A group of Silicon Valley scientists have met to discuss whether or not the internet is or could become a conscious entity. The astrophysicist Larry Smarr explained that the Internet is evolving into a single vast “planetary supercomputer,” made up of billions of interconnected computers. He said, “The real question, from a software point of view is: Will it become self-aware?” He feels it?s likely that a thinking machine might emerge spontaneously this way.
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As of December 24, low-level exhalations of gas and steam remain the only sign of activity within the Popocatepetl volcano 35 miles from Mexico City. However, experts continue to warn that the volcano is dangerous, and have predicted another significant eruption for the near future.

The volcano’s action over the past few days has been extraordinary. On Monday and Tuesday, Popo erupted more violently than it has in 1,200 years, sending 40,000 area residents hurrying to shelters prepared for them by the Mexican government. Then, on Wednesday, the volcano unexpectedly became quiet, prompting some authorities to announce that the danger was over.
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After years of searching, I’ve learned one thing about religion: it’s a journey, not a set of beliefs.

I was raised by atheists with an odd sense of fair play. My father found fault with nearly everyone, but he was fair about it: he felt it was OK to hate Blacks, Jews, Catholics, Gays and pretty much everyone else, as long as he didn’t do anything about it. This was a hard attitude to live with, especially in the ?60’s , when I was surrounded by lyrics like, "all you need is love."
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On December 17, Dr. Roger Leir reported on the annual sighting of what has come to be known as the Camarillo UFO, because it has returned to the same place in California during the same time period 5 years in a row.

On December 18, James Brandt wrote, “Here in Santa Barbara on December 17 at about 4:50 p.m. Pacific time, 3 of us observed a bright shiny silver object that could have been cone-shaped, almost directly overhead. I was looking through 8 X 30 binoculars. A puff of smoke came from the object, and a smaller object broke away from the main one. It arced away and broke into two other objects, with the first one remaining, but appearing smaller. Then a few seconds later, they all disappeared. This sounded something like what you were talking about on the show.”read more