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Scott Armstrong


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Does it really matter?

There is a wonderful ongoing battle between religion and science.

Although the two are often pitted together as if they were alternate answers to the same question (which they are not), both schools of belief do put forward theories about the origins of existence. Both are equally far-fetched and interesting.

My question is: does it matter?

Would it help anyone to know, without a doubt, how the universe began? Isn't knowing that a bit like knowing the exact circumstances of one's own death?

Why do people feel the need to choose a camp?

Personally, I don't mind what people believe. Convince me. GO!


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    Oct 23 2013: Hi Scott......GOOD question!

    I don't mind being in the state of "not knowing", and I also like to take in all available information and explore with open mind and heart. So...knowing all the details of how the universe began, would not change my life experience. To me, life is an exploration, and if I get to another place at another time, I will explore that situation with the same curiosity. At the moment, I am NOW HERE......OH.....wait a minute.....maybe I'm NOWHERE....maybe I'm everywhere....ya never know for sure:>)

    Personally, I don't mind what people believe either....as long as those beliefs and practices do not adversely impact other people. Guess I'm not convincing you of anything huh??? Maybe we're in the same camp....don't need to be in a camp??? LOL:>)
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      Oct 23 2013: it's my opinion that we are all in a state of not knowing and that, at best, we only ever think we know. that seems to be good enough for people to get on with it but i wonder at the real disparity between peoples' mental world views.

      I'm a big believer in what we cannot see or understand and that our limited brains are not a curse but a blessing.

      I feel that humanity is on the brink of another renaissance - not revolution or destruction..
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        Oct 23 2013: I agree Scott, that we are all in a state of "not knowing", and sometimes we only "think" we know something. Some people are more accepting of the idea.....some....not so much:>)

        I also feel that humanity is on the brink of another renaissance, which is facilitated by our advanced communication systems like TED:>)
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          Oct 24 2013: Not knowing is one thing but wanting to know and looking for the answers and then taking actions will get you in trouble most of the time when politics are involved.
          I know. Just Google me: Carl G. Mueller, Nam 68.

          Renaissance? The comfortableness of ignorance is the policy?
          Advanced Commutation with dead/dope heads is the same as ignorance?
          My Ideology = Life is over rated by the poor and helpless?
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        Oct 23 2013: Hey Scott,
        I'm curious, what evidence would you point to that we are on the brink of another renaissance? Certainly there is ample evidence to the contrary. I could certainly expound on that for pages. But I'd love to know more about your evidence to the positive.
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          Oct 24 2013: Media - the advent of social media has started it already - people are very wise to mass media and the only folk who haven't really understood this are the mass media propagandists themselves.

          so we are currently undergoing a communication renaissance - we are mired in the Propaganda Age more than ever, but there is now a forum for dialogue instead of the one-way communication devices like TV, film and radio. This has the confusing effect of "what do I believe" in people who think.

          i think we're in the middle of an energy renaissance - admittedly, this will come into full effect once other options have been exhausted - typical humans.

          really, i have no evidence other than my faith in people. the bastards might be running the world but not forever..

          revolution is no good - you must have an alternative ready to go and people ready to put it in place but it's likely to end up no better (and maybe worse) than current systems of government..
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        Oct 24 2013: Carl Mueller.....there is no reply option for your comment.

        "The transitional movement...marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and the beginnings of modern science; movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity ;rebirth; revival".

        I honestly do not understand the meaning of your comment.
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