jimmydasaint

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  1. I don't know. Of course I see the advantages, but how far do we go? Do we then get to the point where people can pay extra to have their babies engineered to have superb muscles or desirable features or to have super-learning abilities. How far before economic decisions affect the children we have. Will Western people then start a savings account for college and another for genetically engineering their children? I am in two minds here.
  2. As long as the dragon has provided scriptural exegesis in the form of three or more books revealed by the messengers of the dragon to three or four unusual individuals and which serves to give peace to one quarter of the world's population and offers a story to why humans are on Earth and provides them with a purpose and moral parameters - yes. If the dragon also states that love of others, mercy and forgiveness are the order of the day and that the dragon's personal qualities of mercy and generosity are to be reflected by its creations-yes. If the dragon offers a way to true peace on Earth with a promise of the essence of a soul reaching an eternal reward- yes. You cannot just posit an invisible dragon and then assign no personal qualities to it. The acceptance of the dragon is contingent on its absolute, and not relative qualities.
  3. Agreed, IMO, he thought that belief had an infinite reward whilst the opposite had a negative effect.
  4. It probably had more importance in Pascal's times about 350 years ago. You can live a perfectly moral life for the sake of it as I said earlier but in Pascal's time, there were only two choices to the gamble.
  5. I agree, you could lead a superb life for the sake of it and it would be rewarding as well. However, and I am hoping I do not misquote Pascal here, you would need faith in God, real or not, to get to Heaven. But I suspect that you are going to answer that a version of Heaven and peace can be attained in this existence and I would respect your belief, if this is the case.
  6. There are some real scumbags on my estate. One of these stole my Carrera bike from my back door. Initially, I wanted to throw a brick through the suspect's window but I rationalised that if I did not take the higher moral and rational ground, I would have become a scumbag as well. And I could not have that on my conscience.
  7. I will have to refer to the OP, before we go off on to a tangent: If God does not exist and we follow a moral code, which, in the West, is based on the old Christian moral code, we then live a moral existence before the end of our existence. We, as moral characters of action have had a positive effect on society.
  8. Well, if you go along with the wager idea, and it has been criticised of course, then the Abrahamic religions would consider Heaven to be eternal, eating grapes, playing the lyre etc...
  9. It is a bet a wager, but the two sides of the coin land on eternity in Hell or eternity in Heaven.
  10. https://www.gotquestions.org/Pascals-wager.html So you may or may not believe in God. However, rationality or reason cannot take us all the way to pure belief. Disbelief may not be 100% either. does Pascal give us a reasonable way to live, with eternity in the afterlife to follow?
  11. Are the prices on this site too expensive? Wholesalers
  12. Now retired early after 22 years of Science teaching.  Emotional farewell to classes last week. No time for leisure - bills still have to be paid!

    1. zapatos

      zapatos

      Congratulations! Hope you enjoy this next phase of your life!!

    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Thank  you zapatos. I went back to the school today just to look at it and remember all the fun experiments I did there.  It was my chance to say goodbye but I still felt a tug to the heartstrings.  I will be now hanging my "arse out of the window" as they say in Scotland by going into the tutoring business. 

       

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Congratulations Jimmy! Retirement is always bitter sweet... 

  13. I think you read it correctly but these are biopolymer machines. They could be used to make sensory robots but degrade after 2 cycles of growth. It is a superb and nnovative use of the replicating properties of DNA but very much in its infancy IMO.
  14. Superb - I have to check this out. Thank you. Hope it is royalty free.
  15. Thank you Bufofrog. I will try it out. How is Corel Draw?
  16. Hi all out there, I am writing a short summary article on biological molecules etc... for my school and perhaps for the wider community. I want to make my article exciting by incorporating scientific images. I want to make it more exciting and include images of amino acids etc... but showing each individual atom. Is there animation/image software available for science education purposes? Alternatively, is there low cost software that can help me to bring my article to life? for example, something like this: Thanks, in advance
  17. This is more appropriate for a religion forum. If you have a scientific version of this question, please make the enquiry. However, IMHO most people on this forum do not agree that humans have souls. (I do but I am in the minority). Also, IMO, most people on this forum believe that chemical reactions in neurons cause our feeling of "self". Some of the replies were hilarious, you have to admit it....
  18. Does this mean that a time may arrive when we can stop using GPS and avoid silly incidents like that below?
  19. Thank you for the reply. I will look up each of the developments. This is fascinating material. I am sure you are an inspiring lecturer with your sheer breadth of knowledge. Please do not leave this Forum. Have a good day. Jimmy
  20. As far as I recall, the evidence for subatomic particles and most molecular biological phenomena is indirect. However, at least the electromagnetic spectrum interacts with all matter and we can "see" a pellet of DNA at the bottom of an Eppendorf. How on Earth do you have conclusive proof where the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum does not allow access to it. I could hypothesise that God has ordered the angels to push apart galaxies and expand space and I can use the same evidence that you have used. Where there are galaxies with apparent less dark matter, there are just fewer angels.
  21. I'lll be honest and say that I don't know much about this subject. However, what would be conclusive is the actual measurement and characterisation of dark matter otherwise we might as speculate that leprechauns or unicorns cause the expansion of space/galaxies from each other. So, IMHO, dark matter is a hypothesis that fits in with the current data but we cannot say more about it yet but speculate. Even the authors are being cautious. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab0d92/meta
  22. Hi Charon Y, I do try to keep with literature for my Yr 12 and 13 (A level) classes. I also try to incorporate information from papers in these lessons if it is not available in textbooks. I was not aware that live interactions between organelles have been "seen" for such a long tie. I did use fluorescent imaging and observed shedding of fluorescent proteins using a confocal light microscope many moons ago. However, I could not discern the smaller organelles (Golgi apparatus, RER etc...). I realise that parts of narratives that are incomplete are not helpful to students. However, these can be made available to bright students who are keen for extra extension to the dogma that we teach them and who can accommodate uncertainties. I agree with the misuse of titles to make each scientific discovery into a sensation. Thank you for your reply. I will look up the latest microscopy techniques if you could point me in the correct direction.
  23. This is news to me. I have been teaching the textbook version for 21 years. It is about time that the textbooks are now changed. It amazes me that the new science is not incorporated into textbooks sooner. Great find and I will re-read this information. Electron microscopy has been such a useful tool to provide a snapshot of what goes on in cells but the fact that light microscopes have been developed which can provide intercellular interactions "live" is a most welcome innovation to cell biology.
  24. Interesting find. I did not believe it at first but then read these quotes: https://www.quantamagazine.org/swarming-bacteria-create-an-impossible-superfluid-20180726/ There is also a model stated here: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.018001 As for having a motor driven by bacteria, that need warmth and a continuous flow of suitable nutrients - dream on!