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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2018)

Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions This is a good explainer for the latest flashpoint in the conflict. It’s worth being very clear about the basic fact that Russia invaded another country, seized part of it’s territory, claimed it as it’s own, fostered a civil war all the while denying all knowledge of it. There were sanctions but nothing more.  Not only has it caused immense problems for Ukraine as a nation but also caused a schism in the Orthodox church. 22 months of Syria’s civil war condensed into a 1-minute…

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The face of the waters

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. So begins the Biblical account of creation. Most Christian accounts tend to focus on the fact that this verse teaches that God created the universe creatio ex nihilo; creation from nothing. In as far as modern science can tell us, that’s a pretty accurate description of the beginning of the universe (although the role of God is hotly…

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God, the universe, clutching at straws & the new high priests

In March of this year in a case of poor translation a Chinese paper on the bio-mechanics of the hand apparently attributed this to the Creator, which did not go down too well. Put simply, it’s incredibly inappropriate to offer up a supernatural entity as an explanation for a biological mechanism in a paper seeking to advance scientific knowledge, no matter what your personal religious beliefs are. If you grow up in the a western liberal society this ‘truth’ forms the background to your education. It’s ‘incredibly inappropriate’ to offer up…

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