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Life is virtually sure to exist on other planets

science – planet drifts away from starWe always “knew” it; common sense has long dictated it… in terms of biological life, we are almost certainly not alone in the universe.

Science is starting to catch up!

Study: 100 billion planets exist in Milky Way galaxy alone

This means the truth must be really out there, right? A new study released Thursday suggests that our Milky Way galaxy houses at least 100 billion alien planets, and possibly even more. That numbers one planet per star. Researchers from NASA made the estimate after studying a five-planet system called Kepler-32, which is thought to be representative of the galaxy’s many other planets. “I usually try not call things ‘Rosetta stones,’ but this is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says John Johnson, one of the study’s authors. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.”

Source:

Resources: Life is virtually sure to exist on other planets

Milky Way’s Alien Planets May Number 100 Billion Or More, Surprising New Study Suggests – Huffington Post, Science section

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/milky-way-alien-planets-100-billion_n_2399178.html

100 billion alien planets fill our galaxy: study — That amounts to an astonishing one planet per star, say researchers – MSNBC Space science

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50348563/ns/technology_and_science-space/

100 Billion Alien Planets Fill Our Milky Way Galaxy: Study – Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/100-billion-alien-planets-fill-milky-way-galaxy-221353897.html

Planets Abound: Astronomers Estimate That at Least 100 Billion Planets Populate the Galaxy — Look up at the night sky and you’ll see stars, sure. But you’re also seeing planets — billions and billions of them. At least. (Jan 2013) – Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130103143422.htm

Notes: June 2012

Notes: June 2012

TOP: A list: Possible research subjects

Monday, June 11, 2012

1. Charles Darwin
2. Is Dan Millman a Christian? Add this common search phrase to similar article you posted re: Wayne Dyer’s teaching as blasphemy
3. A helpful perspective in pursuit of religious truth: Many Christians avoid all media that purports non-Christian views… even though the subject of a documentary film or article may be interesting, if words such as “here’s why I don’t believe in God…” appear, it will be dropped like a hot potato. There are several reasons for this avoidance, most of which are based on various types and levels of fear.

Consider these films

A Perfect Getaway
Gamer
Chronicle
Safe House (D. Washington)
The Next Three Days (R. Crowe) – Saw it; amazing
Convicted (C. Nielsen)
Enter Nowhere (Scott Eastwood)
I am Number Four

Climate shift sensationalism, fear-mongering

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Doomsday Environmental Fearmongers Will Not Go Away
These “scientists” and the United Nations make a living from instilling fear in people, coercing them to pay higher taxes giving them more control. The late, lamented Michael Crichton was “spot on” with his book “State of Fear”. Nature will pretty much take its course, no matter what us “insignificant” humans do. Giving money to these self-serving “scientists” and the United Nations is a total waste… Do a search for Michael Crichton on this blog for much more information on his expose’ of environmental fear tactics.

Environmental collapse now a serious threat: scientists

http://petesplace-peter.blogspot.com/2012/06/doomsday-environmental-fearmongers-will.html

Climate change, population growth and environmental destruction could cause a collapse of the ecosystem just a few generations from now, scientists warned on Wednesday in the journal Nature… The paper by 22 top researchers said a “tipping point” by which the biosphere goes into swift and irreversible change, with potentially cataclysmic impacts for humans, could occur as early as this century… The warning contrasts with a mainstream view among scientists that environmental collapse would be gradual and take centuries.

The study appears ahead of the June 20-22 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the 20-year followup to the Earth Summit that set down priorities for protecting the environment.
The Nature paper, written by biologists, ecologists, geologists and palaeontologists from three continents, compared the biological impact of past episodes of global change with what is happening today.

