Monday, March 16, 2015

VIDEO: John Lennox on Is God a delusion, March 14, 2015

Lennox is always an intellectual treat and a bracing breath of clean, cold fresh logic.

So, let's pull up a chair and enjoy:

Food for solid thought. END

PS: Imagining God to be a delusion has some self-refuting consequences via resorting to the argument to general delusion, cf. here in context for a version tied to our finding ourselves inescapably under moral government.

Friday, March 13, 2015

On false accusations and willful false accusers

A Bible Reading snippet from Bible Gateway for today from 3400 years ago (though — New Atheists, kindly note on “the whole counsel” of Scripture — Christians will read this in light of how Jesus treated the Woman caught in the act of adultery and her accusers). 

This points to just how dangerous and chaotically destructive false accusations are and how diligently we must work to get things straight:
Deut 19:16 If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime, 17 the two people involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time. 18 The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, 19 then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you. 20 The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. [ESV]
 Food for sobering thought where we live in a day when it seems ever so many are quick to resort to false accusations and other means of falsely framing issues, situations and people in defiance of duties to truth, fairness, wisdom and justice, in order to try to gain a hoped for advantage. END

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Mr Netanyahu warns the USA and the world about Iran's intent, March 3, 2015



Striking clips:

My friends, I’ve come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther. We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.

Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated — he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.

For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world . . . . 

ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember — I’ll say it one more time — the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.

But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.
Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don’t need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.

Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.

The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb. Break-out time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.
According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran’s break-out time would be very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.
And if — if Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter . . . . 

Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don’t know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, “If there’s no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn’t have one.” Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that’s why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.

But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.

 Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It’s a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran’s nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could product many, many nuclear bombs.

Iran’s Supreme Leader says that openly. He says, Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount — 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision . . . . 
So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.
So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?
Well, I disagree. I don’t believe that Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would whet appetite — would only whet Iran’s appetite for more.

We have been warned. END

Friday, February 27, 2015

VIDEO: Meyer and Metaxas discuss the book Darwin's Doubt

A very significant video:

Food for thought. END

PS: Amazon current data on the book:

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Free online A Level and first level College Physics textbooks

Recently, I did a diagnostic exercise with a student doing CAPE Physics (an equivalent to A Level).

That made me go looking for online textbooks, and I found two useful ones:
1: The Open Stacks Physics 101 (Cf. here)

2: The Tamil Nadu state Standard 11 and 12 textbook. (Cf here)
I believe these will be very useful. END

PS Some past papers here:
CXC CAPE Past Papers Unit 1
2010 Paper 1
2010 Paper 2
2009 Paper 1
2009 Paper 1-mc
2009 Paper 2
2009 Paper 2 alt
2008 Paper 1
2008 Paper 2
2007 Paper 1
2007 Paper 2
2006 Paper 1
2005 Paper 2
2004 Paper 2
2003 Paper 1
2003 Paper 2
2001 Paper 1
2001 Paper 2
1999 Paper 1
1999 Paper 2
 . . . and here:
Unit II CXC CAPE past papers
 . . . will also prove useful.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple posts the largest quarterly profit in history, US$ 18 bn

According to Financial Times of the UK, the surge was due to iPhone sales (iPhone 6 was launched), 74.5 million units, though iPad sales are apparently not as buoyant. The total number of iOS devices sold by Apple since 2007 is now a billion. Apple's stock price is US$ 116.49 just now, and market capitalisation is US$ 679.17 bn.

A vid:

Food for thought. END

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Matt 24 watch, 255 : Egypt's President Al-Sisi calls for reformation of Islam, at the leading Islamic University Al-Azhar (which is in Egypt)

MEMRI has thoughtfully clipped and subtitled a challenge issued to Al Azhar University by Egypt's president Al Sisi:

Newsmax summarises key points:
In a bold yet little-reported speech, The President of Egypt has directly confronted Islamic leaders in his country and challenged them to stand against extremism in their religion.
"We are in need of a religious revolution," President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi told imams on New Years Day at al-Azhar University in Cairo. The speech commemorated the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

"You, imams, are responsible before Allah," el-Sisi said. "The entire world … is waiting for your next move … because [the Islamic world] is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost — and it is being lost by our own hands." . . . . 

"We have to think hard about what we are facing," he said. "It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!
"Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

"You cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset," el-Sisi said. "You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”
 That is both sobering and refreshing. But, obviously Al Sisi is putting his life on the line to speak out like this.

And, we need to ask ourselves just why it is, we have not had this speech headlined as focal world news. 

For, surely, this is a pivotal statement. END

PS: And, it is time for us to be thinking about the true religious revolution -- the good news of Jesus:

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel from Slaves4Christ on Vimeo.

Crude oil price trend now in mid $40's -- shale oil lockout?

A snapshot of crude oil price trends for West Texas Intermediate over the past twelve months is revealing:

 This is now at a point where even the least cost shale oil producers should be concerned.

Let us follow the trend, to see if prices will rebound as shale oil gets locked out. END