‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists


“Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell. This is the first time any synthetic DNA has been in complete control of a cell. Dr Craig Venter J Craig Venter Institute.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10132762.stm
“Researchers have shown off a transistor made from just seven atoms that could be used to create smaller, more powerful computers.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10146704.stm
“A judge in Malawi has imposed a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison with hard labour on a gay couple convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/10130240.stm “The case has ignited debate over homosexuality in Malawi, a conservative country where religious leaders equate same-sex liaisons with Satanism.”
“Pakistanis woke up on Thursday to find access to popular websites Facebook and YouTube blocked after a government crackdown on websites seen to be hosting un-Islamic content. The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool reports on the reaction from Peshawar.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8693842.stm
“What triggered the action was a Facebook group inviting people to draw, and post, cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad”.
The Demon Haunted World
Author: Professor Carl Sagan NASA
ISBN: 0747251568
Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age,
of irrationality and superstition?

‘Pardon or not to Pardon the Witches. Living with the Modern Day Jesters’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1919.entry

The Clarity And Wit of Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell and HG Wells. http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!825.entry ‘Brave New World’s’ a much shrewder guess at the future than George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ – Aldous Huxley ‘The Doors of Perception’ may prove greatly more prophetic than ‘Brave New World’.

(1963) New Forest, Hampshire, England. A ‘witch’ was compelled to leave her house because her neighbours genuinely believed in her powers. All of them believed, as implicitly as they believed in their Faith, that the Powers of Darkness were still physically active in the world. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26422359/ And, in 2010 – Church Schools and Faith Schools, and in Law (compulsory daily worship: a draconian/discriminatory – opt out clause) in the UK. We still teach children that this may still be so. We make a big fuss over Race Hate Crime, but then encourage the ridiculousness (befog or muddle – children or vulnerable) of the above. Worse ‘Gang Culture’ for schools, and school ethos’s – “The BHA warns of risks with new religious academy schools. Coalition Government plans will imperil teachers and children’s rights without additional protections in law, especially if new Academies are sponsored by religious groups, some business groups; the British Humanist Association has warned today.” http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/555 Ref, tribalism in, and ghettoising, UK Schools. “Creationism is to be debated alongside the theory of evolution in science and religious education lessons in secondary schools across”  Hampshire. Hampshire County Council  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7934606.stm And, “a recipe for medieval idiocy” that “will only serve to confuse young minds” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/6956365/More-than-230-schools-have-ditched-Christian-assemblies.html Children’s Rights – Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus. “Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas – no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children?’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry 

         http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=8160281340404915661&hl=en&fs=true

“Dispatches goes undercover in some African churches in the UK, where evangelical pastors perpetuate a strong belief in witchcraft. ” http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches

 

Jacob Bronowski The Complete Series (The Long Childhood)

 

                  

 

 

Easter Island and all the other ‘lifeless statues’, idols, so on…, have been worshipped by many throughout history – all are, “Not worth one child’s smiling freckled face”.

Note – ‘a good reason why your home is the best place’: Sedentism – its route to – Housing and cosmological thought and structured thinking – language, rituals (not so possible without sedentism). Half Nomadic – half unstructured thinking humans feed partially from the ‘fully’ human sedentists. Psuedo-sedentists or psuedo-sedentism of the reasonably ‘secure’ coastal dwellers in West Africa, living 100 of thousands of years before – to the, ‘extreme (modern) thinkers of ‘ancient’ Greece’! Peter Wilson and Colin Renfrew – The ‘Great Leap Forward’ and a ‘Structuralised World View’. “The adoption of the house as the permanent context of social and economic life also marks a major development in cosmological thinking – The adoption of the house and the village also ushers in a development of the structure of social life, the elaboration of thinking about the structure of the world and the strengthening of the links between the two”. Peter Wilson and Richard Dawkins ‘The Great Leap Forward ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’ – a book for every family! Note: a great progression of  Writing/Art/Language, so on… Stephen Hawking, “From the confines of my wheelchair I can freely roam around the Universe”! http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry “Archaeologists have found what they say is the earliest evidence of Neanderthals living in Britain.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10206677.stm
RE Search – Agreed SyllabusDorset For You – Windows Live Church of England http://www.saled.org/what-we-offer/Schools/religious-education “What you want your children to-do, with some, if not all, of the proselytising silly nonsense in Religious Education (RE) lessons and homework, is to put on their work; two bold lines and the word ‘bollocks’ in-between (my children won’t do this, as they are so very dedicated – at their young age, to the backwardness of maintaining the current status quo). What a great shame, it is that their own individuality and identity, has been so vastly impaired by the appalling nonsenses, mostly formed in the early years of their education, and due to the atrocities of superstition put above science, which has been conjured up by all the ghastliness and ignorance that is prevalent and inherent and belonging specifically to the above institutions.” http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry ‘Britain’s top scientific names tell the story of the British science and ingenuity that has been at the forefront of some of history’s greatest advances’ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/genius-of-britain

 

Teach – your Teachers!

