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  1. I know all of this but is does not change the meaning of the parable or my idea of what it might mean?
  2. http://www.fastcompany.com/1821378/the-greatest-innovation-yet-making-computers-quantum-could-change-the-world 101010: That's the number 42 represented in binary, which is the mathematical way today's binary computers see every single piece of information flowing through them, whether it's a stock price, the latest Adele track, or a calculation to generate an MRI of a tumor. But now IBM believes it's made progress in developing quantum computers, which don't use binary coding. It is not overstating the matter to say this really may be the ultimate answer in computing machines. Quick, mop your brow and don't worry: The science isn't too hard to grasp and the revolution, when it comes, could rock the world. In a very good way. First, a little background: Computers today, everything from the chip controlling your washing machine cycle to the screen you're reading this on, rely on binary math to work. This reduces the information in problems you ask a computer to a counting system based on just "1"s and "0"s. That translates beautifully into the electronics of a computer circuit: A "1" matches up with a little burst of electricity, a "0" means none. By shuttling trillions upon trillions of these pulses, called bits, through tiny silicon circuits and transistor gates that flip their direction or trigger an ongoing signal, the chip does math with these ones and zeros. It's a mind-bogglingly complex and very swift dance that ultimately results in Angry Birds playing on the screen of your iPad. Or, after kajillions of calculations more in a supercomputer, it results in a model predicting climate change. Now, what if instead of simply being able to do math with ones and zeros, a computer chip could work with bits that included other numbers? You'd have to design more complex circuitry, for sure, but it means every single one of those tiny electronic calculations that's happening every millisecond could tackle more information at once, and would ultimately mean a more powerful computer that may calculate faster. Got that? Good. Now how about if instead of a one or a zero, your computer's "bits" could have any one of an infinite number of values? That's quantum computing. Essentially this moves way beyond the well-known physics of electronics, and on into the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics--where bizarre twists of the laws of the universe mean a "bit" in a quantum computer could hold both a "1" and a "0" and any other value at the same time. That means the circuits of a quantum computer could carry out an incredibly huge number of calculations at the same time, handling more information at once than you can possibly imagine. By using some other very strange physics (superconducting materials cooled to hundreds of degrees below freezing) IBM's research team is trying to build some of the core components of a quantum computer, and has made big progress. They're now saying they've made the quantum "bits" of information, also called qubits, live a lot longer before they essentially get scrambled. They've also worked out how to speed up the actual quantum computing circuit. IBM's progress is so impressive that they're now confident a quantum computer could be made sooner rather than later, perhaps as close as 15 years away. Whenever it arrives, the world will change. On a very simple level, this is because instead of asking a supercomputer to work with endless strings of "1"s and "0"s to calculate all the variables in, say, a global warming simulation (performing trillions of small math calculations one after the other to work out the dynamics of the climate over a period of hours or days) a quantum computer would be able to process much of the math at the same instant instead of sequentially. Which could reduce the compute time to a second or less. Which ultimately means better and more accurate models of the climate. Similar processing tricks could improve medical imaging, or maybe even simulations of your own particular disease's spread, which may improve treatment.
  3. A scientific indication of his enormous knowledge that was impossible to be understood was time was hidden in the parable of the mustard seed. The Parable of the Mustard Seed Jesus told them another parable: . . . (Matt. 13:31-32) They asked him, Lord tell us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like? THE MAN OR GARDENER IN THIS PARABLE IS OBVIOUSLY GOD To which he replied! "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches Maybe he was telling them something they could not possibly fathom at the time, because to them it made absolutely no sense, so why use a nonsensical parable, unless it was meant for a much much later age like the present time. I am not the first to speculate around this parable but the below in my personal take on the idea. This might mean, the Kingdom of Heaven is (The universe) like a Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed is (The Singularity) in his Field is (Existence Infinitely) yet when it Grows is (The expansion of the universe) the Largest of the Garden is (Whole multi-universes) Plants is (Again the whole universe) becomes a Tree is (The expanded universe we see today) Birds of the is ( life) Air is (Space-time) Perch is (Seeding life) on its Branches are (Branches are galaxies). His plants might mean that HIS FIELD (ALL EXISTENCE) there is many other universes in existence. Plants=universes, Garden=multi-universes of all of existence? These are my own particular thought by Alan