Critical thinking, education, teaching

Friday, June 15, 2012
What on earth is Design Thinking? – Scoop It
Universal Sustainability: A Framework for Thinking about Educational Innovation – Sustain Ext
What Do Today’s Students Think About the Future of Higher Ed? You Might Be Surprised – Huff Post
2012 Business weapon of choice: Design thinking – D. Studio
Visual Meetings – Review – Divergent MBA
The World Peace Game
The Critical Analysis Process
Infographic on social media in education – Tech Comm Design
Sarah’s Chalkboard: Critical Thinking for the 21st Century
Storing Lesson Plans on Google Calendar

Eye candy, interesting images

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Things to Look at High High Candy

http://thingstolookathigh.com/

Found while searching for interesting versions of peace symbols
Others
High Eye Candy: The Milky Way From El Teide

http://www.geekologie.com/2011/04/high-eye-candy-the-milky-way-f.php

Visual Eye Candy – The Next Big Thing

http://www.tofurious.com/marketing-tips/visual-eye-candy-the-next-big-thing/

Web Urbanist

http://weburbanist.com/category/global/7-wonders/

Oddorama

http://oddorama.com/2007/12/

Forums to join & participate

Monday, June 11, 2012
Democratic Underground (joined Monday, June 11, 2012)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/

Interesting groups to join at Democratic Underground

Religion & Spirituality » Atheists and Agnostics
Although anyone is welcome to participate, the DU Atheists and Agnostics Group is a place where atheists and agnostics can engage in frank discussions about the effects of religion on politics, free of debate about the existence of a deity or deities. In this forum it is inappropriate to belittle those with religious beliefs or to engage in demeaning or hateful speech toward members of DU who may hold such beliefs. Those who do believe in a deity should be aware that the underlying assumption for discussions in this Group is that either “god” does not exist or that the existence of “god” is in doubt. If you are offended by such notions, you probably should not participate in this Group.
Source: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12301040

Religion & Spirituality » Seekers on Unique Paths
Source: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1226

Places » U.S. » Tennessee

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1077

Nashville Scene subjects

Nashville churches are embracing LGBT congregants, and the spiritual questions and challenges they raise – Those Culture Wars Aren’t Ours

http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/nashville-churches-are-embracing-lgbt-congregants-and-the-spiritual-questions-and-challenges-they-raise/Content?oid=2896966

Old-fashioned state governments, including the state government in Nashville, Tennessee, continue to push for laws protecting against non-existent “threats.” Perhaps the best examples are laws against the gay community.

Tennessee Teef
GOP Embarrasses Tennessee Again: ‘License to Bully’ Bill Goes Viral – Nashville Scene

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/01/05/gop-embarrasses-tennessee-again-license-to-bully-bill-goes-viral-on-internet

That’s Right, It’s Not Africa. It’s Tennessee.
It is a national embarrassment that people in our country have to camp out to see a doctor they can afford. I mean, if this video doesn’t make you think there’s something very fucked up in our country, I can’t imagine what will. These are people in our state who depend on a guy in a truck to show up and get them glasses, who don’t even know that they have spots on their lungs from smoking because they can’t get an X-ray, unless it’s from this program. And the workable response we have to their health care needs is to treat it like a regularly occurring natural disaster, complete with people camping out in sports stadiums waiting for volunteer help to arrive. (Source: http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/06/21/thats-right-its-not-africa-its-tennessee )

Politics

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mitt to Florida: Hush Up on Jobs
Things are bad, no matter how good they look. That’s the message the Romney campaign sent down to Florida, sources told Bloomberg News, where Governor Rick Scott has been tooting his own job-creation horn a little too much for the Romney camp’s liking. The governor’s office released materials this week heralding a drop in the state’s unemployment rate from 8.7 percent to 8.6 percent. Joblessness in Florida is down from 11.1 percent in December 2010, when Scott was sworn in. But sort of good news is bad news for the Romney campaign, which wants to ride a wave of dissatisfaction with the economy straight to the White House, sources say. So hush up, Guv.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/06/21/mitt-to-florida-hush-up-on-jobs.html

Rise and fall of Solyndra, the solar panel company

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/nov/15/americans-prosperity/solyndra-ad-president-barack-obama-taxpayer-money/

Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy
This certainly isn’t W.’s day. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 68 percent of Americans blame former president George W. Bush for the country’s economic woes. A full 90 percent of Democrats who responded said Bush is to blame for the weak economy, and only 19 percent said Obama should carry much of the blame. As for Republicans, they were more split: 49 percent said Bush had a moderate amount or a great deal of the blame while 51 percent said Bush deserved not much of the blame or none at all. The poll had 1,000 respondents and was conducted by telephone from June 7 to June 10.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/06/14/poll-most-blame-bush-for-economy.html

The message of the American Stonehenge also foreshadowed the current drive for Sustainable Development. Any time you hear the phrase “Sustainable Development” used, you should substitute the term “socialism” to be able to understand what is intended. Later in this syllabus you will read the full text of the Earth Charter which was compiled under the direction of Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. In that document you will find an emphasis on the same basic issues: control of reproduction, world governance, the importance of nature and the environment, and a new spirituality. The similarity between the ideas engraved on the Georgia Guidestones and those espoused in the Earth Charter reflect the common origins of both.

Religion: Objective viewpoint

Friday, June 15, 2012
Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality – Irish Times ()ct. 2011)

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/1025/1224306445809.html

Thinking-Christian blogspot

http://thinking-christian.blogspot.com/

Book Review: A Shot of Faith {to the head}

http://thinking-christian.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-review-shot-of-faith-to-head.html

Movie & Book Review: “An Improbable Feast” & “The Way”

http://thinking-christian.blogspot.com/2012/04/movie-book-review-improbable-feast-way.html

Monday, June 11, 2012
First Things
First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

http://www.firstthings.com/

Recent articles of possible interest – First Things
The Offensiveness of Evangelism – First Things (Jun 2012)

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/06/the-offensiveness-of-evangelism

Modern but Not Liberal: A confident Christian faith can absorb and sustain the achievements of modernity

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/05/modern-but-not-liberal

Related subjects – Wikipedia
Demographics of religion — Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_religion

Religion: Formerly religious leaders see the light
Search for truth leads to rejection of religion – RichardDawkins.net

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/646192-search-for-truth-leads-to-rejection-of-religion

I am an ordained, fundamentalist evangelical Christian minister — and an atheist. It might seem counterintuitive to read such a sentence, but a surprising number of ministers are rejecting religious belief.

None of us became ministers expecting to leave religion behind; we were authentic, strong, sincere, faithful clergy and practitioners of our faiths. Changing our minds about religion does not make us inherently bad or immoral people, uncharitable, dishonest, hostile, lacking in knowledge or common sense, deviants, or any of the other epithets frequently used to malign nonbelievers.

The Clergy Project
The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs. The Clergy Project launched on March 21st, 2011.

Currently, the community’s 280 plus members use it to network and discuss what it’s like being an unbelieving leader in a religious community. The Clergy Project’s goal is to support members as they move beyond faith. Members freely discuss issues related to their transition from believer to unbeliever including:

• Wrestling with intellectual, ethical, philosophical and theological issues
• Coping with cognitive dissonance
• Addressing feelings of being stuck and fearing the future
• Looking for new careers
• Telling their families
• Sharing useful resources
• Living as a nonbeliever with religious spouses and family
• Using humor to soften the pain
• Finding a way out of the ministry
• Adjusting to life after the ministry

Religion: Hard Right, fundamentalism, etc.

Begin
Begin is an eye-opening journey through Scriptures that are especially key for new believers and those interested in learning about Christianity. Discover the promises of Jesus and the expectations that come in your relationship with Him. You’ll enjoy a quick and concise presentation of core concepts that help cement your faith’s foundation. With insights from Genesis 1–11 (the foundation), Exodus 20:1–17 (the Ten Commandments), John (the Gospel), Romans (a letter from Paul to Christians), and Revelation 21–22 (the fulfillment in heaven), Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge present a foundational overview that you can build your Bible study upon!

