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MUSIC MONDAY Tom Petty’s greatest hits Part 3

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Refugee

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Tom Petty’s daughter speaks out about autopsy results: He ‘overcame a crippling drug problem’

One of Tom Petty’s daughters is speaking out about her father’s death after his autopsy report revealed that the rocker died of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

“My dad in the past openly overcame a crippling drug problem with no shame,” Petty’s daughter AnnaKim Petty shared on her Instagram page. “His recent death is tragic, yet he died from doing what he loved and what will continue to keep his spirit alive: touring with a broken hip because he would have it no other way.”

On Friday, Jan. 19, Petty’s family shared the news of the musician’s cause of death with fans on the official Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Facebook page.

In the lengthy message, the post read, “Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.”

After the report of Petty’s cause of death was made public, speculation about the singer’s drug addiction arose. In the past, Petty had been open about his struggles with heroin, but it is unclear whether or not the 66-year-old had relapsed. But AnnaKim ignored the rumors and theories in her heartfelt post to her late father.

The family also explained that Petty suffered a painful fractured hip before he died.

“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip,” the family said on Facebook. “Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.”

AnnaKim also thanked fans for giving the family space during their difficult time.

“He loved performing,” she said. “There are no hypothetical questions — I love my dad and feel he is an immortal badass. The amount of pain his hip caused was beyond a normal surgery. He is at peace, out of pain. I thank you for respecting my family’s privacy and inviting love during this shocking new chapter.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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Avicii – True Believer (Lyric Video)

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Avicii – True Believer (Lyric Video)

  • Avicii revealed that he made hundreds of versions of his track with Chris Martin, and the Coldplay frontman was still not satisfied. “Chris is one of the most artistic people I’ve ever met. And a perfectionist,” the Swedish DJ told the Sunday Times. “We did like, 600 versions of the song and still he’s asking me to tweak the vocals.”
  • Avicii and Chris Martin previously collaborated on the 2014 Coldplay single “A Sky Full Of Stars.”

 

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AVICII ft Coldplay – Alive (New Song 2018)

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AVICII ft Coldplay – Alive (New Song 2018)

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Avicii

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Avicii
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Avicii in 2014
Background information
Birth name Tim Bergling
Also known as
  • Tim Berg
  • Tim Lidén
  • Tom Hangs[1]
  • Timberman
Born 8 September 1989
StockholmSweden
Died 20 April 2018 (aged 28)
MuscatOman
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • remixer
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active 2006–2018
Labels

[2]

Associated acts
Website avicii.com

Tim Bergling (Swedish pronunciation: [tɪm ²bærjlɪŋ]; 8 September 1989 – 20 April 2018),[3] better known by his stage name Avicii (/əˈvi/ə-VEE-cheeSwedish: [aˈvɪtɕɪ]; stylized as ΛVICII and ◢ ◤), was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer.[4]

Bergling was ranked third on DJ Mag in 2012 and 2013[5][6] and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award, once for his work on “Sunshine” with David Guetta in 2012[7] and once for his song “Levels” in 2013. Some of his most famous songs are “I Could Be the One” with Nicky Romero, “Wake Me Up“, “You Make Me“, “X You“, “Hey Brother“, “Addicted to You“, “The Days“, “The Nights“, “Levels“, “Waiting for Love“, “Without You” and “Lonely Together“. He released his debut studio album, True, in 2013. It received generally positive reviews from music critics, peaked within the top ten in more than fifteen countries and topped the Australian, Swedish, Danish and US charts.[8][9][10][11] In 2015, Bergling released his second studio album, Stories. On 10 August 2017, Avicii released an EP titled “Avīci (01)“.[12] He died on 20 April 2018 in Oman.[13]

Early life

Bergling was born in StockholmSweden, to Klas Bergling and actress Anki Lidén.[14] In May 2007, Avicii signed on with the Dejfitts Plays label.[14] Then, in 2010, Bergling released the hit song “Seek Bromance“, which reached the top 20 in several countries, including Belgium,[15] France,[16] the Netherlands,[17] United Kingdom,[18] and Sweden.[19] He also remixed Nadia Ali‘s classic single “Rapture” for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In October 2010, Bergling signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing.[20]

Career

Early career

Bergling was a member of the Laidback Luke Forums, where he refined his craft and, at times, demonstrated his distinct deep house style.[citation needed]

By 2009 to 2010, Bergling was a prolific producer and was releasing music incredibly quickly. His remixes during this period were “Sound of Now,” “Muja,” “Ryu,” and “Even.”

