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Understanding The Holographic Universe: The BanachTarski Paradox

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Understanding The Holographic Universe: The BanachTarski Paradox

« Previous - Next » Understanding The Holographic Universe: The Banach-Tarski Paradox The Banach-Tarski paradox of Banach and Tarski is a statement of mathematics , which demonstrates that the descriptive concept of volume cannot be generalized to arbitrary sets of points. Afterwards, a sphere can be divided into three or more dimensions in such a way that its parts can be joined together again to form two gapless spheres, each of which has the same diameter as the original. The volume doubles, without it being evident how volumes should be created from nothing through this process. This paradox demonstrates that the mathematical model of space as a set of points in mathematics has aspects that are not reflected in physical reality. Embed Code:

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Hammer’s Dracula (1958)

Wednesday, October 25 2017

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Hammer’s Dracula (1958)

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Hammer’s Dracula (1958) Hammer’s first Dracula movie is responsible for making an entire generation afraid of Christopher Lee. KAYLEIGH MARIE EDWARDS provides some fun facts you probably didn’t know about this 1958 horror classic. 1.) People lost their minds…. According to Christopher Lee, when this movie premiered, people were gasping and screaming at the screen – and that was just during the opening credit sequence in which we see Dracula’s stone coffin with blood dripping over his name. In 1958, this was considered graphic and shocking. When Dracula first appears at the top of the staircase, it is reported that audiences reacted with magnificent applause, followed by total silence as they hung on his every word. Some people were so afraid of him that they left the theatre. 2.) Dracula isn’t that chatty… Dracula, the Prince of Darkness… the Unholy King… the Ultimate Night Terror… only has 13 lines of dialogue in this movie, and all of them are in scenes with Jonathan Harker. He never speaks to anyone else (not even his vampire bride). The only verbal interaction anyone else gets with him is when he hisses at them. In total, Dracula only has seven minutes of screen time, which is actually a testament to Lee’s performance because despite this, he made such an impression that though he wasn’t the first Dracula, he has been commonly referred to as ‘the definitive version’ for almost 60 years. 3.) Mistakes were made… It would be a great challenge for anyone to discover a movie with absolutely no mistakes, and Dracula is no different. The ‘goofs’ in this film include: Dracula falling to the floor and starting to die before the sunlight actually hits him The coffin Dracula uses in the undertaker’s cellar has a huge cross on the lid, which should make it impossible for Dracula to sleep in or even approach The inclusion of the phrase ‘Teddy Bear’. This term wasn’t coined until 1902 – 17 years after the story in the film takes place 4.) Christopher Lee pays homage to Bela Lugosi… The ring worn by Dracula in this film is actually a replica of a ring worn by Bela Lugosi, who also famously played Dracula (for Universal Pictures, not Hammer). Lee said that he wore it as a tribute to Lugosi because he admired his portrayal of the character and he wanted to acknowledge and honour his performance. 5.) Lee was basically blind for the whole film… Lee’s contact lenses were not only painful and uncomfortable, but also totally impractical. Lee describes himself as being almost ‘rendered blind’ whilst wearing them, and missed his mark several times. In the scene where he finds his bride biting Jonathan, he runs towards her but during the first take he ran straight past her and the camera. 6.) Falling for Mina… Literally. In the scene where Dracula is frantically trying to bury Mina, Christopher Lee tripped and fell into the grave, on top of Melissa Stribling’s (Mina) stunt double. 7.) Nailed it… In the scene after Mina has been bitten, she enters the room looking deliciously smug. Actor Melissa Stribling was instructed to play the scene as though she had just ‘had the best sex of her life all night long’. They wrapped the scene after only one take. Stribling is either a great actor or she drew from memories that would make most of us blush. And jealous. 8.) Face Off… When the movie was first released, a chunk of Dracula’s death scene was cut because it was deemed too gory and graphic, though it is commonly included in the finished film now. The offending shot is where Dracula rakes his own melting skin off his face, and the effects still hold up today. This ‘gag’ was achieved using a coating of wax, which was matched to his skin with make up, with a heavy layer of red makeup underneath it. This created the effect of his skin being pulled off and revealing the raw tissue. 9.) It’s all about Van Helsing… Peter Cushing, who plays Van Helsing, received the top billing for this film and the original movie poster featured him most prominently, despite the fact that Van Helsing doesn’t turn up until around the half an hour mark. This was because Cushing had already established himself with Hammer and was a beloved fan favourite after playing Doctor Frankenstein the previous year. Lee was still basically unknown (though he had appeared as Frankenstein’s monster with Cushing). Lee was billed second, and paid the least (only £750 in total, according to Lee’s autobiography). John Van Eyssen, who played Harker, opens the film and mostly stars alone for the first half an hour, but he was not billed on the movie poster at all. Peter Cushing as Van Helsing in Dracula (1958) 10.) Christopher Lee hated the film… Lee was almost as famous for refusing to discuss Dracula in his later years as he was for playing him. However, the reason for this eluded many people. In a Q&A session at University College Dublin, Lee spoke about his dissatisfaction with the film, finally shedding light on his annoyance at being asked about it. As a fan of Bram Stoker’s novel, he was excited to play the character. However, upon receiving the script, he was most disappointed to find that the character was nothing like the one Stoker portrayed, the story was vastly different from the source material, and in his opinion, the dialogue was bad. He complained, “The character is not Stoker’s character”. Lee actually refused every sequel when offered the role, but felt ‘emotionally blackmailed’ to accept because he was told that if he didn’t, he would be putting numerous people out of work. However, in several of the sequels, Dracula has little or no dialogue because Lee refused to read the lines, on account of them being ‘terrible’. Oct 25, 2017 Kayleigh Marie Edwards

