2011
Summary: As you rapidly approach your ‘use by’ date, is there anything to look forward to? Yes! There is a heaven or maybe a haven awaiting you after your mortal demise. It’s that blissful state of non-existence where nothing that bothered you in life can ever bother you again. Is life under any circumstances better than non-existence or will there be circumstances where people really will ‘curse their mother for giving them birth’ (to paraphrase a line from Captain Bligh in the 1962 movie version of “Mutiny on the Bounty”)? You couldn’t look forward from your pre-life non-existence to your existence, but at least you can now look forward to your return to a state of non-existence. . . . more

 UFOs Don't Exist: If They Did, Our Surveillance Would Detect Them - Category: Society - Opinion 7/25/2011
Summary: If some orbiting piece of space junk threatens to intersect the orbit of the International Space Station, the powers-that-be know about it. If a piece of space junk reenters our atmosphere, we know about it. If a foreign power launches missiles or aircraft against another country, we know that too, and in real time. If a commercial airliner goes off-course, we also know about that. So, if alien spaceships were near or in Earth’s atmosphere, the powers-that-be would know that too – right? It’s obvious. It’s obvious they don’t know, therefore there aren’t any alien spaceships (UFOs) – right? . . . more

 Mythology Isn't What It Used To Be - Category: Society - Opinion 7/24/2011
Summary: Once upon a time, not all that long ago, a new academic pastime came to be – the study of the mythological beliefs of our ancient ancestors. Mythology was simple. Mythology was fiction, full stop. It was just a collection of folklore and legends, fairytales and tall tales. It was entertainment for our ancestral masses, featuring gods and goddesses, demigods and heroes, villains and monsters, hardships, quests, impossible tasks of all sorts and sometimes true love too. However, there wasn’t always a “they lived happy ever after” ending. Then some bright spark comes along and suggests there might be some reality behind the myths. Mythology lost its innocence and so mythology today ain’t what it used to be just a few centuries back. . . . more

 UFOs: Their Motives Are Illogical, Therefore They Don't Exist - Category: Society - Opinion 7/23/2011
Summary: An alien by definition would have to have an alien mind, and alien psychology, and alien motives. We can’t hold them to our standards, our motives, our behavior patterns. Half the time I can’t figure out why my cats do what they do! So, can we pass judgment on whether or not UFOs, if defined as being alien ships (the ETH - extraterrestrial hypothesis), are acting in what we would call a logical way? UFO skeptics would argue that UFOs if extraterrestrial behave illogically and therefore aren’t extraterrestrial - maybe yes – maybe no. . . . more

 Tse Bit'a'i: The Rock With Wings: An Ancient UFO Event? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 7/21/2011
Summary: Mythologies are full of events that could be interpreted, if they happened instead within the last six plus decades, as a UFO event. The ‘Star of Bethlehem’ or ‘Wheel of Ezekiel” are cases in point from our Biblical mythology. Many of the mythological ‘gods’ or characters rode around in aerial or fiery chariots, but what about flying rocks or big birds transporting people around? A UFO chariot by any other name is still a UFO chariot. . . . more

 UFOs Not, Because E.T. Isn't - Category: Society - Opinion 7/18/2011
Summary: Seeing as how the Universe is some 13.7 billion years old, and seeing as how the current human species (defined as Homo sapiens) has been around for only some 100,000 years (give or take), then I have to ask, is it logical to assume that we’re the proverbial ‘It’? If the answer should prove to be ‘yes’, if terrestrial life and humanity is the be all and end all of life in the Universe, then UFOs can’t have anything to do with extraterrestrials. . . . more

 UFOs: What A Load Of Rubbish! - Category: Society - Opinion 7/14/2011
Summary: If E.T. is (UFOs), and/or was (ancient astronauts) here, then there would be alien fossils or artifacts left behind, even if it’s just E.T.’s garbage and little else. Unfortunately, there’s no such undisputed fossil or artifact evidence. Not one bit of E.T.’s litter to be had and put under the microscope. Now is this a legitimate argument that rules out any visitations and somewhat lengthy stays by extraterrestrials to our humble abode, Planet Earth? If there is no UFO rubbish, is the UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) rubbish? . . . more

 UFOs: They Can't Be, Therefore They Aren't - Category: Society - Opinion 7/10/2011
Summary: UFO skeptics, that is those scientists who are skeptical against the position that some hardcore bona fide UFOs are serious indications of the existence of an advanced civilization of extraterrestrial beings, and unable to put a dent into any other pro-UFO position, go to their final fallback objection which is that the UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) can’t be, therefore it isn’t; alright it might be but it still isn’t; don’t bother me with any facts to the contrary, my mind is absolutely made up; and in any event UFOs are just pseudoscience and I only deal with real science. Please trust me on this for I’m a scientist! And we all know scientists are 100% rational and right 100% of the time! . . . more

 Mythology's Extraterrestrial Gods: The Giant Cyclopes? - Category: Society - Opinion 7/8/2011
Summary: The concept of ‘ancient astronauts’ has been with us for a few decades now, even longer. Those visiting extraterrestrials have been associated with the polytheistic ‘gods’, even at times the monotheistic ‘God’ and His cast and crew (the angels, etc.). However, visions of the ‘gods’ don’t usually include the offbeat, like the mythological giants, and, for the purposes of this exercise, the Cyclopes. Are these one-eyed wonders, among other giants, imaginary, or alien? . . . more

 UFOs: Are We Their Lucky Generation? - Category: Society - Opinion 7/4/2011
Summary: There are some pro-UFO ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis) believers who state that aliens have only recently arrived on Earth in response to modern human activities, like our nuclear weapons detonations. Sceptics counter that it’s unlikely in the extreme that 1) aliens could have gotten from there to here that quickly, and 2) the odds that we current humans would just happen by chance be the lucky generation, after four and a half billion years have passed Earth by in cosmic isolation, to now experience for the very first time on-site cosmic company are astronomically against. So, are we the lucky generation to be the first graced by E.T., or not? . . . more

 UFOs: Sorry, Interstellar Space Travel Is Bunk! - Category: Society - Opinion 6/30/2011
Summary: Where is everybody? “Everybody” in this case are those extraterrestrial aliens. UFO believers say they are here, but UFO non-believers say surely they (the aliens) can’t get from there (wherever there is) to here – interstellar space is the ultimate no-fly quarantine zone and since superluminal velocities (i.e. – Star Trek’s warp drive comes to mind here) are a violation of Einstein’s special theory of relativity, that takes care of that. E.T. exists but can’t get here; therefore UFOs can’t be the products of E.T. Want to bet? . . . more

 UFOs: If 19 Out Of 20, Therefore 20 Out Of 20 - Category: Society - Opinion 6/26/2011
Summary: The fact is, as most UFO sceptics readily acknowledge, between 5 and 10 percent of all reported UFO incidents remain unidentified after investigation by those qualified to do so. This fact apparently excites the scientific, astrobiology, and SETI communities not one jot. Now I would maintain that a 5 to 10% level of hardcore UFO unknowns, over six decades on, worldwide, is a major scientific anomaly. It amounts to at least several thousand unexplained UFO incidents. I was under the impression that it was the role and duty of scientists to research the unknown, but apparently not when it comes to this subject. . . . more

