Latest review on History of the Apocalypse

[By Mary W on Goodreads]: I’ll start with the minuses: To be honest, reading it all was a challenge. It is very long and in some parts (I think that) it can be improved or simplified. Minor mistakes here and there. Moreover, later I understood that a minimum of information about the three Abrahamic religions had to be included in the first part of the book – which is like 10% of the book – in order to understand the rest of it, but I find religious dogmas quite dull. Now the pluses. In the second part things became interesting... 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 »

Why the World Is Still Fascinated with Astrology

In the third episode of The Chosen Ones, host Gavin Haynes dives into the world of horoscope-obsessed astrologists based in his London hometown. No matter how developed a society becomes, no matter how much they give rights to gays or develop nuclear fusion technologies, the idea of a future written in stars has been surprisingly potent to all sorts of people who are otherwise brain surgeons or lawyers or run F500 companies. Gavin will put himself in the hands of lunar fixers, Indian Vedic astrologers... See the video »

Jordan Yates asked: "As someone who was religious but became an atheist, is there anything you miss about being religious?"

My attitude regarding death. When I was religious, I accepted death. I knew it must come at a certain point in the future and I accepted that. God decides when I die and I was at peace with this idea. I knew that I am going to be in a better place. It did not matter what I ate or what I did, if I made sports or not, if I was going to die in a revolution or in my bed at night; death was a certitude, it was only a transportation of the self... read more »

Could Predictive Policing Lead to a Real-Life Minority Report? [on SingularityHub]

Everyone knows prevention is better than a cure, and that’s as true for law enforcement as it is for medicine. But there’s little evidence that a growing trend towards “predictive policing” is the answer, and it could even bake in racial bias. Police departments faced with tight budgets are increasingly turning to machine learning-enabled software that can sift through crime data to help predict where crimes are likely to occur and who might commit them. Using... 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 »