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Thursday, 27 May 2010 17:59

Most Modern Day Humans Are Part Neanderthals

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It was somewhat held that Neanderthals were completely different to us, Homo Sapiens. There's a new twist to this story arising from the studies made by the team/s led by Dr Svante Paabo, of the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany and Dr David Reich, of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

  • The prevailing scientific theory at the moment is that human beings first evolved in Africa.
  • A part of this group of individuals migrated out of Africa and they populated the rest of the world.
  • With the recent study, Neanderthal DNA was found in the blood of Europeans, Asians and Australasians. Neanderthal DNA, however, is not found in the blood of Africans whose ancestors remained in the continent.
  • This implies that the group of Africans who migrated out of Africa interbred with Neanderthals at some stage during their migration out of Africa around 80,000 years ago.
Notes: Previously, getting DNA from the remains of Neanderthals themselves is difficult because their DNA did not preserve too well. Scientists have Neanderthal bones that are 30,000 to 40,000 years old. So in this study, 97% of the Neanderthal DNA was gathered using a new method that allowed them to collect Neanderthal DNA from bacteria and fungi, something which would be interesting to read about in the future.
Saturday, 08 May 2010 10:56

Neandertal Species Were One Of Our Ancestors

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There has been an amazing discovery made studying the DNA of the remains of a Neandertal, dated 38,000 to 44,000 years ago. Scientists found that many of us have Neandertal ancestors. They inter-bred with our ancestors until about 400,000 years ago before their lineage separated from us. This inter-breeding occurred in the Middle-East but not in Africa. This means that human beings with ancestors that originated from the Middle-East (almost the rest of the world) have more neandertal genes in them than descendants of the Africans who refused to migrate and instead, chose to stay in the African continent. (Source)
Friday, 16 April 2010 15:55

The Ascent Of Man

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Jacob Bronowski (18 January 1908 – 22 August 1974) was a British mathematician and biologist of Polish-Jewish origin. Just recently, I have started watching a documentary he made called, The Ascent Of Man on DVD. I have only finished watching the second episode and it is turning out to be a wonderful documentary. It is very powerful, very insightful and I want everyone to watch it. I found the links for it in Google so you can preview it for yourself. I have orderred them according to how they were titled in the series. 
  1. Lower than the Angels — Evolution of man from proto-ape to 400,000 years ago.
  2. The Harvest of the Seasons — Early human migration, agriculture and the first settlements, war.
  3. The Grain in the Stone — Tools, development of architecture and sculpture.
  4. The Hidden Structure — Fire, metals and alchemy.
  5. Music of the Spheres — The language of numbers.
  6. The Starry Messenger — Galileo's universe.
  7. The Majestic Clockwork — Explores Kepler and Newton's laws.
  8. The Drive for Power — The Industrial Revolution.
  9. The Ladder of Creation — Darwin and Wallace's ideas on the origin of species.
  10. World within World — The story of the periodic table.
  11. Knowledge or Certainty — Physics and the clash of absolute knowledge, the oppressive state, and its misgivings realizing the result of its terrible outcome.
  12. Generation upon Generation — Life, genetics, and the cloning of identical forms.
  13. The Long Childhood — Bronowski's treatise on the commitment of man.
Thursday, 01 April 2010 09:28

Saudi poet attracts fame, threats

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Saudi woman poet attracts fame and threats after taking the opportunity to reach out to the world on national TV.She wore a full-face veil while deliverying poetry denouncing attitudes to women in her country. "I have seen evil in the eyes of fatwas: now the lawful and unlawful are confused...When I unveil the truth, a monster appears from his hiding place; barbaric in thinking and action, angry and blind; wearing death as a dress and covering it with a belt." (Source)
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:58

God not to blame for GFC: Stevens

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"There is a God; this is worth checking out," says Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.But God may not be omnipotent, for God was not responsible for the Global Financial Crisis, Mr Stevens told a Wesley Mission breakfast today. (Source)

PERSONAL COMMENT:

Is this news is it? I cannot believe that a major newspaper deems it newsworthy to report someone providing a silly answer to a silly question.

No, God is not to be blamed for anything because he does not exist. The GFC happened because of the maliciousness of sellers repackaging toxic assets to sell to ignorant buyers while regulators and quality assurers failed to do what they've been set in place to do. If we are patient and are willing to take the time to understand the world, we can find answers that actually do make sense. When we blame or attribute things to gods, human beings fail to take responsibility for their own shortcomings.

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The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW