Archive for July, 2005

97% Certainty Jesus Rose From the Dead, Says Oxford Mathematician

Religious, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 30 2005

Barney Zwartz
theage.com.au
July 2005

It is 97 per cent certain that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead – based on sheer logic and mathematics, not faith – according to Oxford professor Richard Swinburne.

“New Testament scholars say the only evidence is witnesses in the four gospels. That’s only 5 per cent of the evidence,” Professor Swinburne, one of the world’s leading philosophers of religion, said last night.

“We can’t judge the question of the resurrection unless we ask first whether there’s reason to suppose there is a God, second if we have reason to suppose he would become incarnate and third, if he did, whether he would live the sort of life Jesus did.”

Professor Swinburne, in Melbourne to give several seminars and a public lecture at the Australian Catholic University last night, said the mathematics showed a probability of 97 per cent.

This conclusion was reached after a complex series of calculations. In simplified terms, it began with a single proposition: the probability was one in two that God exists.

Next, if God exists, the probability was one in two that he became incarnate. Further, there was a one in 10 probability that the gospels would report the life and resurrection of Jesus in the form they do.

Finally, the clincher: the probability that we would have all this evidence if it wasn’t true was one in 1000.

He argued that any evidence for the existence of God was an argument for the resurrection, and any evidence against the existence of God was an argument against the resurrection.

“Does he have reason to become incarnate? Yes, to make atonement, identify with our suffering and to teach us things, ” Professor Swinburne said.

Even Jesus’ life is not enough proof, he said. God’s signature was needed, which the resurrection was, showing his approval of Jesus’ teaching.

The mathematical equations appear in the professor’s book, The Resurrection of God Incarnate (OUP, 2003).

Unidentified Sea Creature Found After Typhoon

Crypto, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 29 2005

Early on the morning of July 23, a fisherman from Ningbo City in east China’s Zhejiang Province was shocked by the sight of a huge creature lying dead beside the seawall near his home.

Liu, who lives in Yangshashan of Chunxiao Town in Beilun District and who has been a fisherman for over ten years, said “I have never seen such a monster; it was larger than a whale.”

It was first seen by villagers on July 20, according to Mei who breeds fish nearby, and is nearly 12 meters long (APPROX 40 FEET) and weighs around 2 tons, according to district sea and fishery bureau staff.

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s8int.com Wins Award

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 29 2005

Hi,
Your site has won Secrets of Sumer’s, “Mad Scientist Award.” You can see it here:
Secrets of Sumer .

The previous winner was “Zecharia Sitchin.”

Thank you, Beth. Let’s see.. First of all, we’d like to say all the other nominees ? were equally as deserving!

There are so many people we’d like to thank…..

New Book by Italian Geneticist Criticizes Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 28 2005

-By: Staff
Discovery Institute
July 20, 2005

SEATTLE –Italian geneticist Giuseppe Sermonti maps what he depicts as a growing scientific case against neo-Darwinism in his new book;

Why is a Fly Not a Horse? (Discovery Institute Press, July 2005). Sermonti challenges the myth that all critics of Darwinism are American religious fundamentalists and argues that since genetics does not explain even the present forms of life, genetic mutations cannot alone explain their origin.

The book extends beyond genetics, drawing on a variety of disciplines. “Sermonti describes biology which contradicts Darwinian expectations: leaf insects appearing in the fossil record before leaves, insects before plants, and biological forms that reflect abstract mathematical expressions,” said biochemist Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box. “He shows that there are more things in life than are dreamt of in Darwinian philosophy.”

Why is a Fly Not a Horse? is the first in a new series of science books from Discovery Institute Press. The Italian version of the book has already generated controversy on the Internet, inviting attacks from pro-Darwin sites in anticipation of its release in English.

Working against this current, Dr. Leendert Van Der Hammen, a member with Sermonti of the Osaka Group for the Study of Dynamic Structures, defended Sermonti’s book. He said that by tying together insights from disciplines often studied in isolation—genetics, molecular biology, morphogenetics, physics, chemistry and mathematics—Sermonti was able to uncover new weaknesses in the modern theory of evolution.

For Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Witt, a former English professor, one of the most remarkable things about the book was its style: “Anyone who believed in reincarnation would say Sermonti was a poet in a former life. His descriptions are phenomenal.”