http://www.answersingenesis.org/PublicStore/product/Begin,6925,186.aspx

Religious attempts at logical argument
Ultimate Proof of Creation (The)
There is a defense for creation that is powerful, conclusive, and has no true rebuttal. As such, it is an irrefutable argument—an “ultimate proof” of the Christian worldview. Master the extremely logical method outlined in this book and you will be able to defend Christianity against all opposition.
Discerning Truth
Discerning Truth is a new, practical and extremely engaging book on the use of logic in the quest for truth regarding man’s origin.
Already Gone – Book
The next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith! This powerful book reveals shocking trends and offers wisdom on how to win back our families, our churches, and our world!
Ultimate Apologetics Boxed Set (4 DVDs)
4-DVD boxed set. With clear teaching and easy-to-understand illustrations, astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle reveals how to defend Genesis against all criticism. ($51.96 value.)

Already Gone
The next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith! This powerful book reveals shocking trends and offers wisdom on how to win back our families, our churches, and our world!

http://alreadygonebook.wordpress.com/

Tea Party & religion
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Tea Party and Religion – Pew Forum

http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Tea-Party-and-Religion.aspx

Tea Party Closely Linked to Religious Right, Poll Finds – ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2010/10/tea-party-closely-linked-to-religious-right-poll-finds/

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Hatred in Christian fundamentalism
Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus – Huff Post
The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Tea-Party-and-Religion.aspx) reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/why-evangelicals-hate-jes_b_830237.html

‘God Prefers Kind Atheists Over Hateful Christians,’ Says Ore. Church

http://www.christianpost.com/news/god-prefers-kind-atheists-over-hateful-christians-says-ore-church-72597/

ACLU, NRA
Monday, June 11, 2012
Steve D. recently listed two hated organizations: the ACLU and the NRA.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I was thinking about looking into these organizations for a quick review, just to see if I agree with Steve on this. I think I already disagree about the ACLU; despite so many shocking headlines and defenses, they are doing it for a solid reason. The ACLU would be far less effective if it only accepted cases that didn’t sound odd, negative, or otherwise shocking. Interesting that he chose one mostly right-wing group and one left.

Terminology: Hard Right, etc.
Jingoistic

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jingoistic

Jingoism
Jingoism is extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy.[1] In practice, it is a country’s advocation of the use of threats or actual force against other countries in order to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. Colloquially, it refers to excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others – an extreme type of nationalism. The term originated in Britain, expressing a pugnacious attitude towards Russia in the 1870s. “Jingoism” did not enter the American vernacular until near the end of the 19th century. This nationalistic belligerence was intensified by the sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbour that led to the Spanish-American War of 1898

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingoism

Christian Gallery: Heavy pro-life

http://www.christiangallery.com/

June 1, 2012
Christian view of New Thought teachings
Wayne Dyer: The Wisdom of the New Spirituality, by Marcia Montenegro, Written 2008 (page 1 of 2) – Christian Answers for the New Age

http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_WayneDyerEssay.html

Conspiracy theory
InfoWars

http://www.infowars.com/resources.html

Religion: Skepticism

Metro State Atheists – George Carlin video clip

http://metrostateatheists.wordpress.com/2009/03/

http://irrev-black.com/

Science: Astronomy

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
NASA to Launch Telescope
A powerful new X-ray telescope will soon be on the prowl for supermassive black holes, the invisible remnants left when stars die. Called the NuStar by NASA, the telescope will be strapped to the back of a Pegasus XL rocket and launched into space from an island halfway between Hawaii and Australia on Wednesday. While black holes can’t be seen, the telescope will penetrate clouds of gas and dust for

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/06/13/nasa-to-launch-telescope.html

Natural sciences: Climate, nature, etc.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Record-breaking spring in 2012
Human-Induced Ocean Warming Study Addresses The ‘Dominant Role’ Of People – Huff Post
Despite the onslaught of politicians attempting to project an air of question around man-made climate change, studies continue to emerge proving the connection between human actions and our changing environment. The most recent study, published in Nature Climate Change, finds an “anthropogenic fingerprint” (human influence) on our warming oceans.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/human-induced-ocean-warming-study-climate-change_n_1586532.html

Technology: Web

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Wikipedia is editorial warzone, says study – Technolog

http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/wikipedia-editorial-warzone-says-study-838793

If you’re interested in the methodology and math behind these interesting points, you can read the entire paper online at PLoS One, but you’ll need a solid foundation of statistics to understand it. On the other hand, you can investigate the topic yourself by going to any Wikipedia page and clicking the “Talk” or “View history” buttons at the top. The discussion of the entry can at times be as worthwhile to read as the entry itself.