Freedom is a word rather like time, everyone thinks they know what it means, but cannot define it. The foundation of freedom is knowledge, and without knowledge, no man can be free! That is why religious and secular dictators, throughout history, have burned and censored books, closed universities, imprisoned professors, and do so today in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Iran, and many other Nations. Freedom is the ability to choose courses of action, and to make decisions that are based on an objective knowledge of the World. Without such knowledge, primitive subjective feelings, values and goals, remain the primary determinants of human action. Knowing this: the sophisticated and unscrupulous manipulate the credulous. True freedom is frightening to many because it necessitates the individual breaking out of the cocoon of half truths, ignorance, and ready made opinions, in which, most of mankind is happily and comfortably imprisoned. No man can be free until he seeks objective answers to three questions, namely, “Where am I? What am I? Why am l?” For, it is the ability to frame these questions that separates us from the rest of the animal world and nothing else. And, it is the approach to finding the answers that distinguishes the educated from the ignorant, and the cultured from the philistine. Any attempt to answer these questions must be made with a *ruthless determination, to avoid conclusions that are based on poor evidence, or on a desire to see the world, as so many wish it to be, magical and made for us. I say, ‘Any attempt to answer these questions, because for *psychological reasons (that is beyond the scope of this lecture) few people will ever try to do so’. 

Sense and Goodness

Promoting A Naturalistic Worldview. People adopt different worldviews, primarily due to their upbringing. These worldviews contradict each other, thus they cannot all be true. The best method for testing if one’s worldview is correct is from the perspective of an outsider with a *high level of skepticism. This is the Outsider Test for Beliefs (OTB), proposed first time by John W. Loftus in 2006 (see: Loftus, 2008; Loftus, 2010). http://naturalism7.blogspot.com/2010/05/outsider-test-for-beliefs-otb.html

Evolution and stupidity (*psychological reasons) ‘The Genius of Charles Darwin’ Richard Dawkins. Channel 4 – TV. ‘Depth in Education’ – UK!

“Poor Richard Dawkins. He took a bunch of kids from a school science class to the seaside to collect fossils, hoping to enthuse them about evolution and to persuade those who were afflicted by religion to “think again”. There’s the problem. How can you “think again”, when you haven’t done much thinking in the first place? Dawkins waved his hand at the cliffs, mentioning how many million years ago they’d have been under water, while one or two of the kids seemed to be wondering where Adam and Eve fitted into this story”. http://theanswers42.blogspot.com/2008/08/evolution-and-stupidity.html

Foreign Aid – fraud in Africa stands at $1.7 trillion that has gone into the elite – African and others, Swiss Bank Accounts, so on…, ref, the ‘Global Gullibility Index’. luckyme0. Aid is filched by middle class, and is not going into the ghetto areas, in many developing countries of the world! Ref, BBC Today Programme. HRMC http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm – smiles and propaganda, Inheritance Tax, and other taxes  – Asia – My son asks, “Where has all of the UK’s peoples old inherent wealth and all its money gone, and why has the money been squandered by the few that are rich, people and government’s: there are the greater majority who are starving, poor and illiterate – with little or no hope, it never gets to them. Why?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai The West Has The Ordeal Of Desire The East The Ordeal Of Privation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Maktoum Dubai’s government operates within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, and has been ruled by the Al Maktoum family since 1833. The current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Personal Wealth $20 Billion ‘The Ordeal Of Desire’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2! The Fraudulent Promise http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!685.entry  Notes For A Lecture On Human Behaviour Or Little Book http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!706.entry The Ruler Of The Earth Is Grass http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!899.entry What Shall We Tell The Children http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 http://www.updowncourt.com/contact.asp 

Updown Court – Chertsey Road, Windlesham. Surrey. (opposite is – UP Down Hill House – South Lodge and Cottage, North Lodge, Chertsey Road, Windlesham. Surrey.

‘Larger in area than both the royal residences of Hampton Court Palace or Buckingham Palace, this magnificent estate symbolises the grand and imposing presence of the Great Houses of England, yet employs state-of-the-art 21st Century technology to provide the ultimate living environment.’ http://www.updowncourt.com/contact.asp The most expensive house in England.

‘Thrills all round as Laws lays down the quangos’ – Quangoes of Religiosity, UK, GB. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/27/david-laws-spending-cuts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/02/religion.catholicism Speaking to the Guardian, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor hit out at representatives of an “aggressive secularism”. Church Schools or Faith Schools UK, GB, ‘Compulsory Worship Law’. School Assembly or Religious Education Class (RE Class) – ‘Aggressive Atheism’ (phantasmagorically speaking, termed – phantasmagoria – a phatasmagorian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjO4duhMRZk&feature=player_embedded

Make better use of Your Space! Houses of Parliament & Buckingham Palace, to name only two of the most useless Spaces in the UK (with the useless people who frequent them or reside in them). “One of Paris’s main thoroughfares, the Champs-Elysees, has been covered in earth and turned into a huge green space in an event staged by young French farmers.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10143393.stm

