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LAW AND DISORDER

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 6. 6 Replies

I sent a copy of my collection of poems and essays, Could a “Heat Death” be Necessary for Life? to New Mexico physicist and writer, Dave Thomas, written under my pen name of Kane S. Latranz. I was…Continue

Tags: law, disorder, order, second, evolution.

What if Belief in a Higher Power is Not Belief in Anything Supernatural?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jimmy Jun 9. 107 Replies

I happen to believe in a higher power but do not believe in anything supernatural. I'm sure this has a lot to do with my coming to my belief as a fairly science literate, science positive person who…Continue

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Unseen replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'LAW AND DISORDER'
"But crystallization is the opposite of crumbling. My answer would probably be that entropy is a trend or tendency, not a law applying to every single thing that happens in the universe."
Dec 6
Mike Donohoe replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
"Gotchya. I appreciate it. :) Thought you might be making my case that some people could lighten up a little. Lol."
Dec 3
Mike Donohoe replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
"And to put a finer point on it, I do not imagine that The Twilight Zone episode came on at my beck and call. It could of course simply have been a somewhat surprisingly exact  coincidence. If it was to be thought of as anything other than a…"
Dec 3
Mike Donohoe replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
"Right. I know there are always labels and disorders for perspectives that fall outside of a simple cause and effect view. I think there is a tendency to accept the explanation that feels most comfortable whether or not it is absolutely accurate. I…"
Dec 3
Mike Donohoe replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
"Interesting. My mindset is such that I think there are patterns to things; patterns to the unfolding of reality itself. I am fairly science literate and I respect science on the whole and find it interesting, but I think there are factors that may…"
Dec 3
Mike Donohoe replied to Unseen's discussion '"We need a national discussion about race"...or do we?'
"Awesome. :)"
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Mike Donohoe replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'LAW AND DISORDER'
"I will have to look into that. :) I did explore how Stephen Hawking's water glass came about in the first place, from the melting of silica sand, that sand being the result of crumbling quartz."
Dec 2
Unseen replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'LAW AND DISORDER'
"Ah, but how to explain crystalization in terms of entropy? (asked with tongue somewhat in cheek)"
Dec 2
Mike Donohoe replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'LAW AND DISORDER'
"I will try to work on this some more in a bit but it should be at least readable now. Have to run. ._."
Dec 2
Mike Donohoe replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'LAW AND DISORDER'
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Mike Donohoe replied to Unseen's discussion '"We need a national discussion about race"...or do we?'
"Well said. Ever since the endless scandals of the 90s, I purposely avoid the media because it is primarily irrelevant horse shit. And I say that in a very loving and supportive way. I am a Tumblr addict, and that site has been consumed with the…"
Dec 2
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LAW AND DISORDER

I sent a copy of my collection of poems and essays, Could a “Heat Death” be Necessary for Life? to New Mexico physicist and writer, Dave Thomas, written under my pen name of Kane S. Latranz. I was honored when he invited me to speak at the November meeting of New Mexicans for Science and Reason about how the theoretical heat death lends to the existence of Earth and life, and how the second law of thermodynamics, commonly abbreviated as entropy, supports our existence.I'm not attached to the…See More
Dec 2
Gallup's Mirror replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'What if Belief in a Higher Power is Not Belief in Anything Supernatural?'
"Aw, come on, Davis. You don't get it. Consciousness and lack of consciousness are the same thing. Take a large pepperoni pizza as an example. I mean, what's the difference aside from one pepperoni pizza being conscious and the other is…"
Jun 9
Davis Goodman replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'What if Belief in a Higher Power is Not Belief in Anything Supernatural?'
"I never claimed that the world doesn't have a higher power. What I did claim was: if by higher power you mean a super natural higher power...then the universe doesn't have a higher power. There is most certainly a difference between…"
Jun 7
Davis Goodman replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'What if Belief in a Higher Power is Not Belief in Anything Supernatural?'
"If by "higher power" you mean following rules that are unavoidable (like gravity) then yes...a world that is a deterministic one has a higher power. If by higher power you mean one that is conscious or supernatural or a fabric of galactic…"
Jun 7

