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by Luke Muehlhauser on March 16, 2010 in News,Video

LOL @ the Wheaton College Statement of Faith: “We believe that God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire human race…”

I updated the 20 Most Popular Atheism Blogs. One new entry to the list this time.

Who wants to bet that Scientology’s attempts to block the release of a new anti-Scientology film only gives that film more viewers?

I updated the list of 10 Most Popular Posts on Common Sense Atheism. Always a surprise to me.

Did I mention that Philosophical Disquisitions is still awesome?

A top Islamic cleric complains is outraged at a proposed law that would jail men who beat their wives, saying “This goes against the Koran and teaching of the prophet Mohammed.” Of course, he’s right.

Kevin Warwick’s wife communicated directly with Warwick’s brain over the internet, from a different continent. The way we exist as humans, our very consciousness, is about to change dramatically:

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Reginald Selkirk March 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

The Times interviews the Vatican’s top exorcist

He does not believe in ghosts, which are “an invention of the human mind”.

It’s a relief to learn that Fr. Amorth doesn’t believe in ghosts, that would be just silly.

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Haukur March 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

Humans only think in two dimensions but if we built cyborgs they could think in ten dimensions and make spaceships go really fast? What?

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Justfinethanks March 16, 2010 at 10:50 am

Wheaton has nothing on the Biola Statement of faith:

Creation models which seek to harmonize science and the Bible should maintain at least the following: (a) God providentially directs His creation, (b) He specially intervened in at least the above-mentioned points in the creation process, and c) God specially created Adam and Eve (Adam’s body from non-living material, and his spiritual nature immediately from God). Inadequate origin models hold that (a) God never directly intervened in creating nature and/or (b) humans share a common physical ancestry with earlier life forms.

They don’t even pretend to not be dogmatic over there

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urbster1 March 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

Warwick seems so positive and optimistic about the consequences of this technology. “Well, let’s see what happens!” Ok. But what about viruses?

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cl March 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

Kevin Warwick’s wife communicated directly with Warwick’s brain over the internet, from a different continent. The way we exist as humans, our very consciousness, is about to change dramatically.

This is old news to the Barok of Papua New Guinea, and I’d be interested in hearing any naturalistic theories of consciousness that could account for it.

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lukeprog March 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Justfinethanks:

OMG that is so sad.

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Bill Maher March 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

hopefully they aren’t going to make it where women can nag the hell out of men from another continent via brain functions. Can you imagine trying to buy a Russian escort and your spouse complaining about your child’s grades?

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justfinethanks March 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Christian Schools that reject evolution outright are especially depressing when you consider that even Brigham Young University teaches evolution.

“Too often we assume a false dichotomy,” said biology professor Jerry Johnson. “Yet one can accept evolution and still be a faithful follower of Christ.”

Students study evolution every semester, whether in the senior capstone class Biology 420, evolutionary biology, or in Biology 100. Charles Darwin’s theories are not a controversial side-topic for the sciences but a core, connecting theme.

http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/71097

They even have a bio lab dedicated to the study of Nematode Evolution.

This despite the fact that only 22 percent of Mormans accept evolution.

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Rob March 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I jumped on here to link the BIOLA statement of faith, but I see justfinethanks beat me to it. Here is my favorite part:

“All those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life shall be raised from the dead and throughout eternity exist in the state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment of anguish.”

And that they think is a perfect plan from the most moral and loving being possible. LOL.

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John D March 17, 2010 at 1:10 am

Thanks for linking to my blog again.

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