Michael O’Neill :- Explaining and Exploring the Miraculous

Author :- Sam Scott
Magazine :- Stanford Magazine
Link

Story

Squint your eyes and Michael O’Neill’s emergence as the “Miracle Hunter” could resemble a typical Silicon Valley tale of pluck and ingenuity. He is, after all, just another Stanford engineering student who went deep with his research, parlayed the results into an innovative website and ran off to a future no one could have imagined a few years prior.

But the details . . . well, O’Neill would be the first to admit his professional life hardly fits a mold. “It’s such a weird topic I’ve devoted my life to,” he says. “If anybody talks to me funny, I hardly blame them.”

O’Neill, ’98, is an expert in miracles—the supernatural Christian kind, not the metaphors for last-gasp touchdowns or billion-dollar start-ups. It’s a multimedia pursuit that includes hosting his own radio show and television series on Catholic networks, conducting research, writing books and providing punditry on secular stages like the Dr. Oz Show and Megyn Kelly Today. And notwithstanding the occasional self-deprecating remark, he takes miracles very seriously.

“I call him the Virgin Mary’s number cruncher,” says Maureen Orth, a longtime writer for Vanity Fair who contacted O’Neill while working on a story for National Geographic about the worldwide devotion to Mary, the Biblical mother of Jesus and the most frequent subject of apparitions. O’Neill provided her with centuries of data to create a global map of thousands of supposed Marian apparitions sorted by their official status, from a small number of sanctioned miracles to the largest group of unconfirmed sightings. “I really respected him because he was very fact-based.”

Miracles—healings, apparitions, bleeding Eucharistic hosts, etc.—may seem a strange business for a mechanical engineer whose education was steeped in the properties of the physical world. For his senior product design project, O’Neill created a photovoltaic umbrella capable of soaking up enough solar rays to run a stereo on the beach, nothing to sniff at in the dawn before iPods and Bluetooth speakers.

Contrary to a lot of people’s expectations, the church is dubious of supernatural claims. It typically investigates them with an eye toward ending the distraction.
But an even higher power had always fascinated O’Neill, who grew up near Chicago in a devout family that placed divine intervention at the center of its lore. O’Neill’s grandmother had lost her faith decades earlier, going so far as to throw away rosary beads and statues. In response, his mother, then a child, prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the widely venerated appearance of Mary to a Mexican peasant nearly five centuries prior. When his grandmother returned to the church, his mother pledged herself to retelling the story every year at the feast celebrating the appearances.

It was only at Stanford, though, that O’Neill’s more formal interest in miracles began. His junior year, he took an archaeology class that required him to research an artifact that had impacted the world. He chose the tilma, or cloak, belonging to the man who saw Our Lady of Guadalupe. The cloak, according to believers, was miraculously emblazoned with an iconic image of Mary, starting a devotion that is credited with the conversion of Mexico’s Native population.

In the many hours he spent in Green Library for that project, O’Neill says he began delving into how the Catholic Church reacts to claims of miracles, which were far more common and scrutinized than he had known. Contrary to a lot of people’s expectations, the church is dubious of supernatural claims. It typically investigates them with an eye toward ending the distraction, embracing a scant few only after long inquiry.

Indeed, it’s semi-miraculous that anything ever gets sanctioned as a miracle, O’Neill says. But some do, and this mix of faith, skepticism and, ultimately, certainty intrigued him. “I just couldn’t believe that the institution would stick out its neck and say there were actual miracles happening in the world.”

A year later, when then-provost Condoleezza Rice gave his graduating class some parting advice—“Become an expert in something. Find your sliver of the universe and own it”—O’Neill felt a jolt of inspiration. After graduation, he started MiracleHunter.com as a centralized spot for his research into all things miraculous, adopting a more matter-of-fact approach than the pious tone he’d found elsewhere and creating a depository of information on the topic he says is unrivaled online.

Still, it was primarily a personal hobby aimed at expanding his own knowledge and one he kept secret from friends, girlfriends and even his mother. When people emailed him, he replied as Miracle Hunter, or “M.H.,” mindful of being lumped with UFO and Bigfoot believers.

By day, O’Neill worked for—and later led—the visual communication department of a consulting firm; his graphics and simulations were used in courtroom trials to explain engineering failures. By night, he turned to another realm altogether. “I didn’t want my name out there,” he says. “I was a reputable engineer. I didn’t want to confuse these two worlds too much.”
O’Neill travels the world to interview believers about their miracle claims.Photo: Courtesy Michael O’Neill

But in time, he let the word out to his inner circle and started to get speaking invitations, finding that even skeptics were curious to hear him out. Over the years, O’Neill has adopted an increasingly public presence focused entirely on miracles, much to the occasional bemusement of old acquaintances. “I get some pretty funny emails from old Stanford classmates and friends who say, ‘This is an interesting turn.’”

Of course, nobody hands you a turnkey career as a miracle hunter. O’Neill’s profile has grown thanks to a variety of roles he’s stitched together with a dose of earthly grit. “He beat me down over a three-year period to get a show on the air,” says the Rev. Francis Hoffman, executive director of Relevant Radio, a nationwide Catholic radio network where O’Neill hosts a weekly show, The Miracle Hunter. “What he’s done is 99 percent hard work.”

Hoffman calls O’Neill “an engineer at heart.”

“[T]hat’s the discipline he brings to it,” Hoffman says. “He seems to dominate all the facts when he’s talking about these things. He’s not sensationalist at all. I think that gives him a certain credible following.”

O’Neill’s career involves both explaining and exploring miracles. He’s been as far as the Philippines to interview believers, but he found one of his most engaging cases in his own Chicago backyard—a 20-something man whose recurrent wounds on his feet, hands and head defied his doctors’ explanations, and appear in O’Neill’s eyes to be stigmata, the miraculous appearance of the wounds of Christ.

In other cases, O’Neill allows that more secular explanations may be at play. A few years ago, he tested soil from El Santuario de Chimayo, a New Mexican sanctuary where abandoned crutches and wheelchairs testify to those who say they have been healed by the holy dirt. O’Neill says it’s possible the cures are more about the belief of the healed than anything intrinsic to the location. But he sees overlap between the placebo effect and the power of faith. “Where the line is between those two, we don’t know.”

He readily agrees that the vast majority of miracle claims have material explanation. Part of his job is tamping down the enthusiasm of those too eager to believe in the supernatural, he says. But the many false positives only make it all the more powerful when something passes the church’s scrutiny, he says. He knows how much effort went into trying to avoid that conclusion. Miracles aren’t the center of his faith, but they’re a way to show a hidden God reaching out.

“If I can somehow prove to myself that miracles are in fact happening around the world,” he says, “then that connects me to God somehow.”

Sam Scott is a senior writer at Stanford.

Links

  1. Magazine
    • Michael O’Neill Explains and Explores the Miraculous :- The Virgin Mary’s ‘Number Cruncher’
      Link
  2. Michael O’Neill
    • Miracle Hunter

Videos

  1. Dr. Oz
    • The Mystery of Miracles
      • Profile
        • Medical miracles are astounding and have no explanation but what makes an event miraculous? Dr. Oz welcomes author Michael O’Neill to discuss the parallels between science and religious belief.
          GUESTS: Michael O’Neill , Devon Franklin , Valerie Paters , Marilyn Denis,  Daphne Oz
      • Videos
  2. Rome Reports
    • ROME REPORTS – French fictional film explores Marian apparitions
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- ROME REPORTS in English
          Published on Sep 14, 2018
          Link
  3. NBC
    • Today Show
      • Woman Says Her Tumors Disappeared After Visiting Religious Wisconsin Shrine | Megyn Kelly TODAY
        • Profile
          • Megyn Kelly speaks with Nancy Foytik, who was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. After visiting Wisconsin’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only place in the U.S. recognized by the Catholic church as a site where the virgin Mary appeared, Nancy’s tumors on her left lung disappeared. “We just knew when I walked out of the chapel that day that I was going to be cured,” she said.
        •  Videos
  4. Our Lady of Fatima
    • EWTN
      • EWTN News Nightly – October 5, 2016 “Our Lady of Fatima”
        • Profile
          • EWTN News Nightly – October 5, 2016 “Our Lady of Fatima”
        • Videos
          • Video #1
            Channel :- EWTN ( The Eternal Word Television Network )
            Published On :- 2017-April-20th
            Link
      • Miracles of BI. Francisco and Jacinta
        • Profile
          • Miracles of Bl. Francisco and Jacinta who will be made saints on May 13th.
        • Videos
          • Video #1
            Channel :- EWTN ( The Eternal Word Television Network )
            Published On :- 2017-April-20th
            Link
  5. Our Lady of Good Help
    • Profile
      • Belgian
      • Only approved approved appropriation in the United States
      • Year Occurred :- 1859
    •  EWTN
      • EWTN News Nightly – August 22, 2016 Our Lady of Good Help
        • Profile
          • EWTN’s Brian Patrick interviews “Miracle Hunter” Michael O’Neill about the recent news of the Church-approved apparition site Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin receiving National status.
        • Videos
          • Video #1
            Channel :- Miracle Hunter
            Published On :- 2017-August-20th
            Link
  6. Miracle Hunter
    • How the Catholic Church Validates Medical Miracles
      • Profile
        • How does the Church verify miracles used to elevate holy persons to the canon of the Saints? Join “Miracle Hunter” Michael O’Neill as he details the rigorous process used by the Catholic Church to verify medical miracles at the famed Marian apparition site of Lourdes and those attributed to the intercession of those on the path to sainthood.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- TheMiracleHunter
          Published On :- 2017-Feb-11th
          Link
    • Green Bay Local
      • Green Bay Local 5 – Meet the Miracle Hunter
        • Profile
          • “Miracle Hunter” Michael O’Neill interviewed on Green Bay’s Local 5 about his visit to the The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help to deliver the keynote address at the National Novena and film the new special “The Miracles of Champion”
        • Videos
          • Video #1
            Channel :- TheMiracleHunter
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-11th
            Link

 

The FBI Files

Background

THE FBI FILES reveals the crime busting techniques and forensic science used by the FBI to solve the most baffling cases. Former head of the FBI’s New York Office James Kallstrom hosts these true stories of crime and detection.