Bergling explained that the name Avicii means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell” (Avīci) and he chose the moniker because his real name was already used upon creating his MySpace page.[21][22]

2011–12: “Levels” and international breakthrough

Avicii wordmark, 2008–[23]

In 2011, Bergling released “Levels“, which launched him into the mainstream. The song was produced by Tim Bergling and contains a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James.[24] The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his 2006 song “Finally Moving”.[25] This sample was also used by Drum and Bass producer Logistics on “Call Me Back”[26] and by Flo Rida in his single “Good Feeling“, which was produced by DJ Prak and Cirkut.[27] “Levels” reached the top ten in Austria,[28] Belgium,[29] BosniaCroatiaDenmark,[30] Finland,[31] Germany,[32]GreeceIreland,[33] Italy,[34] the Netherlands,[35] Slovenia and the United Kingdom,[36] whilst topping the charts in Hungary,[37] Norway[38] and Sweden.[39]

In 2012, his collaboration track “Sunshine” with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording.[7] His track “Fade into Darkness” was sampled by Leona Lewis on her single “Collide“. The sampling was not accredited and led to controversy as Bergling attempted to block the single’s release. However, the matter was resolved outside of court with representatives stating “that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide”.[40]

On 23 March 2012, Bergling’s unsigned single “Last Dance” was previewed on Pete Tong’s show on BBC Radio 1.[41] The song was later released on 27 August 2012. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 in Miami, he premiered two tracks, “Girl Gone Wild” (Avicii’s UMF Remix) with Madonna[42] and “Superlove” with Lenny Kravitz.[43] Avicii’s UMF Remix of “Girl Gone Wild” was released on 20 April 2012, and “Superlove” with Kravitz was released on 29 May 2012. After reaching two million followers on Facebook, Bergling released a new song titled “Two Million”. It was put out as a free download on his official Soundcloud page. On 27 April 2012, Bergling released “Silhouettes“. The song featured vocals from Salem Al Fakir and peaked at number 5 on the UK Dance charts[44] and number 4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.[45]

Bergling was a featured performer on 4 August 2012 at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago’s Grant Park. On 12 August 2012, he released “Dancing in My Head” (Avicii’s ‘Been Cursed’ Mix) on Beatport.[46] The track features vocals from Eric Turner. A radio edit of the track, titled “Dancing in My Head” (Tom Hangs Mix) was released on 14 August 2012 on iTunes, and a remix EP was later released on 30 October 2012 featuring remixes from Charlie Bernardo and Michael Woods. On 26 September 2012, Bergling made history by being the first DJ to headline the world-famous Radio City Music Hallin New York City.[47] He performed two sold out shows on 26 and 27 September. He was supported by Matt Goldman and Cazzette at the two shows. At his Radio City Music Hall shows, he played a preview of his new track with Mike Posner titled “Stay with You”.

On 29 December 2012, Bergling premiered many new songs at Lights All Night, Dallas Convention Center, some of which made it into his first album, True. These unreleased songs included “I’ll Be Gone” and “Let It Go”.[48] The instrumental of “Let It Go” was mixed with the a capella of “Addicted to You” to become “Addicted to You (Avicii by Avicii)”.

On 29 December 2012, Bergling released “I Could Be the One” with Nicky Romero.[49] After first being debuted at his shows almost a year earlier, the track finally got released via Bergling’s record label LE7ELS. The new vocal version was released along with an instrumental version, a radio edit, and remixes from Audrio and Didrick. On 9 January 2013, Bergling launched the Avicii X You project, a partnership with Ericsson[50] designed to create the world’s first “crowdsourced” hit song. The project enabled fans to send in basslines, effects, melodies, rhythms and vocals to Bergling as sound files over the Internet.[51] The song features sequences from Kian Sang (melody), Naxsy (bassline), Martin Kupilas (beat), ВАНЯ ХАКСИ (break), Jonathan Madray, Mateusz Kolata, and Christian Westphalen (effects). Bergling acted as executive producer and created the finished song officially titled X You, which was released on 26 February 2013. On 30 January 2013, Bergling released “Three Million” featuring Negin to celebrate three million fans on his Facebook page.[52]

Bergling was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with “Levels” at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[53] He was nominated alongside Calvin Harris and Ne-YoSkrillexSwedish House Mafia and John Martin, and Al Walser. The award show took place on 10 February 2013. From late February to early March 2013, Bergling toured Australia as one of the headline acts in the Future Music Festival alongside The Prodigy and The Stone Roses.[54]In late February 2013, Bergling made his first South American tour, with concerts in VenezuelaArgentinaColombiaBrazil and Chile.[55]

2013: True

Avicii at Inox Festival, 2011.

