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Comment: Re:Aliens = God? (Score 1) 334

by gl4ss (#48034583) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

you could make a new age hippie video for youtube about the theories and it would get lots of views.

but still wouldn't be true.

if we're alien origin then there's absolutely no sense at all that we're so much like every other life form on earth. your dna resembles everything else and you have a pretty straight lineage to other animals. being star aligned is good for counting time, and heck, the stars are there to look at.

monster stories can be explained easily with one word: imagination. biblical literal folk easily tend to forget that people have an imagination and can pull stuff out of it and invent all kinds of crazy monsters.

so you could make a book out of the theory but you couldn't convince people with education that it's true, because it doesn't fit the evidence wee see in the world.

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 1) 372

by ultranova (#48034275) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Assuming you're a survivor, there might not be much of a functional nation to return too, let alone the modern world.

In which case that stocked food won't do any good for you. If food production collapses, you're done for; even if you knew how to live off the land, enough other people do too to deplete any sources in short order.

Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 4, Interesting) 360

by JosKarith (#48034207) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
It's clearly aimed at luring voters away from UKIP who are getting increasingly frustrated at EU interference in every level of UK life but are uneasy about voting for the "swivel-eyed loons".
As you said, another populist soundbite that will be quickly forgotten. The only advantage to teaching kids Metric was that learning to do all the conversions helped practice mental arithmatic but in an age where everyone has a calculator on their smartphone that's really not so important anymore.

Comment: Re:Um, no! (Score 1) 334

by gl4ss (#48034141) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

look man, you're just defining people living with (what you call) Hindu culture as followers of he Hindu religion - or that because there is a sect that argues that god can't be observed they're atheists.

it doesn't hold water. first you should define Hindus as something, that they believe in something - let's say that they believe in karma, and now after saying that they're incompatible with atheism. just saying that hindus just follow rituals and believe whatever they want doesn't work either because they follow different sets of rituals from each other. heck, everyone on the planet could be said to be a hindu on those basis.

doesn't really help that most hindus have polytheistic view and believe in spirits and all other kinds of superstitious things - that is magic and spirits. Richard Dawkins celebrates christmas and for sure saying that he is a christian would be wrong.

on the whole for most hindus to be a hindu is to believe in some magic or another, some deity or multiple deities or multiple appearances of the same deity in different forms. sure that goes with bona fide atheism just like a fish goes with a bicycle.

Comment: Re:Don't freak out. (Score 1) 373

by DigiShaman (#48033081) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Symptoms may become increasingly severe over time, the Mayo Clinic said, with additional symptoms present, including:

Nausea and vomiting
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Red eyes
Raised rash
Chest pain and cough
Stomach pain
Severe weight loss
Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
Internal bleeding

Ask your doctor if Ebola is right for you!

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 1) 373

by DigiShaman (#48033047) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I've said it and I will say it again: Prepare you and your family as though a hurricane could blow your way. Now imagine three hurricanes about to slam your home in a row. That's how much food and water you should have locked away for you and your family. If this becomes airborne, shit will hit the fan. Assuming you're a survivor, there might not be much of a functional nation to return too, let alone the modern world.

Good God, I really pray China, India, and Mexico don't get hit with this; the most populated places on Earth. I don't think they can handle such an outbreak!

Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 2, Insightful) 334

by gl4ss (#48033011) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

christian theologists? but those guys working on these questions 1700 years ago worked it out wrong for current crop of christians.

now.. are christians ready for that the bible is not literal? some are, some are not. if they're biblical literalists(which is silly, if you read the fucking book) then yeah, aliens are a problem - however if you're a biblical literalist in the modern day then NOTHING is a problem. why is nothing a problem? because you can always invent ways around shit, from "god did it to test faith" to "before the flood animals were bigger, hence the dinosaur bones you can find in mountain ranges".

if you're religious enough you twist your observations to fit whatever you chose before making those observations.. I think it's a silly question to ask if the world religions are ready for ET when they're technically not ready to account for observations made on the earth even.

futhermore, those religions are mutually in disagreement with each other.

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