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Sunday School January 5th 2020

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    Christian health Insurance companies are as useful as prayer when it comes to providing the sick with assistance.

    The FFRF wants the IRS to investigate a Miami megachurch over violation of the Johnson Amendment even though Trump was sent there by Jesus when he took a break from spinning in His grave. What do Christians need to strain their faces so much? Is it to prevent themselves from laughing at the applause of morons in the audience?

    The FFRF also stopped an elementary school from bullying children whose teachers disregard the Constitution.

    This weeks’ Woo:  On tilting at windmills.

    Climate Crisis: Advances in satellite technology are improving our knowledge.

    The search for Eden: in pursuit of humanity’s origins. How the extinction of ice age mammals may have forced us to invent civilisation.

    Should we sequence the genome of every new-born? What CRISPR-baby prison sentences mean for research. Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?

    Astronomers are watching Betelgeuse and wondering if it’s about to explode.

    If Earth is exceptional, then we might be profoundly alone.

    Some new ideas on the inner workings of the atom.

    The Top 10 scientific discoveries of the decade.

    Build your own intellectual oasis.

    Long Read: Improving ourselves to death.

    This week I am reading this book:  Less.

    Some photographs taken last week.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil…..

    Coffee Break Video: An atheist visits the Holy Land. Matt Dillahunty on Christmas. Ask Sam Harris – Episode 1.


    Have a great week everyone!!


    Simon Paynton

    The search for Eden: in pursuit of humanity’s origins.

    I think this article is absolutely fascinating.  It makes sense, from the evidence we have, that humans evolved all over Africa and intermixed their cultures when they were able to.  This demonstrates once again that warfare was more or less unkown in those times, and that humans were collaborating over large distances.

    Also, it raises the interesting question, why is there apparently not much ancient cave art in Africa, but there is in Europe (and Indonesia)?  Perhaps the European art is a result of harsh conditions in the Ice Age – evidence shows an explosion of culture in Europe at that time.  Artistic culture is somehow linked to those harsh conditions.



    Thanks Reg!


    Simon Paynton

    Garden of Eden?  I think the whole world was a Garden of Eden, or certainly tropical places like Africa, before agriculture and city states.  This is because there was not much need for organised religion and strict government, since everyone lived in small culturally homogeneous groups.  After the rise of city states, people were living in large, mixed groups and weren’t able to rely on personal knowledge of other people in order to govern themselves.

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