Videos

  1. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 5 “A Stranger in Town”
    • Profile
      • The body of an unidentified young woman turned up on a highway in a small Pennsylvania town. Agents persisted, eventually identifying the body and finding the killer.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
      • Trooper Madden
      • Stephen “Mon-dog” ( mortician )
      • Mark Rosenburg
      • Dawn Marie Birnbaum
    • Location
      • Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
    • Stories
      • Murderpedia
        • James Robert CRUZ Jr.
          Link
  2. The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 18 “Operation Goldenrod”
    • Profile
      • Season 6, Episode 18
      • In June 1985, a Lebanese terrorist and his four accomplices hijacked Royal Jordanian Flight 405 shortly before take off in Beirut. Several American citizens were on board. The FBI opened a criminal investigation and worked with various other government agencies to form Operation Goldenrod, a task force charged with bringing the terrorist mastermind to justice.
    • YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise Documentaries
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Arab League Chairman
        • Chedli Klibi
          • List of Secretaries General of the Arab League
            Link
      • Counter Terrorist
        • Thomas Hanson
      • Attorney General
        • Ed Meese  ( Edwin Meese )
      • Others
    • Location
      • Tunisia
        • Tunis, Tunisia
      • Lebanon
        • Beirut, Lebanon
      • Italy
    • Metadata
      • Royal Jordanian Flight 405
      • Flight 402
      • Prosecutable Case
      • Golden Rod
      • Broader Power to battle International Terrorism
      • Expel over 20000 Palestines from Beirut Lebanon
    • Dates
      • Early 1980s
  3. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 7 “The Dixie Mafia”
    • Profile
      • Season 2, Episode 7
      • The FBI investigated the Dixie Mafia after the 1987 murder-for-hire killings of Mississippi Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife in Biloxi, Mississippi. They quickly uncovered a corrupt local government and a group of violent criminal conspirators.
    • YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise Documentaries
        Published On :- 2014-Nov-27th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Sherry
        • Vincent Sherry ( Judge )
        • Margaret Sherry ( Running for Mayor )
      • Halat
        • Pete Halat
      • Investigators
        • Agent Bell
      • Others
        • Bill Swetner
        • Mike Gileadge
    • Location
      • Biloxi, Mississippi
    • Metadata
      • Lonely Heart Scam
        • Angola prison
        • Dixie Mafia
    • Stories
      • FBI
        • Dixie Mafia
          • Murder And Dixie Mafia
            Link
  4. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 7 “Death of a Diplomat”
    • Profile
      • In 1976, a car bombing in Washington DC’s Embassy Row claimed the lives of a former Chilean ambassador and his assistant. During the investigation, it became apparent to FBI agents that a foreign government had ordered the attack.
    • Profile
      • Season 7, Episode 7
    •  YouTube
    • Participants
    • Location
      • Washington DC
      • Chile
      • Argentina
  5. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 8 “Deadly Payout”
    • Profile
      • In 1980, a maid discovered that a copy machine, placed in a busy Las Vegas casino, was actually a bomb. Agents and bomb experts were called in to disarm the deadly device and stop the dangerous extortionist who built it.
    • Profile
      • Season 7, Episode 8
    •  YouTube
    • Participants
    • Location
      • Las Vegas, Neveda, US
    • Stories
  6. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 18 “Final Takedown”
    • Profile
      • In the early 1990s, a gang based in the U.S. Virgin Islands smuggled large amounts of cocaine into mainland America. Police and federal agents targeted the violent group, but its leader remained a mystery. In an investigation spanning from Georgia to South America, police, the DEA and the FBI worked together to take down this dangerous drug ring.
    • Profile
      • Season 7, Episode 18
    •  YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Participants
    • Location
      • Augusta, Georgia, US
      • St Thomas
      • US Virgin Islands
        • Saint Croix
    • Stories
  7. The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 17 “Forced Entry”
    • Profile
      • In 1994, a rash of home invasions plagued the Detroit area. Each time, masked men disguised as police officers broke in with assault rifles and stole money and jewelry. But when one homeowner shot back, the identity of the intruders was revealed.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
      • Officers
        • Steve Miller
      • Others
        • O.B. Carter
    • Location
      • Detroit
    • Stories
  8. The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 5 “The Killing Zone”
    • Profile
      • In the late 1980s, an illegal drug operation known as the “K Street Crew” opened its doors in Washington, DC. Leader Vincent Hill ran the organization with an iron fist that included intimidation and murder. Life in the city became more violent for everyone – gang member or not – so the FBI and local police created a joint task force to put an end to their deadly dealings.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
      • Undercover
        • Joe Adullail
        • Jim Synder
      • Witness
        • Kristy Gladden
        • Bushy Smith
      • Others
    • Location
      • Washington DC
        • K-Street
  9. The FBI Files: Season 5 – Ep 9 “Held Hostage”
    • Profile
      • Season 5, Episode 9
      • In 1995, a South Carolina family was taken hostage as part of a bank robbery. Local police quickly identified two of the perpetrators but the criminal mastermind behind it all proved to be more elusive. Authorities suspected the fugitive of involvement in a series of bank robberies up and down the coast and the FBI remained on his trail, hoping to catch him before he took more hostages.
    • YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise Documentaries
        Published On :- 2015-May-13th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Shaw Family
        • Brenda ( Mother )
        • Parker ( Father)
        • Aimee Shaw ( Bank Teller )
        • Brianna ( Daughter )
      • Others
    • Location
      • South Carolina
        • August
      • North Carolina
      • Georgia
      • New Jersey
  10. The FBI Files: Season 5 – Ep 1 “Price of Greed”
    • Profile
      • In September 1997, a team of masked gunmen robbed an armored car facility in Los Angeles and made off with nearly $19 million, the largest cash heist in U.S. history. FBI agents began conducting surveillance on a former employee of the facility. With only one piece of physical evidence – a fragment of a vehicle taillight – they hoped to connect him to the crime and find his collaborators.
    • YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise
        Published On :- 2018-Dec-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • US Attorney
        • Alka Sager
    • Location
      • Los Angeles
      • Las Vegas
    • Loot
      • 18.5 Million
    • Stories
  11. The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 7 “Dishonored”
    • Profile
      • On a cold afternoon in 1989, Marine Captain Shirley Russell failed to report for duty at the base in Quantico, Virginia. Friends and colleagues were certain she had not gone AWOL. FBI agents noticed her husband, a former Marine, was acting strangely. A blood-like stain in the couple’s home disappeared before it was properly examined. There was no body, no witness and no weapon.
    • YouTube
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        Link
    • Participants
      • Marine Captain Shirley Russell
      • Robert Russell
      • Lieutenant Hodges
      • Captain Gayle
      • Corporal Galloway
      • Marine Captain Ann Mack
      • Flint
        • Sandy Flint ( Friend )
        • Robert Flint ( Father in law )
    • Location
      • Marine Base
    • Stories
      • Washington Post
        • HUSBAND CONVICTED OF QUANTICO MURDER
          Link
  12. The FBI Files – Season 7 – Episode 10 :- Crackdown
    • Profile
      • FBI Files – Season 7, Episode 10
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        The FBI Files S7E10 Crackdown
        Link
    • Location
      • Jamaica/Queens, New York
    • Participants
      • Ed Koch, New York Mayor
      • FBI
        • David Higgins, Detective
      • Parole Officer
        • Brian Rooney
      • Police Office
        • McGinney
      • Special Agent
        • Richard Martinez
      • Others
        • Lorenzo “Fat Cat ” Nichols
        • Howard Mason
        • Todd Scott
        • Scott Cobb
    • Stories
      • New York Times
        • Friend of Defendant Turns Witness in Police Slaying – The New York
          Link
        • Officer’s Killing ‘a Message to Police’ – The New York Times
          Link
      • UPI Archives
        • Killer gets 25 to life in Officer Byrne’s slaying
          Link
      • JUSTIA US Law
        • WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
          • Bellamy v. Cogdell, 802 F. Supp. 760 (E.D.N.Y. 1991)
            Link
    • Quotes
      • Police Officer
        • You cannot kill a Police Officer and get away with it
        • Target Opportunity
    • Investigation
      • Wire Trap
        • More People can be covered
      • Undercover
        • 1 person by 1 person
    • Guilt Proving ?
      • Testimony of an Insider
      • Collaborated Evidence
      • Physical Evidence
  13. The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 9 “Killer Instinct”
    • Profile
      • The FBI Files: Season 6 – Episode 9
      • In 1992, a Washington, DC professor was shot and killed as she tried to get into her car, the latest incident in a series of violent carjackings. One week later, a man robbed a bank and security cameras captured the same vehicle as the getaway car.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 9 “Killer Instinct”
        Link
    • Location
      • West Virginia
    • Participants
      • Police Officers
        • Officer Gary Kline
        • Corporate Jefferies
      • Others
        • Allen Newman
    • Stories
  14. The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 8 “Millionaire Murder”
    • Profile
      • Season 3 – Episode 8
      • New Jersey millionaire Frank Black flew to West Palm Beach, Florida to close a major business deal but never returned home. When the FBI was called in, agents learned of a mystery woman whom Black met while on his trip. Eventually they untangled a web of deceit that had led to a vengeful killing.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 8 “Millionaire Murder”
        Link
    • Location
      • New Jersey
      • Florida
    • Participants
      • Police Officers
        • Officer Gary Kline
        • Corporate Jefferies
      • Others
        • Frank Black Jr
        • Alan Mackerley
        • Lisa Costello AKA Mia Giordano
    • Stories
      • People
        • Deadly Magazine
          Authored By :- MICHAEL NEILL
          Dated :- March 30, 1998 12:00 PM
          Link
  15. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 16 “Deadly Mission”
    • Profile
      • Season 2 – Episode 16
      • Two brothers gained national attention after a shoot-out with state and local officers in Wilmington. The brothers escaped and their crimes were revealed to be part of an ever-widening circle of violence that defined a new age of domestic terrorism.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 16 “Deadly Mission”
        Link
    • Location
      • Ohio
      • Arkansas
      • Utah
        • Remote Ranch
