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  1. Leslie Johnston
    June 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Pope Francis is about to author an encyclical about climate change. I disagree with his position on the “global warming” issue and would hope that his writing is not ex cathedra nor Extraordinary Magisterium. If a sun is a dying planet, then eventually it will enter a supernova phase (my words) in which it burns even hotter before finally dying out. The earth will eventually freeze if left to its current course in the solar system. Global warming has not been proven to be man caused nor substantially affected by man. Also, in order to not artificially limit population increase through reproductive limitation, we will have to have better fuels regardless of the climate change issue. Condemning wealthy countries is counterproductive since it will take money and resources to produce the efficiencies in energy required. I sincerely hope the Pope will take all this into consideration.

  2. June 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook. There is nothing wrong with the Sartre quote, and it proves that the Nagel quote is dishonest. The Nagel quote proves that the textbook quote is ignorant, unintelligent, and irrational:

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    David Roemer

    • Michael DePietro
      June 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Not sure where exactly you are going with this David, but thanks for reading

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