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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

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Dr. James Martin Peebles – A hundred years of theory meeting practice?

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Parvati – Loving, terrible and creative, like most deities

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Wave-Particle Duality – Micro concept with macro implications

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Feed me… alphabetically!

Admittedly, things have been a bit slow at over the past few days. At least, they may have seemed slow.

Actually I’ve been putting in crazy hours learning how to get as many RSS news feeds as possible on my several devices. Some devices are older, some are newer. And each has its own unique ability or power to draw in something of interest.

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Feed Icon Bl-Or (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The older hardware and OS, for instance, can run RSS Reader, a program that I love. But so far I can only get some feeds to show up with that program using newer hardware and OS.

So to compensate, I’ve taken up with an online Feedreader that I tried out ages ago but only recently have come to like (pictured above).

Funny how the categories worked out, huh? To think that organized crime and Old Testament feeds turned up side by side… How utterly strange.

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Oxford “zero” research re-attests Hinduism’s umpteen contributions to science

Keble College Chapel as viewed across the quad...

Keble College Chapel as viewed across the quadrangle in Oxford, England. Taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 17-40mm f/4L lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A highly significant research by University of Oxford has revealed that ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript, dating to 3rd or 4th century, contained the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol that we use today.

The zero symbol that we use today reportedly evolved from a dot that was used in ancient India and can be seen throughout this seminal mathematical text held at University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, which contains hundreds of zeroes. In 628 CE, Indian astronomer/mathematician Brahmagupta wrote Brahmasphutasiddhanta, which is the first document to discuss zero as a number.

Rajan Zed commended Oxford University for this remarkable revelation; and added that this proved that the concept of zero, which was of paramount importance to the world we live in today, was used by mathematicians in India as early as in third century.

English: The usual form of the numeral figures...

The usual form of the numeral figures used in the Bakhshali manuscript (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It again affirmed the rich scientific and mathematical traditions of Hinduism and its role and contributions in the development of science and technology, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out.

Rajan Zed at European Parliament via Wikipedia

Rajan Zed urged other major universities of the world; including Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, Toronto, Tokyo, Melbourne, etc.; to undertake extensive research into ancient Hindu treatises, texts and manuscripts; thus sharing the wisdom and concepts of this oldest religion with the rest of the world.

Radiocarbon dating research was conducted at University of Oxford for this study on Bakhshali manuscript, which consists of 70 fragile leaves of birch bark.

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