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Sunday School November 28th 2021

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    Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe they will become immortal.

    A Bible loving pastor in the Bronx said “Gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife.” He is now on leave and will be fully re-instated when he claims that imaginary Jesus has forgiven him.

    The archbishop of Canterbury has backtracked after criticizing the Anglican Church of Ghana over its support for an anti-LGBT+ bill.

    The Christian “Maternity Ranch” in Texas is a disaster in the making.

    The Bible, which is already a many times edited copy of a translated version is to be edited yet again with consideration for the easily triggered. Does this mean that all references to incest, bestiality, sadomasochism, murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, voyeurism, the promotion of homophobia, the slaughter of infants, the rape of young women, calls to undermine the authority of the state, animal sacrifice, human sacrifice and the boiling of brussel sprouts will be removed too? It is just terrible when some parents get corrupted by it vulgar words.

    Why do Catholics need a prayer app? I thought they could communicate with the Creator of the Universe directly?

    World of Woo: Body Language pseudoscience.

    Environment: The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought.

    I am looking forward to seeing the very first stars and galaxies from 13.6 billion years ago and I don’t want to pick up any bad vibrations about the project.

    The UK is to grant protected status to many more species in its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill.

    Can quantum mechanics explain consciousness? (this may have been in an earlier post).

    The surprising role of dogma in scientific revolutions.

    Long Reads: Can public money go to Religious Schools? A divisive Supreme Court case awaits. Brainwashing has a grim history that we shouldn’t dismiss. Science vs. Joe Rogan. An Atlas of the Cosmos. Could mRNA make us superhuman? Pompeii still holds buried secrets. Predictive processing as a theory of how the brain works.

    Sunday Book Club:  The Dawn of Everything. A new history of Humanity.

    Some photographs taken last week. Some funny wildlife photos but the winner was not laughing.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Podcast: The limits of self-knowledge with Sam Harris.

    Coffee Break Video:  The Pentagon on removing the god gene. A tale of beer and bicycles. TedTalk: How to recognize disinformation and how to stop it.


    Have a great week everyone!



    Can quantum mechanics explain consciousness?

    In a word, no.

    At least, not in any ordinary understanding of “to explain something.”

    Suppose Penrose and Hameroff’s ideas turn out to be true (and can be proven to be true, a dubious possibility in itself), what new treatments might come of it? Even true explanations wouldn’t mean much pragmatically. So, suppose quantum mechanics explains color perception, a big ask, does it really result in UNDERSTANDING color perception?

    In a more practical vein, “Well, we checked your subatomic particles and we now know how to treat your bipolar disorder.”



    Thanks, Reg!!

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