“Stop me if you’ve heard this one”

“…unless they’re relating a long story and you can save them time by saying you already heard it”.

Always a caveat.

Why Evolution Is True

I was telling a friend a joke today, or rather sending it via email, and I got a reply back: “You already told me that one.” At first I was chagrined at having to waste my friend’s time, but then I thought, “Wait a tick. Why did he say that?”

As far as I can see, such discourse always embarrasses the person who’s repeated himself. (I’m not saying that people do that on purpose, as  some people just say “You told me that already” automatically.) And it seems totally unnecessary, as it adds nothing to the conversation except to assert—perhaps unconsciously—a form of dominance. After all, what, really, is the downside of listening to a short joke or something similar and pretending you hadn’t heard it before? 

My own policy is to listen as if I hadn’t heard it before. I see nothing positive in telling somebody “You’ve already told…

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Hey Christians… DON’T TRY AND ARGUE JESUS IS THE ANGEL OF THE LORD

D. M. Spence

I’m trying to get back into writing my blog posts and I thought this was a fun place to continue. Because let’s face it, it is always fun to respond to the ill-conceived and poorly thought out nonsense of Trinitarians. So while of late, I have been incredibly busy writing my book which has been focusing Jesus’ brother, James *waits while people frantically Google “Did Jesus have a brother?!?!”* and so I just wanted a nice, fun topic which deals with one of the many problems with the Trinitarian argument about Jesus being the Angel of the Lord, just to ease me back in.

Now, I have already done a post about this called, Jesus IS NOT the Angel of the LORD which deals with the heavy lifting of the argument. This deals with a number of issues that SJ Thomason brings up in her post Clues that Jesus…

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Reviewing The Case for Christ (The Eyewitness Evidence Can the Biographies of Jesus Be Trusted?: Pages 19-21)

D. M. Spence

Reviewing The Case for Christ (The Eyewitness Evidence Can the Biographies of Jesus Be Trusted?: Pages 19-21)

In reading the introduction to Strobel’s Case for Christ I have to say I was relatively impressed. I have read a lot of Christian apologetics books and this was certainly one of the most well-written and (unlike most) did not seem to be overly patronising. While I did not agree with the conclusion he came to, I can see why this is incredibly popular among Christians. However, that was just simply the introduction so there’s still plenty of time to disagree with him. With that being said, we are now getting into the important topics, so let’s start at the beginning with the issue of whether the biographies of Jesus can be trusted, so let’s get going!

Before we get into the main part of the chapter; the interview with Craig Blomberg…

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The Omnipotence Paradox… SERIOUSLY AGAIN?!?!?

D. M. Spence

If you have been following my channel on YouTube for any amount of time, you will have seen that I have an issue with the defence of the omnipotence paradox that theists often rely upon. For example, see D-Slapping… derezzed83 (Re: What Omnipotence Paradox?) and The Omnipotence Paradox… IT’S NOT THAT DIFFICULT. As I explained in my last couple of videos I made on the subject, I went through the fact that the problem with the theist’s reasoning is that they seem to rely on this line of reasoning.
P1) God exists

P2) The proposition “God exists” means, that there exists some entity which has, as part of its a nature the traits of omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence

P3) If an entity is omnipotent, then such a being can do everything which is logically possible

P4) God is omnipotent

C1) Therefore, God can do everything which is logically possible

P5)…

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Using MOSFETS with TTL levels (5 Volt and 3.3 Volt)

Arduino, ESP8266 & Raspberry Pi stuff

FETVarious Arduino projects that need to switch a high DC load are using MOSFET’s to do this, according to the circuit at the right (R1 is optional and may be necessary to switch off the FET if the pin goes low.

Popular MOSFET’s that are used are the IRF510 and IRF 520

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IRF510IRF520

Looking at those graphs one can see that at a gate to source level of 5V (Arduino levels) the IRF510 is only capable of delivering 1 Amp, whereas it is specified for 5,6 Amps continuous current. The 520 is somewhat better: at 5 V it delivers 3 Amps from its max of 9.2. This is because these FET’s are designed to pass the max current at gate voltages of around 10 Volts and that is beyond what most microcontrollers can deliver.

For the IRF522 it is even worse.

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Looking at the curve, at a gate to…

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Hawaii: Day 1

“Da Jesus Book” is hilarious. I can’t believe it’s real. I shouldn’t laugh though, Pidgin is supposed to be a “real” language, right?

Thanks for sharing.

Why Evolution Is True

I am on Oahu, the most touristed of the Hawaiian Islands, but there is also great beauty here: beaches, lovely mountains, waterfalls, and, of course, food. It is the island in red on the map below. (The island of “Hawaii” proper, to the extreme right is known as “The Big Island”).

They are all in a series of volcanic islands created as the continental plate moved over a hotspot from southeast to northwest, so that each island was a volcano that became quiescent and then began to erode away. There are underwater islands in the chain to the northwest, and a new island, still underwater, is forming to the southeast of the Big Island.

Here’s a topographic map of Oahu, with an area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), and a population of about one million. The island has two mountain chains, volcanic in origin, which lie to…

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New study: Belief in free will doesn’t make you act better

These kinds of studies never seem to persuade the opinions of those espousing “free will”. It appears they are “determined” to stay in their dogmatic mindset.

Why Evolution Is True

Is belief in free will necessary, as many claim, to keep society harmonious? The idea behind that claim is that if you’re a determinist, you’re going to be immoral, criminal, or nihilistic. But is there data supporting that claim?

A couple of previous studies have found a positive association between “prosocial” (i.e., good) behavior and either belief in free will or “priming” with passages promoting free will (vs. passages promoting determinism). But, as I wrote last year, some of these have problems:

One of the famous papers used to justify compatibilism was published by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler in Psychological Science, “The value of believing in free will: Encouraging a belief in determinism increases cheating.” But that paper is problematic. Besides its design flaws (i.e., “cheating” was tested shortly after students read passages either promoting or denigrating free will, with no long-term monitoring of behavior)…

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