Latest review on History of the Apocalypse

[BookLife]: Negru, who describes himself as neither a believer nor an atheist, didn’t use the popular phrase “a brief history” in his title for good reason. At 581 pages, the tome is anything but. Negru reminds readers that fascination with the apocalypse isn’t a recent cultural obsession; rather, it’s been a subject of intense interest since the earliest days of recorded history, as evinced by the doctrinal beliefs of all three Abrahamic religions. He also points out that the phrase the end of the world can be interpreted various ways, such... read more »

The messianic phenomenon

The Messiah. Every person has a different image in mind when hearing this word. Some see a shinning man dressed in white gloriously descending from heaven surrounded by angels; others see a great human being leading a group of people to victory in a great war, while others might imagine him as a king sitting on a throne. But who or what is the Messiah? Is he a man? A half-god? God himself? What is his purpose? Will he bring the end of the world? Will he fight against the Antichrist or another evil character at the end of times? The answer to all these questions... read more »

5 Things That Will Happen When Aliens Arrive

Stephen Hawking has been quoted as saying that it is perfectly rational to assume intelligent life exists somewhere in the universe. But while the discovery of life on another world may sound exciting, Hawking also believes that if a race of beings were sufficiently advanced enough to reach us, they would pose a huge threat to everyone and everything here on Earth. How will our first interactions with a visiting alien civilization take place? Observation would likely be followed by covert visitation by the aliens in order to... See the video »

Ed Loomis asked: "What is your view on religion in general?"

My view: - religion is a reminiscence of the past mindset which has managed and will manage for a long time to survive in this world because it relies on fear (fear is a powerful survival mechanism which overrides reason, if the latter is not developed enough). - given the fact that religion has been so much among us, I’m a little worried that it might have become a part of our brain functionality; exactly like the adult people in the prehistoric times who ate cow milk until they were able to properly digest it. - religion does... read more »

We Could Back Up The Entire Internet On A Gram Of DNA [on Seeker]

DNA is basically nature's hard drive. Humans are the result of a three-dimensional computer program, written in tiny compounds wound up inside the nucleus of all our cells. It's a set of instructions, coded and saved that our bodies write and read to build proteins, construct cells, and perform thousands of other tasks. Genetic engineering is basically us trying to hack our own hard drives, and we're learning more about the possibilities of accomplishing this every day. But... read more »

Review: Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2014) by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Even if you never heard or seen Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking, when you start reading the book you immediately realize that he is very intelligent. Why? For the simple fact that he has the gift of making complicated things look simple, accessible to anyone. It is one thing to be an expert in your field, and a totally different thing to be able to explain your field to people who have no idea about it. In this aspect Neil deGrasse Tyson excels. His style is relaxed... read more »