      • Wilmington
      • Wyoming
    • Participants
      • Jacob
        • Spokane, Washington
      • Mueller
      •  Kehoe
        • Kirby ( Dad )
        • Gloria ( Mother )
        • Chevie Kehoe
          • White supremacist
        • Shane Kehoe
          • Turned himself in
        • Levitt
    • Videos
      • Dash-cam Footage Of Police Shootout With Chevie Kehoe – 1997
        • Profile
          • The Kehoe brothers burst into the headlines on Feb.15, 1997, when Chevie Kehoe opened fire on two police officers who pulled over their Chevrolet Suburban for expired plates in Wilmington, Ohio. In subsequent weeks, the officers’ dash-cam video was shown repeatedly on national TV, fueling a nationwide hunt that ended with the Kehoes’ arrests in June of that year.
        • Videos
  16. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 11 “Brothers Betrayed”
    • Profile
      • Season 7 – Episode 11
      • In the 1980s, the FBI investigated wide-scale corruption among the detectives of the San Juan, Puerto Rico Police Department. Drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and murder-for-hire were among the department’s known illicit activities. One detective, Victor Sousse, broke the blue wall of silence and went undercover to help the FBI close the lid on the corrupt cops’ activities.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Location
      • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Participants
      • Adopted
        • Mario
      •  Detective
        • Victor Sousse
  17. The FBI Files: Season 1 – Ep 4 “Death in Alaska”
    • Profile
      • Season 1 – Episode 4
      • A young mother and her two daughters were sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Anchorage, Alaska. With only one piece of forensic DNA evidence, could the FBI convict their prime suspect on all three counts of murder?
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Nov-27th
        Link
    • Location
      • Anchorage, Alaska
    • Participants
      • FBI
        • Behavioral Profiler
          • Judge Ray
            • First time profiler’s work will be ruled admissible in court
      • Others
        • Kirby Anthony
    • Comments
      • marcos palomino
        • i met this guy at cook inlet pre-trial in anchorage alaska while awating trial for this horrible crimes,,, nobody liked him or talked to him ….inmate would harras him for what he did, i talked to him on a few ocasions i tell you he was pure evil you could sence his coldness his indiference to life….he would tell you that the evidence was circunstancial and that he was being framed and that there was no doubth in his mind that he would be a free man …i saw him getting in fight with black inmates who hated him for what he did. i see the commentes below and everybody is correct…this guy is not human..he is the devil in a human body.
          Link
  18. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 11 “Family Secrets”
    • Profile
      • Season 2 – Episode 11
      • In December 1994, Joann Katrinak and her 4-month-old son mysteriously disappeared from their home. A new DNA technique ended the mystery, in one of the first cases of DNA being successfully used in a criminal investigation in the United States.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Nov-27th
        Link
    • Location
      • Pennsylvania
      • North Carolina
    • Participants
      • Katrinak
        • Joann Katrinak ( Wife )
        • Andy Katrinak ( Husband )
        • Alex Katrinak ( Son )
      • Detectives
        • Susan Pearson
      • Patricia Rorrer
        • Nicole ( Daughter)
    • Science
      • DNA
        • Testing
          • Nuclear DNA
          • Microcondial DNA
    • Quotes
      • Patricia Rorrer
        • If I had known I was going to get caught, I will never have brought you ( daughter ) into this world
    • Stories
      • People
        • WATCH: ID Examines Controversial 1994 Case of Woman Convicted of Murdering Ex-Boyfriend’s Wife and Son
          Link
      • Reddit
        • UnresolvedMysteries
          • The Murders of Joann and Alex Katrinak [Unresolved Crime]
            Link
      • Patricia Rorrer
        • Patricia Rorrer
          Link
  19. The FBI Files: Season 5 – Ep 17 “Fateful Crossing”
    • Profile
      • Season 5 – Episode 17
      • In January 1984, a U.S. Customs officer disappeared from his post near the Del Rio, Texas border crossing, prompting local police to search for four Latin American suspects. The following day, the official was found dead. Local police and the FBI continued searching for the suspects, prepared for a confrontation with desperate criminals.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Nov-27th
        Link
    • Location
      • Texas
        • Del Rio, Texas
        • Eagle Pass, Texas
    • Participants
      • US Custom Agent
        • Richard Latham
      • Others
        • Richardo Cortez
        • Ramirez
    • Quotes
  20. The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 5 “Deadly Trail”
    • Profile
      • Season 3 – Episode 5
      • When authorities in a small Washington town began investigating the disappearance of a young woman, they had no idea it would turn into a nationwide hunt for a sadistic sexual predator. The FBI was called in to help track down Darren Dee O’Neall, only to discover that other unsuspecting women across the Pacific Northwest had fallen victim to his charms.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        Link
    • Location
      • Washington State
      • Oregon
      • Florida
    • Participants
      • Others
        • Darren Dee O’Neall
          • Featured on FBI 10 Most Wanted List
    • Quotes
      • Rape Victim
        • I had promised this man that I wouldn’t tell anyone
        • Has good as dead
        • Once he was convicted I was able to put a lot of this in the past
        • Put it behind me
      • Deputy DA
        • Danger that face each of us has we go out on the streets
        • I am in a profession that matters
    • Sentence
      • Washington State
        • 27 years
      • Oregon
        • 135
  21. The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 15 “Global Pursuit”
    • Profile
      • Season 4 – Episode 15
      • Angered by the government’s policy in the Middle East, Mir Qazi brutally gunned down two members of the CIA as they waited in their cars at a stoplight. With the nation stunned, the killer fled the country and was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list with a $2 million reward for his capture.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2015-March-13th
        Link
    • Location
      • Virginia
        • Langley, Virginia
        • Herndon, Virginia
    • Participants
      • Detectives
        • Brad Garrett
      •  Others
        • Mir Qazi
          • Featured on FBI 10 Most Wanted
    • Quotes
      • CIA
        • CIA told “Package has been delivered”
      • Suspect
        • Did not kill women as Islam forbade it
        • Why did you stop shooting, ran out of people
    • Sentence
      • Sentence to death
    • Memorial
      • Memorial on Highway 123
  22. The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 9 “Death in the Delta”
    • Profile
      • Season 4 – Episode 9
      • When a wealthy young woman was abducted in front of her in-laws’ home, the police had no shortage of suspects. The victim left behind a tumultuous marriage, an ex-husband and several spurned lovers. But to find the woman and her abductor, agents would have to first determine the motive. 
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-3rd
        Link
    • Location
      • Memphis, Tennessee
    • Participants
      • Others
        • Powers
          • Jerry Lee Powers
          • Sharon Powers
  23. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 4 “The Shootist”
    • Profile
      • Season 7 – Episode 4
      • In the late 1980s, the FBI matched wits with a cunning bank robber known as the Shootist. Before his arrest, he had performed more than 50 robberies across California, Texas and Washington with military precision and was responsible for the longest string of unsolved bank robberies in FBI history.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Location
      • Texas
      • California
      • Washington State
    • Participants
      • Others
        • Johnny Madison Williams
        • Carol Williams
  24. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 13 “Robin the Hood”
    • Profile
      • Season 7 – Episode 13
      • When notorious bank robber Byron Chubbuck escaped from New Mexico State Penitentiary in 2000, he almost immediately began stealing again. Though he claimed the stolen loot went to the poor, Chubbuck was no folk hero and the FBI teamed up with U.S. marshals to capture a resourceful criminal who proved he would never stop fighting.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Location
      • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Participants
      • Others
        • Byron Chubbuck
  25. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 13 “Robin the Hood”
    • Profile
      • Season 7 – Episode 13
      • missing from school. Within hours, the boy’s entire family was frantically searching for him. But when the few leads quickly turned cold, the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation. The search covered thousands of miles and led agents to an unlikely suspect.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Dec-24th
        Link
    • Location
      • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Participants
      • Others
        • Byron Chubbuck
  26. Season 1 – Episode 5 “Deadly Paradise”
    • Profile
      • Season 1 – Episode 5
      • Two couples found themselves on the same deserted island paradise, but only one couple left alive. Buck Walker and Stephanie Sterns arrived in Hawaii on the Sea Wind, which belonged to the missing couple, San Diego millionaires Mac and Muff Graham. This historic case was later depicted in And the Sea Will Tell.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- FilmRise True Crime
        Published On :- 2014-Nov-27th
        Link
    • Location
      • Palmyra Island, South Pacific island
    • Participants
      • Mac and Muff Graham
        • Mac Graham
        • Muff Graham
      • Buck Walker and Stephanie Sterns
        • Buck Walker
        • Stephanie Sterns
    • Movies
      • The Sea will Tell
        • Profile
          • Two couples–one wealthy and married, the other an ex-con and his hippie girlfriend– separately set sail for a remote South Pacific island, each hoping to play “Adam and Eve” in paradise. Instead of getting away from it all, they take it with them– their pasts and prejudices, and the petty battles over status and material goods that arise from different social classes. Upon lovely Palmyra Island, two couples do arrive, but in 3 months time only one will leave alive. For the couple who get away, one of them has the extraordinary good luck to be defended in court by master attorney Vincent Bugliosi, prosecuting attorney of Charles Manson and author of the classic best selling book Helter Skelter.
            Link
  27. The FBI Files: Season 7 – Ep 15 “Ivy League Murders”
    • Profile
      • Dartmouth Professors Susanne and Half Zantop are found brutally murdered in their quaint New Hampshire home. Colleagues confirm that the couple was very well liked. With no trace of forced entry, the FBI Behavioral Science Unit investigated the crime and found two teenagers were responsible for the heinous crime.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
    • Location
      • New Hampshire
    • Stories
  28. The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 16 “Betrayed”
    • Profile
      • Season 4 – Episode 16
