Wednesday, January 06, 2016

North Korea Says It Successfully Tested Hydrogen Nuclear Bomb

N. Korea tests an H Bomb that registers on the Richter scale as a 5.1 earthquake (link below.) It may be a lie. Who can assess the truth of international blather. The more important question of the instant moment is where is the human race heading?

J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the physicists involved in the Manhattan Project, constructors of the nuclear bomb dropped in 1945 by this nation twice -- once on Hiroshima and once on Nagasaki obliterating everything in its path and turning humans who were near ground zero into vapor quoted, after it was dropped, from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I become death destroyer of worlds."

Between global climate change related ad infinitum catastrophes, eternal war spanning the globe, religious tyranny's choke hold including in our democratic nation, the hate of racism polluting our media's message what are the odds our species will eternally inherit the earth?

I once had a professor who, in 1968, said he thought the chances of the human species reaching the turn of the century was zero to nil. When our calendar reached century 21, I thought his prediction in error. Maybe, though, he was merely off by a decade or two or three.

Even though I am religiously secular there are some Biblical quotes that possess heft which I use in my literary arsenal. "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind." Hosea 8:7 is one of them.


Film recommendation--Watch, learn and know!

I have a very academically oriented cousin. He knows my points of view and how the intellectually curious mind is so highly prized by me. Because of that he recommends films he finds mostly on Netflix which he thinks I will enjoy.

He surely knows me well as he suggested a documentary film gem entitled "The Unbelievers" which threw a strike right over my cerebral plate. It is a wonderful documentary which I would like to distribute on street corners telling electoral ignorance the ever important difference between truth and fiction.

The film involves snippets of a variety of world-wide talks and discussions between Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of "The God Delusion" and his colleague Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and cosmologist author of a "Universe from Nothing."

I offer the following quotes from the documentary to whet your appetite for it:
"If we live in a world where certain things are not subject to question we live in a world where thinking has stopped"

"One might think that the religious beliefs of political candidates should remain off limits in public discourse. I don't think so, at least not when candidates wear their religion on their sleeves; then it becomes fair game."

"Before Darwin life was a miracle so one could not ask "Where did the diversity of life come from?" What Darwin showed were very simple laws of biological beginnings with NO miracle. Did he prove it? No, but it was plausible. Now there has been 150 years of proof that natural selection and genetic mutation essentially could produce all the complexity of life from very simple beginnings to the most complex over billions of years"

"How can how the universe works upset people? Instead of being threatened or having our faith threatened by the discoveries of science we should force our beliefs to conform to the evidence of reality instead of the other way around. People shouldn't be threatened by science."
I cannot recommend "The Unbelievers" strongly enough. Watch it, learn and know!