Sermonti is a retired Professor of Genetics at the University of Perugia. He discovered genetic recombination in antibiotic-producing Penicillium and Streptomyces and was Vice President at XIV International Congress of Genetics (Moscow, 1980). He is Chief Editor of Rivista di Biologia, one of the world’s oldest biology journals still in publication.

Why is a Fly Not a Horse? is available at bookstores and online from
Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Next Week, Vegetarians Come Out Against Eating Meat

Church of Darwin, Fin De Siecle, Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 27 2005

Doubting Darwinism
One of the Pope’s closest Cardinals is creating something of a row

By JEFF ISRAELY
Time Europe

Sunday, Jul. 24, 2005
Why is an Austrian cardinal stirring up the evolution-vs.-creationism argument in the U.S.? In part, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn says, to spark debate in an increasingly secular Europe. Earlier this month, the influential Archbishop of Vienna — who is as close as any Cardinal to Pope Benedict XVI — wrote an editorial in the New York Times lambasting what he calls “Neo-Darwinian dogma,” and suggesting that the Roman Catholic Church isn’t necessarily convinced that evolution is true.

“Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the Neo-Darwinian sense — an unguided process of random variation and natural selection — is not,” Schönborn wrote. Some Catholics see this as a perilous reversal of Pope John Paul II’s 1996 declaration that evolution was “more than a hypothesis.” The 60-year-old Cardinal told Time that his aim is to clarify misinterpretations of John Paul’s stance, and counter those who use Darwin to explain everything. “I believe in dogmas of faith but I don’t believe in dogmas of science,” he said.

Schönborn said he is particularly pleased that reports of his essay have been picked up by the European press: “The discussions in the United States on bioethics are much more serious and open than our European debate. Confronting the evolution question is not just small talk for a dinner party.” And his opinions matter; Schönborn is a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger presided over for 24 years before being elected Pope in April.

A onetime Ratzinger student, Schönborn said his mentor had encouraged him last year to speak out on evolution. Though the two haven’t discussed the subject since Ratzinger became Pope, Schönborn believes the Pontiff wants these issues publicized. Given a Europe the Austrian describes as “Christphobic,” however, convincing even the faithful to doubt Darwin may be a policy that needs time to evolve.

Ogie makes National Geographic

Crypto, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 27 2005

By J.P. SQUIRE The Daily Courier

Ogopogo reports haven’t surfaced since mid-May, but the existence of something big in the lake might be confirmed in a National Geographic special Aug. 1. Forensic investigator Joe Nickol and his buddy, Ben Redford, came to the Okanagan Feb. 4-6 and used a surveying crew after examining the first ­ and some of the best ­ film footage of something in Okanagan Lake

The crew used survey quadrants to determine there was something 40-60 feet long 300 feet offshore on that 1968 film, said Arlene Gaal, Kelowna Ogopogo expert and the author of several books on the creature

“They concluded there was a large unknown animal in the lake, moving at a good speed, pushing water ahead of it. It was nice to get those assurances,” she said

The program, called Is It Real?, will focus on sea and lake creatures. The two men, who have co-written a number of books, assume the roles of believer and non-believer

“It was probably one of the more interesting shoots we’ve had due to the personalities involved,” said Gaal

Another film crew is expected to arrive in the Okanagan in early August to do a show on Ogopogo for B.C. Experience, a new display that is taking over a renovated Crystal Gardens in Victoria

The last reported sighting of Ogopogo was at 5 p.m. on May 17 when Rob Casorso was working in an orchard and saw a huge object in calm water in front of Manteo Beach Resort on Lakeshore Road

The object was thrashing around; a boater passing by appeared to see it and moved in quite close, said Gaal

Something “leaped up, quickly sprang out of the water” and the boater backed off as the object disappeared

By coincidence, John Casorso, Rob’s brother, had earlier seen something strange in Okanagan Lake opposite The Grand hotel in downtown Kelowna

On Aug. 24, 2004, an Edmonton resident filmed what appeared to be a fin coming out of the water in the same area

On May 10 this year, a Peachland couple, both seniors, also saw something. “The neat thing is the husband was a non-believer until he saw an object off Beach Avenue,” said Gaal

No sightings have been reported since those two in May, but as soon as local news outlets report anything on Ogopogo, she usually gets several calls from people who believe they’ve also recently seen something unusual.

Pre-Incas kept detailed records too

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 25 2005


Jude Webber
Reuters
Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Archaeologists say the string arrangement, known as a quipu or khipu, indicates ancient Americans were expert communicators thousands of years earlier.

