Monday, December 22, 2014

Can Atheists Run for Public Office?

The Atheist Experience #896 for December 14, 2014, with Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Can Atheists Run for Public Office?. Jenn talks about the claim made by some that atheists can't run for public office.

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

Is Santa Satan?

“A Georgia pastor warned over the weekend that children who believe in Santa Claus could grow up to be atheists.

Many Christians in Harlem, Georgia said that they were outraged last week after the Born Again Independent Baptist Church changed its sign to read “Santa is Satan.”

In an interview on Sunday, Pastor Edward Carothers explained to WRDW that he posted the message because “Santa Claus is robbing Christ of his glory.”"

* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
December 2014

‘Santa is Dead’ by Bill Maher (HBO)

Bill Maher has a special message for kids about global warming – just in time for the holidays!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Black Holes

A black hole is a region of spacetime from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.[1] The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass will deform spacetime to form a black hole. Around a black hole, there is a mathematically defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return. The hole is called "black" because it absorbs all the light that hits the horizon, reflecting nothing, just like a perfect black body in thermodynamics.[2][3] Quantum field theory in curved spacetime predicts that event horizons emit radiation like a black body with a finite temperature. This temperature is inversely proportional to the mass of the black hole, making it difficult to observe this radiation for black holes of stellar mass or greater.

Objects whose gravity fields are too strong for light to escape were first considered in the 18th century by John Michell and Pierre-Simon Laplace. The first modern solution of general relativity that would characterize a black hole was found by Karl Schwarzschild in 1916, although its interpretation as a region of space from which nothing can escape was first published by David Finkelstein in 1958. Long considered a mathematical curiosity, it was during the 1960s that theoretical work showed black holes were a generic prediction of general relativity. The discovery of neutron stars sparked interest in gravitationally collapsed compact objects as a possible astrophysical reality.

Black holes of stellar mass are expected to form when very massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. After a black hole has formed it can continue to grow by absorbing mass from its surroundings. By absorbing other stars and merging with other black holes, supermassive black holes of millions of solar masses may form. There is general consensus that supermassive black holes exist in the centers of most galaxies.

Despite its invisible interior, the presence of a black hole can be inferred through its interaction with other matter and with electromagnetic radiation such as light. Matter falling onto a black hole can form an accretion disk heated by friction, forming some of the brightest objects in the universe. If there are other stars orbiting a black hole, their orbit can be used to determine its mass and location. These data can be used to exclude possible alternatives (such as neutron stars). In this way, astronomers have identified numerous stellar black hole candidates in binary systems, and established that the core of our Milky Way galaxy contains a supermassive black hole of about 4.3 million solar masses.

The Law Of Attraction: Does It Really Work?

Is "the secret" something to live by? Can the law of attraction really bring you what you want, simply by visualizing it? What you think about you bring about!

Video by Jaclyn Glenn, 2014

Scientific minds Richard Dawkins

Video by BBV Four

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Praying for Atheists!

Video by Jaclyn Glenn, December 2014

Black Holes - Wonders of the Universe: Falling

Using Zambia's spectacular Victoria Falls, Prof Brian Cox demonstrates what happens as you near a black hole.

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