 Information Overload: Cubed! - Category: Society - Opinion 6/21/2011
Summary: Each and every one of us is awash in a tidal wave of information. No one person living today can absorb more than an incredibly tiny fraction of it, even by those considered by society to be well read and highly knowledgeable. The basic reasons we find ourselves treading water in this ocean of data is firstly an ever expanding population – more people produce more information; and secondly the ever increasing percentage of people who can read and write. The more who can read and write, the more there is to read and write. . . . more

 Crop Circles: The Julia Set Near Stonehenge, July 1996 - Category: Society - Opinion 6/19/2011
Summary: While crop circles have been reported from around the world, in the main they tend to be associated with the English countryside in the warmer months when crops are high and agricultural graffiti artists can strut their stuff. Just who these ‘artists’ are hasn’t been proven in any sort of scientific (or legal) court, but just like we all know ‘the butler did it’, well it’s obvious the whodunit here is from the same species as the butler. We have to believe that, because if the butler didn’t do it, we got a major mystery on our collective hands that most of us would rather not acknowledge. Here’s part of the reason the butler didn’t do it. . . . more

 E.T.'s Head Start - Category: Society - Opinion 6/15/2011
Summary: Planet Earth has been a pretty dynamic place regarding human’s (in “Star Trek” lingo) boldly going activities, movements and migrations; comings and goings; some major and some minor. As a parallel, I’d like to think of our Milky Way Galaxy as an equally dynamic place but with, obviously, alien’s boldly going activities; their movements and migrations; comings and goings; some major and some minor. The logical supposition that aliens are part of our dynamic galaxy, while humans are still relatively confined to boldly going on one small abode within that galaxy suggests that E.T. has had a head start on us when it comes to boldly going. . . . more

 Relatively Painless Health Tips For Us Pensioners - Category: Health - Medicine 6/12/2011
Summary: Of all your possessions, your personal health is the most valuable and something that can’t be readily replaced once lost or damaged. There are going to be elements of your health beyond your control – you can’t stop the aging clock. But, many facets of your overall health are under your own control. Being healthy doesn’t translate into having to endure lots of dietary, etc. pain or restrictions. . . . more

 The Hairy Tale Of The Naked Ape - Category: Science - Biology 6/9/2011
Summary: Zoologist/Anthropologist Desmond Morris authored his best selling book “The Naked Ape”, which was all about us humans, in 1967. We’re the naked ape. According to Wikipedia, “The book was so named because out of 193 species of monkeys and apes only man is not covered in hair.” The 64-cent question is why we are naked (as opposed to being a nudist), as in why don’t we too have a natural fur coat? Extreme exceptions to the rule require explanation(s). I wish I had one for something’s screwy somewhere! . . . more

 UFOs & Science: The Trick That Was The Condon (University Of Colorado) Investigation And Report - Category: Society - Opinion 6/7/2011
Summary: Assuming one or more extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced, interstellar spaceflight capability exists; then they know about Planet Earth. Say ‘hi’ to those pesky UFOs, a concept either dismissed or ignored by the general scientific community. Part of that scientific snub is in no short order due to what’s commonly called ‘The Condon Report’, a scientific study into UFOs undertaken by the University of Colorado on behalf of the U.S. Air Force (USAF). . . . more

 The Uniqueness Of Being A Human Being: Something's Screwy Somewhere - Category: Science - Biology 6/5/2011
Summary: There’s just something really special about Homo sapiens relative to all the other animal and plant life forms we share Planet Earth with. Well actually every life form is special in one way or another, but still humans stand out from the crowd. Many people will attribute that to the alleged ‘fact’ that we were created in God’s image, although IMHO the concept of a supreme, supernatural creator being carries so much dead (philosophical baggage) weight as to have as close to zero credibility as makes no odds. Therefore, I suggest something’s screwy somewhere. . . . more

 Fads And UFOs - Category: Society - Opinion 6/2/2011
Summary: UFOs have been with us as a modern phenomenon for over six decades now. Is that too long an interval to associate the UFO movement (if there is such a thing) as just a passing fad? I suggest that any reasonable person would conclude that UFOs could hardly be called a passing fad after all this time and is therefore unlikely to be a cultural, psychological or sociological phenomenon. . . . more

 Aliens: I Want To Believe - Category: Society - Opinion 6/1/2011
Summary: A vast majority of people think it’s a total waste of time to search for extraterrestrial life in space – throughout the entire cosmos – not because they’re convinced ET doesn’t exist, but rather that ET has been (ancient astronauts) and is now (UFOs) not only here but up close and personal with Planet Earth and humanity. . . . more

 Parallels Between Terrestrial Intelligence And Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Category: Science - Biology 5/29/2011
Summary: The existence, behaviour, motives, abilities of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), given ETI is behind the UFO and ancient astronaut phenomena, is way more convincing if there are parallels with our own (TI) existence, behaviour, motives and abilities. . . . more

 Our Post Biological Evolution: Boldly Going (Both Ways) Revisited - Category: Computers - Software 5/28/2011
Summary: A well worn staple of science fiction is travel to the stars – ‘boldly going’ to borrow the tag phrase from one well known science fiction staple, “Star Trek”. Unfortunately, what’s easy to do in the pages of sci-fi literature, or show on the small or big screen isn’t anywhere as simple in reality. But, just because something isn’t simple doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Most solutions focus on new cheaper, better, faster rocket propulsion technology. I got a better idea! . . . more

 The 'What If' Game - Category: Society - Opinion 5/22/2011
Summary: One of the better and more often used phrases in the English language is “what if”. The “what if” is a staple in science fiction stories: “What if” the British had won the American Revolutionary War? “What if” that killer asteroid had missed the Earth 65 million years ago and the dinosaurs still was the top dog (as it were)? Or, “what if” antigravity existed? The possibilities are near endless. . . . more

 Time: How Old Are You Really? - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/21/2011
Summary: How old are you? Well that’s obviously an easy question. You were born on such-an-such a date; today’s date is such-an-such; therefore you are such-an-such old. Or are you really? While both the physical you – your body, and the ‘inner you’ - your mind have a time frame that dates from your conception, there’s a few twists in the tale to be considered. . . . more

 More About Symmetry, Or Lack Thereof - Category: Science - Physics 5/20/2011
Summary: Scientists in general and physicists in particular, love symmetry. In fact, humans in general love symmetry. There’s something far more pleasing to the eye if something is symmetrical rather than asymmetrical. Unfortunately for scientists at least, much of the cosmos, from our Universe down to humans, aren’t symmetrical. . . . more

 Cosmology: In The Beginning, And Afterwards Too - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/19/2011
Summary: Gravity rules the cosmos. You can’t come to terms with the origins, evolutions and ultimate fates associated with cosmology or astrophysics without understanding gravity and the theory of relativity. Quantum theory also has to apply to cosmology (and astrophysics) anytime you run across micro phenomena where quantum effects need to be considered and where they apply. Unfortunately, there are circumstances where both gravity and quantum physics need to be simultaneously considered - singularities. Unfortunately gravity and quantum physics aren’t compatible. . . . more

 Physics: A Perfect Vacuum, Not - Category: Science - Physics 5/18/2011
Summary: I recall the movie “Alien” had a tagline along the lines of ‘In space, no one can hear you scream’. Why? Because space is a vacuum, and sound (as in screaming) cannot travel from point A to point B if there’s a vacuum in-between. But the question really is, is space a perfect vacuum? Can one achieve a perfect vacuum? If not, why not? . . . more