      • In July 1996, two men entered a pawnshop in Birmingham, Alabama, and callously murdered the employees. Unbeknownst to the killers, a video surveillance camera recorded the incident. The FBI released images of the crime to the media and agents were quickly able to identify the perpetrators. Now authorities had to find two cold-blooded killers who knew that they were being pursued.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
      • Baker
        • Donny Baker ( Father )
        • Stephanie Baker ( Step Mother )
        • Donald Scott Baker ( Scottie Baker ) ( Victim )
        • Patricia Smith ( Mother )
      • Susan ( Stephanie Baker’s friend )
    • Location
      • Florida
    • Stories
  29. The FBI Files: Season 6 – Ep 12 “A Bitter End”
    • Profile
      • Season 6 – Episode 12
      • In 1996, a series of bank robberies in Texas baffled authorities. But when similar thefts occurred the next year in California, FBI agents linked the crimes and established a modus operandi. Another year later, the robbers took hostages during a violent heist in Las Vegas and the FBI was tasked with stopping these criminals once and for all.
    • YouTube
    • Participants
      • Blackburn
        • Timothy Blackburn
        • Sofia Blackburn
      • Bates
        • Robert Bates
    • Location
      • Las Vegas, Neveda
    • Stories
      • Las Vegas Sun
        • Family’s demise outrages friends
          Link
  30. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 1 “A Model Killer”
    • Profile
      • Season 2,  Episode 1
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 1 “A Model Killer”
        • The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 1 “A Model Killer”
          Link
        • Serial Killers – Christopher Wilder (The Beauty Queen Killer) – Documentary
          Link
      • Easy Prey
    • Participants
      • Christopher Wilder
      • Beth Kenyon
        • Ken
      • Rosario Gonzalez
      • Linda Grover
      • Terry Ferguson
      • Terry Walden
      • Michelle Kaufman
      • Tina Marie Lucico
    • Location
      • Miami, Florida
    • Stories
      • Fandom.Com
        • Christopher Wilder
          Link
      • JAQUO
        • Murder in Miami: Christopher Wilder the Beauty Queen Killer
          Link
      • Wikipedia
        • Family’s demise outrages friends
          Link
  31. The FBI Files: Moving Targets
    • Profile
      • Season 2,  Episode 16
      • A nationwide FBI manhunt for a sniper who targets African-American men, leaving no clues or witnesses.
    • YouTube
      • FBI Files – Moving Targets. (Rare).
        • The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 15 “Moving Target” – YouTube
          Link
        • FBI Files – Moving Targets. (Rare).
          Link
    • Participants
      • Segment 1
        • Joseph Paul Franklin
          • Monikers
            • James Clayton Vaughn
          • Birth Place
            • Bird Town, Alabama
          • Gary Hagman
        • Mickey
        • Detective Bell
      • Segment #2
        • Dante Brown
        • Darryl Lane
      • Others
        • Larry Flynt
        • Vernon Jordan
    • Location
      • Segment #1
        • Salt Lake City, Utah
      • Segment #2
        • Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Dates
      • 1980
    • Moniker
      • Travelling Serial Killer
    • Books
      • Dark Soul of the South: The Life and Crimes of Racist Killer Joseph …
        • Links
  32. The FBI Files: Hired Gun
    • Profile
      • Season 2,  Episode 2
      • In 1993, a mother, her 8-year-old son and a live-in nurse were brutally murdered by an assassin. The FBI was able to convict a former Motown Records music producer Lawrence Horn, father of the 8-year-old, and a contract-killer.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 2 “Hired Gun”
        Link
    • Location
      • State :- Maryland
        • County :- Montgomery County
          • City :- Maryland
      • Los Angeles, California
      • Detroit, Michigan
    • Participants
      • Horne
        • Millie
          • Trevor ( Son )
          • Lawrence ( Ex-Husband )
          • Tiffany ( Daughter )
          • Tamielle ( Daughter )
          • Vivian ( Sister )
      • Mary Wells
      • FBI
        • Ed Roach ( Special Agent )
        • Wittenburger
      • Prosecutor
        • Bob Dean ( Special Prosecutor )
      • Others
        • James Edward Perry
          • Pastor
          • Apostle James
      • Book
        • Hit Man, “A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors
    • Dates
      • 1992
        • Lawrence called
  33. The FBI Files: Hired Gun
    • Profile
      • Season 2,  Episode 2
      • In 1993, a mother, her 8-year-old son and a live-in nurse were brutally murdered by an assassin. The FBI was able to convict a former Motown Records music producer Lawrence Horn, father of the 8-year-old, and a contract-killer.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 2 “Hired Gun”
        Link
    • Location
      • State :- Maryland
        • County :- Montgomery County
          • City :- Maryland
      • Los Angeles, California
      • Detroit, Michigan
    • Participants
      • Horne
        • Millie
          • Trevor ( Son )
          • Lawrence ( Ex-Husband )
          • Tiffany ( Daughter )
          • Tamielle ( Daughter )
          • Vivian ( Sister )
      • Mary Wells
      • FBI
        • Ed Roach ( Special Agent )
        • Wittenburger
      • Prosecutor
        • Bob Dean ( Special Prosecutor )
      • Others
        • James Edward Perry
          • Pastor
          • Apostle James
      • Book
        • Hit Man, “A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors
    • Dates
      • 1992
        • Lawrence called
  34. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 3 “Cat and Mouse”
    • Profile
      • Season 2,  Episode 3
      • In 1985, South Carolina serial killer Larry Gene Bell abducted girls and young women from their own front yards in broad daylight. He was a sadist, torturing his victims’ families. The FBI was determined to put an end to the serial killer’s games.
    • YouTube
    • Location
      • State :- South Carolina
    • Participants
      • Larry Gene Bell
  35. High Stakes
    • Profile
      • Season 5,  Episode 4
      • In 1985, South Carolina serial killer Larry Gene Bell abducted girls and young women from their own front yards in broad daylight. He was a sadist, torturing his victims’ families. The FBI was determined to put an end to the serial killer’s games.
    • YouTube
    • Location
      • State :- Neveda
        • City :- Las Vegas
      • State :- Louisiana
        • City :- New Orleans
      • State :- New Jersey
        • City :- New Orleans
      • State :- Pennsylvania
        • City :- Philadelphia
      • State :- New York
        • City :- New York City
    • Participants
      • Maghfoor Mansoor
    • Stories
      • Wikipedia
        • Maghfoor Mansoor – Wikipedia
          Link
  36. The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 12 “Evil Intent”
    • Profile
      • Season 4,  Episode 12
      • A young woman went missing from her home on a bright spring morning. After several days of searching, agents suspected a paroled criminal who frequented her health club may have abducted her.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 12 “Evil Intent”
        Link
    • Participants
      • Anita Woolridge
      • Victor Steele
      • Detective
        • Steve Rodgers
    • Location
      • State :- Indiana
        • City :- Howard County
      • State :- Wisconsin
        • City :- Lacrosse
          • Streets
            • Clint Street
    • Stories
  37. The FBI Files: Season 4 – Ep 12 “Without Mercy”
    • Profile
      • Season 4,  Episode 12
      • In Richmond, Virginia, two masked men who were robbing a bank escaped after opening fire on officers responding to the call. When the FBI arrived, agents found one bank teller dead, another wounded; the bank’s security guard had been shot four times, yet was still alive.
    • YouTube
      • Without Mercy
        Link
    • Participants
      • Bankers
        • Christine Edwards
        • Tracy Freeman
        • Allison Davis, Customer Service Representative
        • Richard Hartman, Security
      • Customer
        • Stephen Reed
      • Detective
        • Eduardo Alfred, FBI
      • Police
        • Richard Webb
        • David Martin
      • Others
        • Jermaine Simms
        • RASHI TAQUE JONES
        • Lafawn Bobbitt
    • Location
      • State :- Virginia
        • City :- Richmond, Virgina
    • Dates
      • 10 Robberies each year
      • 1997 ( Fatal)
    • Stories
  38. The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 16 “Hunter’s Target”
    • Profile
      • Season 3,  Episode 16
      • In Richmond, Virginia, two masked men who were robbing a bank escaped after opening fire on officers responding to the call. When the FBI arrived, agents found one bank teller dead, another wounded; the bank’s security guard had been shot four times, yet was still alive.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files S03E16 Hunter’s Target
        Link
    • Participants
      • David Lee Fisher
      • Stedman
      • Bobby Mulligan
    • Location
      • States
        • North Carolina
          • Charlotte
        • Virginia
    • Stories
      • Murderpedia.org
        • David Lee Fisher
          Link
  39. The FBI Files: Season 3 – Ep 16 “Deadly Dentist”
    • Profile
      • Season 3,  Episode 16
      • In Richmond, Virginia, two masked men who were robbing a bank escaped after opening fire on officers responding to the call. When the FBI arrived, agents found one bank teller dead, another wounded; the bank’s security guard had been shot four times, yet was still alive.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files – Special: Deadly Dentist
        Link
    • Participants
      • Victims
        • Graham
          • Russel ( Son )
            • Quarter of a million dollars inherited via parent’s Insurance
          • Barbara Boyle Graham
        • Baker
          • Ted Baker
          • Edit Baker
        • Paul Henderson
          • Paul Henderson ( 1976 )
          • Maria Montoya Henderson ( Wife )
            • $10,000 Death Insurance
          • Jose Montoya ( Brother in Law )
          • Ed Franklin
        • Susan Barnes
        •  Franklin
          • Sally Franklin
          • Ed Franklin
      • Others
        • Dr. Glennon Engleman
          • Dr. Glennon Engleman( Doctor of Dentistry )
          • Rita ( Wife )
          • Carpenter ( Friend )
    • Location
      • States
        • Illinois
    • Insurance
    •  Stories
      • New York Daily News
        • Killer Driller: St. Louis dentist used his sexual power to get women to aid him in his murder schemes, netting him huge fortune
          Link
    • Quotes
      • Engleman
        • We had Homicidal Intimate
  40. The FBI Files: Season 5 – Ep 14 “Death Pact”
    • Profile
      • Season 5,  Episode 14
      • After a string of bank robberies in Illinois turned deadly, Chicago police and the FBI began to suspect that a law enforcement officer was responsible for the crimes. With the holdups becoming increasingly violent, authorities set out to capture the dangerous killer and prove that even the police must face justice.
    • YouTube
      • The FBI Files: Season 5 – Ep 14 “Death Pact”
        Published On :- 2015-May-14th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Jeffrey E. Erickson
        • The Bearded Bandit
      • Police Officers
        • Harry Belluomini
    • Location
      • States
        • Illinois
    • Stories
      • United Press International ( UPI )
        • Erickson read suicide report on his wife before escape attempt
          Link
      • LA Times
        • 3 Die in Chicago Courthouse Shooting : Violence: A bank robbery suspect grabs a gun and kills two guards and himself. It is the latest in a series of attacks in the nation’s halls of justice.
          Link

