All this discussion of God lacks a definition of God. I have my own analysis.

Physicists trace the origin of the universe to a single point of matter and energy that exploded to create the universe. That explosion was dubbed the Big Bang. Symmetrically, at the end of the universe, everything in the universe collapses into that point. Time is circular and has no beginning and no end. This view solves the quandary of what came before the Creation: There is no God because there is no unique moment when the universe was created. just as a circle has no starting point.

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A Brilliant Indictment of New York’s High-End Real Estate Market

This is a marvelous and very well-informed description of why and how those ultra-tall residential skyscrapers in Manhattan are built, occupied. and financed. I couldn’t have said it better.

The upheaval in Afghanistan has dominated the news, but haven’t seen any mention of how it might interact with the production of opium poppies there.

Opium poppies are Afghanistan’s major export. Control of the opium poppy trade has been a major priority of the Taliban — as well as of the warlords who exercised much of political power there. Because the poppy trade has officially been illegal, most of the activity has been behind the scenes.

I can’t imagine that the Taliban would do anything that would reduce their opium income. It’s striking that this has gone unmentioned in the news outlets, except for Al Jazeera, but it’s hardly a secret. When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan in the years before 2001. they profited greatly from…

Substack Versus Medium — What’s The Difference?

Substack, like Medium. offers a outlet for writers. It’s also newer than Medium. I‘m wondering what the differences are, and to what extent…

I want to create a blog on Medium, and also a place to archive longer-form essays. Monetization is not important to me, so suggestions about how to structure my stories to monetize them don't help me.

I've already created a publication, Pensées, but I haven't been able to figure out a good way to structure it. I want to have just two sections, "Essays" and "Commentaries". and be able to organize the essays. by topic. The commentaries would be like the "what's on your mind" feature of Facebook--in other words, a more-or-less daily journal.

That's all I need.

There's a back story here that I'd love to know. How did you manage to be singled out among all the young climate activists in the world to be the one to gain access to the podium at the UN General Assembly? Surely it's not the uniqueness of your message, nor even your youth; there are many other youthful climate activists with the same message.

The biggest problem in addressing your message to "the people in power" who are sympathetic to it is that they are very likely to say to themselves, "Who, me? It's those other guys out there who are the problem.". Meanwhile,people like Robert Murray, the founnder and CEO of Murray Energy, the largest privately held coal company in the United States, thumb their noses at you and continue on their merry (destructive) way.

And it seems that the most popular subject is “How To Make Money Writing On Medium.

My aim in publishing “stories” on Medium isn’t to earn money, though that would…

This article struck a chord with me because of my own near-death experience. I fell in the shower and banged my head. The next thing I knew, the EMTs were standing over me and, as I later learned, my blood pressure was dropping rapidly. If they hadn't intervened, I would have died.

During this experience, I felt extremely peaceful. I expected to die any minute, but the thought did not upset me. That sense of peacefulnes was what I most remember about the episode.

Something is miraculous if it you can’t explain it. Professional magicians do things you can’t explain.

The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning six pots of water into six pots of wine. The circumstances were a Jewish wedding where the pots contained the filthy water left after the wedding guests had washed their hands. Through His divine power, Jesus transformed the six pots of water into six pots of the finest wine. What a miracle that was!

Now change the context: a professional magician stands on a stage and asks her assistant to place six pots of water on…

The curious thing about Kyrsten Sinema is that she has a history of being quite progressive. She is also openly bisexual. So I wouldn't give up on her.

Like Joe Manchin, she's critical in maintaining the Democratic majority in the Senate. Accepting people likeSinema and Manchin is critical in keeping people like Macconnell out of power.

Paul Abrahams

Paul Abrahams is a retired computer scientist living in Deerfield, Massachusetts. President of ACM from 1986 to 1988, he now writes philosophical essays.

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