 Cosmology: The State Of The Universe - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/13/2011
Summary: The answer to life, the Universe and everything isn’t really “42”. Okay, so here are the real answers (well, my answers anyway) to life, the Universe and everything cosmic! Over the past 2000+ years, three undeniable trends have emerged in our on-going studies of life, the Universe and everything. It’s probably worth while keeping these in mind when pondering the cosmos and what future discoveries are likely to reveal. . . . more

 Quantum Physics: Cause And Effect - Category: Science - Physics 5/12/2011
Summary: Either causality operates all the time, in all cases, at all levels, or it doesn’t. It’s that issue that’s behind Einstein’s famous statement that ‘God doesn’t throw dice’ (which prompted others to tell Einstein to quit telling God what to do)! Einstein believed that causality was 100%. That’s classical physics. Opponents suggested that causality was nothing more than statistical probability and chance – that’s quantum physics. . . . more

 Mythology's Hybrids: Human Imagination Or Alien Genetics? - Category: Science - Biology 5/10/2011
Summary: Various mythological beasties, associated with the polytheistic gods include a generic type commonly referred to as hybrids, but which I term the ‘half-and-halves’. That is to say, these mythological beasties are a composite of two (sometimes more) distinct life forms. There are the half-and-halves that are half human–half animal, and the half-and-halves that are half animal–half some other form of animal. My premise is 1) these half-and-halves weren’t mythological; neither were the gods. The gods were really extraterrestrials, and the half-and-halves among the end products of ET’s genetic engineering experiments. . . . more

 Quantum Physics: Life, The Universe And Everything - Category: Science - Physics 5/8/2011
Summary: Is life, the Universe and everything a smooth as silk continuum where everything is deterministic, or are we ruled by little ultimately indivisible quantum Lego blocks of time and space and matter and energy with all is determined by the throw of a cosmic dice? Apparently it’s the latter and the realm of the quantum makes “The Twilight Zone” seem downright normal by comparison. Is the realm of the quantum really spooky? You bet it is. Welcome to the world of the quantum mess! . . . more

 Quantum Physics: Are Observers Necessary? - Category: Science - Physics 5/7/2011
Summary: Are observers really necessary in order for reality to have reality? Is the realm of the quantum really spooky? Welcome to the world of the quantum mess! . . . more

 Quantum Physics: Wave-Particle Duality - Category: Science - Physics 5/6/2011
Summary: Welcome to the world of the quantum mess! It’s well established that elementary particles can behave in experiments like waves, and waves behave like particles. It’s called ‘Wave-Particle Duality’ or just ‘Duality’. That duality isn’t in doubt, but it is one of those aspects of the quantum that is puzzling. . . . more

 Cosmology: The Ever Expanding You? - Category: Science - Astronomy 5/1/2011
Summary: Here’s a question you may have asked yourself. If the Universe is expanding, because space itself is expanding and carrying the bits and pieces of the Universe along for the ride piggyback style, and since I exist in space and I’m composed of space, shouldn’t I be expanding too? The answer is no, although you might be expanding for other dietary reasons! . . . more

 Your Creator 'God' Is Your Future Descendent - In A Manner Of Speaking! - Category: Computers - Software 4/30/2011
Summary: Your future descendents will be the very ones who will end up creating you! Welcome to another episode of “The Twilight Zone” albeit an alternative, but simulated version of an episode that might have been, perhaps should have been. . . . more

 Electron-ness: Why Are All Electrons Identical? - Category: Science - Physics 4/26/2011
Summary: Individual members of the fundamental or elementary particles are absolutely identical with one another. In a police identification line-up, you couldn’t tell them apart. Why? Rather than go into an exhaustive review of the entire particle zoo, I’ll just hit on the electron and its antimatter mirror twin, the positron. . . . more

 The Mind: Explaining 'The Inner You' - Category: Science - Biology 4/23/2011
Summary: Are you just a squishy version of bricks-and-mortar full stop, or is there an undefined and indefinable nebulous, spiritual, something lacking substance that’s housed within that flesh-and-blood version of bricks-and-mortar? You tend to separate yourself into the physical you (your body), and the mental you (your mind). But is your mind just another body brick or just a bit of body cement holding you together, or something else entirely? Well, IMHO, bricks-and-mortar (or physics and chemistry) rule. . . . more

 The Physics And Philosophy Of Time - Category: Science - Physics 4/22/2011
Summary: “What is time?” That is a question that has been pondered and debated for probably thousands of years by some of the finest philosophical and scientific minds ever produced, without any definitive resolution. So, I’m NOT going to pretend that this is THE ANSWER – the be all and end all to the question. It’s some of my thoughts, which hopefully are as valid as anyone else’s! . . . more

 Some Alternative Cosmologies - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/20/2011
Summary: The standard model of cosmology, the Big Bang event, not only postulates an origin for all matter and energy (out of nothing) but of time and space too (equally out of nothing). First there was nothing; then there was something. The Big Bang cosmology is seriously flawed IMHO. That the Big Bang event, our entire universe, started out being smaller than the head of a pin puts the icing on this cake of the absurd. Fortunately however, there are alternatives. . . . more

 Arguements By Scientists Against The UFO ETH And Why They Fail To Be Convincing - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/19/2011
Summary: That the scientific communities and scientists in general (there are exceptions) dismiss the UFO ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis) as pseudoscience and total bunk is understandable, but illogical. The scientists’ anti UFO ETH arguments don’t stand up to logical scrutiny. To adequately come to terms with the UFO ETH one needs to have a ‘deep time’ perspective; not just one of here and now or last week, month, year, decade or even centuries ago. . . . more

 Against The Grain: Our Alternative History: Ancient Astronauts And Modern Ufonauts: Who's Who And What's What - Category: Society - Opinion 4/17/2011
Summary: The extraterrestrial ‘gods’ up through and including the modern UFO era, seem to be comprised of a multitude of beings, which might not be all that surprising seeing as how more than one alien civilization has arose and boldly gone and interacted with other boldly going extraterrestrial civilizations. The ‘Star Trek’ ideal of a ‘Federation’ might not be so far removed from actual reality. So who’s who, and what are their characteristics in this, an alternative take on history? . . . more

 Singularities: The Heart Of The Big Bang And Of Black Holes - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/15/2011
Summary: Singularities are fascinating objects and places, yet entirely ‘inaccessible’ in the sense that you can’t actually go there on vacation and send back a postcard, or travel to one on a government grant as a scientific expedition and report back via a peer-reviewed article in a technical scientific journal about the local environment, geography, inhabitants, etc. In a sense singularities are like Heaven in terms of accessibility. You have to rely on intuition or theory or second-hand observations as to what’s what and who’s who. . . . more

 Prophecy: From Science To Superstition And Beyond - Category: Society - Opinion 4/14/2011
Summary: Prophecy tends to be the art or science of predicting events in advance, hence knowing in advance what the future will be or is likely to be. However, the art and the science of prophecy can be drastically in opposition to each other in terms of credibility and success. . . . more

 Doomsday: Your End Of The World In Art, Science And Mythology - Category: Society - Death 4/13/2011
Summary: The end of the world has been a popular theme in the arts (film, literature, etc.) as we’re no doubt aware. It’s also been a popular theme in science, in mythology, in religion, in prophecy, and so on. The fascination with the end of the world theme is that while unlikely (in your lifetime), it’s plausible as the dinosaurs found out 65 million years ago. So, in the short term, in your lifetime, is it likely, and if so, what’s the means of delivery? . . . more

