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Faith vs Religion

The viral role in the blueprint of Life

The 2022 Quanta article below, A Billion Years Before Sex, Ancient Cells Were Equipped for It, is rather technical to read. Nevertheless, it's a must-read as it reveals several very important issues. Most importantly, this article supports my theory that viruses play an important - if not essential - role in Evolution and in the blueprint of Life. The article does...

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“What is faith?”

Mid March, I received a question from one of the readers of my blog, asking me for my definition of faith. She also stated: "According to the [deleted by LO] church (in which I was raised) I suppose that I don't have much." Note: italic markings in quote by LO. My then-answer to her was as follows: "Faith is an individual’s belief in any deity or Supreme Being....

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How did we get so far??

In yesterday's blog, stagflation vs inflation, I finally put in writing that what has been bugging me for a long time: "It’s a miracle (to me) that we have come so far despite the abundance of human stupidity." One could argue that the interglacial period following the Last Glacial Maximum allowed us to rewrite human history, given the worldwide destruction due to...

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Are viruses responsible for convergent evolution?

Convergent evolution is the phenomenon that life on this planet follows a certain blueprint (eg, 2 arms/wings, a backbone, 2 legs, a head with ears, eyes, nose, mouth). Few multicellular lifeforms deviate from that blueprint. Still, an octopus has 8 arms/legs, 3 hearts, 9 brains and is therefore often viewed as "alien". That blueprint is a bit of a scientific...

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Life is a revolving door

Nowadays, my love life feels like a revolving door. As soon as a Possibly Maybe disappears, the next one appears. I thought that this phenomenon might just be happening to me. I was wrong. A few days ago, a friend posted an excerpt from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944): "Il y aura toujours une autre occasion, un autre ami, un autre amour,...

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Faith is Love, Religion is Power, Knowledge explains the difference

My title is my paraphrase of the 1932-33 Serenity Prayer (my 2019 blog): "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." "Faith is love" is my reference to one of the ancient Greek words for love: divine love or agape. It even touches upon the essence of the word Yahweh,...

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