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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

E++99 ET Christianity (534 comments)

"Weintraub also identified two religions – Mormonism and Seventh-day Adventism – whose theology embraces extraterrestrials."

Swedenborgianism is a another brand of Christianity that embraces extraterrestrials. Swedenborg wrote about conversations he had with the spirits of extraterrestrials where they told him about their worlds and cultures.

about 2 months ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

E++99 Re:ET would disprove God (534 comments)

You're assuming that the aliens do not also fall under the category of "man", which would seem contrary to the evidence in the scenario.

about 2 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

E++99 Re: Sexual Harassment Is Common In ... Everything (362 comments)

No one is saying it's a good word. It's a bad word. It's just that statements such as "it doesn't mean anything" or "it's not a word" are more wrong than using a bad word.

about 4 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

E++99 Re:Deniers are too stupid to read -- prove me wron (661 comments)

Sorry bad numbers.... I meant to say 330 to 400 -- the change from the 80's to now which have coincided with the most recent warming trend.

about 6 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

E++99 Re:Deniers are too stupid to read -- prove me wron (661 comments)

Do you happen to have a the reference for those CO2 forcing numbers? Every time I've tried to follow footnotes from an IPCC report, it sends me on a chain of references that just ends up back at an earlier IPCC report.

about 6 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

E++99 Re:Deniers are too stupid to read -- prove me wron (661 comments)

I've read all the IPCC reports. I've read dozens of climate papers published in the climatology journals. I've downloaded all the ice core data to do my own numerical experiments. What I am doing is pointing out some bad oversimplified reasoning.

about 6 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

E++99 Re:Deniers are too stupid to read -- prove me wron (661 comments)

The question isn't whether "CO2 causes warming" but whether a change from 290 to 330 ppm in the troposphere can be the cause of a measurable change in the heat content of troposphere. Since it's all so trivial, I'm curious whether your undergraduate text explains why increased CO2 concentration in the stratosphere causes the stratosphere to loose heat.

about 6 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

E++99 Re:"Down with fat-shaming!" (329 comments)

Fast food doesn't make you fat.

Too much food makes you fat.

signed, someone who recently lost 55 pounds of fat and put on 8 pounds of muscle on a calorie-controlled diet of mcdonalds and burger king.

about 6 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

E++99 Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

Solar power will not get cheap in the next decade or two or three or four. And while coal power will eventually go away, that time is hundreds and hundreds of years away.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

E++99 Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (612 comments)

Lawrence Krauss is an example of someone who would rather redefine "nothing" to mean "something" just so he can say "the universe came from nothing" to see how many people it annoys.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

E++99 Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (612 comments)

Precisely. The use of the word "nothing" is pure pseudoscience, uttered by who are more interested in scoring points against religion than saying anything of scientific relevance.

about 7 months ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

E++99 Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Are all droughts caused by global warming, or were there droughts before global warming? Or maybe global warming just makes all droughts worse? It couldn't possibly make a drought better, right. It probably makes all floods worse too. It probably just makes everything worse. Makes total sense.

about 8 months ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

E++99 Re:Matt Strassler perspective (269 comments)

And that while this is a tremendous experiment, it's not any kind of "smoking gun", and we really need to wait for replication to get properly excited.

It's not that it's not a smoking gun. It is a smoking gun. It's that scientists like to have several smoking guns.

about 8 months ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

E++99 Re:Indirect measurement of gravitational waves (269 comments)

This is certainly the first detection of gravity waves. True, the gravity waves themselves aren't operating directly on the instrument. But as one of the researchers pointed out, there are two ways you could detect waves in the ocean, you could put a buoy in the water and detect it moving up and down, or you could take a picture of the waves from a distance, and this is like the latter.

about 8 months ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

E++99 Re:Interesting... (263 comments)

Exchanges folding up have nothing to do with whether or not bitcoin is a good investment. Bitcoin's value is the same as it was in mid-December. Exchanges folding up, rather, means that it's unwise to trust your bitcoins to be held by exchanges.

about 8 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

E++99 Re:Lessee, where's my dictionary? (676 comments)

So you think there's some meta-authority over the government that tells it what spending is "mandatory"? No, there is not. The government decides what is mandatory. The government can change what is mandatory, the same as they change any other law.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

E++99 Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

You have it completely backwards. Most degrees are worthless to employers. Employable skills are not what is taught in college. If you want a good paying job, you should go to welding school. If you want a pile of debt and to live in you're parents' basement indefinitely, get a philosophy degree.

about 9 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

E++99 Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

It costs so much because people have been conditioned to be willing to pay anything for it, believing it is essential for future success. And if they can't afford it the government ensures that they can borrow for it. There's no way tuition can possibly go but up until this scenario changes.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

E++99 Re:i trust nothing (631 comments)

There is far more stability in USD now than when it was tied to gold. How soon people forget.

