Speculation and Interesting Things

October 1, 2008

‘Expelled’ wins lawsuit over ‘Imagine’ song

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Again the Expelled travesty gets some publicity, although the producers have won against an misconceived challenge to copyright infringement.  They still have to answer the inaccuracies and misquotes in the body of the documentary and the plain false claims about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection bringing about the NAZI’s Eugenics Movement which had been established in the UK and the US prior to German participation.  Further, it was established by Christians as the NAZI’s were.   Of course there were notable exceptions thank goodness.

Such lies coming for self proclaimed Christians is breaking the Law, Thou Shall Not Bare False Witness.  One Law conveniently ignored by those same publishers of the “Expelled”  movie.

Accepting the Truth from Science and Religion is essential to all and sundry of this world, and falsely claiming Science is wrong when the evidence points to the truth of Science will make all who make such claims seem ignorant and make the rest of us seem intelligent.

Understanding the errors in the Scriptures and the Truth of Science and Scripture is a major study by us all.

‘Expelled’ wins lawsuit over ‘Imagine’ song

The Columbus Dispatch : ‘Ant from Mars’ might help clarify evolution of species

Filed under: Uncategorized — amunhotep @ 4:29 am

 

The Columbus Dispatch : ‘Ant from Mars’ might help clarify evolution of species .

Here at this news paper is an article that has been called “Ant from Mars” by E. O. Wilson at Harvard University, it is consider to be a relative to the exiting ants, however a better understanding would help by studying these underground ants via their DNA and how it is similar or different to ants and wasps as the current theory from E.O. Wilson has written some time ago now.

As we move along these years as the pass, more discoveries will assist in establishing without guesses, but as reason of the natural world moves.  Understanding speciation in this world from Evo-Devo, Evolutionary Biology, Paleontology and varies others.

What’s next I wander?  Hmmmmm?

September 15, 2008

Evolution again proved

Filed under: Evolution,Science — amunhotep @ 12:00 pm
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I have recently listened to a radio podcast where Greg Laden at the Minnesota University as a Biology Anthropologist explained how our ancestors developed from our split from the apes, the Australopithecus that stood upright with feet and a body like us around 7 million years ago.  This was our movement from the Forest to the plains.  Our change in diet and our ability to run from predators and cooperate  to hunt the same. It maybe this post at plos that is interesting http://www.plos.org/cms/trackback/391 and http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002995 which gives an idea how we developed from the forest dwellers into the Holocene period for 3 million years as the Australopithecine developed in that area of Africa near Niger.

Hopefully this great work as it progresses will give us new hope to our origins and clear up over time the Creationist mumbo jumbo we have to put up with from time to time.

It will be over time because of the problems dealing with the troubles of that area and the dry environment.

September 6, 2008

Those WMD Letters of Deception

Ron Suskind has published his The Way of the World recently and I am curious how the think tanks and the talking heads of the Republican Party and Bush Administration are taking it.  The allegations are extreme to say the least.

Last month a number of interviews were conducted with this Book and Ron Suskind as the subject and interviwee, the ones I listened to are:

It seems that I don’t have to look far thanks to google, there we find gut reactions from the rabid right where we are to believe we should ignore the allegations Suskind makes because he writes against the Bush Administration and therefore isa DNC operative.  I hate to tell these people that the world is more complex that they think and the evidence comes from good conservative sources, unimpeachable one might say.

I remember people defending the Bush Administration when these questions were first raised some years ago and certain individuals careers were ruined over it, yet the evidence gets better and The Bush Administration is still under suspicion.  Congress is investigating under the House Judiciary Committee under Congressman John Conyers, and yes he is a Democrat and thanks for democracy they have the majority in Congress, thus some work can be conducted in this are.

It is curious that such investigations and publications occur when the President is on his last legs, lame duck, where people in Government fear less the consequences from their bosses and speak out about things they are convinced need to be known by the public.  It is sad we have had to wait almost 8 years, but better late than never.  Whether Bush and Cheney will be held accountable before or after the end of this Administration is moot, I doubt that it will, Pelosi has said as much.  She doesn’t want to rock the boat so close to an election.  We have a while yet to see if accountability will occur, but it is still interesting.

