Jonny Green

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Jonny Green
Posted about 4 years ago
Creationism. Why? and thoughts..
Hi Jack, In my experience Creationism was born by a lack of knowledge, in the sense that there used to be huge gaps in peoples' knowledge about various scientific subjects, and as a result, rather than try to accomplish the huge task of explaining the world around us, these people simply made up a story to help patch over the gaps. I agree with you that it is indeed dangerous, as the spreading of ignorance always is, and as we know religion is the force that drives these beliefs, a fundamental belief of religious scripture can never be healthy for a person! I follow various blogs of which some are written by proactive atheists where I learned recently that most creationist blogs and similar websites get relatively low traffic compared to the scientific, atheist counterparts. All I can say is keep spreading the good word! Science is the future and the more we can eradicate ignorance the greater we can spread the knowledge and wonder of the world around us.
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Jonny Green
Posted about 4 years ago
is Koran scientifically a miracle?
I was brought up Jewish and believed many different things which upon becoming an independent minded person I discovered to be untrue (biblical history etc) and as a result I am now a firm atheist. I feel SR that you need to look at the Koran without your religious bias getting in the way, as I do now when it comes to Jewish literature and Scripture. Believing that the Koran "predicted" scientific fact is not only unrealistic, but also a good example of how data can be manipulated to fit a cause. Other examples of this phenomenon are the bible codes, which allegedly prove that the bible predict events that have happened after it's writing (such as 9/11). With such a large book with so many letters, it is highly likely that by using certain mathematical formulae it would be possible to find words and even paragraphs, which allegedly "prove" anything! I refer you back to Richard Dawson's mentioning of the Infinite monkeys/typewriters analogy. The fact of the matter is, that using the Koran, you cannot say to any of us that, "X will be discovered in the future (lets say a complete understanding of gravity) and here is paragraph Y that proves it will happen that way". Maybe in the future when we have that knowledge somebody will look back through the Koran to find a paragraph of metaphor that suits the theory, but that will in no way be proof that the Koran explain gravity! "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3) This quote here is not proof that the bible predicts atomic structure or the presence of tiny particles, it is simply a metaphor referring to the belief that God created the world (by the word of God) and that God (and indeed his words) are invisible to the normal person! I fear that in the future you will see the folly of your beliefs! But you are entitled to them nonetheless! Richard D you are a beacon of reason and logic!
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Jonny Green
Posted about 4 years ago
How to achieve your potential when you don't know what you want to achieve?
Hi James, it's always nice to hear from somebody who is a fellow Leodensian! This is sound advice and I guess even when you know something, it helps to hear it from the mouth of somebody who isn't your grandma! I guess the fact that my mind is so active, combined with being a total cynic hasn't done me any favours! Thanks for your thoughts and keep posting!
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Jonny Green
Posted about 4 years ago
dynamic speed limits on roads
Interesting idea for sure, however consider this: You are on a road (straight) with two lanes. We have three drivers of varying skill, and as such they are limited to 110, 60 and 50 km/h respectively. Driver 60 wants to overtake driver 50, which he/she can do with ease by simply manoeuvring into the next lane. Driver 110 is rushing along at his legally allowed speed in the the second lane (which 60 wishes to move into). If driver 60 fails to judge how fast driver 110 is going then we have an imminent accident. We can see quite clearly that although driver 60 was judged to be a better driver than driver 50, it was this "better" driver who has caused the accident. There are many problems with this idea but it is an interesting concept nonetheless!