about 9 months ago

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Astronomers Killing the Universe

E++99 E++99 writes  |  about 7 years ago

E++99 writes "Forget about mankind destroying the planet — mankind is now destroying the universe! Theoretical physicists Lawrence Krauss and James Dent have concluded that by observing dark energy in 1998, we may have reset the universe to an earlier quantum state when it was more likely to end. "Incredible as it seems, our detection of the dark energy may have reduced the life-expectancy of the universe," says Professor Krauss. Incredible indeed. Perhaps it is likewise our quantum observations of glaciers that melts them."
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Scientist close to being able to steer huricanes

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "In the wake of Katrina, two rival teams of climate scientists are working on ways to steer hurricanes, so as to be able to avoid direct hits on major cities in the future. Both teams are using the technique of removing power and speed from strategic points in the hurricane, effectively refracting its path. The American team is approaching this by warming the areas of the tops of the hurricane clouds, either by dropping ash to absorb heat from the sun, or directly beaming microwaves on those areas from space. The Israeli team is taking the approach of cooling the bottom of the hurricane by releasing dust along its base. The concern is raised of lawsuits from the small towns that hurricanes are directed towards in the effort to avoid large cities. But if the space-based solution could be done efficiently, and applied to all large tropical storms, couldn't we one day send them all harmlessly into the North Atlantic?"
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500 Scientists Challenge Climate Dogma

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. ...3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly; 4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate."
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The State of the Global Warming Consensus

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "Michael Asher of DealyTech discusses the latest survey of published climate research, revealing a significant shift in viewpoints since 2004. An oft-cited survey from 2004 of papers published from 1993 to 2003 found a majority supporting the "consensus view" that humans were having at least some effect on global climate change. The new survey, examining papers from the same database from 2004 to 2007, shows the following:
  • 7% explicitly endorse "the consensus."
  • 6% explicitly reject "the consensus."
  • 38% implicitly accept "the consensus."
  • 48% are neutral on "the consensus."
  • 0.2% (one paper) makes any reference to catastrophic results of climate change
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US Attorney General Gonzales Resigns

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "
Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence. "After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position and I accept his decision," Bush said from Texas, where he is vacationing.
Slashdotters to lose 20 IQ points and perform their interpretive version a food fight in a nut house in 5... 4... 3... 2..."

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Ape-Human split moved back by millions of years

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "Up until now, scientific consensus has place the divergence of man from ape five to six million years ago (based on "genetic distances"). But newly discovered fossils in Ethiopia place the divergence at least twice as far back. They also largely put to rest any doubts that both man and modern apes both originally emerged in Africa. From the article:

The trail in the hunt for physical evidence of our human ancestors goes cold some six or seven million years ago. Orrorin — discovered in Kenya in 2000 and nicknamed "Millennium Man" although its sex remains unknown — goes back 5.8 to 6.1 million years, while Sahelanthropus, found a year later in Chad, is considered by most experts to extend the human family tree another one million years into the past. Beyond that, however, fossils of early humans from the Miocene period, 23 to five million years ago, disappear. Fossils of early apes especially during the critical period of 14 to eight million years ago were virtually non-existant — until now. "We know nothing about how the human line actually emerged from apes," the authors of the paper noted. But the new fossils, dubbed "Chororapithecus abyssinicus" by the team of Japanese and Ethiopian paleoanthropologists who found them, place the early ancestors of the modern day gorilla 10 to 10.5 million years in the past, suggesting that the human-ape split occurred before that.
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The scientists leading the team that found the fossils — Gen Suwa of the University of Tokyo, and Ethiopian paleontologists Berhane Asfaw and Yonas Beyene — calculated that the human-orangutan split "could easily have been as old as 20 million years."
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Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University in Ohio... described the fossils as "a critically important discovery," a view echoed by several other scientists who had read the paper or seen the artifacts.
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"This is a major breakthrough in our understanding of the origin of humanity," Yohannes Haile-Selassie, a physical anthropologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, told AFP.
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Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "According to an AP science writer Seth Borenstein, the experts agree — "wet artificial life" is only 3 to 10 years away. The CEO of ProtoLife chimes in to say, "It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it." As for our fears of our new synthetic microbial overlords getting loose in the wild, he reassures us, saying, "It'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab; but them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen.""
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Homeland Security Commissions LED-based Puke-Saber

E++99 E++99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E++99 writes "Homeland Security has contracted with Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. to develop an "LED Incapacitator," a nonlethal weapon consisting of a large flashlight with a cluster of LEDs capable of emitting "super-bright pulses of light at rapidly changing wavelengths." Sounds innocuous enough... until they they shine "the evil color" at you and you start puking! A working prototype has been completed, and they will soon be putting it through its paces. Homeland Security hopes to give it to Border Patrol agents and National Guardsmen by 2010."
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