Archive for June, 2008

The Intelligence That Holds Matter Together

Church of Darwin, Religious, s8int.com, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 23 2008

The Incomparable Christ

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together…Col 1:17

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much:

There is no matter as such.

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.

    We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter”.

……….Max Planc, who was one of the most important German physicists of the late 19th and early 20th century, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918; he is considered to be the inventor of quantum theory.

Mysterious Kotoko Horseman Again

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Sophistication of Ancestors, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 21 2008

When we did a page on the Those mysterious, ancient, Kotoko “horseman” a short time ago, we took note of the strange, sometimes reptilian horses featured in their art.

One piece in particular featured what looked like an apparatus atop a sauropod. On further review, we think that this apparatus could represent a form of block and tackle…..s8intcom

“……Kotoko speaking people of Chad. While evidence of humaniod habitation of the region is more than one million years old, the Kotoko speakers are among the oldest bronze age people in the region.

Consequently bronze Kotoko artifacts are quite rare, and especially prized by collectors and connoisseurs alike. The Kotoko are believed to be descendents of the legendary Sao people.

The latter were an ancient indigenous group of Bantu speakers who trace back 7,000 years to when this region of the Sahara was not a desert but had ample water supply, and Lake Chad was sixty-feet above its current level.

Photo: Ancient, wooden block and tackle

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Eyewitness Accounts: Thunderbirds Over Western Pennsylvania

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 16 2008


By “The Paranormal Pastor” * , Robin Swope

The reason these stories are of interest to us of course, besides our natural curiosity concerning God’s creation, is that we believe that some of these creatures being reported are still existing pterosaurs.

After reading the June 4, 2008 edition of Cryptomundo where Loren Coleman highlights the recent Thunderbird sightings in the Appalachians as reported by Stan Gordon, I reflected back to an incident that happened to me a few years ago in Western Pennsylvania.

I think I saw a Thunderbird myself in July of 2001

In 2000 I started working in a local graveyard in Erie County Pennsylvania. I had left association with Denominational churches a few years prior because of the many abuses of power and people that I had seen over the years. Eventually I started my own independent non-denominational organization called Open Gate Ministerial Services to offer services that you would normally find in a church to those who did not belong to any church or religious organization.

As an ordained clergyman of a small fellowship that acted as a church I performed Weddings, Funerals, Baptism/Dedications, and other services as needed to whomever needed them. But it didn’t pay well. In fact I never asked for any fee, and lot of the time I never received one. But I liked that. It was very liberating.

But I still had bills to pay and knowing that I went out into the workforce to support my family while still being able to minister to others through our organization.

I ended up working at the graveyard as a gravedigger. I started off as a salesman, but I couldn’t make a sale for the life of me. I’m just not the salesman type- especially cemetery sales which is harder than most. But there was an opening in the maintenance department and it paid above the average wage at the time so I jumped at the chance.

*Self named

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World’s Fastest Computer Approaches Brain Power
–CreationEvolution Headlines

Church of Darwin, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 16 2008

06/13/2008

Photo: Dude, I’m getting a Dale!?

“June 13, 2008 — IBM has broken the petaflops barrier. What’s that, you ask? In computing lingo, it stands for a quadrillion floating-point operations per second. The new Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory has set a new record for computing speed that may usher in a new era of scientific analysis of complex systems: “Roadrunner gives scientists the ability to quickly render mountainous problems into mere molehills, or model systems that previously were unthinkably complex.” Such as?….

Science Daily reported something even more amazing. Roadrunner is now able to mimic some of the complex neural reactions going on in the human brain. “To date, computers have been unable to match human performance on such visual tasks as flawlessly detecting an oncoming automobile on the highway or distinguishing a friend from a stranger in a crowd of people,” the article said. “Roadrunner is now changing the game.”

One test program called PetaVision tries to model how the brain performs vision. “PetaVision models the human visual system–mimicking more than 1 billion visual neurons and trillions of synapses.” Because there are about a quadrillion synapses in the human brain, an artificial brain is finally entering the ballpark of keeping up with the biological computer.

One researcher put it, “Just a week after formal introduction of the machine to the world, we are already doing computational tasks that existed only in the realm of imagination a year ago.” Imagination is a human intellectual skill carried on with the aid of the brain. It’s not clear if the researchers have calculated how many petaflops would be required to perform that feat. It might require exaflops (quintillions), zettaflops (sextillions) or yottaflops (septillions), if one can imagine such numbers.”

