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What do mystics experience?

For thousands of years, there have been mystics who describe an experience of a transcendent reality that most humans beings do not have.  In different cultures and religions, this experience takes various forms, but they all seem to revolve around a loss of a sense … Continue reading

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I thought that I had written the shortest book on all of time in 6 chunks and 86 events. But I am humbled by Marc Brecy who has condensed 13+ billion years into a two-minute video.   It’s impressive. All … Continue reading

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Organic soup or hot bubbles?

For eighty years, scientists have had a theory about how and where life got started on Earth.  It’s known as the Organic Soup theory, which suggests that early life got started in a soup of methane, ammonia and water that … Continue reading

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What’s really scary isn’t Halloween

Like Christmas, Halloween was originally a pagan feast adopted by the Roman church to fit Christian theology.  For the Druids it was a Festival of the Dead, and it remained full of dread until modern times. The origin of witches goes back much further … Continue reading

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Bread and Freedom

Following the successful overthrow of governments in Tunisia and Egypt the western media continue to report demonstrations and unrest throughout much of the Middle East.  The commentators and politicians often suggest that the primary demand is for freedom and democracy, but … Continue reading

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What happened before the Big Bang?

Roger Penrose, a distinguished cosmologist at Oxford University, is publishing a new book, Cycles of Time, in which he argues that our universe did not begin  with the Big Bang. He thinks we can see in otherwise inexplicable patterns of low … Continue reading

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100 million and still surviving

In the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens stands a Giant Redwood tree call the “Dawn Redwood.”  It stands more than 70 feet tall – the height of an eight-story building. But its height is not what makes it special.  It’s special … Continue reading

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