  4. Nothing is a negation , it simply cannot be expressed because if you try to express it it becomes something.
  5. You must use a balance scale as indicated in a following post, not the solution yet!
  6. I am not sure whether to post this here or under quantum mechanics or under Astronomy, if I have posted it in the wrong place please move it!! One of the great victories of quantum mechanics was to prove, despite Einstein’s scoff to the contrary, that God does play dice with the world. Everything in the universe is in multiple states, but when a thing is measured it’s suddenly found to be in only one state (technically; a smaller set of states). Setting aside what a measurement is and what measurements do, the result of a measurement (the state that a thing will be found in) is often, but not always, fundamentally random and unpredictable. Quantum Mechanics have proved that fundamental particles can exist in more than one place at a time or moment. We are made up of the very same particles that make up reality, yet we are able to exist in only one place at a time. The theories around Parallel Universes, Multi-universe, the Infinite Universe and the Many World theories are based on the possibility that particles do exist in more than place at a time in our universe and that they might jump from universe to universe without upsetting the laws of physics and that there are identical copies of everything in our world somewhere in one of this infinity of universe, including identicle copies of each of us. This is not Pseudoscience it is a serious topic amongst many great physicists and astronomers in the present age, although it was dismissed years ago as silly science fiction. Do you think we might one day be able to communicate with one of these universes outside our own, or even travel between them? Alan
  7. That is exactly the purpose of this thread; I want your opinion on who you think was the most influential person in human history? I agree that most historians put Muhammad as the most influential person in history, I just disagree and say in my opinion Jesus was the most influential. Hitler belongs on the list also because he had enormous influence on history but only in the past 75 years or so. Jesus influenced mankind in a profound way for the past 2000 years, Muhammad for less only the past 1200 years or so. Thus in the grand order of human history, who was the most influential one must take all the relevant factors into consideration. Start your own list I would find it very interesting? Mars is not a person!! not part of the topic! This is the lounge right, where anything can be discussed or are you a moderator and correcting me in some way?
  8. Samsung's boffins have made a breakthrough when it comes to a new transistor structure which utilises graphene, in research that was published online in the journal Science. The company claims the advance brings us one step nearer to replacing silicon transistors with graphene. As Samsung notes, the industry has been increasing the speed of devices - the performance of semi-conductors - by scaling down technology, reducing transistor size and the distance electrons must travel. However, the potential limits of such scaling down are being reached, scientists reckon. And a switch to a material with higher electron mobility - which also allows for faster electron velocity - would be an alternative path to the future, one such material being graphene. In fact, graphene boasts levels of electron mobility in excess of two hundred times more than silicon. So why hasn't the switch got underway yet? Because there are problems with graphene, in so much as unlike conventional semi-conductors, current cannot simply be switched off with graphene because it's semi-metallic. A transistor must hold on and off flow states of current, representing the 1 and 0 of digital signals, but now the researchers at Samsung have come up with a method that can realise this with graphene. Previous attempts have been made to convert graphene to a semi-conductor, but this is a poor solution, as it decreases the electron mobility of the material drastically, rather defeating the object of the exercise. However, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology has taken a new tack, and claims to have re-engineered the basic operating principles of digital switches, to successfully develop a device which can turn off the current in graphene without any loss in electron mobility. The graphene-silicon Schottky barrier can facilitate the switching of current on or off, via control of the height of the barrier. Clever stuff. Samsung has patented the device, known as the Graphene Barristor, with nine major patents. "Barristers" and patents being issues Samsung is pretty familiar with already, thanks to Apple. Of course, it'll be a long time before we see actual hardware on the market sporting graphene transistors, but this is another step on the road to the future of ever thinner, slicker devices. Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2012/05/21/samsung-makes-graphene-transistor-structure-breakthrough/#ixzz20I33Qd4X
  9. Google Search gave below results, check for yourself? Jesus Christ 135 000 000 in .14 seconds Richard Feynman 848 000 in .21 seconds Soctrates 5 730 00 in .20 Seconds The above speaks for itself does it not?
  10. Why not the universe is unimaginably complex, so maybe an unimaginable intelligence underlines that complexity?
  11. We are on the same page, I put it Existence is God and God is Existence and why cant God/Existence not have an underlying creative intelligent abilty
  12. We are not looking at the impact that Jesus had of one person like you!!. I know Richard Feynman was a great scientist, but his only real practical contribution to human history was his part in creating the atom bomb. He worked on those things that you mentioned, but that had almost no influence on human history. Almost no one outside the scientific community knows anything about Richard Feynman. Nearly every person even young children across the ages know or knew about Jesus. I communicate with people in China India and most of that huge population know about Jesus and his gospel of peace and love. If I asked my friends in these great countries if the knew about Richard Feynman I am sure they will say they have no idea who he is or was. They nearly all know about Jesus even if they don’t follow his teachings One Solitary Life Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until He was thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher. This man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a public office. He never had a family nor owned a home. He never put His foot inside a big city nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace. And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself. While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His followers ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend. But three days later this Man arose from the dead – living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent, the Incarnate Son of God. Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race. On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him. And our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection. On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death. This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of this One who gave His life for us. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned have not changed the course of history as much as this One Solitary Life. Read the above and comment please!