August 15, 2008

Beliefs on Religion and Science

Just read some of the Templeton Foundation Website about beliefs in Science and Religion worth a look. The Question is “Does science make God obsolete?” and the participants are Steven Pinker, Christoph Cardinal Shonborn, William D Phillips, Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, Mary Midgley, Robert Sapolsky, Christopher Hitchens, Keith Ward, Victor J Stenger, Jerome Groopman, Michael Shermer, Kenneth R Miller, Stuart Kaufmann are the participants.

Of course we don’t need to know Richard Dawkins view on this subject, the debates between the participants are interesting though.  Dawkins, of course has a point of view which we can characterise as Extreme Atheism or Fundamentalist Atheist, more commonly referred to as The New Atheists, where all religion is equivalent to child abuse and should be kept out of Primary and Secondary Schools with the exception of perhaps Comparative Religion, Referring to a child as a Mormon child, a Catholic child or a Moslem child, assumes too much and we can’t expect our children to have such fully formed beliefs as their parents, etc, etc.

I personally, take a view similar to Kenneth Miller and have the philosophical rule that, if you think there is a conflict between science and the scripture, you haven’t read the scriptures correctly.  This was held by Gallileo Gallilei amongst many luminaries and is a good place to start when a conflict, like evolution vs. creationism crops up in a discussion.

I have recently been reading Stven Jay Goulds, Punctuated Equilibrium, a contraction to a specific subject of his great Opus The Structure of Evolutionary Theory.

February 24, 2008

Asherah, El, and Jehovah

My religion has often spoken of our Heavenly Mother in soft tones and in a hymn, but in hushed terms as if it is something of a mystery. Perhaps it is. I have recently come across some podcasts and literature on the subject, some has come as a result of that movie adaptation of “The da Vinci Code”, by Dan Brown unfortunately. However most of my references will be from scholars.

Disclaimer: Be warned, I will be commenting from a Mormon perspective, being a Mormon or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although based in Utah, USA, I have never been there, mainly living as I do in Australia. So if you harbor anti-Mormon feelings or prejudices, then move on, this is not the place for you.

I have been reading some fascinating material, including “Nephi and his Asherah”by Daniel C Petersen at The Neal A Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies at Brigham Young University, Hugh Nibley, Abraham in Egypt (Nibley, Hugh, Works. V. 14.) and his marvelous lectures, along with Kerry Shirts a brother in Idaho who is even more fascinated by this and other subjects, he produces some podcasts that covers various of the mysteries of the historical Hebrews, the descendants of Abraham.

Studying Abraham, we do come away understanding our great debt to him as he prepared the world for the coming Messiah, and how he alone unites us with Judaism and Islam at a deep level far from the hatred and bitterness that exists to day. He had to flee Ur of the Chaldees, from a wicked Pharaoh and his own family corrupted by the society they lived in. You learn the importance of Sariah as his wife and Hagar defenders (yes, defenders) and why they had such loyalty for him. That it is unlikely he was a small scale Bedouin group, but more likely a large business that would be a threat economically to Egypt.

But I digress, let’s start with Abraham and his home, Ur of the Chaldees and why he had to leave that wicked land.

Hugh Nibley makes it very clear what Abraham had to put up with. His father Terah was a central player in this part of the story. To put us in the picture I will quote from the King James Bible in Genesis and elsewhere:

After a generations list we get to Gen:11:27

    27. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
    28. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
    29. And Abram and Nahor took them wives; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah , and the father of Iscah.
    30. But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
    31. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
    32. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Thus chapter 11 finishes and it is a simple story making sure we understood the relationships of the individuals. The Apocryphal Literature and The Book of Abraham give us a better understanding of this great prophet, since we are in a serious culture war with Islam, mainly caused by fundamentalists on both side of the equation, it would be wise for the rest of us to seek out what is common between us and this may lead to peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity.