Leaked Pictures From North Korean Show Kim's 'Glorius' Army

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Leaked Pictures From North Korean Show Kim's 'Glorius' Army

« Previous - Next » Leaked Pictures From North Korea Show Kim's 'Glorius' Army The alleged 'true face' of Kim Jong-un's army has been revealed in pictures smuggled out of North Korea showing ancient wood-powered trucks and exhausted soldiers asleep on the roadside. In the photos, taken by a tourist between Mount Kumgang and the port city of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast, Kim Jong-un's troops are seen laboring over broken trucks. One photo shows a female soldier on duty in high heels, while another shows at least 14 men crammed onto a vehicle that seats six. Some trucks even appear to be powered by wood gas generators – a technology not commonplace in EuropThe truth about Kim Jong-Un Army: women in heels, sleeping troops and trucks powered by wood. Photographs that have been smuggled out of North Korea have appeared to show the truth about the army of Kim Jong-Un and it is not good. The photos show soldiers who are sleeping on the side of roads, army women in high heels, trucks that are wood powered and men trying to mend vehicles at the roadside. North Korea Has Strict Policy About Photography Related Articles The Alien Interview: Classified U.S. Army Transcripts Leaked North Korea has a very strict policy about visitors taking photographs and it is not unusual for photographs to be deleted by chaperons. One visitor did manage to smuggle their photographs and camera in and out of the country. The photographs were taken by a tourist in the region of Mount Kumgang and Wonsan, the port city lying on the east coast of North Korea. The troops of Jong-Un can be seen working on trucks that have broken down and show a female soldier dressed in high heeled shoes on duty. Another photograph shows 14 men all crammed into a vehicle that was designed to carry six people and men asleep at the side of the road. Some of the trucks in the photograph seem to be powered by wood gas generators and this is technology that has not been seen in Europe since towards the end of the Second World War. Jong-Un Boasted About Army But Photos Tell Different Story Kim Jong-Un has boasted about the skill and the power of his army, however, the photographs that were smuggled out seem to tell a totally different story. The person who took the photographs asked not be identified and said that it looked like some of the soldiers looked as though they were not even ready for action, and this was even at the border of South Korea. The visitor said that they had not seen many soldiers but those they had seen were in the photographs and none of them looked as though they were ready to go into combat. They said that at DMZ there were soldiers but the ones they had seen were guides. The person taking the photos had said that they were lucky and his guides had not inspected his photos even once. In one of the photographs, there are soldiers taking a break and sitting playing a board game, which is totally unlike the image that Kim Jong-Un has presented of an army that is ready to go and do battle. Experts have said that the army of North Korea is a lot less capable than that of South Korea, however, the forces of Kim Jong-Un are not to be underestimated it was said. The person taking the photographs said that they had read that the guides look through cameras on a daily basis and delete photographs. He purchased a camera that had two memory card bays, which meant that if they deleted a photograph on one, it remained on the other. However, the guides were liberal and did not inspect the photos captured on the camera. One of the photographs appeared to show three men walking along the road carrying what looked like imitation weapons. Another showed armed officials just wandering around a courtyard that was outside a building and military personnel was seen joking and laughing on duty. These photos are very different from images that have been posted online out of North Korea showing goose-stepping troops. Malcolm Chalmers who was the advisor to Jack Straw said that the North Korean military capability was weaker than that of the US and South Korea. He said that they have little by way of air defense and air power capabilities. He said that they did exist but then they were not as powerful. He went on to say that when they hide in the cities and country and wait to damage forces that are invading they could create some difficulty. President Trump had said that the US is totally prepared to take military action against North Korea. Conclusion You have to ask yourself whether these pictures are real or deliberately released propaganda. In the Vietnam War, a hopelessly inferior opponent was expected. The reality then turned out to be quite different. Related Articles