Did you catch the point of this story? Decades of human intelligent planning and engineering and experience have gone into producing a monstrosity of big iron that is just now getting up to the capability of keeping up with one operation of your brain, vision. The man-made machine occupies a room of metal, wires, and sophisticated circuitry that requires electricity, artificial cooling and a team of system administrators, to say nothing of programmers, to operate.

Your brain, by contrast, occupies only three pounds of soft tissue. It is self-contained on a mobile platform. And it’s doing a lot more than processing vision. It is keeping tabs on trillions of cells, running your heart, lungs, digestive tract, spleen, pancreas, liver, glands, immune system and dozens of other systems in the background without your conscious control, responding to hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, temperature and kinesthetic senses, searching through memories, thinking, imagining, feeling and much more.

All this occurs in a compact space of only 1350 cc. You don’t have to plug it in. You don’t have to keep it in a refrigerated room. You can take it skiing or out to the desert, and you can even swim with it. And it runs on hamburgers and water!

This article should be standing in awe of the brain, but it’s all about glorifying man for building his own paltry excuse for a computer. Inside their own skulls is the most astonishing supercomputer in the known universe!

Where is the praise to the Creator that should be due for His gift of such a powerful and multi-functional machine? On the contrary, the common mythology of our day is that brains evolved by chance over millions of years of undirected, random processes.

Learn to see the real take-home lesson in science news. The important lesson is not always the hyped one.

Source: CreationEvolution Headlines

Back from Dead’ Case Stuns Doctors
Organ Donors, Take Note

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 12 2008

THE case of a man whose heart stopped beating for 1-1/2 hours only to revive just as doctors were preparing to remove his organs for transplants is fuelling ethical debates in France about when a person is dead.

The 45-year-old man suffered a massive heart attack and rescuers used cardiac massage to try and revive him without success before transferring him to a nearby hospital.

Due to a series of complex circumstances, revival efforts continued for longer than usual for a patient whose heart was not responding to treatment, until doctors started preparations to remove organs.

It was at that point that the astonished surgeons noticed the man was beginning to breathe unaided again, his pupils were active, he was giving signs that he could feel pain — and finally, his heart started beating again.

Several weeks later, the man can walk and talk.

“This situation was a striking illustration of the questions that remain in the field of re-animation … and what criteria can be used to determine that a re-animation has failed,” says a report on the case, published online by an ethics committee.

The case has stirred debate among medical professionals and daily newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday dedicated a full page to the subject under the headline: “The organ donor wasn’t dead”.

“What is under consideration here is the status of a person, whether they are a patient who can be re-animated or a potential (organ) donor,” said the ethics committee report.

The hospital where the man was treated is one of only nine in France that are allowed to perform organ transplants on patients in cardiac arrest, in very specific conditions, under a pilot programme launched in 2007. Elsewhere, organ transplants are possible on other categories of patients under older rules.

The programme, which was approved by the French agency in charge of bio-ethics, aims to help reduce the number of people waiting for a transplant by making it possible to take organs from new categories of patients.

Le Monde said more than 13,000 people were waiting for transplants in France and 231 people died last year as a direct result of the lack of a donor. The newspaper said the pilot programme had already yielded an extra 60 organs.

Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), a body that runs public hospitals in the Paris region, has set up a committee specifically to discuss ethical issues arising from the practice of transplants on people in cardiac arrest.

The committee, made up of medical professionals involved in the revival of heart attack patients as well as organ transplants, held lengthy discussions on the case of the man on Feb. 19 and a summary was later published on the AP-HP website.

“During the meeting, other re-animators … spoke of situations in which a person whom everyone was sure had died in fact survived after re-animation efforts that went on much longer than usual,” say the minutes of the committee meeting.

“Participants conceded that these were completely exceptional cases, but ones that were nevertheless seen in the course of a career.”

Source: http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,23845878-5005940,00.html

Send in the Clowns? Special Attire for Men of God?

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 12 2008

by Scott Smelser, Gettysburg church of Christ

Matthew 23 “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’

We here at s8int.com definitely have our particular beliefs concerning scripture-for example see “What Must I do to be Saved”. Those articles can be found on the site but typically, here our focus has been on supporting God and the Bible or looking at the phenomenal world of science from a Biblical perspective, in a way to that makes it possible for all believers to agree together.

Now and again, we try to mix in some specific doctrinal material as well–particularly if that particular issue is on our minds. Where in the New Testament is it suggested that Christians, be they ministers, preachers, elders deacons etc. should wear special clothes of any type to identify their presumed exalted status?