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I am a published writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, an artist, and a rogue intellectual. I am not a Christian or a believer in Genesis as literal truth but gave up on atheism after some years. Among the reasons for this are the fact that I realized atheism was my way of allowing religious whacks to define me. There are a lot of alternatives other than Darwinism or Biblical Creationism.
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Hopefully to engage in intelligent conversation. Is agnosticism a more truly objective stance than atheism? What's the deal with order and disorder, entropy, and complexity? Is a statistical tendency toward disorder really the only thing that demonstrates the arrow of time?
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Why don't you have atheism among the religions I left? I left it for any number of reasons, among them that it has far too much in common with the mindset of the fundamentally ill for my tastes.
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Could a "Heat Death" be Necessary for Life? The Second Law Redefined

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

We have met the "heat death" of the universe in progress, and it is... us?



EXCERPT "Organic cells form, reproduce, and die within complex organisms that are born, reproduce, and die, within species and civilizations that eventually result in new species and civilizations or simply carry on until they become extinct. All because stars are born, die, and are replaced, some former and current stars facilitating habitable planets and life."…

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Of Alternate Universes and Picobiliphytes

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

When I became interested in The Big Bang Theory, at some point it occurred to me that if there was one Big Bang, why couldn't there have been more, in the past, at this instant for all we know, and indefinitely into the future? Then I came across the multiverse hypothesis. I have two issues with this idea, first officially coined by William James in 1895. My first question is whether alternate hypothetical universes would really qualify as other universes. Whatever the origin of… Continue

A Walk on the Beach

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 5:00pm 3 Comments

Fractal geometry swept through popular culture notably around the turn of the millennium. Many have a sense of fractals as the most visual aspect of chaos theory, coined by mathematician, Benoit Mandelbrot. On some level fractals and other aspects of chaos theory seem difficult if not impossible to exactly pin down, even by many scientists, yet intuitively the essence is easily grasped.

Almost any kid in a high chair notices that broccoli looks like little trees. It also resembles the… Continue

Christians Help to Keep Ancient Egyptian God Alive.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

I don't have enough here for a blog of any decent length but any of you who were not aware of this fact may find it amusing. The ancient Egyptian patriarchal deity, Ammon, is known by many variations of his name. I would say ultimately patriarchal as he was believed to have ejaculated the cosmos into existence. Big Bang, indeed. =) Among his names is that of Amen. Add to this the Egyptian belief that as long as your name is spoken it sustains you in the afterlife,… Continue

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At 1:42am on April 28, 2010, Wesley gave Mike Donohoe a gift
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Because you are doing a fine job!
At 5:11pm on February 20, 2010, Allegra said…
The illustrations are mine, yes. I'm glad that you like those especially. ^_^

The way I look at it is, if alcohol is legal, marijuana should be too. Alcohol can cause death. Pot can't. Did you know that to die of an overdose of THC, you'd have to smoke your body weight in pot?
At 3:44pm on February 20, 2010, Allegra said…
I'd recommend reading JtHM first, since that was Vasquez's first comic book. Squee! and I Feel Sick are both about characters from jthm that played lesser parts originally.
At 6:39pm on February 19, 2010, Allegra said…
JtHM, Fillerbunny, Squee! and I Feel Sick are all sitting on my bookcase as we speak. Which is your favorite, or have you only read Filler?
At 9:57pm on February 10, 2010, Reggie said…
Interesting hypothesis about dingos and Shibas. I suppose that it is possible! And I don't blame that cat from fearing the Pepe LePew look.
At 11:07pm on February 8, 2010, Reggie said…
Thanks, Mike. They are both Shiba Inu, a Japanese hunting dog. So, I'd keep them away from Mr. Biggles. Of course, they have only been successful in hunting crickets so far, Mr. Biggles actually may have nothing to fear. And welcome to T|A!
At 9:49pm on February 8, 2010, Wesley said…
Hey Mike... I agree.. If I'm going to call myself anything its going to be what I am.... not what I don't believe in... So I consider myself a natural humanist. I think we haven't scratched the surface of the natural yet......much less speak of exploring its depths that its ludicrous and hubristic to the nth degree to posit a 'SUPER-natural' . Lets finish exploring the natural first before we posit anything beyond it. In light of this I'm not going to let 'religion' be my sole focus in life.
That said.. I'm certainly going to stand up when religion inpinges upon my rights and freedoms and the rights and freedoms of others.
 
 
 

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