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    One of the first images taken with CMS, one of the detectors, after a beam of particles was smashed into a tungsten block

    Yep. The Super Collider that was tested a few weeks back - you know, the one that was HACKED due to security problems this week - is set to have it's first big bang next week.

    Excellent move forward for science?
    Extremely stupid move for humanity and our world?

    Only time will tell ... unless time itself is ripped apart and a major tear in time/space sends us all into another dimension or another reality.

    (wonder if that reality would be better than this one? :D )
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    Well, it was nice knowing you!
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    We'll start the usual End Of The World As We Know It thread in the Lounge next week. Be sure to bring the good beer this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    We'll start the usual End Of The World As We Know It thread in the Lounge next week. Be sure to bring the good beer this time.
    Sounds good. I bet I'll get the opportunity to use the following quote a few times:

    The priests of the different religious sects dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.--Thomas Jefferson
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    Eccentrica Gallumbits is coming here? :eek:
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    Now, they were supposed to wait until 2012 to be in sinc with the Mayan calendar. Don't those damned scientists know anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanMartins View Post
    Sounds good. I bet I'll get the opportunity to use the following quote a few times:
    The priests of the different religious sects dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.--Thomas Jefferson
    When you do, may I respond with this one

    The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind.
    -- Thomas Jefferson, to Moses Robinson, 1801, ME 10:237

    I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
    C. S. Lewis
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    When you do, may I respond with this one
    The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind.
    -- Thomas Jefferson, to Moses Robinson, 1801, ME 10:237
    A good quote. He phrased it cleverly (as always), praising Christianity without revealing that he himself was an agnostic/deitist. It is admitted to in his letter to Thomas Paine:

    To Thomas Paine: Dear Sir, --Your favour of September 11, was duly received. It is with great delight to hear of you coming our way. May I say with all frankness, Mr. Paine, that you should take my advice and express nothing publicly regarding your religion. The people aren't ready for your views. Trust me, the time is not right and you'll be a much happier person. Do as I have done. Since religion is "solely between man and his God," even those closest to me never knew exactly what I believed.
    --Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson certainly had a strong faith in God, though not in the doctrines of the man-made religions. He was more open about this in the later stages of his life:
    I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
    --Thomas Jefferson
    An enigmatic and enlightened individual -- no doubt about that. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    We'll start the usual End Of The World As We Know It thread in the Lounge next week. Be sure to bring the good beer this time.

    I'll bring extra and start and "End of the World Jukebox."


    Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba Dawg View Post
    I'll bring extra
    My first trip through a worm-hole and you're bringing PBR? Remind me to kill you as we pass Saturn.
    Be Not Afraid.
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