The Next Step in the Evolution of Religion

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The Religiously Unaffiliated, the “Nones”, are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, experiencing a rapid-growth of 6% from 2007–2014 (a jump from 16% to 22% share of the population). Furthermore, since 1990, the fraction of Americans with No Religious Affiliation nearly tripled, from about 8% to 22% percent. And the numbers are even more pronounced among young Americans, as a whopping 35% of Millennials identify as Religiously Unaffiliated.

This trend in America is following a similar trend that has been occurring in Europe, where 24% of the population is Religiously Unaffiliated; supporting what is known as…


An Abridged History of American Colonialism

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In recent years the celebration of Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October has been gaining momentum, serving as a direct replacement and condemnation of Columbus Day, in a movement to abolish the federal holiday; which is seen as an oversimplified telling of our national history, and a celebration of the oppressive nature of colonialism.

Christopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of the new world for making landfall in the Bahamas in 1492, but he was indeed responsible for inflicting horrific atrocities upon its native peoples, whom which he exercised a brutal tyranny over; initiating a failed…


And the Importance of Theoretics

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Albert Einstein published the Theory of General Relativity in 1916. The math entailed in that theory predicted the possibility for the existence of Black Holes. And even though Einstein himself was skeptical of their actual existence, they were not only proven to exist in the later-discovery of Cignus X-1 in 1964, but proven to be relatively abundant among the sprawling cosmos, with many other Black Hole discoveries since then.

While one possible outcome of the math constituting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, Black Holes, has received its well deserved and proper due in reality — another mathematical prediction of that…


Intellectual Pursuits of the Universe

The Motion of Change

Everything in existence is in a constant state of motion and change, from the tiny particles of matter that make up our bodies, to the timeline of events that define our lives, all the way to the cosmic song and dance going on in the heavens above; this great symbiotic waltz of matter and energy, inertia and force, shapes everything we know, on the smallest and largest scales in the Universe. Motion and Change are the governing bodies of Existence.

If you asked almost anyone: “What is the closest planet to Earth?” They would almost immediately, with confidence, answer: “Venus”


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There is a an old saying, “Never discuss Religion or Politics in polite company.” And it is horrible advice. It sets a poor example, says very little of the importance of emotional fortitude, while completely sidestepping the actual problem; which is not the ‘discussion’ of Religion or Politics because they result in arguments, but rather, our inability to engage in productive arguments.

Communication is ‘arguably’ the most important skill in the history of mankind, while Religion and Politics remain as the most influential and important subjects in human existence, respectively. Avoiding talking or communicating about things of great significance seems…


The Rise of Memes and Fall of Attention Spans

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The Renaissance was a prolific time period in human history, characterized as a rebirth and resurgence of art, literature, philosophy, education, intellectualism, and humanism; which ushered in the Age of Enlightenment, both the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, and served as the springboard from which mankind propelled itself from the Middle Ages into the Modern Era.

The sharing of ideas is what ultimately drove the momentum of the Renaissance; and nothing else attributed more to the ability to “share ideas and information” than the invention of the printing-press; this vastly expanded the reach and influence of the cultural movement, and the…


Intellectual Pursuits of the Universe

We Are Invisible

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There have been many attempts to measure the frequency that which intelligent life exists in the Observable Universe, including a modified version of the Drake Equation, where astrophysicists demonstrated (using some of the most “pessimistic” estimates) that the likelihood that Alien life exists in the Milky Way Galaxy is far greater than the likelihood that we are alone in the Milky Way Galaxy: by a margin of 60-billion to 1.

Furthermore, another study, taking into account time, states that more than half-a-trillion alien civilizations have existed in our Galaxy’s billions-of-years-long history.

But these fascinating realizations only beg the question: If…


Integrated Information Theory

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OSKA

Nobody is exactly certain what Consciousness ‘is’, or if it even exists. Consciousness is the subject of much obscurity and ambiguity; particularly, Human Consciousness, as some ideas surrounding it have even posited consciousness as being exclusive to humans.

It — has been ceremoniously riddled by vague interpretation, danced alongside the Ego, flirted with the Intellect, it is has been the target of the spiritual and mystical, connected to religious themes of the spirit and soul, identified as the chief attribute separating humans from animals, along with a vast number of other baseless assumptions; all of which, only makes understanding what…


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Yes, you read that headline correctly. Time Travel is not Science Fiction, it is Scientific Fact; and it is proven, as some individuals have already demonstrated time-travel in small increments — but, before we get into that, we need to talk about ‘Time’ first, as it is a far more abstract concept than it appears to be.

When we think about time, we think about time as a construct, the units of measurement humans have created, such as: the second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century etc… and this has been useful to human beings for various reasons…

Mike Hogan

Amateur Writer, Astronomer, Philosopher, Intellectual and Critical Thinker.

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