Stephen Hawking makes it clear: There is no God

Stephen Hawking concludes that there is no God.
Some people feel uneasy about this, as it seem to challenge their belief system. Does the fact that Stephen Hawking is a scientist make such a statement even more of a challenge?

Photo from computerworld.com

In Buddhism, there is no belief in God, as in creator God(s) who is responsible for our existence. Some may feel that a world view without a God makes our life bleak and meaningless, or at the very least amoral. But we are very capable of good and morality with or without a belief in God.

What do you think?

Hawking said: “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”

I’m not sure whether there was a specific moment in which science overtook the deistic explanation of existence. However, El Mundo pressed him on the suggestion in “A Brief History of Time” that a unifying theory of science would help mankind “know the mind of God.”

Hawking now explained: “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God. Which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/stephen-hawking-makes-it-clear-there-is-no-god/

Just when will Singapore Go Solar?

Solar energy promises green energy that is as unlimited as the sun goes.  Is the technology sound enough for use in equatorial Singapore?

Germany broke world solar power generation record in July
with 5.1 TWh, leaving U.S. in dust

http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/germany-breaks-world-solar-power-generation-record-july-2013-51-twh-leaves-us-dust.html
Germany’s not a very sunny place, yet yet it leads the world in solar power, showing that you don’t have to be in the middle of the Sahara desert to generate lots of clean power from the sun.

Treehugger reports that Germany has broken world records by producing 5.1 terawatt-hours in July 2013.

If Singapore start funding solar research or initiate solar deployments in new towns, how much of our energy consumption can go green in sunny Singapore?

Solar energy, anyone?

 

http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/germany-breaks-world-solar-power-generation-record-july-2013-51-twh-leaves-us-dust.html

Vote “BRIGHT HILL” for the New MRT Station near Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

Dear friends,

This is a landmark moment.  A new MRT station will be located near Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery 光明山普觉禅寺 in the near future and it can be named “BRIGHT HILL“, the namesake of the monastery, after which this area and some roads are named.

Presently, LTA is conducting a public polling exercise to select the names for each station and it close on 17 June 2013.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

1. Vote for “BRIGHT HILL”
If you want to The  “BRIGHT HILL” to be the official name of this new MRT station, login to the following link to cast your vote!

http://talk2lta.lta.gov.sg/Surveys?action=Public.Survey.SurveyDetails&surveyId=861

2. Spread the word!

Share this page or the links with your friends who support this idea.

Please do not spam your friends.

3. Learn Dharma and Cultivate

Personally, whether or not the station is named “Bright Hill” is inconsequential if nobody learn the Dharma, practises and benefit from it.  So pick up a Dharma book today and read it, attend a talk, meditate, recite a mantra, express your love, care and compassion to people around you, smile, say hello to someone.  Wherever you are, whichever centre you are with, learn Dharma, practise it, and be Happy! :)

As we know that a new MRT station will be located near Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in the near future.

Presently, LTA is conducting a public polling exercise to select the names for each station. The exercise will close on 17 June 2013.

It will be great if the station can be named as BRIGHT HILL. In order for this name to be selected as the official name, we require as many staff, volunteers,
devotees and public to participate in this polling exercise. Kindly login to the following link http://talk2lta.lta.gov.sg/Surveys?action=Public.Survey.SurveyDetails&surveyId=861 to cast your votes.

Let’s us do our part by voting.

Massive and Extremely Dangerous Earthquake in the Border Area in Between Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and China

When this news caught my eye, I thought I was misreading.  I was like, come on, disasters don’t happen so often.  I mean, they are not supposed to.  Right?

Well, wrong.

http://earthquake-report.com/2011/03/24/massive-and-extremely-dangerous-earthquake-in-the-border-area-in-between-myanmar-thailand-laos-and-china/

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/mar/24/as-myanmar-earthquake/

I’ll post back if there are relief efforts from Tzu Chi and how we can help.

Meanwhile, as you wind your day down, send metta and loving thoughts to our friends in these countries (seems like Myanmar could be harder hit?).  And if you are able to, send them monetary and material aids as well.

Sabbe satta sukita hontu!  -__-