It’s well-known that information on Wikipedia is essentially peer-reviewed opinion, and this study shows just how lively those peers — and that review process — can be. But while the details are constantly under heated debate, the result is often a compromise that cleaves very closely to fact, despite being the middle ground between several ideas of the truth.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Top Wiki Engines

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?TopTenWikiEngines

Creation (2009): A revealing Charles Darwin biopic

Charles DarwinI’ll wrap this post up soon… thanks for reading.

Conclusion: Review of Creation (2009 film) by Thinking Christian

movie still: Creation, 2009 film about Charles DarwinCreation is deeply involving, deeply moving, and deeply provocative. It provides a brilliant insight into the heart and mind of Darwin. This was not a man who was out to destroy people’s faith. All he was doing was acting on what he saw as the facts which led him to an inescapable conclusion. If he was to live with integrity, he needed to share with the world what he had discovered. Not to do so was an assault on his conscience. Creation deals with all these issues with depth and sensitivity with a brilliant script (one of the most moving scenes being the death of an orangutan that Darwin had been working with). (Source – Movie Review: Creation – Thinking Christian)

What if…?

Please indulge this Mark scenario for a minute. Close your eyes while you read it (kidding)…

You are a seasoned archeologist leading a major dig somewhere in the holy lands; as a lifetime Christian, you hope to discover something relevant to your faith — something really amazing. Paydirt is struck when your team uncovers the oldest manuscript of the Gospel of Mark ever found! Cursory reviews by your peers indicate that this documentary find is almost certainly the original version, not a mere transcription like virtually all biblical manuscripts found before. Indeed, this is the find of a lifetime.

Charles DarwinWhile the rest of the archeological team is taking a well-deserved break, you remain behind to take a closer look at the ancient testimony in private. To your astonishment, a portion of the legitimate document plainly and clearly indicates that the entire work is a largely fictional story written for the tween daughter of an admired teacher who happened to be named Jesus, as a present for the scroll-loving "daddy’s girl" on her birthday.

As the staggering implications of your surreal circumstances begin to sink in, your appearance remains calm as you totally freak out on the inside… Your stomach churns, then you start to feel nauseous as beads of sweat start forming on your steaming brow.

What do you do? Do you hide it -– or do you go public with it?

History tells us that the above scenario is not unlike the pressure cooker inhabited by Charles Darwin as he struggled to finish his game-changing book, then titled On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

Resources: Creation (2009): Revealing Charles Darwin biopic

    Charles Darwin
  • Creation (2009 film) – Wikipedia
  • Creation (2009 film) – IMDb — English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974014/

    Movie Review: Creation – Thinking Christian blog

    http://thinking-christian.blogspot.com/2010/07/movie-review-creation.html

    On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin — Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species

Astronomy, cosmology: Incredibly interesting fields of science

What is astronomy?

Wonders of the Universe - imagesAstronomy is a natural science that deals with the study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as cosmic background radiation). It is concerned with the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe.

What is cosmology?

Cosmology is the discipline that deals with the nature of the Universe as a whole. Cosmologists seek to understand the origin, evolution, structure, and ultimate fate of the Universe at large, as well as the natural laws that keep it in order. [1] Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.[2]

What would happen if you exited the edge of the universe?

According to current thinking, after exiting one edge of the universe, one would enter the other end, much like an object on a TV or monitor going off the right side and appearing on the left. It boggles the mind.

