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Sunday School July 17th 2022

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    Good News: Fewer people than ever see the Bible as the literal word of a god.

    Churches often victim-blame adult abuse survivors for leading a ‘holy man’ astray.

    The separation of Church and State is good for religion.

    Don’t let reason fall asleep again. We need to watch those that make the Watchman Decree. If not the Ministry of Truth will be busy rewriting history books. Not that you will find too many libraries left soon. That will learn those liberal lexophiles not to be bibliophiles.

    Forget about gun control: We just need exorcisms to drive out the evil spirits.

    Freedoms that flow from secular democracy need to be defended.

    World of Woo:  Tricks of the trade: debunking psychic abilities.

    Environment:  Finding your next glass of water.

    Richard Dawkins reacts to photographs of our brave overhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire (see also first coffee break video). Welcome to the new Astronomy.

    A study into the link between chemistry and biology could bring us closer to understanding abiogenesis.

    When does the fetus become a “person”? The philosophy of gradualism provides a moral guide.

    It’s a miracle! What is the chance of that being true?

    The $100 Trillion Global Economy in One Chart.

    Long Reads: I have a fascination with the faces of Christians when they think that they are in communication with the Creator of the Universe. Did the Republicans skip a heartbeat when a 10-year-old child was raped and needed an abortion?  The Metaverse: Science Fiction or Reality? How to thrive after leaving your religion. Curious Science.

    Sunday Book Club:  Do as I say – The controlling power of cults.

    Some photographs taken last week.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Coffee Break Video:  Seeing the Universe like never before. The Dark World of Megachurches.   DEBATE: From the Florida Humanist Association – Does God Exist? 12 Cognitive Biases explained. Human population changes through time.

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    Have a great week everyone!

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    Strega
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    Thanks, Reg!!

    #43716

    Unseen
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    One commenter on the article about belief in miracles made an interesting point:

    The whole arguement seems like an exercise in circular logic.

    In order to qualify as a miracle, an event must be so unusual that there is no concievable rational explaination (sic), therefore belief in miracles is always irrational. If belief in an event was rational, the event wouldn’t qualify as a miracle.

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    _Robert_
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    One commenter on the article about belief in miracles made an interesting point: The whole arguement seems like an exercise in circular logic. In order to qualify as a miracle, an event must be so unusual that there is no concievable rational explaination (sic), therefore belief in miracles is always irrational. If belief in an event was rational, the event wouldn’t qualify as a miracle.

    And even of the event happened, where is the proof any particular god was the cause? It’s just an assumption made by believers.

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    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    Great tjought-provoking topics as always.

    A great expert David Byrne observed that: “There is water at the bottom of the ocean.”

    Alas, though, as your article observes it takes energy to get Tennyson’s “drop to drink” and California’s energy policies don’t lend themselves too well to it generating energy, what with no one wanting to drill for petroleum, people letting silly Jane Fonda movies scare them out of nuclear energy, increased demand on the grid for EVs, and periodic rolling blackouts. Today’s itenerary advice is: “Get Out, Young Man! Get Out!”

    I say forget both gun control and exorcisms. They are both founded on the bugaboo that evil spirits exist and can indwell inanimate objects and unwilling but believing persons.

    Pop-Up Video Factiod: Bill Bennett also supported banning so-called “assault weapons” when he was Drug “Czar” after having been the Education “Czar.” Never mind that so-called “assault weapons” are only different from hunting rifles in cosmetics and maybe caliber (with the latter usually having a bigger caliber.)

    Also, in 2003, Bill Bennett was revealed to be a high-stakes gambler who lost millions, evidently not considering Thrift to be a Virtue worthy of writing about in his books. Also, his foundation was against allowing Internet gambling for us great unwashed, adding hypocrisy to being a wastrel.

    Bill Bennett is definitely beyond “Third Time’s The Charm” on bad bets. 🎲🎰🤗

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    It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.

    JFK 1962.

    Water, the albatross around California’s neck so now it must be all hands on deck.

    The rime of the ancient farmer.

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    Belle Rose
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    Ay ay Captain lol

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