This Flat Pack Off-Grid Home Can Be Dropped And Assembled Anywhere For Just $45k

Wednesday, October 25 2017

This Flat Pack Off-Grid Home Can Be Dropped And Assembled Anywhere For Just $45k

« Previous - Next » This Flat Pack Off-Grid Home Can Be Dropped And Assembled Anywhere For Just $45k Leckie Studio Architecture & Design from Vancouver in Canada have come up with a design for a flat pack home that is off-grid which can be assembled like Ikea furniture anywhere. Anyone who has dreamed of living and owning a small home is going to fall in love with this idea. Surf Shack Home Can Be Dropped Anywhere In The World The Surf Shack model of the home is a prefab that starts from $45,000 and ranges from just 191 square feet and goes up to 937 square feet. While the cheapest is the smallest, of course, the biggest of the homes can accommodate up to 24 people. The materials needed to build the homes can be dropped via helicopter just about anywhere. This means that the home can be built even in the remotest of locations in the world and are built in much the same way as Ikea furniture is built. The customers can design the interior of the cabin and choose from many options in the process. They have a team of architects in-house, and they are able to help with documentation, customization, and permits. Edgar Wilson, the co-founder of the company, said that in many cases customers want to build a dream property that is remote so they can escape the regular 9 to 5. Sometimes the locations would not be able to accommodate the typical traditional building process. Homes Are Designed Well And Have Little Impact On The Environment Wilson went on to say that their customers come from many different backgrounds and they all have an eye for design and a creative desire to take part in the building experience. He said that customers have ranged from young technology workers to semi-retired professors. He went on to say that the homes were not 2x4 stick framed small prefabricated structures with windows made from vinyl. He said that customers want a home that is recreational but which has been designed well and which has very little impact on the environment. At the moment the Surf Shack can be purchased in the United States, and Canada and expansion are planned for the future. The company says that the homes are a superb choice for anyone who wants to seclude themselves away from society thanks to the fact that the property can be assembled anywhere. It is also a much more affordable option for housing when it is compared to the super inflated market. The homes fit in with the tiny house movement, and of course, people are now finding that bigger is not always better. Related Articles

Crazy video of triangle shaped UFO seen flying over Texas

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Crazy video of triangle shaped UFO seen flying over Texas