  13. A scientfic indication of his enormous knowledge that could not possibly be understood at the time was hidden in the pararble of the mustard seed. Mustard Seed Jesus told them another parable: . . . (Matt. 13:31-32) "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches This might mean, the kingdom of heaven (The universe) like a mustard seed the smallest seed (The Singularity) in his field (Existence multi-universes) yet when it grows (The expansion of the universe) the Largest of the plants (Again the whole universe)becomes a tree (Galaxy formation) Birds of the (Sentient life) Air (Spacetime) perch on its branches (Branches are glaxies) ( Bird are Life) Perch on branches (branches are galaxies birds are life seeded on planets in galaxies) His plants might mean that there are many other universes in existence. Plants=universes, Garden=multi-univereses of all of existence? These are my own particular thought by Alan Jesus had more infuence on human history than Richard Feyman because? Jesus Christ’s Effect on History Flavius Josephus, Jewish historian, became a Pharisee at 19, later commander, of the Jewish forces in Galilee. Captured by Romans and attached to their headquarters. Born: 34AD “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first, did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.” Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea who ordered Christ's crucifixion, first century A.D Wrote to the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar: "And him, Herod, and Archelaus and Philip, Annas, and Caiphas, with all the people, delivered to me, making a great uproar against me that I should try Him (Christ). I, therefore, ordered Him to be crucified, having first scourged Him, and having found against Him no cause of evil accusations or deeds. At the time he was crucified, there was darkness over all the world, the sun being darkened at midday, and the stars appearing, but in them there appeared no luster; and the moon, as if turned into blood, failed in her light." Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor from 361-363 A.D. and one of the most gifted ancient adversaries to Christianity. In his work against Christianity: “Jesus…has now been celebrated about three hundred years having done nothing in his lifetime worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it is a very great work to heal lame and blind people and exorcise demoniacs in the villages of Bethsaida and Bethany.” But at the end of his life was forced to say: “Thou has conquered, O Galilean!” - He also affirms the authenticity of all four gospels. Thallus, Samaritan-born historian, wrote A.D. 52. His writings have disappeared and we know of them only from fragments cited by other writers. One such writer is Julian Africanus, A Christian writer of about 221 A.D. who says: “Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun – unreasonable as it seems to me (unreasonable of course, because a solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it was at the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died).” Carnegie Simpson “Jesus is not one of the group of world’s great. Talk about Alexander the Great and Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great if you will…Jesus is apart. He is not the Great – He is the only.” David Strauss, German theologian who applied Hegelian philosophy to the study of the Bible. Toward the end of his life “This Christ…is historical, not mythical, is an individual, no mere symbol…” E. M. Blaiklock “Luke is a consummate historian, to be ranked in his own right with the great writers of the Greeks.” Bruce M. Metzger “Today no competent scholar denies the historicity of Jesus.” H. G. Wells, British writer, 1866-1946 “In the reign of Tiberius Caesar a great teacher arose out of Judea who was to liberate the intense realization of the righteousness and unchallengeable oneness of God, and of man’s moral obligation to God…This was Jesus of Nazareth…Is it any wonder that to this day the Galilean is too much for our small hearts.” Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French "You speak of Caesar, of Alexander, of their conquests and of the enthusiasm which they enkindled in the hearts of their soldiers; but can you conceive of a dead man making conquests, with an army faithful and entirely devoted to his memory? My armies have forgotten me even while living, as the Carthaginian army forgot Hannibal. Such is our power.” “I know men and I tell you, Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour, millions would die for him.” “I search in vain history to find similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history nor humanity, nor ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.” Ernest Renan, French historian, religious scholar and linguist “All history is incomprehensible without Christ.” “Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed.” William E. Channing, American religious leader whose writings and sermons led to the emergence of Unitarianism, 1780-1842 “The sages and heroes of history are receding from us, and history contracts the record of their deeds into a narrower and narrower page. But time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ.” P. Carnegie Simpson, Concerning Christianity said: “Is a fact of history recognizable as any other.” H. G. Wells, British writer, 1866-1946 When asked which person left the most permanent impression on history, he replied that judging a person’s greatness by historical standards: “By this test, Jesus stands first.” “I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” “Christ is the most unique person of history. No man can write a history of the human race without giving first and foremost place to the penniless teacher of Nazareth.” Kenneth Scott Latourette, former President of American Historic Society In A History of Christianity: “It is evidence of His importance, of the effect that He has had upon history and presumably, of the baffling mystery of His being that no other life ever lived on this planet has evoked so huge a volume of literature among so many people and languages, and that, far from ebbing, the flood continues to mount.” “As the centuries pass by, the evidence is accumulating that measured by its effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet. The influence appears to be mounting.” “No other life lived on this planet has so widely and deeply affected mankind.” George Bancroft, great American historian “I find the name of Jesus Christ written on the top of every page of modern history.” One Solitary Life Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until He was thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher. This man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a public office. He never had a family nor owned a home. He never put His foot inside a big city nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace. And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself. While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His followers ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend. But three days later this Man arose from the dead – living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent, the Incarnate Son of God. Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race. On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him. And our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection. On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death. This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of this One who gave His life for us. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned have not changed the course of history as much as this One Solitary Life. Daniel Webster, American politician., 1782-1852 “All that is best in the civilization of today, is the fruit of Christ’s appearance among men.” Will Durant, popular modern historian and philosopher When asked what he felt the apex of history was: “the three years that Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth.”
