Justin Lovell

Homo sapien, Earth
Johannesburg, South Africa

About Justin

Bio

Information Technology for 15 years. I love data, there is so much of it, but we use so little of it, it forms patterns and is recursive but we just don't seem to get it ... can I?

Areas of Expertise

Business intelligence, Data Warehousing

An idea worth spreading

its in my head somewhere I know it ...

I'm passionate about

Living forever

Talk to me about

Anything

My TED story

Conception ...

Comments & conversations

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Justin Lovell
Posted over 3 years ago
Is there such a thing as "knowing too much"
I don' think knowledge can be classified good or bad, rather it is what is done with that knowledge which can be good or bad. You could compare knowledge to being an ingredient required in the process to produce something. What gets produced is good or bad but without the ingredient there is nothing. For example: Baking a cake requires ingredients but how you use and combine them determines the goodness or the badness of the cake. You can never have enough ingredients, if you did you would be limiting yourself to produce the same cake over and over again. Having said that though opens another question "who deteremines or catagorizes what is good or is bad?". Wisdom = the application of knowledge = good/bad
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Justin Lovell
Posted over 3 years ago
Why don't people believe in God?
Christophe I agree with you that true science rests upon making no default assumptions otherwise it would just be a belief, however, you made a comment recently saying "I would not ask people to "believe" evolution. I would point out that not accepting the theory of evolution would be ignoring a lot about what is known about reality." Permit me please ... The simplest known self-reproducing organism (H39 strain of Mycoplasma) has 625 proteins averaging 400 amino acids each. However, some contend that, theoretically, one might get by with 124 such proteins. What are the chances of one of these proteins of 400 “left-handed” amino acids forming from a mixture of both “right-” and “left-handed” ones? One chance in 10120 (1 followed by 120 zeros). However, for this nonexistent cell 124 proteins are needed. What are the chances of spontaneously forming that many, all from “left-handed” molecules? One chance in 1014,880. But these amino acids cannot be tied together just indiscriminately; they must be in the right sequence. To get these 124 proteins, averaging 400 “left-handed” amino acids each, with the acids in the correct sequence, the chances are 1 in 1079,360. If we wrote out this last number in full (1 followed by 79,360 zeros)! Dr. Emil Borel, an authority on probabilities, said that if there is less than a 1 in 1050 chance for something to happen, it will never happen, no matter how much time is allowed. And that number could be written in less than two of these lines. It is also particularly pertinent to point out that the eminent theoretical physicist, Eugene P. Wigner, gave an elegant and rigorous proof from group theory, that the probability for spontaneous existence of a self-reproducing unit of any kind is zero.” So my response would be "I would ask people to "believe" evolution as a default assumption if they want to. I would point out that accepting the theory of evolution would be ignoring a lot about what is known about probability."
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Justin Lovell
Posted over 3 years ago
Why don't people believe in God?
Its interesting to see how people who believe and people who dont believe in God respond in the same emotional way. Here is an interesting thought ... Scientific research is limited—restricted to what humans can actually observe or study. Otherwise it is mere theory or guesswork. Scientist Vincent Wigglesworth of Cambridge University observed that the scientific method itself is “a religious approach.” How so? “It rests upon an unquestioning faith that natural phenomena conform to ‘laws of nature.’” So when someone rejects belief in God, is he not simply exchanging one type of faith for another?