 Life In The Solar System - Category: Science - Astronomy 4/12/2011
Summary: Apart from Planet Earth, we have no absolute proof positive to date that any other life, albeit relatively simple forms compared to terrestrial life forms such as ourselves and associated companion animals and plants, exists within the confines of our solar system. However, the odds are fairly high, almost certain in fact; those other, extraterrestrial life forms do exist in our immediate cosmic neighbourhood. . . . more

 Panspermia: Seeding The Cosmos With Life - Category: Science - Biology 4/10/2011
Summary: One scenario is that origin of life (pre-biotic) chemistry is pretty easy and straightforward, even though we haven’t yet created life in a test tube. On-site origin of life events are commonplace. An alternative scenario is that while an origin of life event maybe rare, microbial life can easily spread throughout interstellar space, ultimately in some cases finding suitable abodes to be fruitful and multiply on. That concept is known as Panspermia. . . . more

 Mission Impossible (Or Highly Improbable) - Category: Science - Physics 4/8/2011
Summary: Science and associated philosophies have had to deal with impossibilities and wildly improbable things, some of which are straight forward, and some of which aren’t – perhaps to the point where something possible is in fact impossible and fundamentally wrong. Conversely, something considered impossible might in fact be possible and fundamentally right. . . . more

 Against The Grain: Our Alternative History: A Timeline - Category: Society - Opinion 4/7/2011
Summary: We all know the standard history that leads to you and I. There was the origin of the Universe; an origin to our solar system and Planet Earth. Then there was an origin of life event; biological evolution, ultimately creating multi-cellular life forms, the plants, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The mammals diversified into lots of types, one of which were the primates, that branch we evolved from. Somewhere around eight thousand years ago humans became ‘civilized’, and the rest, as they say, is history. While accurate in broad brush form, I think there are a few twists and turns that provide a reasonable alternative to our history, from the Big Bang through to the UFO. You see, we forgot to include extraterrestrials in our big picture. . . . more

 Tunguska (1908): An Unsolved Mystery - Category: Science - Earth Sciences 4/6/2011
Summary: Assuming one or more extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced, interstellar spaceflight capability exists; then they know about Planet Earth. Say ‘hi’ to those pesky UFOs. If UFOs aren’t mystery enough, there’s that enigmatic 30 June 1908 explosion of ‘something’ over the Tunguska region of Siberia. Might the two anomalies be connected? Something that came from outer space crashed into, or exploded above, the Tunguska, Siberia forest in late June of 1908, of that there is no question. Whodunit, or whatdunit is the $64,000 question. . . . more

 Causality: Founded On Bedrock, Or On Quicksand? - Category: Science - Physics 4/5/2011
Summary: Every effect has a natural cause which preceded it in time. You live your entire life confident in the reality of that principle. If you do (or don’t do) such-and-such, a further down-the-track such-and-such will (or won’t) happen. If any violation of that principle happened to you, you’d come to doubt your reality, thinking instead you’d entered “The Twilight Zone” or the world of “Alice in Wonderland”! Yet, sometimes scientists will tell you that something happens for no reason at all. . . . more

 Our Simulated Universe - Category: Computers - Software 4/3/2011
Summary: You don’t exist! I don’t exist either! At least we don’t exist in the way that we think we do. We’re simulated beings, maybe wetware simulated (as in someone else’s dream), more likely as not software simulated, like the characters in a video game. . . . more

 Ghosts: Those Things That Go Bump In The Night - Category: Computers - Software 4/2/2011
Summary: I think there might be a real scientific case to answer regarding an explanation for ghosts. However, IMHO ghosts have nothing to do with human spirits and evidence of an afterlife. Rather, all can be explained by postulating that we live in, and are the product of a simulated Universe. . . . more

 Quantum Uncertainty: Where's Jane? - Category: Science - Physics 4/1/2011
Summary: Quantum physics is weird for a whole lot of reasons. One of the central reasons is that all things in the quantum realm are stated in terms of probabilities, or uncertainties, or indeterminacy. That’s unlike the realm of classical physics, the realm our normal day-to-day lives are lived in. However, I use an analogy from the classical world to illustrate the realm of quantum uncertainty. . . . more

 Livestock And Wildlife Mutilations - Category: Science - Biology 3/31/2011
Summary: For the better part of going on towards five decades worth, there’s been a ongoing and gruesome phenomena seemingly clustered around the American mid-western regions that involves what has been described as the mutilation of large herbivore wildlife such as bison, but more usually domesticated livestock like cattle, sheep and horses - Whodunit? . . . more

 The Quantum Perils of Schrodinger's Cat - Category: Science - Physics 3/30/2011
Summary: How can you have a cat that is both alive and dead at the same time? Such was the question quantum physicist Erwin Schrodinger posed in rebuttal to the weirdness of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics, an interpretation that he in fact through his theoretical research contributed to. He ultimately rebelled! . . . more

 Fish Tank Cosmology - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/29/2011
Summary: The Big Bang origin-of-our-Universe event was not the be-all-and-end-all of things. The Big Bang event was but a minor event in the larger cosmic scheme of things. If the elementary particles that comprise your mind and body could talk, what a tale of eternity they would tell! . . . more

 Multiple You Cosmology - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/28/2011
Summary: The quantum mantra revolves around the theory that in physics, anything not forbidden is compulsory - given enough time and/or space. While there is nothing forbidden about an identical twin(s) of yourself existing elsewhere in the cosmos, how compulsory that is depends on what sort of cosmological model you adopt. . . . more

 Darwinian Cosmology - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/27/2011
Summary: The concept of a Multiverse, that there are lots of universes out there, not just ours, is now taken very seriously by many (though not all) cosmologists. If Mother Nature can create one universe, Mother Nature can create more than one. If universes are constantly being formed, can the concepts central to Darwinian evolution be applied to them? The surprising answer is, 'yes'. . . . more

 Mythology's Otherworlds: Other Worlds? - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/26/2011
Summary: If it’s plausible to speculate on the actual existence of the apparently mythical polytheistic god, by postulating that there were not really supernatural gods but flesh-and-blood ‘gods’ – technologically advanced extraterrestrials in other words – then it open up a can of worms. What about the rest of the apparently mythical menagerie like the Fairy-Folk? Okay, let’s give them a fair-go too because fairies, like dragons, are nearly universal throughout all cultures – from Polynesia to Asia to the American Indians to, and of course, the Northern Europeans. Fairies and elves (Fairy-Folk in general) equal the modern UFO ‘Greys’, or the modern UFO ‘Greys’ equate to the mythological but actual and historical Fairy-Folk, to unite past and present. . . . more

 Human Evolution: By Natural Or Artificial Selection? - Category: Science - Biology 3/25/2011
Summary: If you’re reading this, I’d be 99.99% sure you’re human. That being the case, you probably are aware that humans evolved from our primate ancestors, most likely the chimpanzees, starting many eons of time ago in deep, darkest, equatorial Africa. From that point of origin, humans colonized the globe, including whatever part of Planet Earth you currently call home. That’s the be-all-and-end-all of the origin, evolution and colonization of and by the human race. Well, I think there are some flies in that ointment, especially the bit about our evolution. . . . more

 SETI's Catch-22 - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/25/2011
Summary: SETI, the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, is in the main the scanning of the heavens by radio telescopes for artificial radio signals emitted either deliberately or via leakage from technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. The search has been on again, off again, but mainly on again for over 50 years, without, to date, any positive resolution (you can’t prove a negative, so the hunt continues, in case). Unfortunately, despite their ongoing failure to detect ETI, they rubbish those involved in other types of SETI – like UFOs and ‘ancient astronauts’. . . . more

