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Jodorowsky’s Dune - Official Trailer

Amazing insight into what would have been a spectacular ground-breaking juggernaut of a science-fiction movie (and probably a bit bonkers); “the most influential science-fiction film never made.” — Drew McWeeny

Rotten Tomatoes: Part thoughtful tribute, part bittersweet reminder of a missed opportunity, Jodorowsky’s Dune offers a fascinating look at a lost sci-fi legend.

If the people of religion are asked about proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.

Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al-Rāzi (854 CE – 925 CE), quoted in Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2006), p. 227


  1. Proof
  2. Theory
  3. Quantum uncertainty and quantum weirdness
  4. Learned vs. inate
  5. Natural
  6. Gene
  7. Statistically significant
  8. Survival of the fittest
  9. Geologic[al] timescales
  10. Organic

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This article should be on every news site, discussed on every TV channel, and shared by everyone on Facebook on a semi-monthly basis from now until the world ends.

This is some of the best, most important, useful information for people to understand.

Maybe a little overstated …

The liberal and tolerant society that Cameron seems to claim is at one with Christian principles has in fact been shaped by secular reasoning, by a philosophical process unhindered by dogma and guided only by a belief in human decency. If, as Cameron wrote in the Church Times in April, ‘Christian values … are shared by people of every faith and none,’ then how are they Christian values?