Until now the oldest known quipus, often associated with the Incas, dated from about 650 AD.

But Dr Ruth Shady, an archeologist leading investigations into the Peruvian coastal city of Caral, says quipus were among a treasure trove of articles discovered at the site, which is about 5000 years old.

“This is the oldest quipu and it shows us that this society … also had a system of ‘writing’ [which] would continue down the ages until the Inca empire and would last some 4500 years,” Shady says.

The quipu with its well-preserved, brown cotton strings wound around thin sticks, was found with a series of offerings including mysterious fibre balls of different sizes wrapped in ‘nets’ and pristine reed baskets.

“We are sure it corresponds to the period of Caral because it was found in a public building,” Shady says. “It was an offering placed on a stairway when they decided to bury this and put down a floor to build another structure on top.”

Pyramid-shaped public buildings were being built at Caral, a planned coastal city 180 kilometres north of Lima, at the same time that the Saqqara pyramid, the oldest in Egypt, was going up.

“Man only began living in an organised way 5000 years ago in five points of the globe: Mesopotamia (roughly comprising modern Iraq and part of Syria), Egypt, India, China and Peru,” Shady says.

This quipu was found in Peru, at the site of the oldest city in the Americas (Image: Reuters/Pilar Olivares)
Shady says no equivalent of the Rosetta Stone, which deciphered the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt, have yet been found to fully unlock the language of the quipus.

But she says their existence points to a sophisticated, organised society where information like production, taxes and debts were recorded.

“They came up with their own system because unlike cities in the Old World, which had contact with each other and exchanged knowledge and experiences, this [city] in Peru was isolated in the Americas, and advanced alone.”

Caral’s arid location at an altitude of 3500 meters has helped to preserve its treasures, like piles of raw cotton, still uncombed and containing seeds, though turned a dirty brown by the ages, and a ball of cotton thread.

More On the Submerged “City” Near Cuba

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 25 2005

An interview with Cuban geologist, Manuel Iturralde and with Paulina Zelitsky, the discoverer with respect to the anomaly on the ocean floor near Cuba nearly 1/2 mile beneath the surface.

This interview took place in Cuba several years ago and has been translated from Spanish into something that may remind you of English…

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THE AIUD ARTIFACT

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 22 2005

In 1974, in Romania, two kilometers east of Aiud, a group of workers, on the banks of the river Mures, discovered three buried objects in the sand, in a trench about 10 meters (32 feet) in depth . Two of the objects, proved themselves to be Mastodon bones, some millions of years old from, between the Miocene and the Pleistocene periods.

The third object, a block of metal similar in some respects to the head of a hammer, was sent off, for a study, to the archeological institute of Cluj-Napoca.

The examination of this object showed that it was, 20.2 cm long, 12.5 cm wide and 7 cm, high, (8x5x3 inches approx) and it ignited a debate within the scientific community.

Florin Gheorghita, for one, had the opportunity to examine the report, and the analysis performed under the direction of Dr.Niederkorn of the institute for the study of metals and of non-metallic minerals (ICPMMN), located in Magurele, Romania, emphasized that it is composed of a alloy of extremely complex metal ….

The fact that this weird metal object is uncovered together with very ancient, bone (mastodon) does cause one to wonder and raises many issues.

Aluminum, just to begin, it is not found free in nature, but combined with other minerals and only in the last 100 years or so has the technology been thought to exist to separate it out.

Additionally, this strange “foot” is covered with an oxide layer, of little more of a millimeter, which lends credence to its antiquity. ….

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Noah’s Ark: Simmons-Arslan Noah’s Ark Frames; JPEG of the Champlain Elasmosaur/Plesiosaur Animals

Crypto, Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 20 2005


by Clifford Paiva, Missile Defense Physicist

This page contains photo analyses by Clifford Paiva, Phd on two topics; Proposed Noah’s Ark Satellite photo site and the large, unknown aquatic animals filmed in Lake Champlain (Champ). Previously, Dr.Paiva had completed an analysis of large, unknown aquatic animals filmed in SF Bay.

A television special by National Geographic: “Lake and Sea Monsters” which discusses the SF Bay and other sightings, focuses on the Clark Brother’s video as well as Paiva’s analysis is scheduled to premier in the U.S. August 1, 2005 at 8 pm on the National Geographic Channel.

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