 Interstellar Spaceflight: To Boldly Go - Category: Science - Physics 3/23/2011
Summary: Rather than having a spaceship carry a passenger, have the passenger be an actual part of the spaceship! . . . more

 Dreamland: UFOs And Area 51 - Category: Society - Military 3/20/2011
Summary: Assuming one or more extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced, interstellar spaceflight capability exists; then they know about Planet Earth. Say ‘hi’ to those pesky UFOs. The Big Question not only is, is there an official UFO cover-up, but is Area 51 part of that cover-up? There are many people who have investigated this issue and decided the question in the affirmative. Are they right? . . . more

 SETI Versus The Trickster Gods - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/19/2011
Summary: Life, the universe and everything is full of paradoxes, puzzles, anomalies, and just a host of other weirdness often seemingly deliberately designed to toss wicked curve and knuckleballs at us ever scratching-our-heads humans. SETI doesn’t seem to be immune from this mischievous wickedness. Is the cosmos, Mother Nature, just a real bitch, just naturally perverse, or is there some sort of intelligence at work here tossing us those wicked curve and knuckleballs? . . . more

 The Anthropic Principle: Dial "L" for Life* - Category: Science - Biology 3/18/2011
Summary: You exist. You are a biological life form. Therefore, the Universe must be the sort of place that has the sorts of physics that permits the origin and evolution of life forms. That that weren’t the case, you wouldn’t exist. Now the question is, why is this - our bio-friendly Universe – so? . . . more

 Are We The Proverbial "IT"? - Category: Science - Astronomy 3/17/2011
Summary: Every one and their great grandmother has apparently had a go at, and calculated a value for the Drake Equation (named after radio astronomer and SETI scientist Frank D. Drake). The Drake Equation estimates (guesstimates is actually more accurate) the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy that could in theory say “Hi” to us and receive our “Hello” in return by examining all the factors that are part and parcel of that scenario. Seeing as how the Universe is some 13.7 billion years old, and seeing as how the current human species has been around for only some 200,000 years (give or take), then I have to ask, is it logical to assume that we’re the proverbial “It”? Here’s my two cents worth. . . . more

 I Think We're Property! An Outline - Category: Society - Opinion 3/16/2011
Summary: Assuming one or more extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced, interstellar spaceflight capability exists – then what? Well, they find Planet Earth and set up shop! I think we’re property! . . . more

 The Big Issues: Our Origins And Our Ultimate Questions - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/14/2011
Summary: Who are we; where did we come from; what is my purpose in life; why is there something rather than nothing, etc. has probably been pondered by most of us at one time or another. One universal blanket answer is God (or in earlier times, the gods). A rival answer is that the abstract concept of Mother Nature can equally explain all, even if sometimes in the negative – the Universe and you have no ultimate purpose. It, you and I just are. . . . more

 If God Isn't Really God, Then Who's God? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/13/2011
Summary: In my opinion, all this Biblical nonsense boils down to a collection of myths and fairy tales for grownups. For those who really have the faith, I’m easy. But I think the concept of the Biblical God (and associated baggage) is the greatest con job ever fostered on the great unwashed. Unless, assuming that God or the gods (i.e. – Zeus, etc.) weren’t totally fabricated out of whole cloth, then maybe, just maybe, the gods, including God, are extraterrestrials. . . . more

 Your Soul, Your Free Will And Your Afterlife - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/12/2011
Summary: The soul, free will, and the afterlife consisting of Heaven or Hell are among the central tenets of the Christian religion. All have philosophical baggage attached. In two cases, the soul and the afterlife, that baggage is a rather excessive amount. . . . more

 Polytheism, Monotheism, Extraterrestrial Theism Or No Theism? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/10/2011
Summary: Is there one God, many gods, extraterrestrial ‘gods’, or no gods? Nothing is set in concrete and everything is grist for the speculative mill. . . . more

 Religion: No Good; Just Bad and Ugly - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/9/2011
Summary: Is our Christian religion really the right religion? Human societies have believed in hundreds of religions, some current, many extinct. Humans have worshiped literally thousands of deities over a hundred thousand or some odd years. All religions, and all deities, can’t all be true. Perhaps none are. Regardless, religion has a lot to answer for. . . . more

 The Bible: Myths And Fairy Tales For Grownups - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/6/2011
Summary: The Bible is often a treasured book in the homes of most people, and usually found in motel and hotel rooms to boot. But, is The Bible really the word of God, or at best pure mythology; at worst, pure fiction, an early forerunner to the science fiction dystopian novel? Well, actually the Bible is really more an anthology of short stories authored by many individuals over a long period of time, and heavily edited (as to what it would and would not contain) by other people. It’s all pretty ad hoc. . . . more

 Prayers Work Miracles: True or False? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/5/2011
Summary: We all pray, and usually for miracles! That’s what prayer is ultimately all about. But, does prayer work and do miracles actually happen? The answer, IMHO, is a resounding ‘NO’ in both cases. . . . more

 God: Your Invisible Friend - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/4/2011
Summary: There is so much philosophical baggage surrounding the concept of a supernatural creator God-of-the-Old-Testament that it is far easier to believe He never had any reality in the first place. Here's some of that philosophical baggage IMHO, along with some suggestions for additional readings on the general theme. . . . more

 Noah's ArK: Lost At Sea; Sunk Beneath The Waves! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 3/1/2011
Summary: Everyone loves a good end-of-the-world disaster story and the one about the global flood as related in The Bible is a case in point. The trouble is that like most of the Bible it's pure mythology. Unfortunately, way too many people take the tale literally. . . . more

 Aliens: A New Religious Cult? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/26/2011
Summary: Aliens, as in extraterrestrials, are popular. The number of sci-fi novels, short stories, films, TV shows, factual documentaries, and the popular non-fiction literature (books and articles) must number in the multi-thousands. Are our interest and belief in, and search for, aliens, just a way of a substitution for a lack of belief in God? Do we have to believe in a higher power (advanced technology?), and if it’s not God, then extraterrestrials? . . . more

 Reincarnation: Hatched Again Or Forever Dead And Buried? - Category: Society - Death 2/25/2011
Summary: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”, so the saying goes, and while much has been written about taxes, death is my topic under consideration here, well a variation on the theme anyway. Reincarnation doesn’t of course cheat death, but it certainly circumnavigates or negates the finality of it. However, reincarnation makes relatively little if any real sense. . . . more

 Your Afterlife: Heaven, Hell, Spirit World, Simulated Or None Of The Above? - Category: Society - Death 2/24/2011
Summary: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”, so the saying goes, and while much has been written about taxes, death is my topic under consideration, or at least your survival after death. The concept or subject of death (and closely related subjects) has (much like taxes) spawned billions of words (and conversations), millions of documents, multi-thousands of texts – and for all of that, we’re still none the wiser when it comes to death, or at least post-death! [Taxes we understand!] . . . more

 The Contactees: A Reassessment Or Reevaluation - Category: Society - People 2/19/2011
Summary: If the subject of UFOs brings embarrassment to the scientific community, then the subject of the contactees brings embarrassment to the UFO community! Shortly after the dawn of the modern UFO era (1947), an offshoot appeared; humans claiming to have been contacted by the extraterrestrials of those UFOs. Unfortunately, those making the claims, the contactees (as they came to be called) told such outlandish tales that not only did they discredit themselves, but took nearly the whole UFO subject down the gurgler with them. Perhaps it’s now time for a reassessment or reevaluation of the contactees. . . . more

