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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one day about 3,600 years ago, they had no idea an unseen icy space rock was speeding toward them at about 38,000 mph (61,000 kph).

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The more we learn, the less dependent we are on a divine myth to explain naturally occurring events.

One day we will know enough that the 5,000 or so gods mankind has created in its history will thankfully be put to rest -- including the current popular ones.

I look forward to that day, though it is unlikely to happen in my lifetime.

#1 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 08:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

None of the 8,000 people or any animals within the city survived " their bodies were torn apart and their bones blasted into small fragments.

Now that's a preferred way to go.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 08:07 PM | Reply

though it is unlikely to happen in my lifetime.
#1 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

What you think about the idea that our archaic ancestors used many of the religious myths to explain alien visitations?

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 08:08 PM | Reply

"You mock the way I chose to smite you silly man "

The lord almighty

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 08:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Now that's a preferred way to go."

Yep. Living the fullest until a quick, painless end. Sign me up!

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-09-21 08:27 PM | Reply

#3 - I don't give that much credence to that line of thought, personally. But who knows? Aliens also make more sense than an invisible and omnipotent god.

I think man (kings) invented religion to control the masses. If they were convinced bad things were going to happen to them after they died, they were more likely to obey the kings while they were a live. Also, if there was a catastrophe (like Sodom mentioned in this story) the kings can say, "See? You pissed off the big guy. Better be nice to your king who is communication with him."

#6 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 08:28 PM | Reply

Not the kings, the priests. After many bountiful harvests you got fat and lazy, so you fornicated and drank.

Well now the hail has crushed our crops, the cows are dry, pestilance is amongst us.

Straighten up and fly right dammit.

And that goes the same for you kings.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 08:43 PM | Reply

#7 - but the priests had to precede god. With no god, there are no priests. That's why I think kings invented god.

Great vid, though very comical, explains it.

www.youtube.com

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 08:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Were there kings in tribalism? Genuinely asking.

If not, then the religious leader was also more than likely the tribal leader.

Religion was about explanations for things that seemed, at the time, unexplainable.

God of the gaps explanations ruled the lexicon and those who were the most convincing were afforded the most power, a lot like politics today.

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 08:59 PM | Reply

God is some kind of energy.
Why does anything exist?
Your video just shows the fallacy that god is in our image and we think we're so damn special. We are parasitical.

#10 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 09:01 PM | Reply

What actually happened at Sodom: www.oglaf.com

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-21 09:04 PM | Reply

"Were there kings in tribalism? "

I use the word "king" loosely. Tribes have their chiefs. Even more primitive societies have their elders. Different words, same roles.

#12 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 09:07 PM | Reply

#12

Fair enough.

#13 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 09:09 PM | Reply

Were there kings in tribalism? Genuinely asking.

#9 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2021-09-21 08:59 PM | FLAG:

Yes. If you accept Elman's thinking, Tribalism exists in two stages. The second stage is a stratified society led by tribal kings typically called a Chiefdom. The most common type of a chiefdom is a council of tribe elders, popular assemblies, temporary postings of a war chief, and arguable the most dominant role of all, the medicine man who acts as the spiritual leader.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-22 10:04 AM | Reply

Medicine doesn't mean medicine in the Western sense. For indigenous populations it should be interpreted as spiritual healing.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-22 10:05 AM | Reply

www.simulation-argument.com

The meteor was just another simulation... or not.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-22 12:53 PM | Reply

The meteor was just another simulation... or not.

#16 | POSTED BY CORKY

Or a big booger. A big booger that got ejected when Gawd sneezed.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-22 01:14 PM | Reply

"The Simulation Argument is perhaps the first interesting argument for the existence of a Creator in 2000 years."
- David Pearce (exaggerated compliment)
from the link

"Do We Live in a Simulation? Chances Are about 50"50
Gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else's computer may come down to advanced AI research "or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology"

www.scientificamerican.com

Reality as a computer simulation, still favored by some prominent physicists, has the unique benefit of providing extensive arguments in physics for creation... of one sort or another. The only argument there is whether the creator is a nerdy programmer or not.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-22 01:27 PM | Reply

Pretty incredible story. The power of that blast... It does possibly help explain more than a bit of "biblical history" though.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-22 02:24 PM | Reply

#19 - Noah's flood can also be explained by evidence of a massive flooding of the Black Sea due to a breach of a natural dam at the Bosporous as sea levels rose at the end of the last ice age.

www.sjsu.edu

Gods are less and less relevant as science marches on. One day they (or whoever the gods du jour are) will disappear like the Middle Eastern cities in this article.

#20 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-22 02:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

There was definitely a Flood as loosely described in The Bible, but it did not actually cover the entire earth.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-22 02:42 PM | Reply

#21 Uh huh. Then why are there still unicorns? Also, I love Jakester's sense of humor. Either that or he's mad.

#22 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-22 07:13 PM | Reply

All you need to know about religion you can find here...

youtu.be

In 10 minutes (and change) George Carlin utterly destroys the arguments for Christianity
and religion...

It's all a hoax folks! A ploy to get at your
money and to control the way you think...and
vote...

#23 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-22 08:30 PM | Reply

will disappear like the Middle Eastern cities in this article.

#20 | Posted by jakester

Yeah. Because God destroys them. What God wants, God gets. God help us all.

Look Jakester, we can padlock your pants. We can shave your palms. We can give you dark glasses and a cane. But we can't give you a hand out of the slimy pit of Onanism - that's nasty. You're on your own there pall.

Will pray for you, but as we all know, you cannot petition the Lord with prayer.

#24 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-22 09:02 PM | Reply

#21 - to which of the 5,000 or so gods man has created will you pray? I'm an atheist, but If you let me choose one, I think I'd go for the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He is such a beneolent god and also, I like pirates.

"you cannot petition the Lord with prayer."

Yes, I know. Jim already told me.

#25 | Posted by beachb at 2021-09-22 09:09 PM | Reply

"Look Jakester, we can padlock your pants. "

That's going to make urinating a bit tricky.

#26 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-22 09:16 PM | Reply

Roger Waters - "What God Wants, God Gets". www.youtube.com

#27 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-22 09:31 PM | Reply

The more we learn, the less dependent we are on a divine myth to explain naturally occurring events.

One day we will know enough that the 5,000 or so gods mankind has created in its history will thankfully be put to rest -- including the current popular ones.

I look forward to that day, though it is unlikely to happen in my lifetime.

#1 | Posted by jakester

Especially if morons like you keep supporting the party of mythology instead of the party of science.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-22 09:40 PM | Reply

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