Here’s a totally dope Rice Krispie treat for all you critical/rational thinkers, philosophers, armchair scientists, non-fundamentalists… a short list of excellent, loaded Science Video Channels on YouTube. I just happened to stumble across these gems as I looked for web resources relating to Bill Bryson’s excellent pop science book, A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003).

  • The Science Channel – YouTube — Science Magazine

  • Science TV: Explore the world of science — YouTube
  • Freethinker: Science & Reason — YouTube
  • Best of Science: The Science Channel — YouTube
  • http://science.discovery.com/

    A network of sites:

    • Animal Planet
    • Curiosity
    • Discovery Channel
    • Discovery Kids
    • Discovery Fit & Health
    • HD Theater
    • Investigation Discovery
    • Military Channel
    • Oprah Winfrey Network
    • Planet Green
    • Science Channel
    • TLC
    • Turbo
    • Velocity
    • Consumer Guide Auto
    • Consumer Guide Products
    • Discovery Education
    • Discovery News
    • Discovery Retreats
    • HowStuffWorks
    • MyDiscovery
    • Petfinder
    • Student Competitions
    • TreeHugger (I bet the radically misled folks behind Green Dragon absolutely despise the mere name of this one…

    A Short History Of Nearly Everything – YouTube video

    Other excellent science resources

  • No Science Teacher Left Behind: CassioPeia Project — The primary benefactor of the Cassiopeia Project is a generous, wealthy, retired physicist dedicated to alleviate the growing problem of science illiteracy in the United States. After weighing the benefits of helping educational institutions versus helping the teachers, he opted for the latter. Thanks, guy!
  • Resources: Astronomy

    Resources: Cosmology

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Notes: May 2012

    Movies

    The Master Trailer Debuts
    An official trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was released Monday, giving a sneak peek into the long-awaited film that has been dubbed Anderson’s “Scientology movie.” The film is supposed to look at the origins of Scientology, but the trailer mainly features star Joaquin Phoenix being zonked out and grilled by a naval officer about his misbehavior. In earlier press reports, Phoenix has been listed as playing disciple to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s religious leader, but the trailer mainly featured Phoenix. Amy Adams and Laura Dern co-star in the film, which is scheduled to open Oct. 12.
    Source: The Master Trailer Debuts – The Daily Beast

    Images

    Persians vs. Arabs

    A closer look later

    http://24ways.org/2007/increase-your-font-stacks-with-font-matrix

    Mindtech

    http://www.mindtech.com.vu/

    James F. Coyle was the founder and CEO of the AUSTRALIAN MINDPOWER RESEARCH FOUNDATION and initially published under his pen name of Jim Francis. He has written 17 of the most innovative self-help and motivational books all available on Amazon. They are unique, different, and thought-provoking. They are regarded as the best of the kind on the market today. (Source: Personal web site of James F. Coyle

    Quotes

    (Gazing at the starry sky after unearthing alien life in the Antarctic)
    “I’ll never look at them the same again.”
    (The Thing, 2011 sci-fi film)

    Technology

    Chrome Is Most-Used Browser
    It unseated Firefox last December for second place, and now Google’s Chrome has surpassed Internet Explorer to become the most-used Web browser worldwide. Between May 14 and May 20, Chrome logged the most hours of surfing, beating Internet Explorer for the first time. Apple’s Safari placed a distant third. Internet Explorer still dominates in the U.S., but new users in India and South America propelled Chrome’s rise to the top.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheat-sheets/2012/05/22/cheat-sheet.html

    https://join.me/

    http://area203.com/

    Command Line Idiot

    http://www.commandlineidiot.com/blog/

    WordPress plugin: Realtime sitemap

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-realtime-sitemap/

    Questions

    Why can’t radar detect surfaces that are completely flat? It seems like it would bounce back just fine.

    Perspective

    What are some of the best illustrations of universal perspective? For getting our heads around huge numbers, quantum sizes, and so on?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch

    Science

    What are some of the best metaphors, explanations, and teaching tools to help us understand science, scientific principles, etc.?

    How many planets and moons have Earth’s spacecrafts landed on?

