Apr 052014

Question by nonameshallbehere: As in E=MC2, energy and matter are interchangeable, so is this a logical extrapolation?
Space, time, energy, matter (and, according to some, consciousness) are all of the same one ‘fabric’ (based on the past 5 decades of physics). If 2 of those are convertable, then might it be that, with the right process, others are as well?
I like your answer so far Chris, but please consider adding to it if you don’t mind. By the way, I agree that we have less than half of the consciousness thing figured out. On matter being energy we could also suggest that each of space/time/energy/matter are all merely time, consciousness or matter in various forms.

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Answer by Chris Pitchr
Space and time are understood to be both somewhat interchangeable aspects of space-time. Mass would appear to be a form of energy. However, I don’t think there is a way to go from space-time to mass (or energy).

Any one claiming to have a clue about consciousness is wrong, especially Daniel Dennett.

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Apr 012014

Question by prairiecrow: Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?
Hello all:

Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?

(I believe that it matters very much, but would very much like to see what others have to say.)

Also, what evidence do you think there is for and against either of those positions?

As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond.
Thus Saith the Lord: Thank you for demonstrating the ability of some Christians to (a) completely miss the point of a question, and (b) proselytize when it’s completely inappropriate to do so.

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Answer by Thus saith The Lord
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that has been growing in popularity and acceptance in the United States and Europe. There are many websites and books claiming to teach “real” Wicca, but the truth is, there is no consensus amongst Wiccans as to what the religion is all about. The reason for this is that Wicca, as it is practiced now, is only about 50 years old. Wicca is a belief system that Briton Gerald Gardner cobbled together in the 1940’s and 1950’s from a variety of religious traditions and beliefs as well as Freemason rituals. Since Gardner published several books espousing his system of worship, many offshoots and variations of Wicca have sprung up. Some Wiccans are polytheistic, worshipping more than one deity, while others worship only the “God” or the “Goddess.” Still other Wiccans worship nature, and call it Gaea, after the Greek earth goddess. Some Wiccans pick and choose parts of Christian doctrine to embrace, while others totally reject Christianity. Most practitioners of Wicca believe in reincarnation.

Most Wiccans will vehemently deny that Satan is part of their pantheon, citing major doctrinal differences between themselves and Satanists. Wiccans generally promote moral relativity, disdaining labels like “good” and “evil” and “right” or “wrong.” Wicca has one law or rule, called the Rede: “Do what ye will, harm ye none.” At first blush, the Rede seems like complete, uninhibited personal license. You can do whatever you want, as long as no one gets hurt; however, Wiccans are quick to point out the ripple effect of one’s actions can carry far-reaching consequences. They articulate this principle in the Three-fold Law, which says: “All good that a person does to another returns three-fold in this life; harm is also returned three-fold.”

One major factor that contributes to the abiding fascination with Wicca is the purported use of spells and Magick (a deliberate misspelling intended to separate Wiccans from magicians and illusionists). Curiosity seekers, as well as spiritual neophytes, are most eager to delve into these mysteries. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft, but those that do claim Magick is to them what prayer is to a Christian. The difference between the two is that Wiccans claim magick is simply using their minds to control matter, or they are appealing to their favorite deity to do them a favor, while Christians call upon an omnipotent, omnipresent God to heal people and to intervene and work in their lives. Because the Rede disallows witches from hurting others and the Three-fold Law spells out the consequences for Rede-breakers, witches who practice magick prefer to call themselves “nature witches” or “white witches” to further distance themselves from Satanists.

Wicca is basically a religion that is about minding your own business and living peaceably with your neighbors and environment. Wiccans are eager to draw parallels between themselves and biblical Christianity for the sake of earning credibility, but what does the Bible have to say about this religion? You won’t find the word “wicca” in the Bible, so let’s evaluate the beliefs in light of what God says about them.

Wicca spells are idolism—Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things, rather than the Creator…” Who wants to settle for second best? In Isaiah 40, God paints a picture of how much greater the Creator is than His creation. If you are worshipping anything besides the Creator, you are not only spinning your wheels, you are guilty of idolatry.