« Previous - Next » Crazy video of triangle shaped UFO seen flying over Texas UFO fans have managed to capture a video that shows off one of the best videos of a triangle shaped UFO. The sighting occurred in Texas in October at about 20: 50 pm. The witness said that they saw a triangular craft gliding above Texas and knew that they had to film it. UFO Chasers Follow In Car As It Captures Lots Of Ground Shortly into the video, another UFO that is triangular in shape is seen coming into the picture, and they slowly distance themselves, the people filming it then get into their car and drive so that they can get a better vantage point. The video was described as being raw chase footage and as you can expect the video is shaky and blurry in places. The video does show two good portions of footage that is clear and this is at the start of the video and at the end. The middle portion is somewhat shaky due to the excitement and car ride. The UFO does manage to capture a lot of ground and due to its size, it could not have been a drone. The object does seem to fit in with that of a classic triangle shaped UFO. Could UFO Be Linked To Cash-Landrum Incident? There has been a great deal of controversy about the video with one person commenting that the incident was only a few hours away from the Cash-Landrum incident and the person wondered if there was a military base close by. The incident he is talking about involved Vickie Landrum and Betty Cash along with a 7-year-old. They were driving home in Texas along a road that was isolated when they saw a diamond object floating above them. The UFO was said to have had flames coming out of it and a large amount of heat that was so hot so as to cause the metal parts of the car to become too hot to touch. Not long after around 23 military helicopters zoomed over the heads of the witnesses and it looked like they were chasing the UFO. In the aftermath of the incident, Cash became ill and symptoms included radiation poisoning. She had large blisters that were painful and lost patches of skin and hair. A radiologist said that there was strong evidence that Cash had suffered damage due to ionizing radiation. But could the appearance of the triangle shaped UFO have had a connection with that incident? The UFO was chased by military aircraft that were unmarked so they could have come from a military base that was secret. Perhaps the UFO had been a prototype that the military had been testing out and then they chose to see how humans would react to it. If this is the case then the region may be home to many other anomalies and perhaps people should be on the lookout for more UFOs. Related Articles

unexplained-events: Gates of Hell Oddly shaped lava formations...

Thursday, October 26 2017

unexplained-events: Gates of Hell Oddly shaped lava formations...

Oddly shaped lava formations look like a mass of twisted bodies. Location : Hawaii over the West Kamokuna lava skylight Photo : The photo was shot in 1996 by Laszlo Kestay, who is currently director of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center

Former Area 51 Insider Claims US Navy Recorded Video Of A UFO That Defied Physics

Thursday, October 26 2017

Former Area 51 Insider Claims US Navy Recorded Video Of A UFO That Defied Physics

October 26, 2017 LUFOS Aliens , Area 51 , Conspiracy , Latest posts , N. America , UFO News 0 A strange unidentified flying object reportedly outmaneuvered many F-18 pilots, a move that apparently defied physics. The incident took place during a terrifying encounter, according to an ex-senior U.S. national security chief who had time at the mysterious Area 51 facility. Chris Mellon further said that U.S. Navy personnel recorded the UFO on video from the USS Nimitz during the encounter that lasted for several hours. Mellon claimed to have served the U.S. federal government for almost 20 years in a series of national security positions in the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Mellon is one of former senior government insiders who have gone on record about unidentified flying objects after joining To The Stars Academy, a truth-seeking organization set up by former frontman of Blink 182, Tom DeLonge. Mr. Mellon, who was also claiming to have work on classified projects at Area 51 in Nevada, detailed the incredible event that took place off the coast of San Diego in broad daylight. He said warship Nimitz with a crew of thousands was operating in the area with Aegis class cruiser USS Princeton. All of a sudden a UFO appeared on the radar heading directly towards the battlegroup. The aircraft did not respond to radio calls, so the two F-18s were getting ready to intercept the target. While the F-18s came near to the bizarre aerial thing, the pilots saw the object in question that had no wings or exhaust. According to Mellon, it was white, oblong, around 40 feet long and about 12 feet thick. He said one pilot tried to pursue the UFO while his wingman stayed high in the sky. The pilots were reportedly astonished to see the strange object reorient itself toward the approaching F-18. After a series of strategic maneuvers, the UFO suddenly took a position directly behind the approaching F-18. The pilots managed to get a gun camera footage and infrared imagery of the object. They were clearly outmatched by a technology they had just seen, according to Mellon. He said the object remained in the area for several hours after the pilots returned to the Nimitz. More F18s were dispatched but with the same results. Mellon suggested the U.S. Congress should investigate the events. Your opinion?