    Happy 20th birthday to Hubble Space Telescope – Science Religion News

    http://sciencereligionnews.blogspot.com/2010/04/happy-20th-birthday-to-hubble-space.html

    Hubble Deep Field Shows Most Of Universe Complete Failure – Nothing Will Be Alright

    http://nothingwillbealright.com/2011/06/29/hubble-deep-field-shows-most-of-universe-complete-failure/

    Forested Buildings May Save Us From Alien Scrutiny (and Our Own Stupidity)

    http://blogs.discovery.com/good_idea/

    Trapped in Amber, the Oldest Evidence of Pollination

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2012/05/16/trapped-in-amber-the-oldest-evidence-of-pollination/

    Chinese lanterns

    Instructions for making your own Chinese lantern – that would be very cool

    Nature, hiking, outdoors

    Kelly’s dream job opening

    http://www.tn.gov/environment/opportunities/docs/tn_state_parks_director_marketing_product_development.pdf

    Environmental Neuroscientists Determine Hiking Makes You Smarter!

    http://hikingresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/environmental-neuroscientists-determine-hiking-makes-you-smarter/

    New research by environmental neuroscientists at the University of Utah and the University of Kansas indicates that hiking does more than just improve your health, it also makes you smarter. This according to an article in the May issue of Backpacker Magazine. The researchers involved in this study hypothesize that exposure to nature causes significant, measurable changes to the brain. Changes that allow clearer thinking, increased ability to focus, while also allowing the opportunity to function at one’s highest cognitive ability. (Source: Hiking Research)

    Solar Savings America

    https://solarsavingsamerica.com/

    Religion

    Process theology – Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_theology

    Process theism – Stanford — Process theism typically refers to a family of theological ideas originating in, inspired by, or in agreement with the metaphysical orientation of the English philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) and the American philosopher-ornithologist Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000). For both Whitehead and Hartshorne, it is an essential attribute of God to be fully involved in and affected by temporal processes. This idea contrasts neatly with traditional forms of theism that hold God to be in all respects non-temporal (eternal), unchanging (immutable,) and unaffected by the world (impassible). Process theism does not deny that God is in some respects eternal, immutable, and impassible, but it contradicts the classical view by insisting that God is in some respects temporal, mutable, and passible.

    http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-theism/

    Process Theology – Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=rVbZjQTCNmkC&dq=new%20thought&source=gbs_similarbooks

    Process and Reality – Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=uJDEx6rPu1QC&dq=new%20thought&source=gbs_similarbooks

    Process and faith

    http://processandfaith.org/about/what-process-theology

    8 Points of Process Theology

    1. Everything is in process; reality is flowing; nothing ever stays the same.
    2. All things are interconnected; no human is an island; things are present in one another even as they have their autonomy.
    3. The whole of nature has value; all live beings deserve respect; human beings are not the sole repository of value.
    4. Human beings find happiness in sharing experiences with others; there are no isolated egos; all selves are selves-in-relation; humans become whole through reciprocity.
    5. The essence of the universe is a continuous creativity of which all things are expressions; there is creativity in plants and animals, hills and rivers, trees and stars.
    6. All beings seek harmony as their guiding ideal; harmony includes differences; the whole of the universe is a harmony of harmonies.
    7. Thinking and emotion cannot be sharply separated; mind and body are not two; even thinking is a form of feeling; aesthetic wisdom and rational inquiry are complementary.
    8. Every moment of human experience begins, not with projecting things onto the world or even acting in the world, but with feeling the presence of the world and being affected by it.

    Spirituality

    New Thought: A Practical Spirituality – Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=GslObLX0T6UC

    The Science of Mind – Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=30HaHHraz5kC&dq=new%20thought&source=gbs_similarbooks

    Emma Curtis Hopkins: Forgotten Founder of New Thought — Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=gEgNvrzp1G0C&dq=new%20thought&source=gbs_similarbooks

    New Thought Movement home page

    http://websyte.com/alan/

    Great Teachers – New Thought church history

    http://www.newthoughtchurchhistory.org/teachers.htm