Wiccan spells bring false hope. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…Man is destined to die once, after that, to face judgment.” God says we get one chance at life, and that is it. There are no do-overs. If we don’t accept God’s gift of Jesus in our lifetime, He judges us as unwilling to be in His presence, and we are sent to hell.

Wiccan spells bring disillusionment. Mark 7:8 says, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” God is God, and we are not. We have a decision to make. Are we going to take God at His word and adopt His worldview, or are we not? Knowing God takes a lot of discipline. Wicca is a religion that takes a pack of lies, ties it in a romantic ribbon, and searches out a well-intentioned, but lazy and gullible mark to sell its hollow doctrines.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells…Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Wicca witchcraft is a sin and God hates it. Why? Because it is an attempt to cut off our dependence on God and get answers apart from Him.

Sin isn’t just a heinous, socially disagreeable action. Sin is our decision to disagree with God on any topic—to rebel against Him. Sin is saying, “God, I want to live my life my way.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans

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Mar 162014

Question by I Love Cheese!: How does something as material and unconscious as matter go on to create something as ?
immaterial as consciousness? Are atoms conscious? Is consciousness an emergent process of lower chemical and biological processes of the brain?
I AM aware of astrophysics, biophysics, and the like. This is why consciousness is so fascinating. As much as people would like to chalk it up to some kind of random act of nature, anyone with a bit of sense can see that it’s not.

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Answer by **blah**
why shouldn’t consciousness be just a sense that was activated or created by the mind for survival and communication?

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May 202013

Question by Lemz: Is there anyway to reconcile faith with reason? Do you think consciousness is matter or no.?
Can there be a synthesis between faith and reason? And also, what does anyone think the nature of consciousness is? Is consciousness considered material reactions in our brain or something that is immaterial and can exist past death? Just wondering on everyone’s thoughts.

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Answer by Pat, or that Jesus guy
Yes, because it is reasonable to believe that when you have faith in God He changes your life and sets you free from the slavery to sin. Hallelujah! That way you don’t go to hell.

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Sep 112012

Question by askyourmind: Did matter evolve to create consciousness or did consciousness evolve to create matter?
Said another way, the Spiritual world is said to be nonphysical in nature and exists independently from matter. That is, the physical world would not exist if there was no one (sentient beings) there to perceive it. The Spiritual world is also said to be infinite and not subject to the constraints of linear time, death, or decay.

Conversely, the physical world is defined by its limitations. Everything is composed of the same material, but differences in configuration, finite dimensions and measurable attributes are what distinguish one thing from another. Thus: Spiritual world = infinite. Physical world = finite. Mathematically, we know that the infinite can not be produced from the finite; but, the finite can be produced from the infinite. So, did matter (finite) evolve to create consciousness (infinite) or did Spiritual consciousness and perception (infinite) evolve to create matter (finite)?

Let the intellectual jousting begin – - have fun!

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Answer by General Dogbitz
at first glance your question appears plausible.

then I read it.

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Dec 072011

Question by James S: what provides the energy in the nucleus of an atom for strong force to occur or magnetism for that matter?
If energy is the ability to do work…where does energy come from to sustain magnetism or electron exchanges or pions or, mesons etc?

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Answer by Brian B
In the case of magnetism, there is no energy “provided”, so to speak – at least not in the sense that accelerating objects provides energy. Instead, magnetism is a conservative force which provides a “potential”. That is, the “energy” of magnetism is really just a statement that the system will be more stable if north and south line up, or something like that.

In the case of the strong interaction, you wonder how pions and mesons can be continually interchanged, right? Well, these pions and mesons cannot actually be detected directly – they are “virtual” particles – not “real” particles. It’s a bit like how you can’t observe any light travelling between two magnets in a vacuum – the photons are not “real”. Virtual particles, unlike real particles, have no restrictions on their energy (although energy conservation must still be satisfied). Hence, a virtual pion could actually have exactly zero energy. No energy is required to sustain their exchange.

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