Aherah If you have read some of Margaret Barkers works you are better informed than I. Having said that I have been made aware of the reforms conducted by King Josiah and the First Temple and the reason Israel was held captive by Babylon around 600bce. An important date to Mormons as the Book of Mormon starts with Lehi and his family leaving Jerusalem under the direction of The Lord. A prophecy his own sons doubted and rebelled against with one of the four standing up for his father. Barker tells us of the influence of a reform group she calls the Deuteronomists, and how the scriptures were altered to reflected an alien understnding of the nature of God and the Heavens. Up until then, the Israelites had an anthropomorphic understnding of the Godhead with El, as our Heavenly Father and Asherah as His Wife, Jehovah being their First Born. Incidentally it appears Elohim is a collective noun that refers to the Godhead as described above.

Josiah had The Asherah amongst other items removed from the Temple, thus desecrating the Holy Temple and prefiguring a much later reform in Christianity when the Greek Philosophies took over from the Early Christian and codified under orders from a Non-Member, the Emperor Constantine. Thus I digress, but the similarities in philosophies are curious.

The Josiah Reforms are what lead to the Babylonian Exile according to some texts, but because Josiah and the Deuteronomists were in control of the Temple and the likes of Jeremiah and others like Lehi were outside, defeated in the debates and discussions about these reforms, we find in Jeremiah according to Barker. What happened exactly to the Temple and the extant writings (The Bible as such didn’t exist in those days)? What’s more various versions of the writings existed right up to the time of Jesus and his Disciples.

So, what were the beliefs and what was taken out of the temple.

We find out about the Deuteronomists, a group of priests who had claimed to find the book of Deuteronomy in the Temple, hidden, apparently unknown to themselves and the Israelites.

February 18, 2008

Birthdays

Filed under: Uncategorized — amunhotep @ 11:35 am
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My eldest son is now 25 and a student studying Linquistics and Computer Science at Monash.  I do have concerns and always support my sons and daughters and wish him well in his endeavours in this world.  I reminded him he is approaching half my age, and he agreed, next year he will be.  When I am 100, he will be 75, and 3/4 my age, eventually, given longevity (not a Dubery trait) for both of us, he will eventually catch up with me.:)

Domain Mapping

Filed under: Uncategorized — amunhotep @ 11:30 am
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I have finally organised my domains so soon my other blogs can use a terraaustralisincognita.com url. Over time this should organise things quite well for both commentaries, and reviews, and not to forget, writing fiction, which is what i really want to do. This may sound strange by someone who is 51 years of age and has a career in public transport he doesn’t particularly like. I am working on changing things there as well. Who knows I may end up writing full time?

November 18, 2007

Election Moving Towards Labour

Filed under: Politics — amunhotep @ 1:50 pm

With 5 weeks to go, the Federal Election is proving a hard nut to crack fro John Howard MP PM.  We await for the great wedge to appear and split the opposition Labor Party, however it hasn’t appeared.  Nothing has happened, no great terrorist attack, only demonstrations of the ineptitude of the Immigration Department and ASIO at bringing evidence before a court, perhaps they wish to do it the way the US does it, but alas, we are in Australia, where the rule of law is still respected, especially as it applies to the Government.

Let us not hold our breaths, let’s get out there and campaign against tyranny, no matter how much it wraps itself in the flag and calls itself patriotic.

September 20, 2007

Peninsula seats up for grabs

Filed under: Politics — amunhotep @ 5:33 am

The Independent Frankston published an article this week by Keith Platt, stating what I have suspected for some time.  The demographics of the Federal Seat of DUNKLEY is more likely to return a Labour Candidate at the next election, it appears the Liberal Parties own polling has shown the obvious.  Graham McBride, the Labor Candidate is happy with the news and explains;

When you look at the Dunkley electorate, which includes Tanti Park at Mornington, Frankston North and Seaford, by rights it should be Labor

We can look forward to an interesting election, which appears to be in full swing even though it hasn’t been called yet.

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