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Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, is a 20-year-old university student in Egypt. She maintains a blog and on Sunday, 23 rd of October, she posted nude photos of herself to show her “screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”. This is significant, especially at a time when Islamists in Egypt are trying to secure power.

It takes the sacrifices of courageous people like Aliaa to challenge the thinking that tyrannises so many people in her part of the world. Click here to visit Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Blog.

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 00:27

British Women Are Converting To Islam

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Record numbers of young, white British women are converting to Islam. Of the British citizens going through the conversion, more than half were white and 75% of them were women, according to an article Richard Peppiatt, (Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert, published on The Independent. Many of them apparently find it a struggle to assimilate their previous beliefs with that of their newly adopted religion More than three-quarters told researchers they had experienced high levels of confusion after conversion, due to the conflicting ways Islam was presented to them.

Monday, 26 September 2011 09:58

Particles Observed To Travel Faster Than Light

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Einstein's theories show that nothing can travel faster than light. However, just very recent results from CERN, the large Hadron Collider in Europe, show that Neutrinos they sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km (454 miles) away in Italy. They have re-checked their methods and their calculations to ensure that the results are correct and they are sending their results to other science agencies to independently verify their findings. This could well be one of the biggest discoveries in Science because its implications are enormous.

How? Well for many reasons. One example is that the idea of time travel (not merely changing speeds of time between different reference points) is currently deemed not possible because of the idea that nothing can go faster than the speed of light.

Also, by finding out why this could be, scientists might be able to discover more things we did not know about.

Update: 23 Oct 2011

Ronald van Elburg of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands posted in a paper posted to the physics pre-print website arXiv.org, argues that the Italian scientists failed to account for the fact that the GPS satellite they used as their timekeeping device is moving.

Monday, 26 September 2011 09:37

Scientists Managed to trap Anti-Matter for 15 minutes

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As of June 2011, scientists at CERN have succeeded in trapping atoms of anti-hydrogen for more than 15 minutes: sufficient time to study them in a little more detail.

I can at least try to let you know what I understand, in broad strokes, why this news item is important and hope to impart my sense of appreciation of this milestone.

The reason why this is important is because it is believed that the universe came into existence from nothing. Studies in Quantum Physics indicate that out of nothing, certain particles can come into existence for brief moments. They come into existence, however, with the presence of their anti-thesis. So in effect, +1 (Matter) and -1 (Anti-Matter) is still equal to zero. Perhaps the same had been true with the Big Bang, the only difference between is that for a very, very small percentage of all the particles that existed during the Big Bang a few managed to remain in existence because they did not manage to come in contact with their anti-thesis before their anti-thesis disappeared. What has remained is the matter that makes up everything in the universe today.

Sunday, 11 September 2011 21:58

Christianity, The Plague, Cats and Rats

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Here is a quick history of cats. I provide this here because of its reference to what Christians did to cats in the Middle Ages and the dire consequences it had.

  • 65 million years ago, dinosaurs became extinct and mammals began to dominate the planet.
  • 30 million years ago, the first true cat evolves from a tree-dwelling insect-eater in western Europe.
  • 12 million years ago, cats evolve into five groups: Neofelis, Lynx, Panthera, Acinonyx and Felis.
  • 10,000 years ago, Farming settlements in the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East began attracting mice as their food supply increases. Cats proved to be useful in keeping the food safe.
  • 9,500 years ago: remains of a man and a cat buried together have been found, dating 9,500 years ago.
  • 4,000 - 3,900 years ago, ancient Egyptians began keeping cats.
  • Around 3,500 - 3,000 years ago, Ancient Egyptians worship cats as gods and tried to prevent other nations from acquiring them. Having seen the effectiveness of cats to control rodents, traders smuggled them up the Nile to the coast where Green and Phoenican traders take the cats with them to Europe and the Middle East.
  • 2,500 - 1,500 years ago, Cats spread throughout Europe and Asia through both trade and the expansion of the Roman Empire.
  • Around 1500 to 600 years ago, the Christian Church suspects cats are evil and starts a campaign to wipe them out. The drop in cat numbers allows rat populations to soar and rats help spread the plague that kills nearly a quarter of Europe's population in the Middle Ages.
  • 500 years ago the present day, the cat is a favoured pet and the relationship he has with humans changes from one of working to one of companionship.

Source: The Cat Expert by Rebecca Watson, p25.

Book On Reason

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