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  1. No. but I would say far more than that live in peace - so their religion (or lack of one) has nothing to do with it.
  2. Meth, opiates, ganja & brain damage don't mix too well.
  3. Less than a third of the world population - even if you lump all of the sects together.
  4. That doesn't leave much - so why bother at all.
  5. As it happens; I am, by education, an Astrophysicist and by occupation a Computer Consultant. I suspect I know far more about both Physics and Programming than you - who have only so far displayed almost total ignorance in both areas.
  6. It doesn't take as long as an hour to scan a bunch of endlessly repetitive, content free waffle. I even downloaded the PDF of your so-called paper & tried to make sense of that piece of gibberish. You totally mangled my previous post when you "quoted" it. I said: Hypothesis? Nowhere to be found. Model? Nowhere to be found. Predictions? Nowhere to be found. Experimental test? Non existent. So, science? Not even close. You changed it to: Hypothesis? (Disproof/falsification) Model? Yes, See paper. Predictions? Yes, See paper. Experimental test? See predictions. So, science? Yes. This is, to say the least, extremely offensive.
  7. Hypothesis? Nowhere to be found. Model? Nowhere to be found. Predictions? Nowhere to be found. Experimental test? Non existent. So, science? Not even close.
  8. You are struggling (extremely unconvincingly) to say there is a God .
  9. No. "Fumigation" is what they will have to do to the WH after the Trump creature leaves.
  10. The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious https://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2017/08/the-origin-of-complex-life-on-earth-just-got-a-little-less-mysterious/
  11. What do you think the "initial intentions" of religions are?
  12. Why is gold still valuable if it's not money anymore? Might make more sense if the question read: Why is money still valuable if it's not gold anymore?
  13. The amount of gold used works out to about 1 troy ounce per 1000 smartphones (or approximately 500 PCs). That works out at around $1.3 per smartphone ($2.6 per PC). Not really terribly expensive - but multiply by the billions of these devices in the world and you have a pretty good market.
  14. Completely wrong. Gold is a good conductor and does not oxidise - there is no substitute. Gold plating on contacts is used in the interior of almost all electronic devices so it is absolutely not decorative in this application.
  15. From wikipedia: When crystals of a number of metallic salts are dropped into a solution of water glass, simple or branching stalagmites of coloured metal silicates are formed. This phenomenon has been used by manufacturers of toys and chemistry sets to provide instructive enjoyment to many generations of children from the early 20th century until the present. An early mention of crystals of metallic salts forming a "chemical garden" in sodium silicate is found in the 1946 Modern Mechanix magazine. Metal salts used included the sulfates and/or chlorides of copper, cobalt, iron, nickel, and manganese. (Water glass = Sodium Silicate.)
  16. I gave you +1 to neutralise them.
  17. Try http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4360 - some browsers don't seem to be able to handle https:// addresses properly.
  18. There is an old mathematicians joke about infinity - it goes something like this: Question: You find an infinitely long piece of string. Where do you cut it to get two equal pieces? Answer: Anywhere you like. Question: How do you get three equal pieces? Answer: Cut it anywhere you like. Then run alongside it for an infinite distance and cut it again.
  19. This was thoroughly debunked years ago. See https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4360
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