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  • #610

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    A colour composite with Chiron to scale (distance separating them not to scale). Pluto is a teeny weeny bit larger than thought and with each new image the amount of mysteries grow with giddy scientists speculating. What are the dark patches? Why is the polar region on Charon dark? Are there watery-icy layers below the surface? What about Pluto’s large hexagonal features? Why are there so many deep long scars on their surfaces? Why aren’t they balls of ice as our text books claimed? Artistry in their infinite creativity seems to be more widespread and beautiful than ever before.

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    #605

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    Sharper b/w image of Pluto. 16 hours to go! An a mere trifflimng 800,000km to trek.

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    #599

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    Did you know that the best place to get Bananas is not in Nicaragua as many think…but are on the Canary Islands. Fabulous place to eat and buy bananas. I am utterly gaga for Canary Island bananas.

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    #579

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    If you cannot read the comments section without getting hurt or discouraged…then DO NOT READ THE COMMENT SECTION. Ask a friend to do it or pay someone to make honest summaries of it. There are many online temp sites where you can pay a student $5 an hour to do whatever you ask them (including very smart students from India or budding journalists/editors/social-media-consultants from Canada/US/UK) who would be delighted to get experience on their resumes and very much needed chash. If your channel takes off…you won’t have time to read it all anyways. Get them to cut and paste a few positive ones and VERY importantly to summarise ALL constructive criticism. Throw away the harassment, trolling, insults and scum writing from the notable scum culture of web 2.0

    Simon is absolutely correct. Don’t shield yourself from constructive criticism but DO NOT READ THE COMMENT SECTION if you cannot handle it.

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    #575

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    Indeed Matt. It is bunk. Oops. My mistake.

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    #570

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    I would actually call it four dimensional weasel tactics…which are so weasel-like it is borderline trolling. I wish that David guy had stayed on and kept going.

    #556

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    @steveinco

    Some theists like to set up the debate in a way in which it is next to impossible to criticise religion (more importantly their religion) and their institutions.

    Resident theists have recently used the following technique:

    If you quote their particularily foul lines in their scriptures in addition to pointing out contradictions, extremely questionable wisdom or commandments or in any way to evaluate their faith…you are a fundamentalist.

    If you judge their history as an institution (their history of grievous crimes) you are only focussing on the negative. You are a fundamentalist.

    If you ask them direct and clear questions…you are demanding too much. Desiring a definitive set of moral laws (even a few basic ones) from those who profess that only their sense of morality is valid…is way beyond a reasonable request. You are a fundamentalist.

    Pointing out chronic problems of predatory priests raping children or gay priests having night long sex parties…is betraying a sexual or pornographic obsession. You are a fundamentalist.

    Asking clear questions and expecting remotely clear answers is unfair. Religion is just a concept after all. Repeating the question ad infinitum…makes you…guess? A funda-fu**ing-mentalist.

    If you point out the circus of insane activity amongst their members…you are a fundamentalist.

    If you point out something that makes their church look bad…in every case you are only referring to the great masses who don’t really understand the religion as it is meant to be. What is that? Asking that question is unreasonable and that makes you a fundamentalist.

    #546

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    Check out this video (been doing the rounds on social media).

    Animation of the Sun and planets as they revolve around the Sun, the sun revolves around the centre of the galaxy (as well as deviations) and as the galaxy moves relative to other galaxies.

    Nassim Haramein has woo-meistered the video to fit his toxic steaming bullshit. Helarious and irritating at the same time.

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    #545

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    @steveinco: You never know…a bizzare aqua space rocket might thrash through the ice and come say hello. I think the betting odds on this with a london book keeper would be about 1,000,000,000,000…which is worse odds than Jamaica winning the next world cup…but you know…imagination and stuff.

    #503

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    @simon Paynton

    haven’t we just spent 6 months arguing that there is

    No we haven’t argued that there is a particular concrete atheist-morality. We’ve agreed that (various) moral systems devised/used by (various) atheists can be just as meaningful or praisworthy as (various) religious based moral systems. We did not…in any way…establish that there is a definable atheist morality. There are various moralities practised by a variety of atheists…or crudely you can say that there are atheists who are moral (and many who are not moral, judged by just about any standard)…but claiming that there is a particular atheist morality is silly…just as silly as claiming there is an atheist-national-athem.

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    #457

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    @steveinco

    Chiron, from Pluto’s surface looks 57 times large than the moon viewed from Earth.

    That is incredible…the sky would look so uuuuuuuuuuuuterly surreal. I’m sure if intelligent life were to have evolved there, they would have treated Chiron as much more of a tangible/subjectifiable object than early man did with the moon and sun…considering they could see the curvature of Charon (I’m assuming) and that the Sun is hardly as fierce or magnificent on Pluto than on Earth.

    #444

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    @steveinco

    Actually…I uh…spelt it with an extra “e” on purpose…to…uh…make some sort of statement about stuff…which is…you know…so obvious…I don’t even need to explain it. You dig?

    #430

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    @paul Ryan

    It’s true that a distant fly by was the best they could pull off but it’s remarkable that it is being pulled off. They have promised us that we will still end up with a more and more spectacular image every day and during the flyby…an image with an incredible resolution (a pixel per football field I think I read).

    They want to send the craft to some object in the Kuiper Belt but I’m not sure they’ve fully decided…nor can I find a short-list (if it exists).

    #427

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    @paul Ryan.

    A crude summary but pretty spot on. Philosophers should actually say Geeze more.

    #421

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    What you’re ultimately talking about is half folk-wisdom, half-common sense and half-motivational-uplifting-snippets-of-warm-gooeyness. There is nothing necesarily wrong with that if you take them as tentative ideas and then thoroughly explore them. Some of what you say/claim can and has been backed up by empirical research…and some has not or cannot. A notable number of atheists are rationalists/humanists and are very weary of entertaining these feel-good-self-help-like-quotes.

    I’ll repeat this again (as many of us have numerous times). An Atheist rejects the arguments made that God exists (or lacks a belief in God). That is all. Do you not agree Simon?

    It is futile to slap any other adjective or ideology next to it. There is no atheist-morality. There is no atheist-creed. There is no atheist-diet, there is no atheist-ice-cream-preference and there is no atheist-architecture. There is no atheist-cannon, no atheist-style and no atheist-lucky-number. There is no atheist-joie-de-vivre and there most certainly absolutely seriously like-I-really-mean-it totally not any atheist-spirituality or atheist-mysticism.

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