What are the “best” arguments for God? More kudos (and raspberries) for David Bentley Hart’s new book.

Why Evolution Is True

The most common critique leveled at New Atheists is that we attack only puerile, fundamentalist forms of religion, and never engage with the “best” arguments of the faithful: those adumbrated by Sophisticated Theologians™.  Never mind that most believers accept a view of God more anthropomorphic than as simply a “ground of being” or a deistic entity that made the world and then refused to engage with it further. If you want data to support this, at least for U.S. Christians, go here. Polls consistently show that around 70-80% of Americans believe in the existence of Heaven, Hell, Satan, and angels. And let’s not even discuss whether the majority of Muslims think of Allah as a “ground of being” rather than as a humanoid entity who tells them how to behave.  Anyone who claims that regular monotheists view God like Karen Armstrong’s Apophatic Entity or Tillich’s Ground of Being simply…

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“Biocentrism”: is it woo?

Why Evolution Is True

Again I violate the rules by answering a title question with the word “yes.”

About two weeks ago I posted about the theory of “biocentrism” proposed by Robert Lanza. At that time, I didn’t know much about the theory, but was decrying a piece Lanza wrote in the Independent arguing that his theory suggested that we would have an afterlife: that the concept of death was an illusion, and therefore “could not exist in any real sense.” If that’s the case, where is my last cat?

I’ve now read a bit more about the theory, since in 2009 Lanza published a precis of it on the NBC website. His precis is called “‘Biocentrism’: how life creates the universe,” and it’s an excerpt from his book with Bob Berman, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.   (When reading the…

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How Tablets Have Redefined the Rules of Personal Computing

Tech

Back in 1990, I was asked by Microsoft to look closely at a product in the works that turned out to be the company’s first tablet. The focus on this device was a stylus-based device centered on what at the time was called pen computing. A competitive product from Go Corporation had begun to define the concept of pen computing and Microsoft did not want to be left behind.

The importance of this product to Microsoft was huge. Bill Gates himself blessed it because it embodied part of a major vision he had of “a computer on every desk and and every home.” At the time, desktops were all the rage; laptops had started to enter the market but they were large and clunky and very expensive.

Gates and team loved the idea of pen computing because it gave them a key device that could be used to help fulfill…

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Typhoon Baby Dies in Makeshift Hospital

Typhoon Baby Dies in Makeshift Hospital

World

A newborn clinging to life through a manual oxygen pump in a Philippines hospital chapel transformed into a neonatal unit died Saturday. 

Without power and access to proper medical equipment, doctors were unable to save three-day-old Althea Mustacia, who was born on Nov. 13 with newborn asphyxia, the Associated Press reports. Mustacia’s parents took turn manually pumping oxygen into her body for three days before her heartbeat stopped.

The condition, a failure to begin regular breathing within a minute of birth, is a common cause of newborn death in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization.

[AP]

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Drone Crashes Into Navy Ship, Two Injured

drone attacks.. human killers . humanity diminishes….

U.S.

A drone malfunctioned and collided with a United States Navy ship, injuring two sailors testing combat weapons off the coast of Southern California.

The USS Chancellorsville was using the drone to test its radar tracking for a guided missile when a glitch caused it to crash, CNN reports. The two sailors were treated for minor burns and the damaged cruiser will return to San Diego for repair.

The Navy is looking into what caused the malfunction.

[CNN]

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From desktop-as-a-service to real-time data streaming, Amazon dominated the week in cloud

From desktop-as-a-service to real-time data streaming, Amazon dominated the week in cloud

Gigaom

My favorite comment in a long week of big cloud events came from my row mate on the flight to Las Vegas. He and I were both on our way to AWS Re:Invent and he was trying to explain to middle-seat guy what that show is all about. He cut to the chase: “It’s cloud crap,” he said.

He didn’t mean that pejoratively, but he made his point. And a lot of cloud — um stuff — came out sandwiched between Pivotal’s commercial launch of the Pivotal CF PaaS and Apcera’s coming out party. Apcera’s Continuum IT platform will, according founder Derek Collison, compete with the current range of IaaS and PaaS offerings. Yikes. Talk about setting your sights high.

But back to AWS — the big news included Amazon’s plans to get into the desktop-as-a-service business with WorkSpaces — which takes on Citrix’ which leads desktop virtualization now, and…

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