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Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire jobless rate drops again

Tsk, tsk, Jesus taught not to judge.  (Jun 29, 2010 | post #38)

Berkshire Eagle

In the Berkshires

Thank you Eagle for posting upcoming events. Please do this regularly!  (Jun 29, 2010 | post #1)

Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire jobless rate drops again

That's why Obama has given tax breaks/credits to over 95% of the population, including me.  (Jun 28, 2010 | post #32)

Berkshire Eagle

Temple cheers renovations

Part of the reconstructionist platform: "Judaism is the result of natural human development. There is no such thing as divine intervention; Judaism is an evolving religious civilization; Zionism and aliyah (immigration to Israel) are encouraged; Reconstructionist Judaism is based on a democratic community where the laity can make decisions, not just rabbis; The Torah was not inspired by God; it only comes from the social and historical development of Jewish people; The classical view of God is rejected. God is redefined as the sum of natural powers or processes that allows mankind to gain self-fulfillment and moral improvement; The idea that God chose the Jewish people for any purpose, in any way, is "morally untenable", because anyone who has such beliefs "implies the superiority of the elect community and the rejection of others". - from http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Reconst ructionist_Judaism  (Jun 28, 2010 | post #1)

Berkshire Eagle

Ice cream served a 60s style

Good luck. Will the ice cream be sourced locally or regionally? If you support the local economy, I am more likely to support your establishment.  (Jun 27, 2010 | post #5)

Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire jobless rate drops again

The Eagle reported when the rate went up (did you complain then?), now they are reporting when it is going down. So what's the problem? The stock market has gone up approximately 4,000 points under Obama.  (Jun 26, 2010 | post #28)

Berkshire Eagle

Mass. schools under fire for condom policy

tsk, tsk, tsk, Jesus taught not to judge.  (Jun 25, 2010 | post #24)

Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire jobless rate drops again

How do I "do my part?"  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #17)

Berkshire Eagle

Planners to review Big Y deal

I go to the Co-op in Great Barrington. Fresh, healthy, natural food purchased from a non-profit organization.  (Jun 22, 2010 | post #12)

Berkshire Eagle

Churcha s bizarre anti-life dogma

Hi Sheryl- Hope you enjoyed the picnic! I love learning also. One of my current heroes is David Attenborough, host of awesome BBC nature documentaries like Planet Earth. "The mind is like a parachute; it only works if it's open."  (Jun 20, 2010 | post #338)

Berkshire Eagle

Churcha s bizarre anti-life dogma

Thanks for the compliments:-)! I like Carl Sagan, too and I also love that quote! Snowflakes...I studied Psychology in college: in experiments, when analyzing results, if a certain result is true 95% of the time, then the results are considered valid. Example (made-up): a psychologist wants to study if students' sleeping 8 hours or more raises test scores. The results show that sleeping 8 hours or more raises test scores in 96% of the sample studied. That is enough to draw a conclusion that "yes," sleeping more raises scores. That is how I think about the word "knowing. " I can't be sure of ANYTHING 100%. But some things I can be sure of 95%. So I don't think anyone KNOWS 100% that no two snowflakes are the same, but I guess some meteorologists have tested a large sample (and there are mathematical models that tell statisticians how large the sample size has to be in order to have generalizable results) of snowflakes and never found two that are the same. Just like astronomers can extrapolate how many stars are in a galaxy or one could calculate how many grains of sand are on the beach, by counting a small sample (or several small samples and averaging), figuring out the area or volume, and then multiplying. Voila! Enjoy:-)  (Jun 19, 2010 | post #324)

Berkshire Eagle

Churcha s bizarre anti-life dogma

Hi Sheryl! I think you might have missed my last response to you because you didn't reply. I found this post which may or may not be the most recent: Thank YOU for your honest post. That was a very genuine answer...believing in something b/c it was taught to us when we were impressionable. Now it's time to reconsider with our "adult minds." It is a misconception that science says the Big Bang happened from nothing. The truth is science is not yet sure (how humble to say "we don't know"!) what caused the Big Bang. It's a very difficult question b/c it happened 13.7 billion years ago!(Notice that scientists are the ones that figured out the age of the universe, not religious folk, some of whom put it at 6,000 years ago There are several good hypotheses as to what came before the Big Bang, though. One is the multiverse hypothesis they are working on (not being content with what was written in one stone-age book)! Please see http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Miller –Urey_experiment to learn about an experiment that created organic matter from non-living substances. All life is made of organic matter. Anyhow, as for "looking around me," yes, I look around ALL the time. I see beautiful nature and amazing creatures. I see a large maple. "God created everything." Did he (she)? Did god create the maple? Of course not. The maple came from a maple seed and grew because of the soil (sand and decaying leaves, etc), rain (from clouds), sunshine (result of nucleosynthesis, hydrogen atoms fusing together to make helium atoms and releasing energy in the process), and Carbon Dioxide (one atom of carbon and two of oxygen). Wonderful!  (Jun 18, 2010 | post #322)

Berkshire Eagle

Churcha s bizarre anti-life dogma

Some of you speak about a god. Is there any evidence for this god you speak of?  (Jun 15, 2010 | post #207)

Berkshire Eagle

Restaurant fills Tex-Mex craving

Armando- please remember the vegetarians! Thank you!  (Jun 14, 2010 | post #8)

Berkshire Eagle

Churcha s bizarre anti-life dogma

Wow- so much here, where to begin? You're obviously very thoughtful and I like your analysis. Do check out that link- it'll only take a few minutes! An awesome book I read about science, written for laypeople, is Bill Bryson's "A Brief History of Nearly Everything." What you wrote about the succession of Big Bangs sounds similar to the multiverse hypothesis I mentioned, except that the multiverse is not one succession of big bangs, rather it is many bangs happening all over the place. When I look up at the night sky, I'm amazed at the power OF it (not to mention the beauty and majesty of it). Stars are well-understood by astronomers and physicists...their life cycle, their composition, their movement, etc. Why do I need to think there is something "behind" it. (And if there was something behind it, then what it behind THAT???:-)) Saying that Christ didn't rise from the dead CERTAINLY does not offend me. I might call myself a rationalist- not to mention someone rising from the dead is so far from my experience and observations during my years on earth. I could write more, but I try to know the word ENOUGH:-)  (Jun 13, 2010 | post #139)

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A Brief History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

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