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  • The Futurist's Big Delemma

    10/27/2015 6:11:14 PM PDT · by grumpa · 24 replies
    Prophecy Questions Blog | October 27, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    The Futurist’s Big Dilemma by Charles S. Meek C. S. Lewis is considered by many to be the premier Christian apologist of the twentieth century. In reference to Matthew 24:34 and similar passages, he stated the apparent problem thusly: “Say what you like, the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created,...
  • The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster & how...

    08/18/2015 11:37:37 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 1 replies
    Wave Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2015 | G. Stolyarov II
    [Another pro-technology piece. Of course, we need free markets so entrepreneurs can do great things!] The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster and How Techno-Optimism Can Overcome It“He who moves not forward, goes backward.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe If the approximate technological and economic status quo persists, massive societal disintegration looms on the horizon. A Greece-style crisis of national-government expenditures may occur as some have predicted, but would only be a symptom of a greater problem. The fundamental driver of crisis since at least September 11, 2001, and more acutely since the Great Recession...
  • Doomsday in 1 Year? Why the World Won't End on Dec 21, 2012

    12/27/2011 4:56:25 AM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Fox news ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    A year from today the world will come to an end, according to some who cite the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar as evidence of a Dec. 21, 2012, apocalypse. But both astronomers and experts on Mesoamerican history say the Mayan apocalypse is likely to be another in a long line of failed doomsdaysAccording to the Maya Long Count calendar, the winter solstice of 2012 — Dec. 21, 2012 —is the end of a b'ak'tun, a 144,000-day cycle that has repeated 12 times since the mythical Maya creation date. The b'ak'tun that will end in 2012 is the...
  • Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times (Part 3) (Open)

    02/05/2011 1:21:23 PM PST · by topcat54 · 25 replies
    B'rit Hadashah Ministries ^ | Feb 5, 2011 | Todd Baker
    In others words, when God begins to bring the Jews back into their land He gave them, Christ will return! The phrase “will return” is omitted from most modern translations of the Bible since the Masoretic text (upon which the majority of modern translations of the Old Testament are based upon) and the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) do not include it. But the Dead Sea Scrolls copied some 150 years before the birth of Christ and over 1,000 years older than any previously discovered manuscript of the Bible includes this very phrase! The passage reads as...
  • Pretrib Rapture Diehards

    10/05/2009 1:14:36 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 43 replies · 1,352+ views
    Preterist Archive ^ | 2005 | Dave MacPherson
    Since the 1970's stunning new data has been surfacing about the pretribulation rapture's long-covered-up beginnings in the 1800's. In recent years several persons associated with Dallas Theological Seminary (which had long been pretribized) have reportedly gone to Britain to check on my research sources and then write books opposing my claims. In 1990 an Ohio pastor told me that Dr. _____ _____, the most qualified DTS prof, traveled there and came back and wrote nothing! The pastor added that he and some others had a good laugh. But change was coming. In 1993 Chuck Swindoll, who became DTS president after...
  • Gates Pushes Idea of Windows Everywhere

    01/07/2008 12:34:10 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 48+ views ^ | Sunday January 6, 11:07 pm ET | By Brian Bergstein
    Gates Shows How Microsoft Is Expanding Into More Platforms and InterfacesLAS VEGAS (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. might not be the unbeatable giant it once seemed to be, but Chairman Bill Gates made the case Sunday night that its technologies are becoming even more flexible and powerful as they seep into automobiles, Internet-based TV networks and living rooms. A few months away from leaving his daily duties at Microsoft to focus on his philanthropy, Gates used his traditional kickoff keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show to highlight how Microsoft is extending the reach of its software beyond desktops and servers,...
  • Robert A. Heinlein's Legacy

    07/26/2007 9:43:31 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 85 replies · 1,884+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2007 | Taylor Dinerman
    ...As Arthur C. Clarke put it: "Almost every good scientist I know has read science fiction." And the greatest writer who produced them was Robert Anson Heinlein, born in Butler, Mo., 100 years ago this month. The list of technologies, concepts and events that he anticipated in his fiction is long and varied...
  • Snatching Up End-Time Books

    08/02/2006 8:50:45 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 21 replies · 442+ views
    American Vision ^ | 8/2/2006 | Gary DeMar
    WorldNetDaily is running an ad that states the following: “ Readers snatch up end-times books.” Prophecy-related products continue to be popular among WorldNetDaily readers, with two books on Israel’s involvement in end-times predictions coming in at No. 2 and 3 on ShopNetDaily’s weekly best-seller list—Dave Hunt’s “Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations” and Greg Laurie's “Are We Living in the Last Days?”(1) Why shouldn’t Christians snatch up these end-time books? They’re being told by prophetic writers that this is the generation that will see the rapture. Of course, previous generations of Christians were told the same thing. I predict...
  • Land Over Jesus and the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:50:23 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 211 replies · 1,511+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/25/2006 | Gary DeMar
    So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:43–45). Christians United for Israel (CUFI) met at the Hilton Washington on July 19...
  • Subduing the Nations with the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:42:13 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 143 replies · 1,055+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/31/2006 | Gary DeMar
    In a Sunday school class that I was guest teaching yesterday, I was asked about the significance of Isaiah 11 and its prophetic role in history. Modern-day prophetic theorists claim that the passage describes events that will take place during the “millennium” of Revelation 20. I believe Isaiah 11 has significance for what is happening in the Middle East at this very moment. While dispensationalists look for the prophetic inevitability of war—Armageddon—the Bible presents a different perspective rooted in the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ to bring warring peoples together in peace. (More about this tomorrow.) There are several problems...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • Singularity Summit At Stanford Explores Future Of 'Superintelligence'

