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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would you do in heaven FOREVER? (Message 1660112)
Posted 1 hour ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Along with Blurf at first I thought about having a whole body for the first time but upon further thought I doubt that there is a need for a body at all. Hopefully heaven would not be a repeat of our existence on earth but rather a whole new higher level of existence.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would you do in heaven FOREVER? (Message 1660035)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I wasn't referring to any one individual post, just the trend.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : On the light side a novel use of a Star Trek technology (Message 1660029)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Everyone knows that one of Star Trek's most used technologies is the transporter. Pick up matter here and deposit it there. I wonder if such technology is ever really developed how long it will take for someone to figure out it could be used to replace having to sit on the john for up to an hour to remove waste material. Of all of the bodily functions that is the one I would like to do away with the most. Just imagine, go into the restroom, push a button, you body gets scanned and the poop is removed.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would you do in heaven FOREVER? (Message 1660025)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Everybody wrote what they would do immediately, say in the first couple of hundred years. Sooner or later it seems to me that you would learn all there is to learn, do everything there is to do, the earth would eventually be destroyed by the sun, you would say everything there is to say to your family and still you would have only made a very small dent in eternity. If you are reincarnated but without memory of your previous lives then that is the same as dying, just the material is getting recycled.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would you do in heaven FOREVER? (Message 1659557)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
For those of you who believe in an afterlife I wonder what there is that you would want to do til the end of time. Personally I used to get totally bored long before a two week vacation ended. Heaven is supposed to be a place where there are on problems, no conflict ie. nothing to challenge your brain.

Now I'm not talking about extending your life on earth for a couple of hundred years and continuing to deal with life here which I think I might like.

The only thing I can think of that might work for me is exploring the vastness of the universe, or at least our galaxy. Visiting every star system that has planets and discovering it's secrets. But even that would end at some point. In the end I think, if it exists, eternal life would end up being very boring.
6) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Were we contacted by aliens in 1977? (Message 1659434)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Was the signal extra terrestrial?
Probably

Was it an attempt to communicate with us?
Probably not

+1
7) Message boards : Politics : Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion along with one other charge. (Message 1659407)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I agree with MajorKong but I also believe he will get a Presidential pardon shortly after being convicted now that Obama is a lame duck president.
8) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Dr.Carl Sagan Co-founder of SETI Knew That "UFOS were real" (Message 1658724)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I have watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" so many times that I almost know the script. As I have never had an encounter of any kind with aliens I don't know whether the portrayal of ET in the movie was accurate or not. For me it was just good entertainment.
9) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658588)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
One has to wonder how differently western civilization would have developed if Constantine had not endorsed christianity and the catholic church as the one true roman religion.
10) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658531)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Bottom line. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Southern (USA) colloquialism.

One big thing I get from all of the seti forums is a sense of the point of view of people (mostly educated) from all over the world.
11) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658405)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Maybe, if this forum serves as a platform for subjects that attract those with more passion for being argumentative then it keeps the other forums more civil. Lately, until the last week or so I have steered clear of the politics forum and concentrated my comments elsewhere. But this week there were a couple of topics in politics that I wanted to join.

People who don't like to get their blood pressure up can just avoid looking in the politics forum for a fight. It's not mandatory to read every thread.
12) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21C (Message 1658284)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Maybe Putin can convince Obama into giving Alaska back to Russia.
13) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658280)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Back on subject, one god or many, they all serve the same purpose. To give meaning to events that can't be explained by any other means and to provide those in charge with a way to control the masses.
14) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658097)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If I recall from past reading -- the Christian leadership burned the Library
of Alexandria, and not the Muslim. They may have done so, on a lesser basis,
later. Something for Google?

We continue to deviate but the library at Alexandria was initially burned by Roman troops when Julius Ceasar was conquering Egypt in 48 BC before the birth of Christ and long before the onset of Islam. It was later sacked and burned at the direction of Coptic Pope Theophilus in AD 391

During the dark ages and later during the middle ages throughout europe many scientific books and scrolls were burned as being heretical. Only those preserved outside the influence and control of the church were saved.

