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When my grandfather was my age he was sitting on the porch of a convalescent home, staring into space, bored and depressed.

When my father was my age he was sitting in his living room staring at a TV screen, bored and depressed.

I sit here in front of my computer screen amazed at the world which is just a few key strokes away.

The blogs of my Christian friends where there is love and laughter. My science blogs where I read about the miraculous breakthroughs being made each day. Africa, Australia, England, Japan, every country in the world, all within my finger tips.

I don’t remember the first time I ventured out onto the World Wide Web. I probably went to either the online edition of the New York Times, the web site of the Museum of Modern Art, or “Hot Babes In Bikinis”. ūüôā

I would be interested in anyone else’s first Internet experience that you can remember.

A couple of amazing news articles from my favorite science site, Science Daily.

1) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407074556.htm

Alligator Blood May Put The Bite On Antibiotic-resistant Infections

“Despite their reputation for deadly attacks on humans and pets, alligators are wiggling their way toward a new role as potential lifesavers in medicine, biochemists in Louisiana reported at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. They described how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns, and “superbugs” that are resistant to conventional medication.
Their study, described as the first to explore the antimicrobial activity of alligator blood in detail, found a range of other promising uses for the gator’s antibiotic proteins. Among them: combating Candida albicans yeast infections, which are a serious problem in AIDS patients and transplant recipients, who have weakened immune systems, the scientists say.”

2) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080405165601.htm

Damaged Brain Can Be Repaired And Cerebral Functions Restored, Neuronal Study Suggests
Scientists in the Laboratoire de Neurobiologie des Processus Adaptatifs (CNRS/Université Pierre et Marie Curie) have shown that it is possible to repair an injured brain by creating a small number of new, specifically-targeted innervations, rather than a larger number of non-specific connections. Behavioral tests have demonstrated that such reinnervation can thus restore damaged cerebral functions.

 Brain injury in adults can cause irreparable, long-term physical and cognitive damage. However, motor and spatial functions can be recovered if undamaged neurons are stimulated to create new innervation. This type of innervation develops spontaneously after a brain injury in very young children.

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1) Compared to other animals we humans don’t matched up too well.¬† We aren’t very strong, we don’t see that well, our hearing isn’t that good.¬† We have survived, and thrived, because of our reasoning mind.

The necortex of the human brain accounts for about 76% of the mass of the brain; with a neocortex that much larger than other animals, we enjoy unique mental capacities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_brain .

It’s this reasoning power in analyzing the world around us¬†that gives¬†man¬†a competitive advantage over other animals.¬† It’s¬†reason and logic that¬†helps us gain a better understanding of the world we live in and to build a better future for our children.

We also have an emotional side.  Love is an emotion.  We are attracted to someone who seems to be too tall, too short, too thin, too heavy, or has no taste in clothes.  We enjoy singing and dancing, going to concerts or churchs, because of our emotions.  These things just make us happy.  There is no need to analyize the experience, just go with it.

Whatever inspires people to be good citizens and help others, be it religion or anything else, is a good thing.

However, when we decide on the laws¬†of¬†the¬†societies we will live in and how to deal with our neighbors in other countries, it’s the reasoning side of our brain we need to listen too.¬† Using reason we can break down the barriers of racism, religion and nationalism our emotional side has put between us.

The reasoning mind created democracy, where citizens choose their leaders; capitalism where it’s the efficiency of the worker that counts not their skin color; technology like the Internet that brings the people of the world together.¬† The reasoning mind uses science to develop new ideas and create solutions to the problems that challenge us.

The emotional mind on the other hand can result in caring, hard working people  following a crazed, charismatic leader like Hitler, who tells them the Jews are to blame for all their problems and that they are the master race.  The emotional mind gets young people to listen to a religious fanatic like Osama ben Laden, because they are sure that if they die in a holy war they will join God in heaven for eternity.

I won’t see it in my lifetime, it may take a 1,000 years or more, but socities, using reason and logic,¬†will evolve that rely more on cooperation, and not conflict, to resolve the¬†differences between the¬†races and nations of the world.

The pace of scientific discoveries is increasing exponentially.  In ten years we will likely know ten times more about the world than we do today.  These discoveries will demonstrate the value of relying on reason to create the world we need.  As science finds more answers I believe people will gain confidence that humanity can build a better future.  People will turn away from the magical world of myth and unquestioning faith. 

The more we use our reasoning mind the better able we will be to overcome the barriers of racism, religion and nationalism that fuel the conflicts and wars that exist today.  Using reason and logic will give us that better future we dream about.

2) Questions: 

Wouldn’t it be better if we took all the resources, energy and love¬†that is now¬†focused on God and redirect them to our fellow man?¬†

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we worship humanity and not God?

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