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13 More Christian Questions

Categories: Evolution, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2017.03.03

The definition of atheist is straightforward. In November, I responded to “10” (turned out to be 12) questions that a Christian supposedly posed to atheists. Today, I ran across another list. In case the Christians in my life have similar questions in mind but are unwilling to ask them, I post my answers here:

Science Survey Results

Categories: Personal, Science, Technology
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Published on: 2016.12.10

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in my short “Science Survey”. This time I got 22 responses, one more than my previous survey on religion. These results didn’t surprise me as much as the previous ones, perhaps because I went into it with fewer expectations (and therefore fewer incorrect assumptions). Before I reveal the[…]

Survey Results: Surprising?

Thank you to everyone who participated in my short, non-scientific survey. Here are the results, which surprised me somewhat — the entire reason I conducted the survey was to either support or correct my assumptions about those who follow me on social media. I asked five simple questions relating to the underlying perspectives through which[…]

Short Survey, Please [Closed]

Click here to take the survey Though I’m pretty sure I already know most of my blog readers’ beliefs, I am trying to get a more complete picture of my social media circle’s positions on a few questions — just out of curiosity. If you have 10 seconds, please answer the five questions on this[…]

Asgardia Discussion Proves We’re Not Ready For Globalism Just Yet

Screenshot confirming my registration for Asgardia If you haven’t yet heard of Asgardia, you’re not alone. But as of this writing, more than 500,000 Earthlings have registered to become citizens of the new space-based nation. I’m one of them. I registered as a lark, not because I’m ready to leave the planet’s surface any time[…]

I Just Realized Earth’s Orbit Is Not Elliptical

(This one won’t look good on mobile platforms, at least in my tests. I apologize for that, but can’t think of a good way to fix it. If you’re viewing this on a phone, scroll past the long vertical image to see the text.) Earth’s position in the Universe View larger (2953 x 23,624 —[…]

UPDATE: August 2016: Warmest Month Ever Recorded

Instead of continuing to fill my blog’s database with new entries, I’m just going to update this old one. Annual global temperatures; each line indicates a year, spanning 1880-2016 Click here to see it full size (NASA/Gavin Schmidt) NASA’s global temperature average dataset was released a couple of days ago; it shows that August 2016[…]

May 2016: Warmest On Record

2016 is set to outpace previous years Click here to see it full size (Image source: Climate Central) Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months. “So far this year every[…]

April 2016: Warmest On Record

Click here to see it full size Do these posts sound repetitive yet? Repetitive enough that you just skim past them? That’s fine. I’m not writing for you; I’m posting for that hypothetical one person who might still be on the fence about all this, who wonders about it. Most people won’t change their opinions[…]

March 2016: Warmest Ever

A small pool of water in an otherwise arid climate. Llano County, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   According to data just released by NASA, March 2016 was the hottest March on record, breaking the record set just last year (or March 2010, depending on which dataset one uses).[…]

February 2016: Warmest On Record

February temperatures in Killeen, Texas, over the past seven years (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Not only was February 2016 the warmest February on record, but it was the most abnormally warm of any month on record, according to both NASA and a European climate group. “Averaging over twelve-month periods, which further smooths[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

January 2016: Warmest On Record

See full size image Source: NASA “January 2016 was not only Earth’s warmest January on record, but also featured the largest warm departure from average for any month, according to two separate analyses released this week.” Source: The Weather Channel “Scientists confirmed Wednesday that last month was the warmest January since records began, continuing a[…]

November 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, Science
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Published on: 2015.12.15

So the Earth isn’t warming, you say? It’s been on “hiatus”, you say? November 2015 was the warmest November on record. It’s now all but certain that 2015 will eclipse 2014 as the warmest year on record. And this is while we continue to pump 40 billion tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere every year,[…]

October 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, InTheNews, Science
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Published on: 2015.11.18

Notes Around The World Click to view larger (Image courtesy of NOAA) According to the NOAA, October 2015 was not only the warmest October on record, globally, but the “greatest above-average departure from average for any month”. The previous record was set in October 2014. Additionally, the January-October average is the highest on record, surpassing[…]

No, Ben Carson Is Not An Idiot

There is no shortage of people willing to call Dr. Ben Carson an idiot, despite clear evidence that he’s quite intelligent. This isn’t helpful to the national political conversation, in the same way it’s not helpful to call Senator Bernie Sanders a “commie” (something I’ve also seen quite frequently). Neither is true; both are personal[…]

Deconstructing the “Bible Vs. Science” Meme

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2015.10.22

Click image to see it full size You’ve probably seen this meme if you follow Bible-pushers on social media. It purports to say “the Bible was right all along” while “science is only catching up to the Bible”. Unlike several I’ve seen, this one cites chapter and verse, which makes it easier to fact-check. One[…]

September 2015: Warmest On Record

So, September 2015 was keeping up with the Joneses, going into the record books as the warmest September on record. Further, 2015’s January through September was the hottest January through September of any year on record, leading several to predict that 2015 will break 2014’s mark as the warmest year ever recorded. (To clarify, for[…]

Time Is Why We Haven’t Seen ETs

Central region of the Milky Way Galaxy Courtesy of NASA Some rights reserved A few weeks ago, someone told me they don’t believe there are “aliens”, by which they meant sentient extraterrestrial life*, because “if they did exist, we would have met them by now.” Time, of course, is the answer to this. The statement[…]

June 2015: Hottest June Ever

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Published on: 2015.07.26

Another in a string of record-breaking months for global temperature averages, June 2015 is officially the warmest June on record, according to the NOAA. It’s true if you only count land temperatures, or if you only count ocean temperatures, or if you add them together. The previous record holder was June 2014. Combined averages for[…]

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