The Department Of Defense Will Simulate A 'Very Bad Day' Scenario On November 4-6

Thursday, October 26 2017

The Department Of Defense Will Simulate A 'Very Bad Day' Scenario On November 4-6

The Department Of Defense Will Simulate A 'Very Bad Day' Scenario On November 4-6 The US Department of Defense plans a 'big lights out' drill for November 4th-6th. They want to simulate a massive coronal mass ejection which will shut down the national power grid. A designated DOD entity then will request county-by-county status to gain situational awareness via amateur radio. “This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite , and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement. During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters." Embed Code:

2,700 Mile Wide Storm Generating 60ft Waves Near U.S. Coast

Thursday, October 26 2017

2,700 Mile Wide Storm Generating 60ft Waves Near U.S. Coast

2,700 Mile Wide Storm Generating 60ft Waves Near U.S. Coast The remnant of Typhoon Lan generates gigantic waves near the U.S. Coast of Alaska . Typhoon Lan just converted into a gigantic low-pressure system which is as wide as the United States. About 2,700 Miles. Is the Planet getting ready for the big shift? Embed Code:

The Mind-Boggling Kailash Temple: Carved Out Of A Single Rock

Thursday, October 26 2017

The Mind-Boggling Kailash Temple: Carved Out Of A Single Rock

The Mind-Boggling Kailash Temple: Carved Out Of A Single Rock It was carved out of solid granite; even modern steel tools won't cut. You need carbide- diamond blades to cut through granite. That technology wasn't invented until the 20th century. Looking at the weathering of the stone it's much older than they say it is, probably in the hundreds of thousands of years old if not millions. Embed Code:

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.5, September/October 2017 For most American college students, their first serious encounter with the theory of evolution may come as part of an introductory biology course. As surprising as this might sound, the unfortunate reality is that in many high schools across the country evolution is often avoided or covered superficially as part of a crammed science curriculum, taught by teachers who are underqualified and poorly supported (Friedrichsen et al. 2016). The lack of prior familiarity with evolution presents a particular challenge to religious students who are likely to have questions about how to reconcile what they are learning in the college classroom with their own faith. Surveys indicate that more than half of all students enrolled in introductory biology courses believe in God and consider themselves religious. If their questions about science and faith go unaddressed as part of their coursework, research suggests that learning is likely to be inhibited. Even though a religious student may successfully complete exams and assignments that test their knowledge of evolutionary science, their scores may not reflect a deeper acceptance of what they learned. These students may leave a course still doubting whether evolution is the best (and only) scientific explanation for the diversity of life on Earth (Barnes and Brownwell 2016). Because of their experience in introductory biology courses, many religious students may also be turned off from pursuing a career in science. Studies indicate that students are more likely to choose a science career if they feel a sense of belonging as part of their coursework. Yet for many religious students, prevailing cultural cues tell them that science and religion are in conflict and that religious people lack competence or ability in science. Research shows that these false stereotypes, which are sometimes voiced by their instructors and peers, can harm the performance of religious students on science exams, further eroding their interest in science (Rios et al. 2015). Much of student uncertainty about evolution may be caused by a lack of awareness of church teaching or doctrine on the matter. Most major religious traditions, including the Roman Catholic church, the Mormon church, and mainline Protestant churches, have either a neutral or explicitly affirmative stance on evolution, acknowledging the consistency with church doctrine (National Academy of Sciences 2008). In other religious traditions such as evangelicalism, high-profile scientists such as Francis Collins (2006) have broken ranks with church doctrine to discuss openly how they reconcile science with their evangelical faith. For conservative Christian students, research indicates that having such a role model is a key contributor to their acceptance of evolution (Manwaring et al. 2015). Unfortunately, most faculty members in the life sciences are not prepared to adequately address the questions that religious students hold about the connections between science and faith. Surveys show that the great majority of life science faculty are nonreligious, and that many equate religious belief with fundamentalism, assuming that faith by definition is in conflict with science. Moreover, when asked, most do not see religion as a topic appropriate for a science course. Even those instructors who want to facilitate more thoughtful classroom conversations about science and religion often lack the confidence and training to do so effectively, and they therefore avoid the topic (Barnes and Brownwell 2016). For these reasons, in recent years, researchers have begun to test approaches embedded in introductory biology courses for facilitating more constructive conversations about science and religion that promote student acceptance of evolution. The findings point to promising models for instructors to adopt and offer insight on strategies for encouraging more constructive public dialogue about science and religion more generally. Getting Beyond Conflict In a study conducted at Arizona State University, instructors led ninety-five students enrolled in an introductory biology course through a two-week module focused on science, evolution, and religion. In addition to chapters from their textbook on natural selection and speciation, students were also required to read Science, Evolution, and Creationism , a booklet published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2008). The National Academy booklet was intended for use by scientists, teachers, parents, and school board members who wanted to engage in more constructive conversations with others who remain uncertain about evolution and its place in the public school curriculum. To guide their efforts, the National Academy commissioned focus groups and a national survey to gauge the public’s understanding of the processes, nature, and limits of science. The authoring committee also wanted to test various frames of reference that explained why alternatives to evolution were inappropriate for science class (Labov and Pope 2008; Nisbet and Scheufele 2009). The committee had expected that a convincing storyline for the public would be a traditional emphasis on past legal decisions and the doctrine of church-state separation. Yet the data revealed that audiences were not persuaded by this framing of the issue. Instead, somewhat surprisingly, the research pointed to the effectiveness of defining evolutionary science in terms of social progress, explaining its role as a building block for advances in medicine and agriculture. The research also underscored the effectiveness of reassuring the public that evolution and religious faith can be fully compatible. In light of this feedback, the National Academy committee decided to structure the final version of the report around these main points of emphasis. “The evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith,” states the report. “Science and religion are different ways of understanding the world. Needlessly placing them in opposition reduces the potential of each to contribute to a better future.” In the Arizona State experiment, drawing on themes from the booklet, instructors emphasized that “scientists study natural causes within the natural world, whereas religious ideas address questions of morality, purpose, and the existence of a higher power.” If religious beliefs were limited to questions of purpose, ethics, and the existence of God, then they were not in conflict with evolution. To evaluate the impact of the module, surveys were administered to the class before and after the module was completed. In contrast to the more than 50 percent of students at the start of the module who said they perceived religion and evolution as in conflict, only 26 percent said the same at the end, indicating that the module had reduced by nearly half the number of students holding a “conflict” outlook. More specifically, eleven out of the thirty-two students who said they perceived conflict at the start of the course shifted their outlook. Among those who were unsure at the start, eight out of fifteen indicated that evolution and religion were compatible after completing the module. Interestingly, there was no observable change in student scores on measures of religiosity (Barnes et al. 2017). In a second study conducted at Brigham Young University, researchers focused specifically on how Mormon students—if informed of the Mormon church’s official neutral position on evolution—may be more likely to subsequently accept evolutionary theory. In this case, the Mormon Church maintains strict belief in God as the creator, but in its statements it does not confirm or deny the potential for theistic evolution, leaving room for Mormons to adopt a scientific interpretation. The experiment involved more than 1,500 nonmajors enrolled in introductory biology courses. In the test condition, as part of the semester, students participated in at least one lecture and discussion of a “BYU Evolution Packet” that discussed the official Mormon church stance on human origins. After reading the packet, during the class discussion, students were encouraged to ask questions and make comments. The control condition had access to the BYU Evolution Packet, but no time was spent as part of the course in discussing the packet (Manwaring et al. 2015). For both the experimental and control conditions, overall student acceptance of evolution increased across the semester, and this greater level of acceptance remained five to seven months after completion of the course. But in the experimental condition that included the lecture on official Mormon teachings, gains in acceptance of evolution were significantly higher than in the control condition. As the researchers note, at the outset of the course, those students who held more misconceptions about the Mormon church’s stance on evolution were some of the least likely to accept the theory of evolution. Their analysis indicates that the booklet and single lecture on the topic corrected many of these misconceptions among the participating students, which in turn led to the higher gains in student acceptance of evolution in comparison to the control condition (Manwaring et al. 2015). Conclusion For most college students, the introductory courses they take during their first few college years may be the only thoughtful discussions of science and religion that they can draw on for the rest of their adult lives. If these students leave a science course lacking a strong motivation for further information on the topic, they can easily avoid the many available popular science books, articles, and films. When they do incidentally come across coverage in the news media, evolution is most likely to be framed in terms of controversy and irreconcilable conflict with religion (Mooney and Nisbet 2005). We tend to think about general science education at the college level as a vehicle for imparting knowledge about the physical world, particularly in terms of basic science literacy. But general education science courses should also serve a core civic purpose, imparting critical understanding of the complex relationship between science and society, modeling for students’ thoughtful ways to negotiate differences. The first few studies formally evaluating approaches to discussing evolution and religion are models to build on. More research is needed to expand the evidence-base specific to evolution and to evaluate approaches for effectively discussing other challenging topics such as climate change or gene editing. References Barnes, M.E., and S.E. Brownell. 2016. Practices and perspectives of college instructors on addressing religious beliefs when teaching evolution. CBE-Life Sciences Education 15(2). Barnes, M.E., J. Elser, and S.E. Brownell. 2017. Two-week evolution module reduces perceived conflict between evolution and religion for religious and non-religious students. American Biology Teacher 79(2): 104–111. Collins, F.S. 2006. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief . New York: Simon and Schuster. Friedrichsen, P.J., N. Linke, and E. Barnett. 2016. Biology teachers’ professional development needs for teaching evolution. Science Educator 25(1). Labov, J.B., and B.K. Pope. 2008. Understanding our audiences: The design and evolution of science, evolution, and creationism. CBE-Life Sciences Education 7(1): 20–24. Manwaring, K.F., J.L. Jensen, R.A. Gill, et al. 2015. Influencing highly religious undergraduate perceptions of evolution: Mormons as a case study. Evolution: Education and Outreach 8(1): 23. Mooney, C., and M.C. Nisbet. 2005. Undoing Darwin. Columbia Journalism Review 44(3): 30–39. National Academy of Sciences. 2008. Science, Evolution, and Creationism . Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Available online at https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11876/science-evolution-and-creationism . Nisbet, M.C., and D.A. Scheufele. 2009. What’s next for science communication? Promising directions and lingering distractions. American Journal of Botany 96(10): 1767–1778. Rios, K., Z.H. Cheng, R.R. Totton, et al. 2015. Negative stereotypes cause Christians to underperform in and disidentify with science. Social Psychological and Personality Science 6(8): 959–967. Matt Nisbet