 Mythology: Why Creation & Why Creator Gods? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/18/2011
Summary: Mythologies around the world have given rise to thousands of gods (polytheism) who have all manner of duties and responsibilities and are credited (or blamed) for a whole host of natural phenomena. That’s understandable to primitive people who don’t quite grasp the science behind natural phenomena as well as the various aspects of the sociological, psychological, legal, political and other related parts of their world. However, humanity has also given substance or credit to creator gods whose obvious function is to create. That’s not understandable at all, unless mythology isn’t quite as mythological as it first appears. . . . more

 Here Be Dragons! Why? - Category: Science - Biology 2/16/2011
Summary: For something that doesn’t exist, and never has existed, dragons and dragon-lore has quite the remarkable hold throughout nearly all societies, from novels to films to video games; they also appear on coats-of-arms, on calendars, in art works, sculptures and as toys. Just like the mythological gods might have been really closet ET’s, well maybe dragons were ET’s pets; real flesh-and-blood creatures! Yet long after most of the extraterrestrial ‘gods’ have been totally forgotten about, dragons still rule. Maybe their ‘pets’ have truly eclipsed them! . . . more

 Antimatter And The One Electron Universe - Category: Science - Physics 2/9/2011
Summary: It’s a saying that’s been quoted by others, usually scientists and science writers, thousands of times by now, yet it retains the element of a profound insight. And that is ‘the Universe is not only far stranger than we imagine, it’s far stranger than we can imagine’. Every time you turn a corner, there’s an unexpected and rather shocking surprise staring you in the face! Mother Nature never seems to run out of curve balls. Anyway, one such imagination could have our Universe’s strangeness level increased a notch or so in that it allows for micro (quantum) time travel and that perhaps can lead to a Universe that consists of way less stuff than that contained in the smallest speck of dust. . . . more

 Mythology: Ancient Astronauts: An Outline: Part Two - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/5/2011
Summary: Scholars when they research the polytheistic gods of ancient civilizations and cultures start with the assumption that the gods are imaginary inventions of the fertile human mind and purely mythical beings. I start with the opposite assumption, that is that ancient peoples depicted real (extraterrestrial) beings which to them were so advanced as to be deities - the gods. These ‘ancient astronauts’ have an actual ongoing presence which has filtered down through the present day, achieving now an actual quasi-mythology of its own, not just fictional as in say “Stargate”, but as a basis for serious speculation such as Erich von Daniken’s or even my own minor musings. . . . more

 Mythology: Ancient Astronauts: An Outline: Part One - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 2/4/2011
Summary: Denying the reality of the gods (including God) by attributing to them only mythological (fictional) status is easy. Much harder is to try to accept their reality while stripping them of their supernatural (deity) status. That’s what I try to do here. If that however can’t be done, well the fairy tales involving the ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, etc. gods or the Biblical God still make for interesting bedtime stories. . . . more

 A Library of Universes - Category: Science - Astronomy 1/29/2011
Summary: There’s an awful lot we don’t really know for absolute certain about our Universe. We don’t know its absolute size and shape (its geometry). We don’t know for absolute certain what kick-started the Universe off, or what its ultimate fate is. We don’t know for certain whether some parameters are finite or infinite. We don’t know for certain if our Universe is the be-all-and-end-all of the cosmos, or if other universes exist too. There are many possible volumes that could ultimately be the book that describes our Universe – tells its tale. . . . more

 Should God Be Tried For Crimes Against Humanity? - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/26/2011
Summary: Could God be tried in absentia for alleged Old Testament crimes and atrocities committed against humanity in say the International Court of Justice or more likely as not the International Criminal Court? It would be no less than He deserves given a track record that puts many of our historical despots to shame. Hitler (as an example) has no monopoly on genocide. . . . more

 An Ancient UFO Event: The ‘Star’ Of Bethlehem - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/23/2011
Summary: The New Testament ‘Star of Bethlehem’ event apparently coincided with the so-called ‘birth’ of Jesus Christ – assuming Jesus Christ actually existed; not all scholars see eye-to-eye on that point. The ‘Star’ has been interpreted as an astronomical, astrological, supernatural, even fictional event. I suggest that perhaps it was an extraterrestrial event, extraterrestrial as in ‘ancient astronaut’ or UFO related. . . . more

 Multiroads To The Multiverse - Category: Science - Astronomy 1/20/2011
Summary: If Mother Nature can create one Universe (ours), Mother Nature can create more than one universe – a Multiverse! . . . more

 Time Travel Via Parallel Universes - Category: Science - Physics 1/16/2011
Summary: Parallel universes, or alternative universes or mirror universes have had a long run of popularity in science fiction and science fantasy, in both print and visual formats. One need only look at an “Alice in Wonderland” or look no further than the “Star Trek” universe (our Universe in less than obvious disguise) to view the near endless plot variations that such parallel / alternative / mirror universes provide our heroes and heroines. While there are some serious reasons to suspect that parallel universes do exist, there’s another, albeit more theoretical proof of the parallel universe concept. Time travel is the name of the game! . . . more

 The Big Bang's Tiny Pinprick - Category: Science - Astronomy 1/13/2011
Summary: Did our massive Universe start off as just a tiny pinprick in size? That’s what the standard cosmological model would have you believe. But to paraphrase a well known Gershwin song from the American opera “Porgy and Bess”, ‘those things that you’re libel, to read in Cosmology’s bible, well it ain’t necessarily so’. . . . more

 God Has Left The Building! - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 1/8/2011
Summary: The alleged most important being in the cosmos has the absolute least amount of evidence to verify that very existence. Either that being is incredibly shy, doesn’t exist, or exists under false pretences or via a human misconception. And that’s just the tip of the Godly anomalies. . . . more

 Personalities: Your’s; An Electron's; A Black Hole's - Category: Science - Physics 1/5/2011
Summary: As well known and loved baseball personality Yogi Berra has often stated, “You can observe a lot just by watching”. So let’s observe humans, electrons, and Black Holes. Who wins out in the personality stakes? . . . more

 Physics: Is There A Fifth Force? - Category: Science - Physics 1/1/2011
Summary: Physical forces rule our cosmos, and since we’re a part of the cosmos, they govern our existence as well. Even if we’ve never studied physics, we all know about gravity, and to a lesser extent, electromagnetism. We don’t tend to have any obvious day-to-day perception or connection with the two nuclear forces, but rest assured, if they didn’t exist, you wouldn’t either. Is that it, the sum total of all the forces that rule the Universe? Perhaps there awaits the discovery of a fifth, or more forces - or perhaps not. . . . more

 Symmetry and Undiscovered Forms of Matter - Category: Science - Physics 12/29/2010
Summary: Physicists embrace the concept of symmetry. It has lead to the successful prediction of the existence before-the-fact of all sorts of things, from antimatter to elementary particles to chemical elements. I cast caution to the wind and carry on in the prediction tradition, embracing the philosophy that while I may be wrong, I’m not in any doubt! . . . more

 Further Variations On A Theme Called Reality - Category: Arts - Philosophy 12/24/2010
Summary: Your reality is so obvious to you that it’s hardly worth commenting on. But, and there’s always a ‘but’, one possible alternative version of your reality is that you (and everything else) is just a software program, a simulation created by a super computer freak geek. I’ve already covered that but there’s more to coming to terms with what’s really real or unreal than just that possibility. There are some other reasons why you can’t trust your senses to give you an accurate picture of your world and environment – your reality. . . . more

