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12-24-2016, 06:31 PM
Introduction, by James P. Hogan:
It is a fact that Sir Isaac Newton was born on December 25 (in 1642). I mentioned this one evening when Jackie and I were with a group of friends in a Sonora bar. After some debate, we decided that the date is too much to be a coincidence: Providence is trying to tell us something.

We finally agreed that the time has come for a change. We're all part of Western scientific civilization, after all, and things have been dominated for too long by traditions rooted in ancient Palestinian mysticism. In future, therefore, we decided that as far as we are concerned, the customary holiday season celebrates the birthday of the intellectual founder of mathematical, analytical method. Further, to commemorate the formulation of his famous universal law, the name of the feast shall be changed from "Christmas" to "Gravitational mass," or, more simply, "Gravmas."

Who knows? -the whole thing could spread like wildfire. Two thousand years from now, it might form the basis for the philosophy and worldview of a whole, new global culture, which by that time may revolve around a race of supertech, spacegoing Chinese. . . .

Merry Gravmas (clicky) (http://www.jamesphogan.com/books/info.php?titleID=16&cmd=sample&sample=90)

Jim Bow
12-24-2016, 06:38 PM

Vince Brennan
12-25-2016, 12:19 AM
A weighty subject, indeed, and reactionary, to boot!

Far too much gravitas has been wasted on the subject.

Pounding along, I remain,