  14. How can we earthlings sitting out somewhere in the universe still see light from the very young universe. It makes no sense and is not as easy to answer as some might think?
  15. Can you poke something that’s far away with a stick faster than it would take light to get there? If you had a really long (about 500,000 km) stiff stick, say made up of the stuff of a neutron star would one be able to hypothetically send information faster than light by moving it quickly by 1 cm and poking someone on the other side by pushing a button instantaneously on the other side. I know! I know! a silly question , but many uninformed people ask this question all the time, so let the forum put their confused minds to rest Alan
  16. This makes no sense and is pure speculation, why would quark +gluon plasma = more smaller ones (what are those smaller ones suppposed to be by the way?
  17. I dont agree they are talking about quantum fluctuation in a void, a void is something and so are quanta. Here is a little poetic idea I have of god and the origin of the universe. God rested and dreamed God said I experienced time only in my dreams. The cup of dreams ran over like rivers that overflow their banks. God dreamed an Infinity of dreams in an instant, and set out time flow within a linear Eternity, thus he created all possibilities in one awesome now thought. Then God grew tired of the confusion of chaos caused by linear time and started controlling his dreams again until they became new patterns of joy that grew with beauty, in the everlasting cycles of creation and distruction. The universe is less like a well oiled machine and more like a great thought!
  18. Hi Greg You said I wont dispute that but we can only deal with those of whom we have names. I dont think, however that a single person discovered agriculture I think it was more of a process by many persons.
  19. Immortal, It is difficult to try and debate with a God like you, I am only a little finite being that pales in comparison to your exalted awesomeness
  20. We are not comparing apples and oranges as you state, we are trying to compare who influenced or impacted human history the most. For example Jesus had a much more impact on human history than say Richard Feynman who was a great scientist.
  21. You are right it was subjective, nevertheless I have the right to believe what fairy tale I like without asking your permission!! On the 18th August 2011 I died numerous times on the resuscitation table due to third stage AV heart block. I went through the whole drama of my heart stopping, flat lining over and over again, adrenaline, atropine were injected directly into my heart and the shock paddles first used and then chest depressions, used over and over again in a desperate effort to get my heart to beat again on its own and save my life. I saw a beautiful pulsating orb of golden light that I took for Jesus as it emanated perfect peace and love. I had no tunnel and meeting of a being of light. I think because I was continually being resuscitated by the medical treeam Each time I flatlined my consciousness I seemed to go way for a lifetime, but on the table only seconds passed. Time over here on earth does not flow like it does in the spiritual realm. It took nearly three hours to install a tremporary pacemaker to maintain the pulse at 80 beats per/minute instead of the 5 to zero it had been beating/not beating on the resuscitation table. I was told by the doctor that I had been “really really dead” I now have a permanent pacemaker in my chest which should last ten years and despite the great shock of the event I am feelling very alive and well. There was much more to this but that is a summary of what happened a year ago now.
  22. Yes if I had extended the this far enough she woul have come in at about 7 billionth on the list.
  23. Yes that is exactly what I meant when I started this thread. I meant a universe just like our own , but totally abscent of any heat source. I could not speculate here on different types of universe with different comological constants, because that belongs in the Speculation Forum
  24. How the heck can you say this as if it were fact, in my opinion just a lot of nonsense.I know and am no god and if Hitler is anything he is a little Satan Yes there is I know this from a personal beautiful near death experience, which was not a hallucination or ilussion Descibe her then?
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