In March 2013, Bergling announced and premiered many new tracks from his new album True, which would later be set to be released in September, during his Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The new tracks were experimental in nature. For example, Bergling brought out a stomping band to play through the new bluegrass-tinged song “Wake Me Up”.[56] Many of these new songs, however, received mixed critical reviews after the concert.[57]

On 11 April 2013, Bergling released his new album promo mix on SoundCloud. It contained some songs from True and some of his non-album singles.[58] It also contained some of his ID’s such as “Black and Blue” and “Enough is Enough (Don’t Give Up On Us)”.

The EBU and SVT announced on 15 April that Bergling, along with ex-ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, had composed the anthem for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The song was performed for the first time in the Final on 18 May.[59]

On 14 June 2013, the world premiere of Bergling’s new single, “Wake Me Up“, was previewed by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc.[60] The song was later released on iTunes and radio on 25 June 2013. It is the first single from Bergling’s album True, which was released on 16 September 2013. “Wake Me Up” was number 1 on the Spotify Global Chart and Bergling was at 2 in most streamed artist worldwide.[61]“Wake Me Up” later went on to set a then record of 14 weeks as the number one hit on Billboards Dance/Electronic Songs list.[62] The Official Charts Company announced on 21 July that “Wake Me Up” had become the UK’s fastest selling single of 2013 after overtaking Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, having sold 267,000 copies in its first week on sale in the UK.[63] “Wake Me Up” subsequently became a major hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries including Australia,[64] Germany,[65] Ireland,[66] Italy, Sweden,[67] the Netherlands,[68] and New Zealand.[69]

On 19 October 2013, the DJ Mag 2013 Top 100 DJs List was announced, with Bergling ranking number 3 on the list. Hardwell became the new World No.1 displacing Armin Van Buuren.[70] On 28 October 2013, Bergling released the single “Hey Brother” with vocals by Dan Tyminski. On 10 November, Bergling won his first award “Best Electronic” at the MTV EMA’s.[71]

On 24 November 2013 he won the American Music Award for favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist.[72]

In December 2013, Bergling released his fourth single off the album, “Addicted To You”, which reached number 1 in Australia[citation needed], with vocals from Audra Mae, who also sings on Shame on Me and Long Road to Hell, both tracks on the album.[73] Bergling also released the single, “Lay Me Down” featuring vocals from Adam Lambert and guitar from Nile Rodgers.[74] On 29 December 2013, Bergling debuted his new track “Dreaming of Me”, featuring vocals from Audra Mae, via episode 19 of his LE7ELS podcast.[75] It is unknown whether it will be released in the future.

In January 2014, the French hit music radio station NRJ released a new web radio station called “NRJ AVICII”, which plays songs only by Bergling.[citation needed]

On 8 March 2014, Bergling’s Instagram account confirmed a collaboration with Madonna. The extent of the collaboration is unknown.[76] On 21 March 2014, Bergling released a remixed edition of his album True titled True: Avicii By Avicii containing remixes by himself of all the tracks, excluding “Heart Upon My Sleeve” for unknown reasons. The promotion of this album was supposed to begin at the 2014 Ultra Music Festival, but Bergling announced he had been hospitalised on 28 March, and was unable to play his closing set at the festival.[77] On 28 March 2014, FIFA and Sony Music Entertainmentannounced that Bergling would be collaborating with Carlos SantanaWyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires for the official FIFA World Cup Anthem titled “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)”. The anthem was performed at the FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony on 13 July 2014.[78]

In 2014, following the FIFA World Cup, Bergling released his single “Lay Me Down“.[79] He also produced and collaborated with Chris Martin from Coldplay, co-writing and co-producing the track “A Sky Full of Stars” from the band’s sixth studio album Ghost Stories, released on 19 May 2014. He also played and recorded the piano parts on the track. “A Sky Full of Stars” was released on 3 May as the second single from Ghost Stories.[80] “Lovers on the Sun“, a track Bergling co-produced with David Guetta, was released on 30 June 2014.[81] He has also worked with Wyclef Jean on a single titled “Divine Sorrow” off his upcoming album Clefication.[82]

