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Still all alone

I’m interested in the efforts and interest in finding other intelligent life in the universe which recently took a bit of a knock. On the one hand The “exoplanet” revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien worlds. More exciting, we now have methods where the atmospheres of those worlds may provide indirect evidence — called “bio-signatures” — for the existence of life. Over the next few decades we may finally have data relevant to the question of other life in the universe.…

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The Curiosity Index (24.01.2018)

How Alone We Really Are in one photo Told you so One of the Last Two Dead Sea Scrolls Has Been Decoded It provides illumination not exactly into the Bible but into the debates within Judaism around the time of Jesus. It’s also a good illustration How Archaeology Contributes to Biblical Studies Five reasons the homogeneous church is declining and dying So expect to see more churches that look like this How To Digest Books Above Your “Level” And Increase Your Intelligence This is for those of you who need to…

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The Curiosity Index (17.01.2018)

The six hottest volcanoes to watch in 2018 I think by hottest they mean the most active… Inequality, Privilege, and the Upper Middle Class It’s more complicated than you think. And the same goes for the question Should women and men be paid equally? When Our Heroes Don’t Live Up to Their Theology I never knew George Whitefield was a slave owner. We ‘ll need increasingly to think through how we speak about the ‘heroes’ of the past and do a better job of presenting them flaws and all. Jessica Hahn…

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The Curiosity Index (10.01.2018)

Reading the world: my news project for 2018 I love this idea of learning about the world by getting your news from different places. Man Declared Dead by 3 Doctors Wakes Up in Morgue Just Hours Before Autopsy Lucky man. The 2018 Procession of the Black Nazarene This set of photos is remarkable but also disturbing. There’s something about this type of religious mania that I don’t understand and I’m fairly sure is not healthy. Three Reasons to Read to Our Kids And they are three good reasons. Although if it’s…

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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2017)

I’m not giving up on this because I know there are thousands of you (that’s totally made up) who can’t wait to see what I’m linking to (that’s also made up). But I am going to have a tweak with the format a little to see if there are some more interesting ways of presenting the links. Let’s try this. News of the day Actually I read this on Saturday but still: British aid worker shot dead in Nigeria after singing Amazing Grace which illustrates that being a Christian can be a…

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We are alone in the universe

It seems the question, is there other intelligent life (or any kind of life for that matter) in the universe continues to be a bothersome one for some of Earth’s brightest minds. Let me make this easy. We are alone. Completely and utterly alone. Even if we weren’t the chances of ever encountering anything in your lifetime or the lifetime of your great-great-great-great-great-grandchild is so infinitesimally small, that you might as well be. Estimates (or if we’re honest complete guesses and pulling numbers out of, ahem, space) say there must…

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