Commentaries

  1. The FBI Files: Season 2 – Ep 11 “Family Secrets”
    • Global Polygraph Network
      • I had the opportunity to provide two polygraph exams on Patricia Rorrer when she was attempting to secure a new trial. The first exam was pertaining to the murder and the second to being in PA on the day of the murders. Both exams produced results of Deception Indicated.
    • Antonio Acevedo
      • I saw this case profiled on, I want to say, Forensic Files. I never forgot it. In my 61 years of life I have never been so struck by the extreme cruelty of this act. If the murder of the mother isn’t bad enough, that of the baby takes the cake. It is so odd, but on occasion this case comes up in my head. I will honor the memory of these two special souls that perished by making a greater effort to be good to others and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
    • Elizabeth Francis
      • All the investigators and troopers who worked on this case are good people, they all worked with my grandfather who was a homicide detective for the county and my grandmother who is a retired da. Such a sad case.

 

TheAtlantic – How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners ( By Ed Yong )

Introduction

Ed Yong has an interesting article in the Feb 2017 Edition of the Atlantic.

I especially like it as it shows that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

 

Story

Link
It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision. They can turn brains transparent and seed them with glowing molecules to divine their structure. They can record the activity of huge numbers of neurons at once. And those are just the tools that currently exist. In 2013, Barack Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—a $115 million plan to develop even better technologies for understanding the enigmatic gray blobs that sit inside our skulls.

John Krakaeur, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been asked to BRAIN Initiative meetings before, and describes it like “Maleficent being invited to Sleeping Beauty’s birthday.” That’s because he and four like-minded friends have become increasingly disenchanted by their colleagues’ obsession with their toys. And in a new paper that’s part philosophical treatise and part shot across the bow, they argue that this technological fetish is leading the field astray. “People think technology + big data + machine learning = science,” says Krakauer. “And it’s not.”

He and his fellow curmudgeons argue that brains are special because of the behavior they create—everything from a predator’s pounce to a baby’s cry. But the study of such behavior is being de-prioritized, or studied “almost as an afterthought.” Instead, neuroscientists have been focusing on using their new tools to study individual neurons, or networks of neurons. According to Krakauer, the unspoken assumption is that if we collect enough data about the parts, the workings of the whole will become clear. If we fully understand the molecules that dance across a synapse, or the electrical pulses that zoom along a neuron, or the web of connections formed by many neurons, we will eventually solve the mysteries of learning, memory, emotion, and more. “The fallacy is that more of the same kind of work in the infinitely postponed future will transform into knowing why that mother’s crying or why I’m feeling this way,” says Krakauer. And, as he and his colleagues argue, it will not.

That’s because behavior is an emergent property—it arises from large groups of neurons working together, and isn’t apparent from studying any single one. You can draw parallels with the flocking of birds. Biologists have long wondered how they manage to wheel about the skies in perfect coordination, as if they were a single entity. In the 1980s, computer scientists showed that this can happen if each bird obeys a few simple rules, which dictate their distance and alignment relative to their peers. From these simple individual rules, collective complexity emerges.

But you would never have been able to predict the latter from the former. No matter how thoroughly you understood the physics of feathers, you could never have predicted a murmuration of starlings without first seeing it happen. So it is with the brain. As British neuroscientist David Marr wrote in 1982, “trying to understand perception by understanding neurons is like trying to understand a bird’s flight by studying only feathers. It just cannot be done.”

A landmark study, published last year, beautifully illustrated his point using, of all things, retro video games. Eric Jonas and Konrad Kording examined the MOS 6502 microchip, which ran classics like Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, in the style of neuroscientists. Using the approaches that are common to brain science, they wondered if they could rediscover what they already knew about the chip—how its transistors and logic gates process information, and how they run simple games. And they utterly failed.

“What we extracted was so incredibly superficial,” Jonas told me last year. And “in the real world, this would be a millions-of-dollars data set.” If the kind of neuroscience that
has come to dominate the field couldn’t explain the workings of a simple, dated microchip, how could it hope to explain the brain—reputedly the most complex object in the universe?

This criticism misses the mark, says Rafael Yuste from Columbia University, who works on developing new tools for studying the brain. We still don’t understand how the brain works, he says, “because we’re still ignorant about the middle ground between single neurons and behavior, which is the function of groups of neurons—of neural circuits.” And that’s because of “the methodological shackles that have prevented investigators from examining the activity of entire nervous system. This is probably futile, like watching TV by examining a single pixel at a time.” By developing better tools that can watch entire neural circuits in action, programs like the BRAIN Initiative are working against reductionism and will take us closer to capturing the emergent properties of the brain.

But Krakauer says that this viewpoint just swaps “neuron” for “neural circuit” and then makes the same conceptual mistake. “It’ll be interesting to see emergent properties at the level of the circuit, but it’s a fallacy to think that you get closer to the whole organism and understanding will automatically ensue,” he says.

He and his colleagues aren’t dismissing new technologies, either. They’re not neuro-Luddites. “These new tools are amazing; I’m using them right now in my lab,” says Asif Ghazanfar from Princeton University, who studies communication between pairs of marmoset monkeys. “But I spent seven years trying to understand their vocal behavior first. Now, I have some specific ideas about what the neural circuitry behind that might look like, and I’ll design careful experiments to test them. Often it seems that people do the reverse: They look at the cool tech and say, ‘What questions can I ask with that?’ And then you get these results that you can interpret in vague ways.”

This point is crucial. Unlike others who have levied charges of reductionism against neuroscience, Ghazanfar and his peers aren’t dualists—they aren’t saying there’s a mind that sits separate from the brain and resists explanation. They’re saying that explanations exist. It’s just that we’re looking for them in the wrong way. Worse, we’re arriving at the wrong explanations.

Consider mirror neurons. These cells, first discovered in monkeys, fire in the same way when an animal performs an action and when it sees another individual doing the same. To some scientists, these shared firing patterns imply understanding: Since the monkey knows its intentions when it moves its own body, based on the firing of the mirror neurons, it should be able to infer similar intentions upon whomever it watches. And so, these neurons have been mooted as the basis of empathy, language, autism, jazz, and even human civilization—not for nothing have they been called the “most hyped concept in neuroscience.”

Here’s the problem: In the monkey experiments, scientists almost never check the animals’ behavior to confirm that they genuinely actually understand what they’re seeing in their peers. As Krakauer and colleagues write, “An interpretation is being mistaken for a result; namely, that the mirror neurons understand the other individual.” As others have written, there’s little strong evidence for this—or even for the existence of mirror neurons in humans. This is the kind of logical trap that you fall into when you ignore behavior.

By contrast, Krakauer points to his own work on Parkinson’s disease. People with the disease tend to move slowly—a symptom that’s been linked to a lack of dopamine. Increase the levels of that chemical, and you can hasten a person’s movements. That’s could lead to new treatments, which is no small victory. But it doesn’t tell a neuroscientist why or how the loss of dopamine leads to the behavior.

Krakauer found a clue in 2007 by asking Parkinson’s patients to reach for objects at varying speeds. These experiments revealed that they’re just as capable of moving quickly as healthy people; they’re just unconsciously reluctant to do so. They suggested that dopamine-producing neurons that connect two parts of the brain—the substantia nigra and the striatum—determine our motivation to move. Deplete that dopamine, and we opt for less energetic movements for a given task. Hence the slowness. Later experiments in mice, in which modern techniques were used to raise or lower dopamine levels, confirmed this idea.

There are many other examples where behavior led the way. By studying how owls listen out for scurrying prey, neuroscientists discovered how their brains—and later, those of mammals—localize sound. By studying how marmosets call to each other, Ghazanfar has learned more about the rules that govern turn-taking in human conversation. Critically, these cases began with studying behaviors that the animals naturally do, not those that they had been trained to perform. Likewise, bats, sea slugs, and electric fish have all told us a lot about how brains work, because each has its own specialized skills. “If you pick a species that does one or two behaviors super-well, you can identify the underlying circuits more clearly,” Ghazanfar says. “Instead, mice are treated as if they’re this generic mammal that have smaller versions of human brains—and that’s preposterous.”

“I am thrilled to see this paper emphasize the importance of carefully studied behavior,” says Anne Churchland, who studies decision-making at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. “I’ve seen in neuroscience that behavior is often an afterthought, studied with insufficient understanding of the animal’s strategy.” But she adds that such studies are hard. It’s difficult to get animals to behave naturally in a lab, because you might need to recreate aspects of their world that aren’t obvious to us.

Ghazanfar agrees. “If your goal is to understand the brain, you have to understand behavior, and that’s not trivial. I think a lot of neuroscientists think it is,” he says. “Perhaps one way forward would be to develop tools to help address the complexity of behavior” suggests Ed Boyden from MIT, who pioneered the breakthrough technique called optogenetics. “Behavioral investigation has a strong tradition in neuroscience and I hope it grows even stronger.”

For the moment, the problem is that it’s getting harder to publish such studies in flagship neuroscience journals. Behavioral studies get rejected for “not having enough neuro”, says Ghazanfar, and “it’s as if every paper needs to be a methodological decathlon in order to be considered important.”

Marina Picciotto from Yale University, who is editor in chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, says it boils down to how studies are framed. If they’re just describing behavior, they’re probably more appropriate for a journal that, say, focuses on psychology. But if behavioral experiments explicitly lead to hypotheses about circuits in the brain, or something of that kind, they’re more relevant for the neuroscience field. But “the line between ‘pure’ behavior and neuroscience is fluid,” she admits, and she’s both appreciative of the new paper and open to discussions about the issues it raises.

To Krakauer, the current line demeans behavioral work, deeming it valuable “as long as it tells us where to stick the electrodes.” But it’s important in itself. “My fear is that people will say: Yes, of course, we should continue to do everything we’ve been doing, but also do better behavior studies. I’m trying to say: You’ve got to do the behavior first. You can’t fly the plane while building it.”

Listening

Wretch 32 ft Jacob Banks – ‘Doing OK’ (Official Video)
Link

Dr. Heinz Lycklama :- Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws

 

Lectures

  1. Nuclear Physicist Dr. Heinz Lycklama: Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws
    Credit :- Northwest Creation Network
    Published On :- 2017-Jan-20th

    • Link  ( Added on 2017-Feb-20th )
    • Link ( Added on 2017-Feb-22nd )

 

Indepth

Nuclear Physicist Dr. Heinz Lycklama: Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws

  1. Evolution’s Achilles Heels ( Book )
  2. Deterioration of the Genome
  3. Knowledge Systems
    • Science
      • Present
      • Repeatable
      • Observable
    • History
      • Past
      • Non-repeatable
      • Eyewitness Account
    • Belief
      • Past
      • Non-Repeatable
      • No Eyewitness Account
  4. Microevolution
    • All Observations involve sorting and loss of genetic information
    • We are not getting better over time, we are losing information
      • Our body is getting worse from generation to generation
  5. Fruit Flies
    • No progressive beneficial changes from simple to complex
    • No increase in quality/quantity of genetic information
  6. Evolution Benchmark
    • Organisms that are worse off than what we started with
    • No beneficial changes that resulted in a better off organism
    • Devolution
      • Devolving, not evolving

 

The Meaning of Evolution

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Knowledge System – Science / History / Believe

branches

Micro-Evolution Is Observed

microevolutionisobserved

Dobzhansky ‘s Fruit Flies

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Quote by Roger Lewin

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Sermons & Discussions – 2016/Feb

Forward

The beginning of a new year is as good as any to lean forward and see what areas the Spirit of God and the fellowship of his body is opening and availing.