    04/13/2006 7:22:29 AM PDT · by Neville72 · 130 replies · 1,733+ views ^ | 4/13/2006 | Staff
    The Stanford University Symbolic Systems Program and the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence announced today the Singularity Summit at Stanford, a one-day event free to the public, to be held Saturday, May 13, 2006 at Stanford Memorial Auditorium, Stanford, California. The event will bring together leading futurists and others to examine the implications of the "Singularity" -- a hypothesized creation of superintelligence as technology accelerates over the coming decades -- to address the profound implications of this radical and controversial scenario. "The Singularity will be a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its...
  • Singularities and Nightmares

    03/30/2006 4:52:09 AM PST · by Neville72 · 24 replies · 699+ views ^ | 3/30/2006 | David Brin
    Options for a coming singularity include self-destruction of civilization, a positive singularity, a negative singularity (machines take over), and retreat into tradition. Our urgent goal: find (and avoid) failure modes, using anticipation (thought experiments) and resiliency -- establishing robust systems that can deal with almost any problem as it arises. In order to give you pleasant dreams tonight, let me offer a few possibilities about the days that lie ahead—changes that may occur within the next twenty or so years, roughly a single human generation. Possibilities that are taken seriously by some of today's best minds. Potential transformations of human...
  • The Singularity Is Near

    11/19/2005 11:34:03 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 161 replies · 3,123+ views ^ | September 22, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil
    At the onset of the twenty-first century, humanity stands on the verge of the most transforming and the most thrilling period in its history. It will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic...
  • Futurists look beyond, and it's not mere sci-fi

    07/30/2005 8:28:45 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 39 replies · 1,515+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Friday, July 29, 2005 | Russell Working
    Imagine a future in which terrorists seize an embassy and police can send in a remote-controlled insect outfitted with a microscopic video camera that reveals where the gunmen are hiding and what kind of weapons they hold. Or a time when adventure travelers fly to the moon to spend a week at a space colony under the glittering lunar skies--in the way they now visit Antarctica or the North Slope of Alaska. Or a U.S. constitutional convention where delegates draft a new governing document that allows the rest of the world a say in American decision-making. Sound far-fetched? Over 1,000...
  • Michael Crichton -- Planet Earth's novelist of doom

    12/09/2004 10:03:31 AM PST · by bagadonutz · 64 replies · 2,613+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 8, 2004 | Bryan Curtis
    Who dinosaured Michael Crichton? Was it a comet or just the responsibility of being America's prophet of doom? In his new book, State of Fear, Crichton once again ascends to the pulpit to warn us of an impending horror. Like the diabolical Japanese businessmen in Rising Sun and the corporate vixen in Disclosure, these new shadowy forces, Crichton says, lurk among us, poised to wreak havoc. They're among America's fiercest enemies. They're … environmentalists. State of Fear is a 600-page tirade about global warming. Crichton thinks environmentalists have become overheated about the threat and have substituted demagoguery for hard science....
  • Manifesto of the "Futurist" Painters (Why our Artistic Culture is in ruin)!

    04/01/2004 6:16:56 PM PST · by vannrox · 13 replies · 400+ views
    Futurism ^ | FR Post 4-1-2004 | Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini
    Futurism was an international art movement founded in Italy in 1909. It was (and is) a refreshing contrast to the weepy sentimentalism of Romanticism. The Futurists loved speed, noise, machines, pollution, and cities; they embraced the exciting new world that was then upon them rather than hypocritically enjoying the modern world?s comforts while loudly denouncing the forces that made them possible. Fearing and attacking technology has become almost second nature to many people today; the Futurist manifestos show us an alternative philosophy. Too bad they were all Fascists. TO THE YOUNG ARTISTS OF ITALY! The cry of rebellion which...
  • Apocalypse Now

    06/12/2003 9:19:55 PM PDT · by NH Liberty · 86 replies · 469+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | June 12, 2003 | Guardian (UK) Book Review
    Apocalypse Now Armageddon is hot in America. With a majority of US citizens believing we are witnessing the end of the world, publishers have been quick to fill bookstores with novels alerting us to the imminent apocalypse. In the latest exclusive online essay from the London Review of Books, John Sutherland explores the phenomenon of endtimes fiction and the work of two of the undisputed champions of this booming Christian genre