Now, when clowns put on their special clothes, it means that they are people set apart to be funny. When “Christians” wear special clothes its supposed to denote some type of “special status”. We believe that the clowns have a stronger case for “special attire”.

“All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

Let us Know what you think….
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Eyewitness Accounts: More Huge Flying Creature Sightings In Pennsylvania

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 09 2008

Photo: Giant “Bird” in the middle of the road

Giant \"Bird\" in the roadway
The reason these stories are of interest to us of course, besides our natural curiosity concerning God’s creation, is that we believe that some of these creatures being reported are still existing pterosaurs…s8int.com

By Stan Gordon; www.stangordonufo.com

“This past February, I wrote about a man who reported a very close observation of a giant bird in neighboring West Virginia in late September,or early October, 2007. The man was driving on a rural two lane roadway outside of the town of Clendenin, at about 8 A.M. when he had to step hard on his brakes,to avoid hitting a giant flying creature in the middle of the road.

The giant bird was only a few yards ahead of him, and was feeding on road kill. The witness, an avid hunter, was startled by the size of the creature, which stood at least four feet tall, with it’s head extending above the roof line of his vehicle.

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Teenager Facing Prosecution for Calling Scientology a “Cult”

Church of Darwin, Religious | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 06 2008

guardian.co.uk,
Tuesday May 20 2008

A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word “cult” to describe the Church of Scientology.
The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.

Officers confiscated a placard with the word “cult” on it from the youth, who is under 18, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A date has not yet been set for him to appear in court.

The decision to issue the summons has angered human rights activists and support groups for the victims of cults.

The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10. Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous, who were outside the church’s £23m headquarters near St Paul’s cathedral, were banned by police from describing Scientology as a cult by police because it was “abusive and insulting”.

Writing on an anti-Scientology website, the teenager facing court said: “I brought a sign to the May 10th protest that said: ‘Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult.’

“‘Within five minutes of arriving I was told by a member of the police that I was not allowed to use that word, and that the final decision would be made by the inspector.”

A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and “strongly advised” him to remove the sign. The section prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.

The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a “cult” which was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”.
After the exchange, a policewoman handed him a court summons and removed his sign.

On the website he asks for advice on how to fight the charge: “What’s the likelihood I’ll need a lawyer? If I do have to get one, it’ll have to come out of my pocket money.”

Writing on the same website, another anonymous demonstrator said: “We also protested outside another Scientology building in Tottenham Court Road which is policed by a separate force, the Metropolitan police, who have never tried to stop us using the word cult.

“We’re completely peaceful protesters expressing a perfectly valid opinion. This whole thing stinks.”
Liberty director, Shami Chakrabarti, said: “This barmy prosecution makes a mockery of Britain’s free speech traditions.

“After criminalising the use of the word ‘cult’, perhaps the next step is to ban the words ‘war’ and ‘tax’ from peaceful demonstrations?”

Ian Haworth, from the Cult Information Centre which provides advice for victims of cults and their families, said: “This is an extraordinary situation. If it wasn’t so serious it would be farcical. The police’s job is to protect and serve. Who is being served and who is being protected in this situation? I find it very worrying.

“Scientology is well known to my organisation, and has been of great concern to me for 22 years. I get many calls from families with loved ones involved and ex-members who are in need of one form of help.”

The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology.

The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for “raising the spiritual wealth of society” during the opening of its headquarters in 2006. Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London’s chief superintendents, although he is not a member of the group.

The group was founded by the science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1952 and espouses the idea that humans are descended from an exiled race of aliens called Thetans.

The church continues to attract controversy over claims that it separates members from their families and indoctrinates followers. A spokeswoman for the force said today: “City of London police had received complaints about demonstrators using the words ‘cult’ and ‘Scientology kills’ during protests against the Church of Scientology.

“Following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service some demonstrators were warned verbally and in writing that their signs breached section five of the Public Order Act.

“One demonstrator continued to display a placard despite police warnings and was reported for an offence under section five. A file on the case will go to the CPS.”

A CPS spokesman said no specific advice was given to police regarding the boy’s placard.
“In April, prior to this demonstration, as part of our normal working relationship we gave the City of London police general advice on the law around demonstrations and religiously aggravated crime in particular.

“We did not advise on this specific case prior to the summons being issued – which the police can do without reference to us – but if we receive a file we will review it in the normal way according to the code for crown prosecutors.”