I hope the last year brought about healing and wholeness. And, those gains are being solidified in the new year.

A few days ago I sought out new words of encouragement and stumbled upon Charles Price.   His sermon “Icabod or Ebenezer” is listed below.

Charles Price traces his walk back to his great grandfather conversion during the 1904 Welsh Revival.

And, so I started viewing other sermons on Revival.

Really like the enthusiasm of Mary Peckham who found God during the 1949 Lewis Revival.

Here are some touching words from Ms. Peckham:

Oh God, I love your people.  I can not explain it, but I love your people. And, I want to be in their company for the rest of my life.
If at the end of my life, you were to send me to Hell, if that is what I deserve, then it will be alright with me.

The conviction of sin in a season of Revival is too terrible for words.

And, later Chuck Missler’s interviewing Stephen Meyer.

Stephen Meyer talks up Intelligent Design.

During the Interview, Chuck Missler pointed out that God’s first love is that of a creator.

Taken in context from Romans 1:19, “God has made it plain in the things that are made.“.

And, on same note God is exceeding jealous if his role as a Creator is questioned.

On the other hand, one needs his Word to see him as a redeemer.

But, first Leon Bridge singing River.

Sermons

  1. Leon Bridges
    • River on SNL
    • Macklemore performs ‘Kevin’ feat Leon Bridges (Lyrics )
    • Macklemore performs ‘Kevin’ feat Leon Bridges at the AMAs
  2. Lewis Revival
  3. Charles Price, Peoples Church in Toronto, Pastor
  4. Welsh Revival
  5. Chuck Missler’s Interview

Lewis Revival

Lewis 1949 Revival Testimony by Mary Peckham

  1. People knew the Book
  2. When Spirit fell there was fuel there to be burnt
  3. Revival had come once earlier ( in 1939)
  4. It is a healthy thing when people are hungry
  5. I am not going back to Lewis until Revival was over
  6. I have my own life and my own ambitions
  7. Inwardly disturbed when conversation about Revival occurred
    • The sinners in Zion are afraid ( Isaiah 33:14 )
  8. People that were drunkards were now converted
  9. Afraid of the supernatural
  10. If at end of Life, I was Saved, that was OK
  11. But forced to go Church by my parents that found me out
  12. As someone unconverted to be in such a situation, it was not a comfortable thing
  13. Duncan Campbell was the preacher who brought revival
    • The man was in earnest
    • He stormed up and down, sometime down the Pulpit steps
    • He quoted “that though the sinners join hand in hand they will not go unpunished” –  Proverbs 11:21
    • He did not preach a soft Gospel
  14. Father asked after first service, “How did you enjoy that?”.  I replied:
    • I did not enjoy it
    • Found no delight in it
    • But, the following night, I went as well
    • Never again did I have to be asked whether I wanted to go
    • Walk 2 1/2 mile in wintery weather
  15. Heard father’s cry late at night, a hardened sailor
  16. Abiding in the hope that “If this conversion did not come to our home, it wouldn’t be so bad
  17. Awareness of the Presence of God
    • God the Creator
      • Oh everyone that thirst ( Isaiah 55:1 )
      • Word of God came “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” ( Exodus 3:5 )
      • Looked on to the Ocean and found in it the fishes the Creator created
  18. Solemnity of Eternity
    • In our services today, we lack eternity
    • Now all we think is what will benefit me
  19. It is a fearful thing to come into the hands of the Living God ( Hebrews 10:31 )
  20. In a meeting
    1. Fearful
    2. Drawing Power of the Spirit of God
    3. Those that are anxious about their souls
  21. Testimonial in the Life of Others
    • Saw in the face of a young girl the beauty of the Lord
    • Driven to pray at 3:00 AM
      • And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it ( Psalm 90:17 )
    • Lost and did not know how to get saved
    • Went to Church an hour before service
    • No one kept time
    • Even past benediction, waited and hoped that it will go on
    • For 3 months continued in search
  22. God’s Love
    1. Personally felt No assurance of Salvation personally
    2. One night prayed, the date was 22nd  of August, 1950
    3. Oh God I love your people, I can’t explain it.  I want to stay in their company for the rest of my life. If at the end of my life, you see it fit to send me to hell, then it is allright
    4. Conviction of sin in a season of revival is too terrible for words
    5. Growing up among God’s people and any immorality will be frowned upon
    6. The Spirit of God witnessed with my Spirit and I knew I was saved
  23. Travelled everywhere
    • 60 miles in a lorry
    • Filled with laughter
    • Tongues filled with songs
    • Lyrics were composed
    • Singing and making melody songs
  24. News came from faraway
    • Words came from London – Why did you not tell me about Jesus?

Wind of the Spirit – The Story of the Lewis Revival

  1. There was a blacksmith in Lewis named John Smith. He was very involved in the revival. In fact, before the revival, he and other elders prayed right through. They took Psalm 24, ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD or who shall stand in His holy place? He that that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.’ John Smith once turned to the other elders and said, ‘It’s absolute humbug for us to be praying like this unless our hands are clean, and our hearts are pure.’ And so they united together. They confessed before God. They got right with God and prayed on. I am so glad that when I was away in the world, not interested in the things of God, there were men like these who prayed, and who prayed through.
  2. Does it not give us a hunger in our hearts to see what God can do? ‘I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.’ How many of us are thirsty? Or, are we like the Laodicean church, neither cold nor hot? I’m here to testify that God is a covenant-keeping God, and that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd that gave His life for the sheep. The Son of Man who came to seek and to save that which is lost and saved me!

Charles Price

Icabod Or Ebenezer

  1. Charles Price family was saved during the 1904 Welsh Revival
    • 100, 000 people found God in a period of 10 weeks
    • Great Grandfather was a Godless man, but found God in a Pub
    • Woke up  Great GrandMother to tell her that he has found God; family ( including 20 year son concluded that he was indeed drunk )
  2. Letting God be God in our heart, in our own lives
  3. They were asking God to be their Savior
  4. Not asking God for a good life. but for
    • Mercy
    • Forgiveness
    • Cleansing
  5. In danger of turning Jesus Christ to our preferred Helper, Physician,  Psychologist,  a great provider
  6. But that is not who he is but he is a Savior; not just from the guilt and consequence of our Sins but also from the Power and Grips of our sins
  7. Salvation includes pouring us with his Holy Spirit and his Lordship is our lives
  8. We can try seeing Christ through the Gift of Mercy, Forgiveness, or Physician. But, unless we see him principally as a Savior, we are in trouble
  9. The one person that has the Power to save us from our sins
  10. Evan Robert’s message was summed up in 4 parts
    • Confess all known sins
    • Deal with anything that is a sin or doubtful in your live
    • Comply with the Holy Spirit instantly
    • Confess Christ publicly
  11. Evan Roberts
  12. Bible
    • The only words that will be authoritative this week are those that come from the Word that came from God
    • Revival is Old Testament while Evangelism New testament
  13. Old Testament
    • People of God
    • Exclusive to Jewish Nation
    • Not Spiritual body of Christ
    • People who wanted to walk with God, experience God, and become a blessing to the Nations
  14. Tragic Loses exposes fault lines in our understanding
  15. Supporting Verses
    • Joshua 3:5-6 ( Consecrate yourself for the Lord will do amazing things )
    • Joshua 3:10 ( This is how you will know that the Living God is among you, he will drive out your enemies )
    • Joshua 6 ( I have delivered jericho in your hands )
  16. Easy to reproduce a pattern than to learn a principle or the Truth
  17. If we change the Christian life and reduce it to one that lacks
    • Divine Initiative
    • Divine Originality
    • Divine Anointing
    • Divine Activities
  18. If God is doing something somewhere it is not because they have learned a new technique, but because they are dealing with God
  19. Toronto
    • Youth for Christ
      • 1940 and 1950
  20. Leave God out of it
    • Do not spend time with God
    • Do not Pray
    • Just tell me the How
  21. Everyone wants to know how
  22. The question has to be
    • Who has the Power
    • Who can save us from our sins
  23. In a rush?
    • Woe to to those who say, “Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel– let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it.” ( Isaiah 5:19 )
  24. God’s specific instruction is that the Israelites are not to touch the Holy Things and not to even look into the Holy Things (Ark)
    • They can only meet with him once a year on the basis of shed blood
    • If you meet him any other any way, one will not be meeting a Friend, but a Judge
  25. Prayer
    • Areas of our lives that we have placed protection around
    • Anger, bitterness, lust
    • Forgiveness for justification
    • Placed into the Open
    • Holy Spirit live, not just to make one feel better, but to become an Instrument for the blessing of Others
    • Witness to stand before all the Powers and Principalities
    • Lives may give evidence for God’s presence
    • Prayer for man and woman
    • Grace to resist doubt, temptation, seduction that will surely come

Welsh Revival

Welsh Revival Eyewitness Account

  1. Deliverance
    • Tobacco and Smoking went away
  2. Big View
    • Deacons – About twelve of them
    • Facing the congregatio
    • There was two chairs that always be faced the congregation
    • There will sit and judge the doctrine and make sure that only truth will come out
    • They will make sure nothing false comes in
    • Advance people who knew something about Spiritual discernment
    • Church has lost that
      • People no longer know about the gift of Spiritual Discernment
      • No check on the minister these days
  3. Revival comes down
    • You can’t work it up
  4. Sin has not changed

Christian Sermons – 2014/Oct

Background

Courtesy of YouTube, I have watched more than my fair share of sermons lately.

Though the sermons are publicly available, I wanted to package and acknowledge them in a more concise & precise format.

Yet, publicly sharing the list is fraught with risks. The reasons are vast and includes the fact that:

  • I started this blog firmly to share technical details
  • The people listed here are mostly still living and the evil one will continue to attack each personally and even more their ministry

But, there are things to be gained, as well.

For instance, I have tied so much together through Chuck Missler and I will lean on him and share some of the quotes I heard from him.

