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About mikbone

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    Amateur Astronomy, Cliff Jumping, Vintage Video Games (Robotron 2084 is my favorite), Sci-Fi / Fantasy Books, Good Movies, LDS Doctrine
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  1. mikbone

    Neuro's seitch for fremen fanboys

    Sure hope they green light part II. It is an Epic movie, the worldmaking, spacecraft, soundtrack, etc. 2.5 hours passed so quickly, and I was distraught when it ended. Nailed the sand liquefaction.
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    Positive Impressions In The Media?

    I think we should take like a billion dollars and hire some A-list Hollywood actors and directors to do the Book of Mormon on the big screen. You know that it is a better story than DUNE. BTW - going to watch DUNE right now.
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    Doctrine Fallout

    Just about to finish the audiobook that he self narrated. I liked quite a few of the studies and data that he quoted. He is probably the first person that I have listed to who is a complete and total atheist though… Social Psychologist - what a crazy field of study. He probably could have used the terms elephant and rider as well as 90% chimp and 10% bee a few hundred more times though. It wasn’t time wasted but don’t think it will help. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Yeah, that is a theory. I don't think it is widely accepted though. Current understanding leads us to believe that the Universe will end as a cold empty place.
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    When we talk about the big bang and the origin of man / God, we are on a pretty sandy foundation both scientifically and doctrinally. Dark matter and Dark energy can easily be categorized as immaterial matter. And since God is a Kardashev 6 type being, He can manipulate space, time, energy, matter & created the multiverse. Some scientists theorize that life and the universe as we know it are just an impressive computer simulation. If that is so (and I think that it is an tempting idea to perceive the plan of salvation as a simulation) then there is no way that we would be able to discern god with our physical eyes... Well this is hard to say. From the above picture, the artist is demonstrating the beginning of the universe as we know it as a nebulous cloudy something or other. We just ldon’t know what it was. Due to our scientific limitations, we cannot predict the state of the universe prior to 10 -43 seconds. We just don't know. We lack the math to unite: General Relativity (our understanding of gravity) & Quantum mechanics (which best describes our understanding of the strong nuclear, weak nuclear, and electromagnetic forces). We are trying to understand a theoretical Grand unified theory GUT (the combination of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces into a single force) which we haven't yet. And understanding a singularity would require us to comprend the so called Theory of Everything ToE - which would allow us to unite Gravity with the GUT. There are some Latter-Day Saints (count me as one) whom believe that we (spirit children of Elohim) predate the known universe. The following quote is from Joseph Smith's April 7, 1844 general conference talk. And Abraham 3: 24 clearly states that we assisted Jehovah in the creation of at least this Earth, more likely the Milky Way Galaxy, or even possibly the entire Universe. I love that the temple narrative uses the term "matter unorganized." I like to think of a singularity as matter unorganized. Oh this hasnt stopped them from trying. And this is just a 7 min clip that I looked up. There is an entire episode on what happened before the big bang. It gets crazy.
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    Not necessarily. The statement is: D&C 93:29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. Joseph Smith was not talking about matter as we know it. He was talking about either the intelligence or spirit of man - neither of which can science either detect or care to acknowledge. And from Einstein’s theory E=mc^2 we know that energy and matter are interchangeable. Regardless, from the BB theory. We theorize that in the beginning, all matter and energy was compressed into a singularity - state of infinite density. So matter and energy were already there. What was created was space.
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-fllght-cancellations-pilots-association-president/ https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-covid-vaccinated-employees-deadline/index.html Darn COVID. I’d hate to be traveling now…
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    Watch Secret Lives of Neutrinos • 2021 • episode "S9E8" • How the Universe Works One of my favorite TV productions. And the following quote from the same production (one of my top 10 favorite science quotes) is from Paul M. Sutter discussing the theory of inflation and particularly why it stopped inflating. “We don’t know. We got nothing. Well we got something. It’s tough... It’s tough.” These 2 episodes shouldn’t be missed.
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    Mark 4 - The Parable of the Sower

    This is my favorite part of the parable! The fowls can be a welcome assistant instead of an adversary. You never know what will happen with your testimony. And if I were a Mission President, I would share the following with my missionaries on a routine basis. The sower sows where he will. And sometimes the seeds may pass on the wayside, and that's OK. Occasionally, when the birds devour the seeds, they do not digest them completely. Eventually, the bird will fly away and deposit the partially digested seed onto a healthy location with some fertilizer and that seed will take root in a new location that had never previously had that species of plant. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1988/01/i-will-not-burn-the-book?lang=eng The above is a perfect example. When Brother Francesca found the Book of Mormon it had been partially digested, "because the cover and frontispiece had been stripped off."
  10. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1992/04/doors-of-death?lang=eng
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    Doctrine and Covenants 76:24

    Elohim created the Spirits of Men. Jesus Christ created the Earth and the physical tabernacle of Man. Due to sin, we are separated from God. But, Chris’t Atonement allows us to be purified and “spiritually reborn” so we can be reunited with God again.
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    Holy Spirit of Promise

    In this instance, I would lean toward 3 Ne 18: 28-29 as my guide, instead of McConkie's entry in Mormon Doctrine. All I'm saying is that sometimes we oversimplify and take terms that are written in the scriptures and use them in a way that was not intended. For example, we were on vacation yesterday and we saw the most beautiful sunset. But the term sunset is a misnomer. The sun does not set or rise. The Earth rotates. No doubt those terms pre-date Copernicus (referencing the geocentric model), we just use them because they are convenient. But they are erroneous. Likewise, one of my favorite NASA pictures is called Earthrise. But if we had a base on the Moon you would never see Earth rise. The near side of the Moon is always pointed at the Earth. So if you were on the Moon you would see the Earth hung up in the same spot in the sky every day (but you would be able to watch the earth rotate). I do acknowledge D&C 132:7, but I read it as follows. Blessings from the Lord are conditional, requiring: 1) covenant, contract, bond, obligation, oath, vow, performances, expectations (ordinance) 2) Sealing power of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit of promise. 3) Performed by one who is anointed. If the ordinance does not fulfill all of the above, it is null and void.
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    In my hometown about 20 nurses (who we had been calling health care heroes) refused to get the vaccine and have been escorted off the hospital premise. We then had to call in help from the National Guard and the news outlets are saying that the national guard were called in due to the delta variant bump in cases (instead of the imposed loss of staff). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/04/national-guard-california-hospitals-covid /face palm