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"The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150 to 200 million years ago, and the earliest known bird is the Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx, c 155-150 Ma. Most paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs that survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event approximately 65.5 million years ago." (Wikipedia: Bird)

"...T-rex collagen makeup is almost identical to that of a modern chicken - this corroborates a huge body of evidence from the fossil record that demonstrates birds are descended from meat-eating dinosaurs," said Angela Milner, the associate keeper of palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London. (Source)

Published in Scientific Advances

Here is an article from Shireen Qudosi, a writer on Islam, discussing the progress of Muslims redirecting their traditional career paths as doctors, lawyers and engineers to take on key roles in media and politics, some of which are pushing for Sharia Law.

Thursday, 14 May 2009 12:24

Our brightest are kept dirt poor

IN THE last quarter of 2008, a significant group of Australians was living below the poverty line. For a single person, this meant living on less than $415.06 a week. These people were working full time ? 40 hours a week, and probably much more. They received no employer superannuation and weren't entitled to concessions or pensions.Who were they? Illegal migrant workers? Sweatshop employees unaware of their rights? No ? they were some of Australia's best and brightest minds: PhD students. (Source)

Dr. Jonathan Pararajasingham is a British-born medical doctor specialising in neurosurgery, currently based at Cambridge University's Neurosurgical Unit in the United Kingdom. In this article, Dr. Pararajasingham, explores why religion is so universal.

New research suggests that the modern human species first evolved in southern Africa, probably near what is now South Africa's border with Namibia. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
According to recent studies, our mental decline is more due to losing brain nerve connections instead of loss of brain cells. Therefore, it is important to keep our brains active most especially as we age. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:43

Jakarta shuffle favours Islamists

INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is being driven into the arms of the country's Islamic parties, posing questions about the direction of his Government if, as expected, he is re-elected...Mr Yudhoyono's main coalition partner will be the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), an Islamist party with its roots in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement. At least two other Islamic parties are also expected to join the coalition. (Source)
Friday, 01 May 2009 22:34

Don't panic yet .... just stock up

AUSTRALIANS could soon be asked to stock their pantries with food and water and prepare for an emergency, according to the Federal Government's pandemic flu plan. (Source)

It is surreal. It makes me think of that film, Outbreak. It makes me wonder: will there ever be an outbreak powerful enough to bring our species close to extinction in the future?

Tuesday, 28 April 2009 10:00

The Fascinating KEO Project Time Capsule

This is the most fascinating news I have heard about recently.

"KEO is the name of a proposed space time capsule that will be launched in 2010 or 2011. There have been previous spacecrafts carrying time capsules of earth's existence sent into space but what makes the KEO Satellite different is it will be designed to return back to earth 50,000 years later. The KEO project was conceived in 1994 by French artist-scientist Jean-Marc Philippe. If this ambitious project is realized the KEO will carry a drop of human blood chosen at random encased in a diamond, samples of air, sea water and earth and the DNA of the human genome. The satellite will also carry an astronomical clock, photographs of people of all cultures and an encyclopedia of current human knowledge.

Interesting Fact: The Satellites name is supposed to represent the three most frequently used sounds common to the most widely spoken languages today, K, E and O. Also, every person is invited to write a message addressed to the future inhabitants. The deadline is December 31, 2009. Messages can be posted here."

(Source:Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules)


Published in Scientific Advances

The Westinghouse Time Capsules are two time capsules prepared by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1939 due to be opened after 5000 years.

In it, is the following message from Albert Einstein:

Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also in order to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves. However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle, in this way suffering for the want of everything. Further more, people living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this reason any one who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror. This is due to the fact that the intelligence and character of the masses are incomparably lower than the intelligence and character of the few who produce some thing valuable for the community. I trust that posterity will read these statements with a feeling of proud and justified superiority.

Source: Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules


Published in Scientific Advances

Book On Reason

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

The Tyranny Of God


NEW: Audiobook Version!

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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