THE SKEPTIC ARENA


6/30/16

Here's the skinny on UV radiation and tanning

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6/29/16

As Trump edges ever closer to the White House, this is worth reading ...



America seems to be going out of its way to prove
that evolution doesn't always move in a positive direction.

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6/28/16

Antioxidants and cancer

Good rule of thumb:
When deciding on whether to take the advice of scientists or salesmen ...

Go with the scientists

Alternative medicine supplementation continues its unblemished record of ...

failure

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6/27/16

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty of 2013

Only 3 nations on Earth opposed it:
Iran, Syria, and North Korea.
Guess who else sided with those 3 Fascist regimes?



"Ye are known by the company thou keepeth"
neo 15:7

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6/26/16

1,400 years ago, all 3 Christian Gods ganged up on Allah ... the result?

Christianity is falling worldwide while Islam is growing.
Islam is projected to surpass Christianity ...

before the end of the 21st century

If the 3 Stooges can't even beat up on one God,
it's a good thing They didn't try to take on the Hindus.



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6/25/16

Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM for First Time in ...

4 Million Years

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6/24/16

So ... in addition to being indebted to green algae for giving us plants

We also owe sex to green algae

There are some debts ... that we will just never be able to repay

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6/23/16

So where and when did the Republican party begin?



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6/22/16

Many people, including scientists and teachers,
misunderstand Einstein's famous equation E=MC2

The formula gives the relationship  between mass and energy.
It does not  mean that mass and energy can be converted back and forth.
The same is true of matter and energy: they do not convert back and forth.
They are not different forms of the same "stuff."

I understand how common this misconception is
because I too once operated under the same misunderstanding.
Being able to admit I was wrong allowed me to grow intellectually.
But here is an example of what happens to those
whose egos stand in the way of their ability to learn
(in other words ... people who refuse to admit when they are wrong)

Classic Emails (3 pages)

Ben Best

And here is a video (10:23) which will explain the science in detail:

Why does a hydrogen atom weigh less
than the sum of the masses
of the proton and the electron which make it up?


And here is supporting documentation from ...

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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6/21/16

Obama is asked why he and Hillary are trying to "take away our guns."
(5:35)



Slam dunk Mr. President ... Slam dunk

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6/20/16

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council
got tired of people calling his Christian group "The American Taliban"
so like a little kid on a playground, he threw it back
and called Atheists "The American Taliban."

So who is right?



Game ... set ... and match

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6/19/16

Republicans prove yet again that Democracy is their greatest enemy,
and will attack it whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.
Yet, they don't even bother to try to hide that fact
because they know how incredibly stupid the majority of their base is



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6/18/16

Which is the major culprit in the obesity epidemic ...

Lack of exercise ... or diet?

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6/17/16

How well do Reza Aslan's excuses for Islam
(for example, in the area of female genital mutilation)
stand up to skeptical scrutiny?

Judge for yourself (25:45) ...



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6/16/16

Here's a preview of what it will be like if we destroy our ozone layer

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6/15/16

Neuroscientists at UCLA test subjects for altruism



Taken from the article ...

"Participants whose dorsomedial prefrontal cortex was dampened,
tended to be more generous overall."

"But those whose dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was dampened
tended to be more generous to recipients with higher incomes —
people who appeared to be less in need of a handout."

“Normally, participants would have been expected to give according to need,
but with that area of the brain dampened,
they temporarily lost the ability for social judgments to affect their behavior ....
"

They should have tested them for political affiliation.
Any bets on which group the Republicans would fall into?
That result painted a perfect picture of the Republican psyche.
So now we know why Republicans are so broken ...
their dorsolateral prefrontal cortex has been dampened.

Surely they can make a pill for that?

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6/14/16

Bangladesh finally takes action against marauding gangs of ...

Muslim machete killers

(5 killed and over 3,000 arrested)

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6/13/16

The merchants of death are doing better business than ever;
and who do you think is leading the pack?

We are ... who else?

Death has always been, still is, and likely will continue to be,
one of the biggest moneymakers that the Plutocrats possess.