2014–15: Stories and major collaborations

In July 2014, Bergling told Rolling Stone that he had worked on 70 songs for his next album Stories, which would include collaborations with Jon Bon JoviSerj Tankian of System of a DownChris MartinWyclef Jean and Matisyahu.[83] Describing the album, Bergling said: “It’s going to be a lot more song-oriented.”[84]

During his tour for True, he also performed his upcoming single “No Pleasing A Woman” with vocals from Billie Joe Armstrong of American rock band Green Day. It has a similar instrumental to “Wake Me Up” albeit different chord progressions, along with “No Pleasing A Woman.” Bergling also performed other upcoming songs like “In Love With Your Ghost” with Daniel “Danne” Adams-Ray, “Love To Fall” with Tom Odell and “Million Miles” with LP which is the demo version of “Trouble”, a song from “Stories” with vocals from Wayne Hector.[85]

“Lose Myself”, a collaboration between Bergling and Chinese singer Wang Leehom, was released on 1 September 2014.[86] On 8 September 2014, his 25th birthday, Bergling decided to cancel all of his remaining performances of 2014 due to health concerns.[87] The following day, he announced through Denim & Supply that he would release his new single “The Days” later in 2014; a video was also featured with a preview of the track.[88] “The Days” is a collaboration between Bergling and Robbie Williams, and was released on 3 October 2014 via PRMD. On 16 September 2014, it was announced through EA Sports that Bergling was debuting a brand new track called “The Nights” exclusively on FIFA 15.[89] On 17 November 2014, it was officially announced that the track is to be released as a part of an EP together with “The Days”.[90]

On 17 November 2014, Wyclef Jean released a track titled “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii.[91]

On 2 March 2015, Bergling performed live at Australia’s Future Music Festival his upcoming single “Heaven”, a collaboration with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin on vocals. However, the vocals were later resung by singer Simon Aldred from Cherry Ghost; Chris Martin will receive writing credits on “Heaven”.[92] A lot of songs were leaked into the internet via Bergling’s UMF set 2015.[93] These songs include “Heaven”, “Waiting For Love,” and some of his ID’s “For A Better Day”, “City Lights”, “Can’t Catch Me”, “True Believer”, “What Would I Change It To”, “Can’t Love You Again” (previously leaked on the internet under the name “Don’t Call”) and “Attack”.[93][94]

On 25 April 2015, Bergling announced on episode 35 of his LE7ELS podcast that he would be playing some of his unreleased songs on his show. He also previewed his bootleg of Kings of Tomorrow’s song “Finally” and one of his old songs that he did with ASH, titled “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”.[95]

On 6 May 2015, Bergling released his rework of Nina Simone‘s version of “Feeling Good“,[96] composed in 1964 by the English songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. On 8 May 2015, Bergling previewed his song “I’ll Be Gone” via episode 422 of Tiësto’s Club Life Podcast[97] which has a very similar instrumental to Liar Liar (Avicii by Avicii) albeit different vocals and chord progressions. It was leaked into the internet between 2013–2014 via the name “Stars” and is yet to be released. It also shares a similar drop to one of Bergling’s ID’s “Black and Blue”.[98] On 22 May 2015, Bergling premiered another single from Stories, “Waiting for Love“. The track was co-produced by fellow DJ and producer Martin Garrix, and featured vocals from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost.[99] On 25 May 2015, Bergling previewed three old tracks on episode 36 of his LE7ELS podcast: “Tracks of My Tears”, “Sorry Mr. Atari” and “Time to Get lll”,[100] all of which are songs that Bergling had made years ago. “Tracks of My Tears” is the original version of Bergling’s “All You Need is Love”. On 27 May 2015, it was confirmed by a Swedish newspaper through an interview with Bergling that his sophomore album Stories would be released in fall 2015.[101]

On 3 July 2015, Bergling previewed two tracks from his album Stories on episode 37 of his LE7ELS podcast: “Broken Arrows” featuring Zac Brown Band and “Can’t Catch Me” featuring Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.[102] He also played a full version of his track “Heaven” and also revealed that he was doing another track with Chris Martin on vocals called “True Believer”. Later, Bergling also revealed that he is also singing on that track.[103][104] On 18 July 2015, it was announced by Bergling that he had finally finished production on Stories after 2 years of work.[105]

