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Biology Essentials - 046 - Communities

046 - Communities

Uploaded on Nov 23, 2011

Paul Andersen explains the major classification terms in ecology and how a community can be measured by species composition and species diversity. The symbiosis of leaf cutter ants is included. The podcast ends with a discussion of population growth.

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June 2, 2016

C.S. Lewis and the Post Modern Generation

Lecture - Dr Alister McGrath

Published on Apr 26, 2013

This lecture by Dr Alister McGrath was sponsored by The Lanier Theological Library in Houston, TX and presented at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX, Saturday, March 23, 2012 titled: "C.S. Lewis and the Post Modern Generation: His Message 50 Years Later"

Dr. Alister McGrath is a Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at Kingʼs College London, and Head of its Center for Theology, Religion, and Culture.

He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics. Until 2008, he was Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University.

Dr. McGrath was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1953.

He attended Methodist College, Belfast, in 1966 studying pure and applied mathematics, physics and chemistry.

McGrath continued his education and eventually earned both a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and a Doctorate of Divinity from Oxford University.

The interactions between these two areas of study—Christian theology and the natural sciences—have been a major theme of his research work.

As a former atheist, McGrath is respectful, yet critical of scientific atheism. He has frequently engaged in debate and dialogue with leading atheists, including Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins.

McGrath has explored Charles Darwinʼs role in atheist apologetics and other controversial concepts of atheism, such as the "meme" in recent atheist accounts of the origins of belief in God.

McGrath is working on many projects, including his research on the late C. S. Lewis and a major intellectual history of the Swiss Protestant theologian Emil Brunner. His new book to be published in March is entitled C. S. Lewis -- A Life. Reluctant Prophet, Eccentric Genius.

This biography will be supplemented by a collection of eight major academic essays on Lewis, to be published in May 2013. Other forthcoming books are the first in a five-volume series entitled "Christian Belief for Everyone" and a new textbook on Christian History.

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Sun Goes Blank In Weakest Solar Cycle In Century

No Sunspots seen, X-ray Output flatlines

Published on Jun 2, 2016
Sun Goes Blank In Weakest Solar Cycle In Century
The sun is almost completely blank.

The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century.

The sun’s X-ray output has flatlined in recent days and NOAA forecasters estimate a
scant 1% chance of strong flares in the next 48 hours.
Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer
sunspots. We are currently more than seven years into Solar Cycle 24 and the current
nearly blank sun may signal the end of the solar maximum phase.
Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to
2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in
almost a century.

However, while a weak solar cycle does suggest strong solar storms will occur less
often than during stronger and more active cycles, it does not rule them out entirely.
In fact, the famous "superstorm" Carrington Event of 1859 occurred during a weak
solar cycle.

In addition, there is some evidence that most large events such as strong solar flares
and significant geomagnetic storms tend to occur in the declining phase of the solar
cycle. In other words, there is still a chance for significant solar activity in the
months and years ahead.
Clearly even a weak solar cycle can produce a very strong storm.
We need to be prepared!

A filament eruption was observed towards the northeast limb on Wednesday evening
but is not likely to impact our planet.
A middle latitude coronal hole was observed on Wednesday.
This zone will turn into a geoeffective position by as early as this weekend and an
increased solar wind stream could provide a period of enhanced geomagnetic activity
at higher Earth latitudes.

This coronal hole has been here before, on May 8th (Mother's Day), when it sparked
the strongest geomagnetic storm of 2016.
Coronal holes are places in the sun's atmosphere where the sun's magnetic field opens
up and allows solar wind to escape.
Clips, images credit: ESO, ESA/HUBBLE, SDO & NASA
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Community Life Styles ~ Mepkin Abbey ~ Monastery 3200 Acres

Community Life Styles

What communities do to be free of Corruption.
Monasteries, seem most safe.

Cities maybe the least safe.

Lets take a Look at
Mepkin Abbey ~
Monastery with 3200 Acres Riverside land

Published on Jul 20, 2012
Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist Monastery located on the Cooper River in Berkeley County. It's a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949. The monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.

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