 The Many Downsides Of Christmas - Category: Home and Family - Holidays 12/20/2010
Summary: We all know about the warm and fuzzy upside things about Christmas, since we’re constantly reminded of them for the better part of one-sixth of the year via every possible medium you can think of, from store displays to brochures stuffing your mailbox full to overflowing. I mean positive things like ‘shop till you drop’ and hearing busking schoolkids butcher “Silent Night” on the violin while standing on every other street corner. But you don’t quite get the balanced picture – the numerous downsides. I hope to address that imbalance. . . . more

 Ongoing UFO Censorship and Cover-ups: Plausible, Even Necessary? - Category: Society - Politics 12/18/2010
Summary: From nearly day one of the modern UFO era, the subject has been associated and clouded with all sorts of conspiracy theories – official censorship and deliberate cover-ups of information and releases of disinformation (red herrings). Roswell (1947) is often citied as an example, but since I’ve dealt with Roswell before, I’ll focus elsewhere. Still, Roswell was part of the beginning, and in the beginning there were definitely national security and defence issues associated that required security classifications. But once started, censorship and cover-ups, well it’s a slippery slope that’s hard to climb out of. . . . more

 Your Reality: Really Real, or Unreal? - Category: Computers - Software 12/16/2010
Summary: Reality - Your reality isn’t really real. That’s because you’re the product of someone else’s imagination. That could be imagination via wetware – their brain, say in a dreaming state; or that could be imagination via creativity in producing computer software, where you’re coded within that software. In other words, you’re a simulated being – and so am I. . . . more

 Clash of the Deities: The Polytheistic Gods versus the Monotheist God - Category: Society - Religion and Spirituality 12/15/2010
Summary: Has Planet Earth been home to thousands of gods, or just one God, or both, or neither? If neither, then our over fertile active imaginations have run riot populating the four corners of the globe with fictitious characters. Perhaps the gods and/or God exist, but not in any sort of theistic sense. Enter ET, stage left! . . . more

 Faster Than A Speeding Light Beam? - Category: Science - Physics 12/11/2010
Summary: Nothing can travel at superluminal velocities – faster than the speed of light. Einstein showed that to be the case with his Special Theory of Relativity. That’s a fact of nature now drummed into every physics student, be it high school or university. But, there is a special condition attached which isn’t often made clear. Eliminate that special condition, and, as a thought experiment at least, you can do your superluminal thing! . . . more

 Black Holes: Are They Really So Weird? - Category: Science - Astronomy 12/9/2010
Summary: Black Holes have a certain aura about them. They are associated, in the minds of the general populace, with a certain mystique or ultra-mystery about them – terrifying objects that gobble up everything within range – the ultimate devourer, doomsday machine, berserker and weapon of mass destruction (if you could figure out how to manipulate one of course) all rolled into one. But Black Holes have other aspects about them that are equally fascinating, and not really all that weird, though some bits are weirder than others. But you don’t have to be a geek to come to terms with these concepts. . . . more

 Dimensions: A Reality Or Just An Abstract Concept? - Category: Science - Physics 12/7/2010
Summary: There’s something not quite right with the word ‘dimension’ as applied or used in physics. The word is part and parcel of our everyday conversations, but some of the dimensions commonly tossed about in those conversations have no actual reality, just an abstract mathematical reality. If that’s true for some, perhaps it’s true for all. If one can’t actually come to terms with the reality of say creating something that’s just one dimensional, what hope for coming to terms with string theory’s add on of an extra six or seven dimensions above and beyond what’s commonly accepted – the three dimensions of space plus the add on dimension of time? Perhaps the word ‘dimension’ has reached its used-by date. . . . more

 Cosmology: In The Beginning Vs. Once Upon A Time - Category: Science - Astronomy 12/4/2010
Summary: The standard cosmological model, the standard origin of our Universe model, the Big Bang event, is an “in the beginning” model. The Big Bang marked the beginning of our Universe; what happened before that is akin to asking what’s south of the South Pole. However, I prefer a “once up a time” scenario, which implies there was a time before the Big Bang created our Universe, and ultimately, us. . . . more

 Extraordinary Claims Require Only Evidence, Not Extraordinary Evidence - Category: Society - Opinion 12/2/2010
Summary: A phrase has appeared in many popular science books as well as sceptical books about various aspects of the paranormal and pseudosciences, but which has, in classic meme fashion, spread to other subjects as well. That phrase is “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. However, I feel that phrase has well outlived its original purpose, is total nonsense, and has passed it’s ‘use by’ date by several decades at least. . . . more

 Germs from Space - Category: Science - Biology 11/28/2010
Summary: In the original “War of the Worlds” novel, our Martian invaders where thwarted not by us high and mighty humans, but by humble terrestrial bacteria who just ate them up! The question therefore is would extraterrestrial ‘bacteria’ find us (terrestrial life) a nice snack? The answers could be both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. . . . more

 Abductions By Aliens: A Phenomenon Of Inner Space or Outer Space? - Category: Society - Opinion 11/26/2010
Summary: If the UFO extraterrestrial hypothesis is controversial, then abductions of humans by alien beings is controversial squared, if not cubed. There’s intense polarisation on the issue, not just between UFO sceptics and UFO believers, but between UFO believers themselves. Is there anything to be said for the reality of alien abductions? . . . more

 The Exploration and Colonization of Space: By Man or Machine? - Category: Science - Physics 11/23/2010
Summary: We have seen via the Fermi Paradox that without any violation in the laws of physics, and given even modest technological assumptions, that the time that it takes to explore and colonize our galaxy (The Milky Way) is but a small fraction of the age of the Milky Way Galaxy. So where is everybody? Where are our cosmic neighbours? Let’s now assume that there is no everybody, or anybody, or neighbours, just us. We’re the proverbial “It” and the galaxy beckons as our cosmic playground. So what happens next? . . . more

 Quantum Entanglement: Spooky Action At A Distance - Category: Science - Physics 11/20/2010
Summary: There’s a quantum category that suggests that observation is not always necessary in order to know something. That’s the phenomena of quantum entanglement. Okay, it’s necessary to observe one thing, but in doing so you don’t have to observe something else in order to know something about it. It’s a phenomena where by two things are entangled and knowing the state of one thing tells you the properties (some of them at least) of the other. . . . more

 The Rare Earth Hypothesis - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/18/2010
Summary: If the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a viable experiment and not a waste of time; if UFOs and ancient astronauts are facets that help document the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence, then the very existence of an advanced extraterrestrial intelligence with technology has to be plausible in the first place. Unfortunately, it’s a long hard road to get from inorganic chemistry through to E.T. and there are many possible bottleneck hurdles that have to be overcome before the one evolves into the other. Goldilocks factors – not too this, not too that, but just right – have to be with you every step of the way. IMHO the major bottlenecks are the transition from unicellular to multicellular life and the development and use of technology. . . . more

 The Roswell Incident:July 1947 - Category: Society - Military 11/16/2010
Summary: Even if you have relatively little or just a casual acquaintance with UFOs, you’ve no doubt heard of the alleged 1947 UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico. If you’re a serious UFO buff, then Roswell is probably something you have well and truly researched. IMHO, there is a case to be answered here, that to date has not been answered satisfactorily about what really happened in early July, 1947. . . . more