The True Origin Of The Matrix Code Has Been Revealed

Thursday, October 26 2017

The True Origin Of The Matrix Code Has Been Revealed

« Previous - Next » The True Origin Of The Matrix Code Has Been Revealed The Matrix trilogy has inspired a passionate fandom since it was released decades ago and numerous aspects of the film have made their way into the cultural lexicon. However, one aspect of the film which has always baffled even die-hard fans are the eerie green letters of code that flash across the black screen. What could they possibly mean? Now, the creator of the movie franchise has revealed what the code actually is – and it is something of a surprise. “I like to tell everybody that The Matrix‘s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes, ” said Simon Whitley, the creator of the popular franchise, “Without that code, there is no Matrix.” The Matrix Code, inspired by Japanese Sushi Recipes According to Whitley, he devised the code by borrowing one of his wife’s Japanese cookbooks and scanned in the characters to a digital editing program. He then translated the characters into the distinctive coded letters. This explains why so many of the symbols that feature in the infamous Matrix code appear to be Japanese characters despite the fact that none of the three films featured Japanese locations or characters. This has naturally come as a surprise to many fans who believed that the code of the Matrix was a complex and sophisticated reference to calculus or perhaps rocket science but that it was beyond the realms of understanding for anyone other than the most intelligent coders or physicists. Watch it again: The inspiring end of 'The Matrix' However, now that the truth has been revealed fans who have been desperate to find out the truth of the Matrix code has another task at hand. It is highly possible that the characters could be shifted around and pieced back together to reveal the sushi recipe that inspired the iconic 90s code. However, it is possible that the entire sushi recipe is not actually contained in the green characters as Whitley has not revealed where he stopped scanning in the recipe or whether it contains a full recipe at all. Related Articles