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Monday, April 21, 2014

Your sleep cycle is primarily regulated by circadian clocks that drive rhythmic fluctuations in hormone levels. Humans have several of these, but we only really understand the main one, which is in your hypothalamus, way down near the base of your brain. read more


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an international cause celebre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed, died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto, confirmed. He was 76. read more


Saturday, April 19, 2014

The renowned science writer, mathematician, and bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive. read more


Friday, April 18, 2014

Hendrik Hertzberg: On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step -- or maybe a giant leap! -- toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State to the National Popular Vote (N.P.V.) interstate compact. ... Here's how it works: Suppose you could get a bunch of states to pledge that once there are enough of them to possess at least two hundred and seventy electoral votes -- a majority of the Electoral College -- they will thenceforth cast all their electoral votes for whatever candidate gets the most popular votes in the entire country. As soon as that happens, presto change-o: the next time you go to the polls, you'll be voting in a true national election. No more 10 or so battleground states, no more forty or so spectator states, just the United States -- all of them, and all of the voters who live in them. read more


[T]he publication, this month, of her autobiography, A Fighting Chance, ahead of a memoir by Hillary Clinton that is due out this summer, only adds to the speculation that Warren is considering challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016. ... A Fighting Chance is in many ways heir to a book published a century ago. Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It, by Louis Brandeis, appeared in the spring of 1914. read more


Comments

-Do any of the so-called "new atheists" claim that science "disproves" the existence of some entity called "God"?

Yeah, they do.

www.paul-gould.com

-since you can't prove a universal negative.

It is an often heard assertion in regards to the existence of God. In other words, no atheist can disprove the existence of God, but that is in the same way you can't prove a universal negative. However, mathematically such a statement is utterly absurd. In William Dunham's "A Mathematical Universe" (1997) he writes:

Some of the greatest, most profound mathematical arguments demonstrate that certain numbers, certain shapes, certain geometric constructions do not and cannot exist. And such nonexistence is established using the most incisive weapon of all: cold, hard logic.

philosophicaugustine.wordpress
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