 Five Roads to the Multiple You - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/13/2010
Summary: You think you are unique. There has been, and always will be, just one of you. Even your identical twin (assuming you have on) isn’t really identical down to the last detail. Your biological clone wouldn’t be absolutely identical. Well gentle beings, think again. There are multiple roads to the multiple you! It all depends on how our actual or apparent universe is constructed. . . . more

 Infinities, Like Diamonds, Are Forever - Category: Science - Physics 11/10/2010
Summary: I get rather irritated by the rather loose use of ‘infinity’ by physicists and science writers. At least I assume its ‘loose’ as I can see very few cases where an actual infinity can exist, other than in cases of mathematical abstractions, puzzles and paradoxes. I really assume they mean in most cases ultra tiny or extremely large, and not literally infinity as in infinitely large or small. Let’s examine the case for infinity applying to time, temperature, space or volume, density, velocity, matter and energy, and gravity. . . . more

 Black Holes Get Personal: Can You Become A Black Hole? - Category: Science - Physics 11/8/2010
Summary: Astronomical Black Holes are fascinating objects and they come in all sizes, from the microscopic through to astronomical (pun intended) sizes. All you need to do is get an object massive and dense enough to generate enough gravity that not even the fastest thing known – the speed of light – can escape. You fall within the range between the microscopic to the astronomical. Perhaps you too, under the right circumstances could turn into a Black Hole! . . . more

 The Ongoing Enigma of the Crop Circles - Category: Society - Opinion 11/6/2010
Summary: When it comes to the British crop circle phenomena, no explanation put forth makes any logical sense. The best of all the implausible explanations is the extraterrestrial intelligence one, but only on a scale of two out of ten because the rest don’t even rate that highly. . . . more

 Endless Night: Are Rogue Planets Habitable? - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/4/2010
Summary: When you think of planets, you think of solar systems, much like our own, where planets orbit around their parent sun, which assists in providing a lot of the necessary ingredients for life to exist on some of those abodes, like heat and light. But planets could be found in deep interstellar space, wandering the depths without benefit of a parent star. Could such rogue planets possibly support life forms? . . . more

 Life On Mars - Category: Science - Astronomy 11/2/2010
Summary: Microbial life on the red planet Mars is just about a sure fire a thing as death and taxes, albeit it’s probably spread very thinly. . . . more

 Time Reversal: Studies In Time And Motion - Category: Science - Physics 10/31/2010
Summary: Time reversal is not the same as actual time travel, rather its pseudo time travel in the sense that time reversal is more akin to a thought experiment yet one you can often perform with a motion picture camera. I’ll explain… . . . more

 The Size and Shape of Our Universe - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/29/2010
Summary: Clearly our Universe must have an overall size and shape. What those parameters are and will ultimately be depends on two opposite forces. One is gravity; the other is a form of antigravity, currently known as 'dark energy'. . . . more

 Radioactivity: What Causes It? - Category: Science - Physics 10/27/2010
Summary: The mystery behind radioactivity is largely ignored, even by physicists. It happens – why worry about what it means? Yet, it is something alleged to have no cause; causality need not apply here, yet something without any cause follows a strict mathematical exponential progression. How? Why? . . . more

 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) vs the Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/23/2010
Summary: Radio (and other) astronomers who search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) in the cosmos appear to have little if any real interest in other avenues that have potential bearing on the issue, which makes we wonder about just how bona fide their overall interest in ETI really is. That’s because they tend not only to ignore those avenues, but often actively thumb their collective noses at, and ridicule subjects such as UFOs and ancient astronauts. I think they should have the academic courage to investigate these fields as well, as there is IMHO an ETI signal of wheat within the UFO (and ancient astronaut) chaffy noise. . . . more

 Death, And All That Jazz - Category: Society - Death 10/21/2010
Summary: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”, so the saying goes, and while much has been written about taxes, death is my topic under consideration. The concept or subject of death (and closely related subjects) has (much like taxes) spawned billions of words (and conversations), millions of documents, multi-thousands of texts – and for all of that, we’re still none the wiser when it comes to death, or at least post-death! [Taxes we understand!] . . . more

 UFOs: Speculations Off the Deep End - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/19/2010
Summary: If bona-fide UFOs are extraterrestrial visitations, then it’s highly improbable that our generation would be the generation to be privy to said visitations. In all probability, such visitations should have and would have extended back into historical times, ancient times, and pre-historical times; in fact they could extend right back to when Planet Earth was just a lifeless ball of solidifying molten rock. They - the extraterrestrials - could have taken an active role in shaping terrestrial evolution while considering themselves stewards of Planet Earth. . . . more

 UFOs: The Observational Reality Supporting Extraterrestrial Visitations - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/16/2010
Summary: The Fermi Paradox postulates that extraterrestrials should be visiting Planet Earth. That’s the theoretical part of the equation. UFOs provide the counterpoint – the observational part of the equation. . . . more

 The Fermi Paradox: The Theoretical Reality Supporting Extraterrestrial Visitations - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/14/2010
Summary: "Where is everybody?" was a question posed by physicist Enrico Fermi. The 'paradox' is that extraterrestrials should be here, yet there is no indisputable evidence to support that. Or is there? Those pesky UFOs just will not go away! . . . more

 Even in Copenhagen the Moon Shines - Category: Science - Physics 10/12/2010
Summary: Quantum physics is schizophrenic to say the least. On the one hand, it’s been experimentally verified to incredible precision and much of our modern technology and the economic benefits of that technology have roots in quantum physics. On the other hand, it makes little if any philosophical sense and it can not be reconciled with classical physics. Physicists don’t understand quantum physics; they just tend to shut up and calculate and don’t worry about deeper meanings. The Copenhagen Interpretation revolves around some of those deeper philosophical meanings. . . . more

 Immortality - Category: Society - Death 10/9/2010
Summary: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”, so the saying goes, and while much has been written about taxes, death, or the lack of death, is my topic under consideration. The question I pose is, can technology deliver on what religion promises, but probably can’t deliver on - that is to say, the promise of life eternal. . . . more

 It's About Time - Category: Science - Physics 10/7/2010
Summary: The real nature of what we call ‘time’ is one of the Big Questions. It’s been debated ever since humans evolved thought and language. That puzzlement remains true to the average person today, although ‘time’ has become the professional subject or province of philosophers, metaphysicists, and theoretical physicists, not to forget many a science fiction author! Here’s my two cents worth – ‘time’ is an illusion! . . . more

 The Simulated Universe Hypothesis in Outline Form - Category: Society - Opinion 10/5/2010
Summary: The odds are fairly high that we reside in a computer software generated simulation (video game) universe. The chain of logic leading to this conclusion and what a simulated Universe might help explain, are outlined. . . . more

 Free Will - Category: Society - Opinion 10/3/2010
Summary: “You have to believe in free will. You have no choice”. Seriously, if our Universe is a clockwork Universe, where causality rules absolutely (as both Newton and Einstein believed), then you do not have free will, only the illusion of having free will. . . . more

 Cosmology: Ten Cosmic Fallacies - Category: Science - Astronomy 10/1/2010
Summary: The standard model of the origin of our Universe, the Big Bang event, proposes that the Big Bang created not only matter and energy, but time and space itself. I suggest this is a flawed scenario and that the Big Bang event did not create our matter and energy; time and space, and that there are many viable alternatives proposed to the standard model. . . . more