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A #cyberaccelerator is not just for Christmas! Our programme is supporting 6 cyber-security start-ups for the next 6 months, giving them the tools and expertise they can use for years to come...

New breach: "You've Been Scraped" - @MayhemDayOne discovered exposed MongoDB instances containing the personal data of 66M people believed scraped from LinkedIn (owner could not be identified). 83% of addresses were already in @haveibeenpwned. Read more: https://t.co/gNPrqIw8M0

Let them paste passwords! Why don't websites do this? The debate has raged (with most commenting how annoying it is… https://t.co/llQuha05Ch

British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins $3m award for pulsar work https://t.co/0kE5qPpK7c

Exclusive: For the 2nd time in three years, mobile spyware maker mSpy leaks millions of records online, including payment details and chat/text messages, location data, phone records etc. uploading from devices secretly running mSpy https://t.co/InH4TZHxhm

Reddit breach highlights limits of SMS-based 2-factor authentication. If SMS 2FA is all that's available, so be it. But many sites now support more secure forms of authentication. Why you should up your game. https://t.co/RZUaJ1fYJn

The ruthlessness of twitter Bots really does crack me up! (free ETH/BTC giveaway)!! #elonmusk

Computing in Northamptonshire: Miniproject: Augmented Reality for free https://t.co/mQoGZPVeed

there is a weird thing falling from the sky. I think it might be rain!

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Transhumanism

Posthuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism

Ever had these questions:

– Can technology go as far as shaping human minds and bodies?
– Where might humans find themselves in the world post the technological revolution?
– Can we live for longer, say hundreds of years, rather than at best 100 years?
– Have a desire to be super intelligent?
– Realised that religion is a false hope and the bleakness of an atheistic world view too depressing?

Well good news – consider the possibilities offered in this short video:

Transhumanism Wiki here

Love God, Love People… but does God Love all people?

This debate started on my Facebook timeline.  A friend of mine, who is a Christian, updated posted the following:

 

Chris:  Love God, Love People.

 

This is how the comments rolled:

 

 

Adam (me – reason42): But does God love people?!……

 

Chris:  i think so, i would have done away with us ungrateful lot years ago!

 

Adam: You don’t seem sure!

 

Chris: You’re right, but God’s been trying to convince me that He does for more than 20 years… and that’s just that He loves me… some people hey! 😀

 

Adam: Ok so you think, or believe, or have faith or whatever that he loves you. That’s you all wrapped up. How about other people – because that’s where I was going… you know… thinking about *other* people…?!

 

Chris: I think I’d be a bit self centred if I thought he only loved me… hmmm interesting thought tho lol! maybe someone should write a book on it – I vote for Tom Holt!

 

Adam: It would be ridiculous to suggest he only love *you* though some people have thought that (a kind of Solipsism)!

Okay so shoot from the hip – does he or does he not love people. Or let’s get some precision here. Does he:

A) love all people
B) some people

Your answer please 😉

 

Chris: I’ll let you know if I meet someone and God tells me He doesn’t love them… If I do then I’ll love them anyway… Or maybe that’s God’s Spirit living in me… 😀

 

John (a friend of Chris (a friend of Chris is a friend of mine 😉 )):‎”For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). I think that is where Chris is coming from. Its quite difficult to discuss this subject without a clear definition of the meaning of the word, “love”. As a father, I love my children unconditionally, but that does not mean I approve of everything about them. I feel that love more intensely at times when I least like them (eg when they are having a quarrel). Jesus said “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another”. The body of people that are redeemed by Him are at their most convincing when they have, and show, that love.

 

Adam: Hi John, I know the perspective Chris’ quote is coming from however – still the question is on the table:

Does God:

A) love all people?
B) some people?

???

 

John: God loves all people. (Adam – my emphasis <- this answer is what I was expecting all along as will come clear later)

 

then…

Chris: Does God love you Adam?

A) Yes
B) No

And if you would like to explain why please

 

Adam: Hi John, expected answer – but there are deep deep problems with your answer. I would have been more impressed if you said B! I would like to discuss – you up for it?

Chris, good question. As you know, I’m an atheist – but from a philosophical enquiry point of view I would say A if I was to grant all aspects of God I assume you take to be ‘true’ – scare quotes intended! Again, I would like to discuss why…. But facebook comments are not very conducive and I’m not in London for a wee while…

 

John: Hi, Adam, I’m up for discussing it. What are your deep deep problems with my answer?  And before we go too far, just in case we are talking about different things, what exactly do you understand by the word ‘love’?

 

…and this is how we ended up here.  All comments are welcome and moderation will only weed out racist and obscene posts – and here I’m thinking of random posters from around the world.

 

Video: William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins: “Does God Exist?”

A debate on “Does God Exist?” William Lane Craig (theist) and Peter Atkins (atheist)

Craig offers three arguments for the existence of God:

 

1) The Cosmological Argument

2) The Moral Argument

3) The Testimonial Argument (Resurrection of Jesus)

 

The video is nearly two hours long, so get comfortable!

 

 

I have to say that Craig comes through this debate better than does Atkins.  That’s not to say that I think  Craig’s arguments win the debate or trump the atheist’s position.  I just think that Craig does a much better job of arguing for his position.

 

Atkins also attacks the usefulness of philosophers! On some levels I agree with him: such as that observation and experimentation are the tools we need to learn about the Universe and how it came about rather than sitting on one’s bottom thinking about stuff.  On the other side, however, modern science originated from philosophy (Natural Philosophy) and further to this Philosophy of Science helped to shape, and still does, modern science.

 

Adam