Recent Miracles You May Have Missed

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Resurrection

In January 2000, a subspecies of wild mountain goat called the Pyrenean ibex became extinct. Its last living member was crushed to death by a fallen tree, and that was the end of the species forever. Officially and totally extinct.


But no. In a major scientific event in 2003 that even most educated Westerners don’t know about, the species was brought back to life by a team of Spanish and French scientists. A skin scraping from the last surviving mountain goat’s ear was stored in liquid nitrogen. The nucleus of one of the cells was transferred into an egg of a domestic goat and implanted into a domestic goat surrogate mother. A Pyrenean ibex mountain goat—previously extinct—was brought back to life and born five months later. Although the baby goat did not live long, it was the first animal in history to be resurrected from extinction.

Cloning, in a sense, brings an organism back from the dead. Dolly the sheep is well known, but less well known is that more than twenty types of animals have been successfully cloned at this point, including cat, dog, horse, pig, rabbit, water buffalo, and monkey.

The Ten Plagues

Smallpox. Diphtheria. Rheumatic fever. Bubonic plague. Polio. Measles. Scurvy. Tuberculosis. Death from childbirth. Infant mortality.

I recommend that the recitation of the Ten Plagues during Passover seders be changed to this new list, as a truer modern example of natural horrors and what we can be thankful to scientific human progress for eliminating or abating.

Written By: Lawrence Rifkin
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  1. Very weird that the rate of expansion of the universe is accelerating when it it ought (??) to be constant or even slowing down due to the pull of the universe’s centre of gravity.

    I don’t have the skills to speculate further on this. But I’ll bet it’s only a matter of time before some idiot says god designed it that way.

    • In reply to #1 by Stevehill:

      Very weird that the rate of expansion of the universe is accelerating when it it ought (??) to be constant or even slowing down due to the pull of the universe’s centre of gravity.

      Please research cosmology. The rate of expansion of the universe should not be slowing down due to “the pull of the universe’s centre of gravity”, which besides being a meaningless statement is factually wrong. Read up on dark energy, repulsion and the state of the universe. There are 3 possible states, open, closed and flat. Each has it’s own implications for expansion. The current model is we live in an open universe, which will expand and cool forever. The more interesting questions are whether the universe is infinite or not, and whether the universe is bounded or not, the 2 questions are independent. Also, the big bang did not happen “in one place”. No matter where in the (observable) universe you were located, your perception of the big bang & it’s aftermath are identical. The big bang happened everywhere at once. Cheers.

      • In reply to #4 by AC:

        In reply to #1 by Stevehill:

        Very weird that the rate of expansion of the universe is accelerating when it it ought (??) to be constant or even slowing down due to the pull of the universe’s centre of gravity.

        Please research cosmology. The rate of expansion of the universe should not be slowing…

        After reading Lawrence Krauss’ “A Universe From Nothing” my understanding is that our universe is flat – or very close to it – which is the model consistent with the latest scrutiny of the cosmic microwave background radiation, among other observations. I highly recommend the book. I admittedly had to read a few sections twice to adequately comprehend it all, but he does a great job of distilling the latest cosmological thinking into a concise and readable summary for laymen.

  2. Love a new version of the ten plagues, those eliminated or abated by science. Almost powerful enough to make me support the idea of atheist “churches,” but not quite.

    I think that the word “miracle” will do very nicely. These insights and achievements are more miraculous than anything else I’ve ever witnessed or even heard.

    • In reply to #3 by bluebird:

      Oh! I thought y’all were referring to the mystery priest at an accident :p

      Why would an angel dress as a priest? Angels are by definition invisible! Therein lies the mystery.

      Naa, it was giant fairy showing off!!

      S G

  3. Great stuff.

    There was a time when I’d have fired this off to friends and acquaintances who, when stumped, will fall back on fairies, but, alas, I’ve learnt that it’s pointless; instead of engaging on a subject they’ll accuse me of being a bully or drunk – well, I have been known to have a few – , and then they’d accuse me of making it personal.

    Once that faith fluke has entered the mind there seems to be no way of getting past it and communicating with the true individual it’s afflicted; give us a child by seven etc etc.

    Boy oh boy, that works!

  4. In the light of this, I am reminded of a paper I recently read on the preservation of species. From the essay:

    “Last summer at the Aspen Environment Forum, E. O. Wilson—arguably the world’s best-known conservation biologist—said that for human beings to maintain a viable environment on Earth, we should set aside half the planet’s surface for wild nature. But Emma Marris, a science writer and author of Rambunctious Garden, about human intervention in nature (and, full disclosure, a friend of mine), pushed back. Everything is already touched by human hands, she said. We have to manage it.

    Wilson was aghast. “Where do you plant the white flag you’re carrying?” he asked.

    Marris turned to a quote from ecologist Joe Mascaro: “I never took up arms,” she said. In fact, Marris and her husband, philosopher Yasha Rohwer, have found that more than 100 scientific papers treat the preservation of genetic integrity as some kind of manifestly obvious duty. But, they wrote, it ain’t necessarily so. Martin’s alternative: “genetic restoration,” in which organisms are given a fighting chance with new DNA. “Integrity” is irrelevant.

    The future, then, will involve more intensive management of ecosystems and their inhabitants. That includes meddling not just in biogeography—what lives where—but in genes…” (source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/mf-mutant-pupfish/3/)

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