December 22, 2014

TO BELIEVE 1 AND 9 IS TO REFUTE THE VERY IDEA OF COMMANDMENTS:

Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments (Daniel Burke, 12/20/14, CNN)

Enter the "10 'Non-Commandments' Contest," in which atheists were asked to offer modern alternatives to the famous Decalogue. And, to sweeten the pot, the contest offered $10,000 in moolah to the winning would-be Moses. [...]

Here are the "Ten Non-Commandments" chosen as the winners:

1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence. [...]

9. There is no one right way to live.

It's cute that they feel compelled to ape real religion, but, the reality is that the open mind always ends when it meets the closed fist, at which poing the believer suddenly finds the authority to dictate the behavior of the other.

Meanwhile, to base your beliefs on Science is to chase passing fads : How massive galaxy cluster could upend theory of universe evolution (Pete Spotts, DECEMBER 22, 2014, CS Monitor)

At 400 trillion times the sun's mass, a mere 800 million years old, and some 9.6 billion light-years away, the cluster could represent a hint that the most widely accepted explanation for the evolution of universe is flawed, according to the team reporting the measurements in a paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.

The theory that has received the most support from observation sets out a timeline in which so-called cold, dark matter initially gathered in small clumps as the universe cooled and settled into a stately expansion following the formative, sudden release of energy known as the big bang and a brief period during which the universe expanded exponentially.

The dark-matter clumps merged over time to provide the gravitational foundations for galaxies, galaxy clusters, and even larger structures. Dark matter earned its name because no one has yet directly detected it. Instead researchers infer its presence by its gravitational effects on matter astronomers can see.

The question the new cluster poses is whether it's too massive given the the pace at which the universe's large-scale structure would have been forming 9.6 billion years ago.

Posted by at December 22, 2014 3:46 PM
  

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