(That is, as Mr Obama delivers on some of his promises to a key cluster of backers, the homosexualists, the second shoe has now dropped on the agenda behind the don't ask, don't tell policy imposed on a reluctant military in the early 1990's. Through what is now plainly a first phase, penetration, a network of homosexual agenda activists has now been powerfully put in place in the military, the media and the government. So, now, the open homosexualisation of the strongest military in the world can proceed apace. The direct implications are troubling, as military members will be indoctrinated in the claimed "normality" of homosexual behaviour, and in the slanderous claim that to have a moral or conscience objection to such behaviour is to be a hateful bigot, comparable to a racist or a Nazi or an Inquisitor such as Torquemada. This also provides precedents -- and the muscle -- to back up the ongoing attempt to homosexualise other government agencies and international bodies, thence also marriage. After that, predictably comes the onward criminalisation of those who object, through the already in-place thought control hate crimes laws. In my considered opinion, if these two steps get through in so pivotal a country as the USA, the damage to our civilisation in its current form will be irreparable, and will lead to chaos, unresolvable conflict and collapse as civil consensus disintegrates. The sort of slander-driven open persecution hinted at in the Manhattan Declaration recently highlighted in this blog, is therefore now looming over the horizon.)
Ath. At Athens there are tales preserved in writing which the virtue of your state, as I am informed, refuses to admit. They speak of the Gods in prose as well as verse, and the oldest of them tell of the origin of the heavens and of the world, and not far from the beginning of their story they proceed to narrate the birth of the Gods, and how after they were born they behaved to one another. Whether these stories have in other ways a good or a bad influence, I should not like to be severe upon them, because they are ancient; but, looking at them with reference to the duties of children to their parents, I cannot praise them, or think that they are useful, or at all true. [[Notice Plato's own carefully stated skepticisms and moral concerns regarding classical paganism.] Of the words of the ancients I have nothing more to say; and I should wish to say of them only what is pleasing to the Gods. But as to our younger generation and their wisdom, I cannot let them off when they do mischief. For do but mark the effect of their words: when you and I argue for the existence of the Gods, and produce the sun, moon, stars, and earth, claiming for them a divine being, if we would listen to the aforesaid philosophers we should say that they are earth and stones only, which can have no care at all of human affairs, and that all religion is a cooking up of words and a make-believe . . . .
The first 4 implications are so obvious to modern naturalistic evolutionists that I will spend little time defending them. Human free will, however, is another matter. Even evolutionists have trouble swallowing that implication.
[Pause, pardon: not so fast, Wiki:. . . The lower the energy of the bubble, the longer it can exist. A gravitational field has negative energy. Matter has positive energy. The two values cancel out provided the universe is completely flat. In that case the universe has zero energy and can theoretically last forever. >>
a: The highlighted "can arise spontaneously out of nothing" is (probably inadvertently) misleading, as in fact there is something that is fluctuating, space, with the quantum vacuum.
b: In addition, the observed arising of effects tracing to virtual particle-antiparticle pairs is in accord with a very precisely balanced set of laws of nature and values of fundamental parameters that allow the setting up of a cosmos like ours that sits at an operating point that allows observers such as us based on Carbon-chemistry cell based life.
c: So, we are identifying underlying necessary causal factors for fluctuations to occur: a quantum vacuum, and the relevant set of laws that constrain the underlying space.
d: In other words, the fluctuations are a contingent phenomenon, dependent on necessary and external causal factors, that have to be right for such fluctuations to be possible.
e: They are not simply "spontaneous" and coming out of "nothing."
f: In short, causality -- contrary to what seems to be being assumed or implied -- has not in fact been circumvented; just, our attention has been distracted from the causality and contingency at work.]
. . . the need for such explanations [of why our cosmos seems fine-tuned] does not depend on any estimate of how many universes would be observer-permitting, out of the entire field of possible universes. Claiming that our universe is ‘fine tuned for observers’, we base our claim on how life’s evolution would apparently have been rendered utterly impossible by comparatively minor alterations in physical force strengths, elementary particle masses and so forth. There is no need for us to ask whether very great alterations in these affairs would have rendered it fully possible once more, let alone whether physical worlds conforming to very different laws could have been observer-permitting without being in any way fine tuned. Here it can be useful to think of a fly on a wall, surrounded by an empty region. A bullet hits the fly Two explanations suggest themselves. Perhaps many bullets are hitting the wall or perhaps a marksman fired the bullet. There is no need to ask whether distant areas of the wall, or other quite different walls, are covered with flies so that more or less any bullet striking there would have hit one. The important point is that the local area contains just the one fly.
13 –> A necessary being is one that has no beginning, is self-sustaining, depends for existence on no external causal factor, and so is eternal.
DNA –> mRNA –> Ribosome + tRNAs –> protein chaining process
(In other words, the living cell incorporates miniature digital stored program implementing entities, i.e miniature computers. And, where do we know that codes, languages, algorithms, programs, storage of same, and their execution on implementing machines comes from? What are the odds that such would happen by chance, as compared to by design? So, if we see such, are we reasonably entitled to see such as evidence of design? Why or why not?)
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. [From: “Billions and Billions of Demons,” NYRB, January 9, 1997. Bold emphasis added.]
29 --> Further to this, the only actual observations directly relevant to the life of the deep past are the fossils that have been recovered in recent centuries. Darwin knew them, and he knew that the Cambrian revolution whereby in a window now estimated at 5 - 10 million years some 530 MYA, the major body plans appear suddenly, without antecedents. This holds as the overwhelming pattern of the record: sudden appearance, stasis, disappearance and/or continutation to the current world. Darwin hoped that there would be many discoveries of transitions as the fossil beds were investigated, but -- despite the many headlines over the years on discovered missing links [that then, as a rule quietly fade away] -- in fact the pattern is even stronger today.