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Submission + - Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

Pickens writes: "The Telegraph reports that the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding its first ever conference on alien life, the discovery of which would have profound implications for the Catholic Church. For centuries, theologians have argued over what the existence of life elsewhere in the universe would mean for the Church: Among other things, extremely alien-looking aliens would be hard to fit with the idea that God “made man in his own image” and Jesus Christ’s role as savior would be confused: would other worlds have their own Christ-figures, or would Earth’s Christ be universal? Just as the Church eventually made accommodations after Copernicus and Galileo showed that the Earth was not the center of the universe, and when it belatedly accepted the truth of Darwin's theory of evolution, Catholic leaders say that alien life can be aligned with the Bible’s teachings. "Just as a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God," says Father Jose Funes, a Jesuit astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and one of the organizers of the conference. Others do not agree. "If you look back at the history of Christian debate on this, it divides into two camps. There are those that believe that it is human destiny to bring salvation to the aliens, and those who believe in multiple incarnations," says Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist. "The multiple incarnations is a heresy in Catholicism.""

Comment Re:porn? (Score 1) 467

As a video game player, I find that I can actually get enjoyment from gambling (blackjack being a personal favorite) in a similiar manner. The difference being that, while V-games have a more action/story as a reward for playing well, gambling has apayout of something concrete (chips/money/etc) as a reward for playing well.

Heck, I remember spending many a dollar with my friends when I was young just putting tokens/quarters into the "gambling machines" you'll find at all (smart) arcades that spit out tickets. Sure winning tickets was awesome, but it was also the possibility of winning that was exciting for me as well.

Comment So... (Score 1) 412

Is that The World's Largest Internet Encylopedia in your pocket, or am I happy to see you (leaving)?

Seriously, who are they marketing this toward? Most people who like Wikipedia enough to want to spend $100 to always have it with them probably already have some form of internet-capable device that gives them access at almost any location they could want (laptop, cellphone, netbook, etc). And many of those same people probably enjoy Wikipedia because they can modify articles as they choose (for good, bad and/or ugly), something this does not sound like it would allow them to do as it only transfers data internet-to-device. So I guess their market is toward that segment who believes that The Great Wiki is made up entirely of articles free from all forms of bias and subjectivity thus making it unconditionally gospel, and who have never heard of a "wireless connection" before.

...which, upon further thought and remembering past articles, may actually be a rather large target I guess I do understand why they've made this, even though I'll pretend I don't.

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