Capitalism - A Love Story [DVD] [2009]
Well done, f… them up girl! “The Duchess of York is “devastated” and “regretful” after newspaper claims she offered to sell access to ex-husband Prince Andrew, her spokeswoman says.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8699423.stm (The duchess, who expected to pick up an award in the US later for her work with underprivileged children at a ceremony organised by children’s charity Variety, is also quoted asking the reporter to donate 1% of profits on any resulting deals to her own charity) Sales of armaments to morally and politically corrupt regimes (suppression of the ‘Superfluous Population’ – degraded, often with a, neglected culturally, enforced, ignorant and ‘illiterate population’ in Asia / Africa / Middle East, so on…, ‘Science, Materialism, And The Study Of Culture’ Author: Murphy and Margolis ISBN: 081301431). “British newspaper reveals documents from 1970’s allegedly recording a meeting in which Israel makes deal to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa – Apartheid Regime.” http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3893214,00.html “The industrial nations of the world and their governments have been swept forward by the pressure of invention, through a barrier they did not see, into a world they have not yet understood. As the resources of the earth become more depleted, populations more crowded and more deprived, the greater will be their effort to pass the problem on to the next generation. Self-deception will become more persuasive; optimism will take hold” Prof C.D.Darlington. Ref, ‘Lost Illusions’ Koestler, “The dream worlds of Capitalism and Socialism, as outdated as the Wars Of The Roses.” Katherine Gun, “I’m just baffled that in the 21st century we as human beings are still dropping bombs on each other as a means to resolve issues.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Gun And “WikiLeaks has posted a video on its website which it claims shows the killing of civilians by the US military in Baghdad in 2007.” http://wikileaks.org/ At http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8603938.stm And ‘The Hurt Locker’ (WikiLeaks video is more disturbing) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hurt_Locker
Going a bit further – Thermite (an ultra-secret powerful explosive) has been found?    http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2028.entry Do evil people really exist? We would prefer to say that such people cannot exist that there are not any. It is permissible to portray evildoer’s in a story for children to keep the picture simple. However, when the great literature of the past, Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens, inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somehow farcical and clumsy to our contemporary perception. The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognise themselves as evildoers and they know their souls are black. Moreover, they reason, “I cannot live unless I do evil. Therefore, I will set my father against my brother! I will drink the victim’s sufferings until I am drunk with them!” Iago very precisely identifies his purposes, and his motives as being black and born of hate.  
However, no, that is not the way it is! 
To do evil, a human being must first believe that what he is doing is good, or else that it is a well-considered act, in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions. Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too! The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short of a dozen corpses, because they had no ideology. 
Ideology, that is what gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. 
That is the social theory, which helps to make his own acts seem good, instead of bad, in his own and others eyes, so that he will not hear any reproaches and curses, but will receive praise and honours. 
That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills by evoking Christianity, the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their motherland. The Colonisers by civilisation, the Nazis’ by race, and the Jacobins (early and late) by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations. 
Thanks to ideology the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in many millions. This cannot be denied; nor passed over; nor suppressed. 
How then do we insist evildoers do not exist? ‘The Gulag Archipelago’.
The problem of evil is that it refuses to stay in its box marked – evil. It keeps on coming out to play Mr Nice Guy, or at least – Mr Average. “Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has attacked the new coalition government as being a “loveless embrace” in her response to its first Queen’s Speech.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8703908.stm
“Austerity is the new contagion, spreading across Europe. Today it enveloped Italy, with the government there telling the people to expect “heavy sacrifices”.
In pictures: State Opening of Parliament, London, GB, UK. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/8703427.stm Who owns Britain? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owns-Britain-Ireland-Kevin-Cahill/dp/1841953105/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3 (USA & Europe – not you, for this large money matter) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_wealth_fund
“Loneliness is more prevalent among the young than those past retirement age, a survey suggests, amid profound changes in the way we live and interact.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8701763.stm “According to evolutionary psychology, cities could in fact be our perfect environment because of the demands they make on our complex social brains, but only if they are well designed.” The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind. In Word on SkyDrive, as I am having some trouble – thousands of hits! Word link: http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/The%20Prehistoric%20Mind.%20How%20did%20Prehistoric%20Man%20Think.%20The%20Primitive%20Mind^2docx
‘Where do atheists come from?’ NewScientist 6th March 2010 www.NewScientist.com “They have become a “normal” and significant part of many societies. And researchers ignore them at their peril.”
Aldous Huxley: ‘An English Intellectual’Nicholas Murray. ‘Brave New World’s’ a much shrewder guess at the future than George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ – Aldous Huxley ‘The Doors of Perception’ may prove greatly more prophetic than ‘Brave New World’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/apr/13/biography.aldoushuxley The Moral Maize 16/7/2008 “There are cases of students taking drugs used to treat dementia because they improve their performance in exams and military researchers are investigating the possibility of drugs to modify memory as a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Is this a terrifying Brave New World that undermines our basic humanity, or a recognition that the next great leap in human achievement will be drug assisted? http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/religion/moralmaze.shtml
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About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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