  • The only barrier to truth is assuming that you already have it.
  • For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you“. ( 1 Corinthians 11 19-20 )
  • “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so”. (Acts 17:11 )
  • To you the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27)

And, so here goes my list.

Pastors

Paul Washer – HeartCry Missionary Society

Video URL Date Added
Ten Indictments Link 2014-10-07
Regeneration v. The Idolatry of Decisional “Evangelism” (Paul Washer @ the Deeper Conference 2008) Link 2014-10-07
We Have Forgotten that the Way is Narrow. (Paul Washer) Link 2014-10-07
Pray and be alone with God Link 2014-10-07
A Living and Holy Sacrifice – Romans 12:1-2 Link 2014-10-07
Examine Yourself – Paul Washer Link 2014-10-07
A Warning to Not Stray from the Gospel Link 2014-10-07
Biblical Tests of True Faith by Paul Washer Link 2014-10-07
Decisional Regeneration: Paul Washer Interview Link 2014-10-07
 How to Abide in Christ Link 2014-10-07
 A sermon that has angered many  Link 2014-10-31
The importance of prayer for Christians Link 2014-11-01

Jamal Harrison Bryant

Video URL Date Added
A New World Order Link  2014-10-09
The Audacity of Hope Link  2014-10-09

Jimmy Evans – Marriage Today

Video URL
The Treasure of a Teachable Spirit Link
The Law of Sowing, Reaping, and Use Link
Spiritual Winter ( 1 of 4 ) Link
Spiritual Winter ( 2 of 4 ) Link
Spiritual Winter ( 3 of 4 ) Link
Spiritual Winter ( 4 of 4 ) Link
How to know God’s will for your Life Link
Living amount lions Link
Morality at a tipping point Link

Kenneth c Ulmer – Faithful Central Bible Church

Video URL
Its Time To Eat Sermon Ezekiel 2 Link

Pastor Paula White

Video URL Date Added
Breaking Ungodly Soul ties Link 2014-10-14

Worship

Shekinah Glory Ministry

Video URL
Praise is what I do Link

Juanita Bynum

Video URL
I don’t mind waiting  Link
Like the Dew In The Morning – Juanita Bynum Morning Prayer Link

Prophecy

Jonathan Cahn – Beth Israel Worship Center

Jonathan Cahn is a messianic Jewish Rabbi and pastor best known for his best selling book “The Harbinger”.

Video URL
The Harbinger Decoded Jonathan Cahn full movie Link
The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast Link

Dumitru Duduman

Dumitry Duduman is a Romanian pastor who smuggled  thousands of bibles into Russia.

Video URL
America is babylon Link

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis prophesied over Bishop Long before Pastor Long’s trials.

Video URL
BEFORE THE SCANDAL, Neil Ellis Prophecy for Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Link

Pentecostal – Speaking in tongues

The Azusa Street Festival

One of the initial fires that ignited the Pentecostal awakening in America

Video URL
The Azusa Street Revival Documentary Link

PreWrath Rapture

Charles Cooper

Prewrath Rapture exposition

Video URL
Charles Cooper Interview – Prewrath Rapture Link
Prewrath Conference – Charles Cooper – Justice Link

Chris White

Prewrath Rapture exposition

Video URL
Prewrath Rapture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJs8h5RagIE

Link

Dr. Michael Brown & Prof. Craig Keener

Audio Q/A between Dr. Michael Brow & Prof. Craig Keener

Video URL
Dr. Brown & Prof. Craig Keener Link

Alan Kurschner

Dr/Prewrath Rapture exposition

Video URL
Prewrath Rapture Link
Alan Kurschner interview – Prewrath Rapture Link
(VIDEO) Will the Church Face the Antichrist? Link

Apologetic

J.P. Moreland – Biola University

Video URL
Loving God with All Your Mind Link
Discerning God’s Voice – When God Seems Silent Link
Evidence for the Existence of the Soul Link

Spiritual Warfare

Derek Prince

Video URL
How to hear God’s Voice – 1  Link
How to hear God’s Voice – 2  Link
Transmitting God’s Power  Link
Casting Down Strongholds Link

Lay Speakers

Mark Cleminson

Video URL
The creator/designer is made evident in the objective order, functionality and design of the universe (atom/cell/DNA/nature) and our consciousness/conscience – it is more irrational to attribute these things to cosmic accident than a conscious Designer Link

Evolution

Dr. David Berlinski

Video URL
David Berlinski – Evolution destroyed in under 5 minutes Link
Dr David Berlinski Debunks Evolution THEORY Link
The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions Link

Sermon Scripts

Source :- Paul Washer

Sermon :- Pray and be alone

Link

There is one commentator. I don’t even know who he is. He said this. “Jesus is the dependent man and this is just where we fail. He withdraws himself into the wilderness and prays ever the dependent as the obedient and victorious man.”

Let’s listen to what he says. He is saying that it is Jesus’ dependence upon God that wrought the obedience and victory.

Now, Matthew Poole writes this. “We meet with Christ often, commending to us the duty of secret prayer by his own example.”

That is so convicting because I am commending you to secret prayer by my word. But would I by my example?

It is a sobering thing to preach.

It says, “We meet Christ often, compelling us to the duty of secret prayer by his own example as he had done by his precept and always choosing for it the most private and retired places to teach us to go and to do likewise, often to pray to our Father which seeth in secret and his example more presses us because we have much more business with God in prayer than he had.”

Do you know what he means by that? Matthew Poole is saying we have more business to do with God in prayer than Jesus. Why? He says, “For this reason. Jesus had no sins to confess, nor to beg pardon for, no need to ask for any sanctifying habits of grace. Jesus lived a life of prayer and frequently it was his custom to participate in hidden prayer with his Father. And yet he had nothing of the need that we have. He had no need of confessing sin. He had no pardon to beg. He had no need to cry out for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy like we do.”

Sermon :- Pray and be alone

Link

There are many people who do not want to hear the truth because it will shake up the false hope they have that they’re going to heaven when, indeed, they are not. There are so many people in Christianity—American Christianity—that believe themselves right with God, that believe themselves saved because they were told that by a preacher who should have spent more time studying the Bible and less time preaching.

The only thing left behind in the left behind series is the bible

I’ve even had people tell me, “Well, I know I’m saved because the preacher told me I’m saved.” Since when did men have such authority? And, then, the worst of all—”I know I’m saved because I have walked with God.” My dear friends, let me tell you this, if you are not walking with God now, you can have no assurance that you have ever been saved.

It says in 2nd Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 5, Paul had come to a church, many of them professing Christ, many of them walking in carnality, and he doesn’t ask them—he doesn’t say to them, “Let me ask you something. When was the time that you first asked Jesus Christ into your heart?” He didn’t even refer to their conversion experience. He goes right to present tense and he says this: Test yourselves—in verse 5—to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test.

Test yourself! This is not just some whimsical thing. This is not just something to worry about for a day. We’re talking about eternity. Is it well with your soul? If you test yourselves in the light of Scripture, will you be found whole and complete, born again, kept by the power of God? It’s time to take a test and stop relying on your emotions and stop relying on what everyone is telling you and stop comparing yourself to other people who call themselves Christians, because the great majority of people in America who call themselves Christians are lost.

Now, let me just say something about how that would change everything in America if the media truly believed that. What kind of God do we have in America? What is the god of the politician in America? It’s this kind of god––it’s a god you can pray to, but you cannot define who he is. It’s a god you can talk about in a political speech, but you cannot define what his will is. And that’s a good god to have. Why? Because you’re no longer accountable to a god like that. You don’t know who he is and you don’t know what he wants, so you just do whatever your carnal, wicked heart wants to do. That’s a very convenient god, and that’s the kind of god some supposed Christians have.

But John counters that and he says this: No, my friend, God has told you exactly who He is and God has told you exactly what He requires of thee, old man. He’s not a hidden god. Now, learning that, let’s go to the next verse.

Are you sensitive to sin? Does it lead you to confession? Now, let me ask you, some of you here, here’s something you need to understand. Just recently a man that I know was found in grievous, grievous sin, and someone said, “How did a man like him fall into sin?”

And I said, “He didn’t fall into sin. No man falls into sin. He slid there like everyone else.”

Let me ask you—because some of you may be Christians and you need to hear a warning. Are you sliding into sin? Are you starting to do things now, gradually, gradually, that you would not have thought of doing a month ago? And little by little by little, you know what’s going to happen? You keep going, and it’ll be evidence you’re lost. If God pulls you back, it’ll be evidence you’re saved.

Do you love other Christians? “Well, I, you know, I, I come to church.”

Big deal. The devil comes to church. What do you do when you get here? What do you do outside it? Because the church isn’t this tent. It’s not that building, it’s the people. How many Christians are you serving? How many Christians are you reading the Bible with? How many Christians are you praying for? How many Christians are you loving? How many . . . .

I’ve got a dear friend in my church back home, and he know I’m here in Texas for a little while. He’s adopted my mother. He’s cleaning up her place; he’s mowing her yard; he’s doing all sort of things. Why? She’s a believer, and because of the will of God, her son’s being sent to Texas so he is taking over. That’s what I mean. That’s what I mean.

I’ve had both my hips replaced because my bones are degenerating. You know how they got replaced? I was a missionary. I didn’t have a dime. How am I going to get implants? How am I going to be operated on? A man in Austin, Texas––Steven Whitlock, III––a young guy, 32 years old, but a brilliant man. He walks into his Sunday school class one day at a church there in Austin, Texas. He hears people praying about a missionary who can hardly walk up in the Andes Mountains.

He goes, “Give me his name.” He called me. He said, “Come. Come to Austin. I’m getting the ticket. I’m getting the doctors. I’m getting everything. Your hips are taken care of.” That’s what I’m talking about.

I was walking through the jungles one time, high jungles, in Departmento Amazonas in Peru during the war with the Sendero Luminoso. We were in a place the military wouldn’t go, and we were lost––me and another brother. And we were traveling through the night in the darkness. We had smuggled ourselves up there in the back of grain trucks, and we were going to preach in the place because the believers were just depressed and torn apart and didn’t know what to do and everyone’s making fun of them. We knew we had to go in there.

So we would get lost, and we’re going through the jungle and, finally, we come upon this village. We walk in there. We don’t know where to go. We don’t know where to spend the night. We know that the terrorists can be absolutely everywhere . We know we could be a dead man, and Paco walks up to this person out on the streets, like almost midnight, and he goes, “Á Hermanos por acá,”––Are there brothers through here? And someone said, “That old lady over there”––an old Nazarene woman. We knock on the door, and I said, “Soy pastor.”