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6/12/16

How did Tibetans evolve the ability to survive at low-oxygen elevations?

Their ancestors "partied" with a different species of human

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6/11/16

When your immune system jumps into action against an invader,
a sleeping virus (like herpes) just may take advantage of the commotion ...

and begin replicating again

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6/10/16

Texas universities prepare for the legalization of guns on campus

In a related note:
G.P.A.'s at all Texas universities are expected to skyrocket this year

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6/8/16

"Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude
as a means of overcoming destructive emotions;
the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker
allows one to understand the universal reason.
A primary aspect of Stoicism involves improving
the individual's ethical and moral well-being:
'Virtue consists in a will that is in agreement with Nature.'
This principle also applies to the realm of interpersonal relationships;
'to be free from anger, envy, and jealousy,'
and to accept even slaves as equals of other men,
because all men alike are products of nature."

From its founding, Stoic doctrine was popular
with a following in Greece and throughout the Roman Empire —
including the Emperor Marcus Aurelius ...


Now, here is the pertinent part:

"until the closing of all philosophy schools in 529 AD
by order of the Emperor Justinian I,
who perceived their pagan character
as being at odds with the Christian faith.
"

Yep, those ideals were certainly at odds with Christian teaching all right.

The result?

The period that followed was known as "The Dark Ages"
and lasted more than 1,000 years.
It was an era of horrible oppression and unspeakable terror.

Since "The Enlightenment," religion has been viciously enforcing
its control over society in an attempt to cling to power.
With the advent of the internet,
the Enlightenment now has the most powerful weapon, it has ever had.

Stay tuned ... things are just starting to get interesting.

Read more about Stoicism

So how did such a vile worldview like Christianity, overtake and destroy Stoicism?

By combining violence, terrorism, and murder with the threat of eternal torture
against any who dared to challenge them.

They got their first big break when Emperor Constantine elevated the cult
to the status of the offical religion of the Roman Empire.
Then, as pointed out in the article above,
200 years later they cemented their power by destroying their enemies.
Rational thinking was forced into hiding for over a thousand years.
And ever since Rationalism resurfaced,
it has faced a constant battle for survival.

Human history is a shameful disgrace.
We have brought animal extinction
and human destruction wherever we have gone.
The evil religions (omitting Buddhism, for example)
have controlled the Earth for millennia.
But Stoicism lives on through the Rationalists.
The internet is the weapon we have waited for, for over 2,300 years.
We cannot afford to fail humanity again.
We cannot lose again because ...

we may not get another chance

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6/7/16

While Conservative politicians use climate-denial nonsense
to play the fools in their base for their votes,
the Department of Defense cannot afford that luxury ...

and must deal with reality

And here is another hard dose of reality for the climate-deniers ...

and their political cronies

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6/6/16

Tunisia takes a bold step into the modern world

Let's hope they do better than Turkey and Egypt

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6/5/16

Brexit:
on 6/23/16 Britain will vote on ...

whether to remain in the European Union or leave it

If the E.U. leaders could be held accountable to the people,
I would support Britain's participation in the Union.
But as it has been designed, there is no way I can support (for any country)
a non-democratic organization exercising governmental authority.

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6/4/14

Scientists detect smallest force ever measured

42 yoctonewtons

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6/3/16

What's the biggest danger kids face when entering public bathrooms?

It isn't transgender people



Facts just never stop getting in the way ... of Conservative propaganda

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6/2/16

Can you spot the error in this short news story?

(hint: it's near the bottom and concerns the date)

Give up?

This will explain it

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6/1/16

This week's show:
"Theoretical Physicist Asserts That Time Travel Is Possible"
Featuring: "Brian Greene"
(and my responses to it)

The Science Segment was:
"Do X-rays and CT scans cause cancer?"

Listen (18:21)
OR
Read (8 pages)

If you would like to participate in a live debate
contact me at "neo@theskepticarena.com"
to set up the date and time.



5/31/16

If you could read one article that could give you the equivalent
of a Masters Degree in Political Science ... would you read it?

Well, here it is

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