It is even said that the statues on Easter Island held documents that were burned by overzealous missionaries.
15) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658077)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Again, I propose that Columbus ( or whatever name is currently correct) received the credit for his discoveries because records of all previous crossings were either lost or unknown to the people of the middle ages and he managed to make his trips during a time when documentation has survived. It is popular now to cite all of the earlier recently discovered explorations as proof that Cristoforo Colombo's voyages were mere follow ons to earlier trail blazers. That ignores the fact that those earlier trips were never sufficiently documented and established as fact AT THE TIME' It's all about documentation.
And it wasn't the church that preserved knowledge of math and the sciences during the dark ages but rather the muslims of north africa. And I don't think I overstate the negative influence of the church toward the advancement of the sciences during that period and later into the middle ages.
16) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658059)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I wonder how many people belong to the Flat Earth Society (seriously)?

HE HE HE.
ALL people from the ancient time knew that the Earth was round.
The babylonians knew it. The greeks knew it. The Vikings knew. The britons knew it. The egyptians knew it.
Why? They was living near the sea:)

Some even calcuted the size of the Earth by 10% accurance!

I think that depended on the individuals level of education and background. Many sailors preferred not to sail far out of sight of land. Even most vikings had to be convinced there was land over the horizon and their discovery of north america came in short hops across the north Atlantic, first to Iceland, then Greenland, then Baffin Island and Finally Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Columbus's sailors were terrified that they were sailing off the edge of the world. Vasco Da Gama limited his exploration to sailing south along the coast of Africa before Columbus ventured across the Atlantic. Sure, other explorers had preceded Columbus to the new world but much of that knowledge had been lost or was not widely known at the time. The Catholic Church was a strong detriment to scientific knowledge and had a great influence on the peasantry. People were afraid of the unknown which is linked to their strong belief in God or gods. If God's representatives said there was danger beyond the horizon that was enough for them.

The polynesians on the other hand seemed to have no fear of traversing large expanses of ocean looking for new islands to populate.
17) Message boards : Politics : Airbus 320 crashed in the French Alps (Message 1657464)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
50,000 flights a day and only four known instances of a pilot or copilot killing him/herself and all the passengers. Since 1950 that would make the chances of such an event happening on any given flight over 300 million to 1. When you look at it that way this event, no matter how tragic, is statistically insignificant.

Yes it's very very very statistically insignificant.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76978&postid=1657367#1657367
Are people afraid to go out in a thunderstorm?
Guess not. But how many have been killed by a Lightning in Florida when playing golf?

So, now the question is, how many millions will the airlines and governments pay to institute new rules with the aim of preventing another such occurrence. People still don't like to admit or accept the fact that (stuff) happens and there isn't always a way to prevent such (stuff) from taking place.
18) Message boards : Politics : Airbus 320 crashed in the French Alps (Message 1657452)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I'm nobody, but I tend to agree with Dena about hours flown. While living for three years in Atlanta, Georgia I was well acquainted with an Eastern Airlines copilot who was also a very gifted model builder and artist. Due to FAA rules he rarely worked more than two weeks per month even though he would have loved to fly more.

I don't know how accurate the movie "Flight" starring Denzel Washington was but it told a pretty damning story about drug and alcohol abuse by flight crews including flight attendants. But it also made it clear that when such abuses are revealed the FAA will come down hard on those who are caught.

50,000 flights a day and only four known instances of a pilot or copilot killing him/herself and all the passengers. Since 1950 that would make the chances of such an event happening on any given flight over 300 million to 1. When you look at it that way this event, no matter how tragic, is statistically insignificant.
19) Message boards : Politics : Airbus 320 crashed in the French Alps (Message 1657368)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Approximately 50,000 flights per day worldwide involve commercial passenger airliners. That makes 100,000 pilots in the air which I would guess is about a third of the total employed. I'm sure some pilots fly multiple flights per day but I would guess the total number of employed airline pilots is around 250,000 to 300,000.
20) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21C (Message 1657366)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
First, I admit I haven't read every post in this thread. But I did read about the possibility that the Russian leadership might be entertaining thoughts of retaking Alaska and how it compares to other Russian actions in recent history. To me, the biggest difference here is how long Alaska has been part of the United States and the fact that it's citizens voted to become a state. There will always be a few dissenters here and there that claim to want to secede from the union and will cry loudly that they are just a few of the many who want to do so. They will also claim that they are being mistreated by their current government. I seem to recall from my history books that a certain deluded leader in Europe used people like this and added more to justify annexing a portion of a neighboring state into his own control. I hope, on one hand that President Putin doesn't really think he can justify an invasion of Alaska, but on the other hand I think it is likely that if he does he will use such a pretense to set things in motion.


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