Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe


Demystifying Faith – Our Place in the Universe We are born of the cosmos, and this is not some religious illusion. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our teeth were created in ancient stars that exploded as supernovae, spreading their chemical wealth across the galaxy. We are stardust, and to stardust weContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe”

Faith Demystified – How Prayer Works


Demystifying Faith – How Prayer Works “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I usedContinue reading “Faith Demystified – How Prayer Works”

Faith Demystified – What Prayer is Not


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED What Prayer is Not Prayer is a very powerful tool, but few Christians understand much about it. Churches have not wanted to be honest about prayer. Rather, churches have spent their energy polishing the prayer illusion, often for financial gain. Most churches would no more give up the illusion of prayer than aContinue reading “Faith Demystified – What Prayer is Not”

Faith Demystified – Astrology as Religion


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Astrology as Religion Astrology is a system of beliefs that is not normally considered a religion. But in truth astrology really is a religion, and if not that it makes no sense at all. In ancient times astrology and astronomy were one. Both involved scanning the heavens to look for signs and portents.Continue reading “Faith Demystified – Astrology as Religion”

Faith Demystified – Sacred Texts


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Sacred Texts All religions are human artifacts developed to explain the questions of faith. This is true of all sacred texts. Stories were told around ancient camp fires. After a hard day’s work the community would gather to eat, relax, socialize, and make plans for the morning. There were all sorts of storiesContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Sacred Texts”

Faith Demystified – Prologue


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Prologue The quest for faith is one of the strongest of all human urges. The oldest archeological sites contain evidence of religious awareness. The Neanderthals buried their dead, suggesting that they were aware of their own mortality. The quest for faith includes of the following categories and more: What happens when we die?Continue reading “Faith Demystified – Prologue”

The Anthropocene Mass Extinction


THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION EVENT The Earth has had five previous mass extinctions events, and we are now in number six. The current crisis is called the Anthropocene Extinction, meaning that it is caused by human activity. Much has been published recently about global climate change. But there is a much bigger picture to seeContinue reading “The Anthropocene Mass Extinction”

Life in the Universe: Part 2. The Evolution of Complex Life


The Evolution of Complex Life Microorganisms, or single celled life forms, are hypothesized to be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy. Our own solar system has perhaps six planets and moons which may harbor living organisms. Life leaps into existence even in the most hostile environments and under the most difficult situations. But complex life is aContinue reading “Life in the Universe: Part 2. The Evolution of Complex Life”

Life in the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System


Life in the Universe Part 1: The Solar System It is a virtual certainty that we will discover extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years. There are many places in our solar system that would seem to make good cradles for life. Some of the best prospects include Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Mars has beenContinue reading “Life in the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System”

We still need to go metric


Our US system of measurements makes no sense, even to Americans. We cannot even call it English measurements because our system is different than the pre-metric English system. For example, how many US tablespoons (tbsp.) are there in a US cup? The answer is 16, but no one knows that; I had to look itContinue reading “We still need to go metric”