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Atheism: Two Point… Oh No. – A critique of Alain de Botton’s ‘Constructive Atheism’

February 10, 2012

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There are very few people who can annoy me more than the multitudes of religionist who make demands upon others, infiltrating almost all aspects of life. Some might go so far as to say that I have a small preoccupation with trying to reduce the amount of this religious noise that permeates the world. However, one sure way to distract me… [Read more…]

A Critique of the “Quantum Consciousness” Hypothesis (Part 2 of 2)

February 4, 2012

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[I was recently asked some questions about 'psi' when I replied to a post about my recent Brian Cox article that appeared on http://www.mind-energy.net. I replied to the post and it started up an interesting discussion. Here is my second reply. The first can be found here] Summary of Part 1 In the first part of this… [Read more…]

A Critique of the “Quantum Consciousness” Hypothesis (Part 1 of 2)

February 3, 2012

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[I was recently asked some questions about 'psi' (psychic abilities) when I replied to a post about my recent Brian Cox article that appeared on http://www.mind-energy.net. I replied to the post and it started up an interesting discussion. Here is my first reply] Introduction If you didn’t know anything about this topic, it would be tempting to suppose… [Read more…]

Research & Antiresearch – Physics Errors in Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons”

January 6, 2012

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‘FACT’ must be one of the least expected titles for the forward to a novel. Nevertheless, this is how Dan Brown chose to start his mystery-thriller: with a series of knowledge claims about the physics of anti-matter. The motivation for this strange opening becomes more transparent the further one reads ‘Angels and Demons’. Brown clearly intends for the… [Read more…]

Double Twit Experiment – What Brian Cox Gets Wrong

December 23, 2011

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If you missed Brian Cox’s ‘A Night With The Star’ on Sunday’s BBC2 at 9pm, here it is: ————————- When I used to teach secondary school physics, I was very disturbed by the reverence in which Cox was held (so to speak) by teachers and students alike. I think the appreciation he receives is indicative of most what is… [Read more…]

Arks and Bows

December 7, 2011

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In a previous article, I wrote about the sloppy representation of rainbows in art. Artists who usually demonstrate extraordinary observational skills for landscapes, animals, and human interactions, seems to have a terrible blind spot for the relatively simple rainbow. Considering that there is such a widespread misperception of this atmospheric phenenomon – certainly not restricted to artists - perhaps there… [Read more…]

Scientific Theories According to Christianity – Number 2: Work

December 4, 2011

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Click here for part 1 (Buoyancy) [Click to enlarge]

How to Go to Hell and Have a Good Time

November 7, 2011

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“What if you’re wrong?” is the noise I often hear after discussing religion for a while. I take it as a synonym for, “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand a single thing you just said.” It is Pascal’s Wager, in the tone of a smug joyous threat. I maintain that the questioner makes the faulty assumption that… [Read more…]

The Continuing Cowardice of Western Media

November 2, 2011

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Today, we hear of the threatening of an editor, hacking of a website and burning of the offices of a French satirical magazine.  Reading the Islamic threats on the magazine’s social media pages, it is likely to be an response to its recent depiction of Mohammed. Here is the cover of their recent issue of the magazine in… [Read more…]

Scientific Theories Predicted by Islam – Number 2: The Curvature of Spacetime

October 23, 2011

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Muslims often make extraordinary claims concerning the predication of scientific theories in the Qur’an. [Click to enlarge]

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