She grabs both of us, pulls us in, shuts the door behind us, sticks us down in the basement, goes out, kills a chicken, fries up some yucca, everything you can imagine. She’s feeding us. She’s taking care of us. She’s housing us. Could she get in trouble? Yes, she could.

And then you say, “Oh, I’m a Christian because I go to church.” You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s love? To you? You need a new definition.

Sermon :- The importance of prayer for Christians

I am not unjust.  I am not your judge.  I am your father.  How much will I do for you.

Source :- Jimmy Evans

Sermon :- Spiritual Winter ( part 4 of 4 )

After Church, all these precious saints walk up to you and say Pastor you really blessed me, and we just want you to know, we are praying for you.

And, I say thank you so much, it means everything.

Spiritual Winter, will beat the ungratefulness out of you, and when it is over, you will be Thankful.

Summary

It is Thursday morning and I just burnt a couple of hours cleaning out this list.

I leave you with a couple of shared thoughts and work:

Peter Bradley Adams – The Longer I run
Link

When my blood runs warm with the warm red wine
I miss the life that I left behind
But when I hear the sound of the blackbirds cry
I know I left in the nick of time

If I wander til I die
May I know who’s hand I’m in
If my home I’ll never find
And let me live again

And, an Abraham Lincoln’s quote that resonates and I first heard from President Obama:

The times have changed – and so have I. I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who did n’t return. I have shared the pain of families who have lost their homes, and the frustration of workers who have lost their jobs. If the critics are right that I have made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them. And while I’m proud of what we have achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.

And, another quote that goes like “If there are things worth pondering and taking time to wrestle with and dialogue about, they are things such as this“.

Yet foremost in our mind, the Lord, our God, who brought all things together and knows how much he paid and pays for each of us.

Yet, he says “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you“.

Follow-up

2014-10-09

The most important thing with writing is one expects and opens self up for feedback.  This morning at work, I shared with Gabriel and he gave me a word that fits in:

1 Timothy 4:15-16
Link
A Good Minister of Jesus Christ
Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.  Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

Francis Collins – “Language of God” Speech

Background

A couple of weeks ago, I listened on as Francis Collins spoke a bit about his book “Language of God“.

The discussion was at the Veritas Forum at California Institute of Technology ( CalTech ) in Pasadena, CA.

The presentation is available at :

Francis Collins – The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence of Belief
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGu_VtbpWhE

Quote

He touched on the importance of using Augustine’s writing as a backdrop when attempting to resolve seemingly incompatible thoughts; i.e space things out a bit.

 

Augustine’s Quote

The Literal meaning of Genesis – 400 AD
http://college.holycross.edu/faculty/alaffey/other_files/Augustine-Genesis1.pdf

In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different Interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such a case, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture.

 

Introduction

His introduction was brief and informative.  Areas he touched on includes:

  • Let us reason together
  • Started out as a reductionist and “material”
  • DNA Sequencing problem causing cancer
  • Saw a lady dying and she was at peace with it

 

Question

Faith’s journey invigorated by seeing a dying lady who had come to peace with it.  The lady shared her life and faith with him.  And, thereafter said to him “I told you about my faith, now Doctor what do you believe?“.

 

Francis Collins – “Nature Pointers to God”

Finding pointers in Nature:

  • There is something instead of nothing
  • The unreasonable effectiveness of Mathematics
  • The Big Bang
  • The precise tuning of physical constants in the Universe

 

Francis Collins – Possibilities

He iterated possible explanations for the preciseness of Science.

  • Constant – Aporia reason due to relationship – There might be relationships between them
  • Multiverse – There are other universes just like this one
  • Intentional

And, how when one is faced with myriad choices one should apply “Occam Razor“; that is choose the simplest reason.  Which leads us to choosing the the intentional option.  This appears to be where Einstein’s ended up.

Since Einstein’s day, there are more fine tune arguments.

In summary we now have found a Deist God, but not necessary Theist God.

 

Francis Collins – Moral Law

  • We humans are under a moral law
  • It is a Universal Law
  • Is it completely explained by altruism?
  • Reason for Altruism
    • Family
    • Reciprocal – Reproductive reason
    • Martin Nowak – Prisoner Dilemma – Harvard Professor – Entire Group
  • But, all the reasons means that one still has to be hostile to people outside of the group
  • How does one explain extension to other groups
    • Mother Theresa
    • Wesley Autrey, Construction worker – New York Subway
  • Reason to Look further
    • If one is looking for a God that is good and holy

In summary, Mr. Collins arrived at a Theist God via trying to grasp the fullness of a Universal Moral Law.

 

Francis Collins – “Loving God with all your mind

  • No longer have reasons to resist
  • Reasons behind the decision
  • Love God with all your mind
  • Talks about Mark Noll’s book – “Scandal of the evangelical mind

Francis uses  Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself“, to affirm that there is no conflict between Mind/Science and worshiping God.

 

Life Sciences

  • DNA – Digital Code
  • DNA Theory is fundamentally correct
  • Evolution – Shared Ancestry of humans and other organisms*
    • Fossil record
    • DNA
      • Compared DNA Sequencing
      • pseudogene ( RIP in humans i.e. GULO – Humans unable to make Vitamin C on their own, while other animals might not have problem )

 

Richard Dickens

Richard Dickens – argument

  • Has a book known as “God’s Delusion”
  • Arguments against God

Richard Dickens – Rebuttal

  • Universal Negative ( Atheism is the most daring of all dogma, for it is the assertion of a universal negative – G.K. Chesterton)
  • Category Error ( God is outside of Nature and thus shall not be placed exclusively in nature)
  • Science is only able to comments on things that are in nature and not on things outside of nature.  Silence has to remain silence in Nature )
  • Richard Dickens “If earth was created by God. it must be a God more complicated than the God we are talking about
  • One cannot be an Atheist and argue that Science totally supports that conviction
  • 40% of Science believe in God
  • God’s role in Evolution
    • God’s planned for evolution
      • Neurological house (brain)
      • Free will
      • Soul
      • Made in God’s image – Mind VS Body
      • Our free will lead to disobedience to God
      • Humans realization of violation of Moral code
    • No violence to faith nor science
    • Theistic Evolution ( BioLogos )
      • Bios = Life
      • Logos = The Word

 

Objections to BioLogos

  • Bacterial Flagellum

 

 

Books

  • Darrel R. Falk – Coming to Peace with Science
  • Karl W. Giberson – Saving Darwin
  • N. T. Wright – Resurrection of Son of God

 

 

Q/A

Here is the Q/A Transcript. Where available I have placed the time-slot where the Question began and Answer ended in parenthesis.

 

Importance of Prayer

  • Mode of listening
  • In prayer, one might get an insight into one self ( Mystical )

 

Evolution Maturity

  • Age of Universe – 13.7 billion years
  • Age of the Earth – 4.55 billion years
  • The God of Deception
  • If one does not read from Scripture a requirement to postulate a young earth, then one might have to go with what Science is telling us about earth’s age

 

Post Humanist

  • Stephen Hawkins
  • Messing with Human’s germ life safety?
  • What is improvement
  • Who gets access
  • God’s Image thought

 

Sloppiness of DNA ( 1:11:57 )

  • Mitochondria DNA
  • DNA Transition to Nuclear from Genome?
  • Ancient Event / Variability of the event / Recent event
  • He is outside of the data

 

Physical vs Spiritual Death

  • Augustine’s discussion of Genesis
  • Christianity has not been forced to revise its understanding even after aggressive growth in Science
  • Evolution vs Pauline Canon
  • Where does Death come from?
    • Scripture – Death is result of human science
    • Evolution – Death is integer to creation
  • Death integral to creation
  • Scripture
    • Romans 5
    • 1st Corinthians 15
  • Death ? Does it exclude animal death
  • Not a theologian
  • Physical vs Spiritual death

 

Movie – Expelled

  • Prosecution in Academia
  • Whip up resentment against Academic
  • Speak bluntly about those things

 

Miracle

  • Q/A
    • Nature Miracle (Manna from Miracle, Jesus feeding hundreds with bread)
    • Is God contradictory or disorder
    • God is almighty
    • Why did not God not intervene during Holocaust
  • Answer
    • Whether one believes in God and whether one believes that God is the author of nature
    • Moments of great significance
      • Jesus Resurrection

 

 

Book – Born to be good – The Science of a meaning Life

  • Q/A
    • Is there a gene for altruism
  • Answer
    • Neurological Pathway
    • Free will decisions
    • Neurological Pathway
    • Divinely inspired action that needs a path to be carried out
    • Emotions such as Deep prayer life bring about emotion

Pre-commitments Role ( 1:24:30 – 1:27:15 )

  • Q/A
    • The evidence seems to support both a Theistic and Naturalistic viewpoint
    • Pre-Commitment to a world view, conceptual scheme
    • Evidence gains its meaning
    • Internal consistency within a conceptual view
    • Preconceived conclusion – Is one not just as good as the other?
    • If one is better, how does one move from being a Naturalist to been a Theist
  • Answer
    • One has to choose one or the other ?
      • Being other or the other improvises you
      • Placing a High firewall between them
      • Having to choose one is a recent idea and a bit flawed
      • One can find God in the Laboratory or the Cathedral

 

Agnostic Atheism

  • Q/A
    • Mental Crutch of having to believe in a God
    • Physics
    • Free will
  • Answer
    • Physics
      • Predetermination of Classical mechanics
      • Quantum brings more fluidity
    • Agnostics
      • Principled Agnostic
      • Others it might suggest I do want to think about it

Summary

Once again, there is a lot to learn out there.  Veritas Forums, Ted Talks, and many others facilitate important and meaningful discussions.

And, thanks to Google and YouTube unusually smart and “gifting” people are a lot closer than they would otherwise be.  They are well read and do not hide it; in actuality they share their sources.

They are also pen to meaningful reproach.

As Ravi Zachariah likes to say, the Q/A part is where the fireworks happen.

 

Reference

Occam Razor

 

Deism

 

Theism

 

Martin Nowak

 

Wesley Autrey

 

Mark Noll

 

Stephen L. Carter

 

Richard Dawkins

 

Bacteria Flagellum

 

Pau(line) Doctrine

 

God vs Science