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I disagree with your terminology. Human history did not disappear 5000 years ago. Rather, WRITTEN history appeared 5000 years ago. The idea of writing was revolutionary. I recall reading that the idea of writing has only been developed three times in human history, in the Middle East, in Mesoamerica and in the Far East.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723709)

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The Lorentz factor gamma is given by gamma = 1 / sqrt (1-beta^2) where beta is v/c. The mass, and thus the inertia, is given by M = gamma * M0, M0 being the rest mass. So at 0.5c, the mass will have increased by about 15%. A noticeable effect, but not huge. At 0.9c the mass will have increased by about 130%. The idea of a light sail has been around for quite a while. The original idea was to use the light pressure from the Sun to propel the craft. After the invention of the laser, using ground based lasers became an option. Some sci-fi stories have explored this idea. I believe the Moties in the Mote in God's Eye used it to propel their craft. I also think it was used in Footfall by the aliens to get to our system. But then, those two stories were both written by Niven & Pournelle. (Both books are quite good.) The idea has also been proposed to use lasers, fired into a reflective/ablativ e shield on the bottom of a craft to propel it into orbit, saving the massive weight of fuel needed by chemical rockets. I saw a program some time back where there was a competition for ideas to push a space elevator up to geosynchronous orbit. Real models were used, and several were using the laser rocket idea to push the elevator up the tether.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723705)

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In a way, there is not such thing as "near the speed of light" when you are looking at yourself. You can measure what fraction of the speed of light something else is traveling relative to you. But keep in mind there is no absolute frame of reference. From your personal frame of reference, you always appear to be standing still. Standing here on Earth, there is a galaxy many billions of lightyears away that is traveling .95 c from your perspective, and you are standing still. But from an observer on a planet in that galaxy, he sees himself as standing still and YOU traveling at .95 c. Inertia is present in all mass, and is increasing at any velocity. It is just that the increase is very very tiny until a substantial fraction of the speed of light is obtained. But this increase in inertia is seen by an outside observer, not by an inside observer. To the inside observer, it looks the same as it always did. Relativity is screwy. And if relativity is screwy, quantum mechanics is downright batsh*t crazy.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723105)

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Why is it that "shut up" means to "shut down your mouth"?  (May 1, 2014 | post #723104)

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IIRC, "In God We Trust" was fist put on money during the Civil War when it was thought a little extra help from God wouldn't hurt. It wasn't all all coins and bills at first. It just came to be that way as time passed. BTW, the Treasury tried recently to issue a coin with In God We Trust engraved on the edge instead of the face. It was less visible, and the usual crop of persecuted Christians let loose a mournful cry because the phrase was less visible. The idea was dropped.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722777)

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I don't know about the concept of "good and evil", but the concept of a battle between good and evil comes from Zoroastrianism. This was a religion in ancient Babylon predating the conquest of Israel. The Hebrew priests adopted it while exiled in Babylon and brought it back to Judea when the exile ended. Zoroastrianism has a god of good (Ahura Mazda) and a god of evil (whose name I can't recall). The Hebrews assigned those roles to Yahweh and Satan.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722773)

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Bookmarked for later perusal. I have watched the Psychology of Belief in the past when you put up the links. Quite good.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722772)

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And sadly, this anti-science stance has severe consequences to us all. While the science of the Big Bang doesn't have any measurable effect on our daily lives, other branches of science such as climate and the environment do. Look at how many of our congressmen and senators are against environmentalism and deny global warming. Some of their anti-scientism is a result of political ideology, but it is also heavily rooted in religion as well. For some of them it is hard to tell where the ideology stops and the religiosity begins.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722771)

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Lucky you. I was raised in a very religious household. We went to church every time the doors opened.  (Apr 28, 2014 | post #722436)

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Rahat Husain at Communities Digital News reports... Quote Last week, the world’s first ever “Anti Shia Alliance” convention was held in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The event was attended by thousands of participants, who called for “jihad” against Shia Muslims. Several government officials were in attendance. During the conference, a Shiite journalist who was covering the program for Ahlulbait Indonesia, reported being detained, interrogated, and beaten by group organizers and attendees. … The alliance is a coalition of various groups who all maintain an anti-Shia agenda, including the Anti-Heresy Front, led by Ahmad bin Zein al-Kaff. In a speech, bin Zein al-Kaff said “It’s time that we declared jihad against them… We should not tolerate them anymore.” Another part of the alliance, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had its members attend wearing black ski masks and camouflage clothing, with shirts that said “Heresy Hunters.” End quote We see yet another example of how divisive religion is, and in this case a rather extreme example as beating of other human beings is being called for. And I can just hear the Christians shouting "But that's Islam!" But they should read (or remember) a bit of history. The Thirty Years War was in the mid-1600's. Protestants and Catholics fought each other with great spite. In some cases, such as the English Civil War, one Protestant sect fought tooth and nail with another Protestant sect. And the hatreds and killing from that time extended into the modern era. Is wasn't very long ago that Protestant and Catholics were still carrying out that war in Northern Ireland, killing each other with great glee. I will admit that there was a great deal of politics involved in these conflicts, but religion was a major factor in those politics.  (Apr 28, 2014 | post #722206)

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Now that is a real belly laugh. Given the number of things you believe that are without evidence, your claim to objective truth is a joke.  (Apr 28, 2014 | post #722096)

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Because ***I*** can't prove Santa Claus doesn't exist, ***YOU*** win??? Sorry, the game doesn't work that way.  (Apr 27, 2014 | post #721698)

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Yes. Very good mystery stories plus wonderful exposure to Navaho culture. BTW, Robert Redford made 2 or 3 movies from the Hillerman books for PBS. IIRC, Skinwalkers was the first one. They were fairly good, though they did deviate somewhat from the books. I just might have to look those up and see if I can watch them online.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #721352)

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You can see this in a lot of places around the world. For example, in Mexico the RCC is THE religion, yet in many places aspects of the old Indian religions hold on. On holy days, the locals will parade around with statues of their saints, but this comes from their old practice of parading statues of their gods. There are a lot of other rites which they have carried over. On a slightly different note, this brings to mind Tony Hillerman for some reason. He was a white American that took a great interest in Navaho culture. He ended up writing a number of books about a Navaho detective with the reservation police and the crimes he worked on. There is a lot of the Navaho culture presented. Quite good books, though the last one was a bit weak (IMHO). I suspect that was because he was ill and dying, which often happens with authors (sadly).  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #721163)

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