Susan J Caine

Winnipeg, Canada

About Susan J

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An idea worth spreading

Ensure that adults (21+) are accountable to at least some degree for their actions. To be completed as able

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fairness, kindness, providing others who want / need assistance with respectful help, (to be completed as able)

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Susan J Caine
Posted over 3 years ago
Against obvious logic, what is the reasonable case for Intelligent Design/God's existence? If not, why is the thought of such so prevalent?
Again, I'm not a scientist, but it seems to me from my limited experiences that at least some of the natural laws and processes are being controlled by Someone more intelligent and powerful than us. For example, I have had 4 different species of bumble bee colonies/homes/nests in my yard. Fascinating and beautiful and very important for my tomatoes and raspberries and hopefully the blackberries I'm playing with, these amazing little bees have the most fascinating lives. At the risk of boring you, I'll describe what I've seen. An obviously new baby bee peeked it's head out of the small exit hole in the ground near the hollyhocks. When he took a look around, he promptly went back down the hole. His babysitter literally pushed him back out of the hole, determined that this baby bee was going to stay out of the nursery, vulnerable and wet. Again, baby bee tried to get back down the hole, but the babysitter blocked his way, all the while flapping his wings, going around in circles, not backing down. Well, baby bee slowly moved his wet wings, fluttering and attempting to get used to the two of them, trying to dry them. It took about 20 minutes and all the while the babysitter was shouting and ordering and stomping and flapping... then I saw baby bee and his newly dried wings attempt his first flight. How cool was that! Flying into the sidewalk, flying sideways into the fence, flying upside down, several times landing on his back on the sidewalk (they are not extremely agile when learning how to become airborne) and then finally he flew a few inches and landed clumsily on his feet. He walked around, fluttered his wings, this time paid attention to the babysitter who never shut up the whole time - and he was successful in flying a few yards landing on a red clover plant. Seriously amazing. The babysitter, satisfied, went back down the hole. I was relieved and exuberant he was successful - and this exquisite bee must have a Someone...
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Susan J Caine
Posted over 3 years ago
Against obvious logic, what is the reasonable case for Intelligent Design/God's existence? If not, why is the thought of such so prevalent?
All of the previous comments appear to be written by very intelligent people. Impressive. I'm going to jump in with a very simple example of what I've seen. I love to garden. I really like to experiment. So I took some pure white flowers and grew them, protected the flowers from being pollinated by the bees, and manually affected the pure white flowers with pollen from some glistening genetically modified flowers that appeared to be mother of pearly - the three year experiment was successful and the results were stunning! I was so proud of those unique fantastic flowers! Well, when I wasn't looking, at night the moths came and laid their eggs and the baby worms ate and burrowed and ate and killed my creation. The plants died of neglect. Sometimes it's called the cycle of life. Seems to me that if Someone isn't watching and protecting and guarding and assisting and providing and all the other gardener-type duties, the best of creation dies. I guess I just don't understand why anyone would believe that if the strongest survive, that's good because in my garden the strongest were the moths, worms, drought, neglect... I'm probably not making any sense. Thank you for letting me join in.
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Susan J Caine
Posted over 3 years ago
2011: what are the 3 things ( in three sentences) that you learned this year watching TED?
I discovered TED about 30 minutes ago and learned at least these 3 things: 1. I am not alone, there are other people like me. 2. I'm going to need more time so I can peruse the many ideas on TED, so I can read intelligent conversations on any topic. 3. Obviously, since TED remained hidden from my view for years, my significant other was right - I'm not really that smart. Thank you for being available to lesser mortals like myself. I'm so glad I found you.