From the chapter ‘All Is Foreseen Yet Freedom of Choice Is Given’, from the book ‘Games of Awareness‘.
… A slightly different topic, yet related to our current conversation, is the old debate about ‘What if…’. In many cases, this phrase is used innocently, replacing future tense by past tense: Instead of asking: ‘What will you [...]
Today is the Jewish “Yom Kippur”.
It’s a day full of contradictions, some of which are rather odd.
According to the Jewish “Halacha” (religious laws and tradition), it used to be a happy day, in which men chose women for the purpose of establishing a family. According to the same “Halacha” it is now a sacred day, [...]
“Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about”
‘Strawberry Fields Forever‘, The Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1966
Given God’s religious definition, it is impossible to prove the existence of God.
Part 1 – Some definitions and basic conclusions
Rene Descartes‘ idea of our entire world being no more than something found in our mind, is well [...]
That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Recently I’ve been confronted with an increasing number of people who are in the process of leaving their religion, but find it difficult.
They may say they’ve already found out the [...]
I got the idea for this page from a beautiful article, in which the author said: “Computerized ‘life’ games re-created a whole biosphere, with all its orientation and complexity, without the codes for generating ‘grass eaters’ and all the rest being programmed by anyone.”
Can simple processes of replication and survival really create more complex forms [...]
Let us build a small mathematical model for Judaism. Though it is full of Mitzvah’s, regultaions and edicts, the mathematicians among us will notice immediately that even if those are many, there is a finite amount of them. Altogether, we shall name them ‘rules’ and call the set of rules by the letter P. Since [...]
The original article in Hebrew appeared here
Among religious preachers, especially Orthodox Jewish ones, there are many references to the amusing discussion on the alleged vast knowledge of our holy ancestors about the exact length of the moon cycle, also known as the synodic month, which is the basis for the Jewish calendar as well as [...]
Circular logic of one kind or another is common in many religions. Christianity teaches us to believe in God because the Bible tells us to, and that the Bible must be correct because God wrote it. Not allowing to question and doubt is also some sort of circular defense mechanism of religions: Questioning means you’re [...]
“’Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.’” – ‘Through the Looking-Glass’, Lewis Carroll
I had an argument recently with someone over the Internet. It had to do with the origins of the Hebrew names for God, as [...]
(Original version in Hebrew by Naor Livne, may be found here)
The Daily Planet’s roof.
Superman is standing on the roof, looking down. Even an ordinary man with no super powers would notice the situation down below is far from ideal. The town is on fire, and in the few places still untouched by the fire, the [...]