|The southernmost constellation in the whole sky, Octans, is named after a celestial navigation instrument called an octant, which is better than a quadrant, but not as good as a sextant, and no where as good as GPS. Isaac Newton invented the…|
|The constellation of Ophiuchus represents a big guy who figured out how to kill snakes and then bring them back to life. He figured if it worked on snakes it should work on humans too. The gods killed him of course, because…|
So I have not given this a lot of thought nor have i often encountered it in books or conversation. The knee jerk answer is (especially for theists who equate religion with morality and good character) that it enhances empathy.
My guess is that in general the greater the degree of fundamentalism the greater the degree of reduction in empathy. What say you?
|After the Big Dipper, Orion is easily the most known and the most pointed out constellation by the people who recognize at least some of them. There is the obvious belt, although Orion lived BP (Before Pants) so he wears a short skirt, or kilt or such, and below that hangs his…|
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The numbers of missing persons are increasing day by day in Pakistan .…Continue
|There is a constellation way down in the southern part of the sky named Pavo which means Peacock, and its brightest star is named Peacock. Coincidence? Are there really any coincidences? Twenty four hours in a day, twenty four beers in a case. Okay that one maybe. Although…|
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ZOJAIN IS AN ARABIC WORD ACCORDING TO GOOGLE ITS MEANING IS SPOUSES
CHAPTER (51) SŪRAT L-DHĀRIYĀT (THE WIND THAT SCATTER) VERSES 49 KORAN SAYS
وَمِنْ كُلِّ شَیءٍ خَلَقْنَا زَوْجَینِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ”
AND OF ALL THINGS WE CREATED TWO MATES; PERHAPS YOU WILL REMEMBER…Continue
What is the difference between believing that a god actually exists and a delusion?
If someone can give me a reasonable answer I might be willing to change my understanding of reality.
|One of the bigger autumn constellations is in the Perseus group, Pegasus. It's just the front half of a horse, and the wings of course. These figures in the sky are not always the whole figure, sometimes it's half. It's good that they chose to use the front half of the horse…|
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In 2017 nothing gonna change in Pakistan but it will bring a huge wave of extremism & sectarianism. Last ten days of December has very much made this clear. State has not implemented the National action plan which was introduced to eliminate the violence , hate speech & terrorism.
Sunni clerics are openly accusing people for blasphemy & they are crossing the Mount Everest of ignorance but the state is helpless.
At Christmas Shan Taseer wished Merry…
| The story behind the constellations of Perseus and those of his group is an ancient tale that is usually told from the perspective of the hero himself. It's his patriarchal privilege.
There were two brothers, Acrisius and Proetus, who always…
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In the West people are told that Sufis are very peaceful people in Pakistan. Every 2nd day these Sufis come on roads & demand death plenty for Asia Bibi.
I dont like theologies but in west I find Christmas a very healthy & commercial festival. At least Christians in the West don't compel me to believe in their theology thats why i like this festival.
Last night a man attacked a…Continue
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|Most constellations are a Latin word that translates to some generic thing. But a few are their own translation such as a specific person's name. The Phoenix is a unique mythical bird that is pretty much only known as Phoenix, the bird that's hard to get rid of. As we all learned…|
|Pictor is part of the Lacaille Group, the handful of constellations named after a bunch of 18th century stuff by a 18th century French guy. In this case it is the easel which held the artist's canvas in the days before Photoshop. Fun fact, the word "easel" is the old german…|
Pakistan is a corrupt state where the heads of all institutions are morally corrupt & their moral values based on religion.
Big scams are routine matters when new projects are launched. Kickbacks are taken & this becomes a burden for the poor as inflation increases. Nobody cares about this & sometimes the consequences are that people pay with their lives.
Two days ago a flight PK661 crashed & a favourite singer of my childhood died with other 47 people…
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Before I get to the questions I would like to suggest that one of the biggest predictors of a person’s religion is geography. A person born and raised in Alabama is most likely to become a Christian while a person born and raised in Riyadh is most likely to become a Muslim and in India a 95% chance of being a Hindu.
I recently spoke with a Hindu who has very little knowledge of Christianity and even less of Catholicism. We were discussing religious beliefs and I was asked to explain…Continue
|The Autumn constellation of Pisces is a good example of how a group of stars can get a name without being a connect-the-dots sort of thing. It appears to have been started in ancient Mesopotamia by astronomers in the easternmost region of the fertile crescent, or in biblical…|
Time of reckoning. Aliens have arrived. Superior beings are in charge. So much so that the cosmos is understood. All adults are compelled to take a stand as to whether god(s) exist(ed). Answer incorrectly and you are dispatched with extreme prejudice.
Are you tied in knots and filled with fear? Or do you walk into the moment of truth confessional with aplomb?
Is the typical atheist as certain/carefree in giving her answer as the orthodox theist?