Before killing seven CIA agents in a suicide attack in Pakistan in 2009, the terrorist Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi took a video of himself, in which – among other things – he expressed satisfaction with the fact of soon meeting his victims, when he is in paradise and they are suffering in hell.
The planned suicide [...]
How do you teach “History”? Israeli Ministry of Education apparently solved this puzzle. The solution: It’s not the contents, but rather the title, that matters.
I’ve been volunteering for several months, helping small children in the age of 10 years or so with their homework from school. Many of them attend what is known as the [...]
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 [...]
Too many people have contacted me recently about stories that concern NDE (Near-Death Experiences).
It appears that people are willing to be convinced by just about anything. Things that are unknown (or even things that are known – but not to them), are easily supplemented (or replaced) by personal interpretations.
Take NDE for example: Near-Death Experiences have [...]
Religious preachers, inspired by religious authorities, often tend to describe certain (if not all) religious claims as being symmetric to opposing scientific or other claims. You say evolution created humans? We say God did. Why should your so-called theory be better than mine? You say religion coerces its rules on secular people? We say secularism [...]
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 [...]