A couple of weeks later, on 4 August 2015, it was announced that the final singles before the release of Stories would be “For a Better Day” featuring American singer Alex Ebert and “Pure Grinding” featuring vocals from Kristoffer Fogelmark and Earl St. Clair.[106] On 27 August, Bergling released a teaser video on Instagram with the song “Pure Grinding” playing. The tracks “For a Better Day” and “Pure Grinding” were released the following day through Spotify and iTunes.[107] On 26 September, Bergling announced “Stories – Megamix” on Spotify.[108]

Stories was released on 2 October 2015 alongside 3 promotional singles: “Broken Arrows” with Zac Brown, “Ten More Days” with Zak Abel and “Gonna Love Ya” with Sandro Cavazza.[109]

2016: Touring retirement

On 15 January 2016, Bergling released his remix of Morten’s “Beautiful Heartbeat”.[110] Coca-Cola had partnered with Bergling for a global campaign anthem “Taste the Feeling” featuring Conrad Sewell.[111] The song was released on 19 January. On 25 January, Bergling teamed up again with Coldplay to co-produce the band’s single “Hymn for the Weekend“, which was released as the second single from their album A Head Full of Dreams.[112] In 2016, according to a report by Inc magazine, Avicii was the 6th fastest growing company in Europe, with a revenue of €7.7 million in 2014.[113][114][115]

On 19 March 2016, Bergling performed live at Ultra Music Festival and premiered new IDs such as “Without You (feat. Sandro Cavazza)”, “We Burn (Faster Than Light)”, and a collaboration with Australian pop star Sia (which he first played in Dubai).[116] On 29 March, Bergling announced on Facebook that he would be retiring from performing live and touring in 2016.[117]

On 7 April 2016, Bergling announced that he’s working on a third studio album.[118]

On 3 June 2016, Bergling released his collaboration with Otto Knows titled “Back Where I Belong”. It’s the second collaboration with the two producers after “Itrack”, back in 2011.[119]

On 15 July 2016, Bergling released a remix of his own song, ‘Feeling Good’. The remix was titled “Feeling Good (Avicii By Avicii)”.[120] This track was only released on Bergling’s official YouTube channel. However, on 1 August, it appears to have been pulled with the YouTube video being made private.

On 28 August 2016, Bergling performed his final live performance in Ibiza, before retiring from touring citing health concerns. His initial announcement was made on his website in April.[121]

On 22 December 2016, a representative of Avicii Music AB had announced that Avicii had parted ways with long time manager Ash Pournouri and At Night Management along with Ash’s record label PRMD. The representative also announced that Avicii had signed on to Universal Music Sweden and is expected to release his third studio album in 2017.[122]

2017–18: Avīci (01) and True Stories

In June 2017, British singer Rita Ora debuted a semi-acoustic version of “Lonely Together” at a private event at Annabel’s in London.[123] “Lonely Together” was later the second single from Avīci (01)

From 13 July to 2 August, Avicii shared one-minute snippets on Instagram, captioned “New music coming very very (very) soon!”, with track titles as hashtags.[124][125]

Avicii uploaded teasers of each track from the EP online upon release.[126][127][128]

On 10 August 2017, Bergling released the six-track EP Avīci (01).[12] Avicii has said of the release: “I’m really excited to be back with music once again. It has been a long time since I released anything and a long time since I was this excited over new music! My focus on this first EP of the album was to get a mix of new and old songs: some that fans have been asking about and waiting for mixed with brand new songs that they have never been heard before!”

In an interview with Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, Bergling stated that the EP is one of three parts of his third studio album.[129]

On 11 September 2017, Avicii announced a documentary entitled Avicii: True Stories. The documentary chronicles the artist’s retirement from tour, and features interviews from his colleagues David GuettaTiëstoWyclef JeanNile Rodgers and Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Death

On 20 April 2018, Avicii’s publicist Ebba Lindqvist announced that he had died that day at the age of 28 in MuscatOman. No cause of death was given.[130][13]

Influences

Daft Punk (left) and Swedish House Mafia (right) were both influences on Avicii.

Bergling’s influences included Daft PunkSwedish House Mafia (Sebastian IngrossoSteve AngelloAxwell) and Eric Prydz.[131]

Bergling described his earliest entree to electronic music as “listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was.”[132]

Avicii is named in the song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by American singer and songwriter Mike Posner. Posner recounts the event when he went to an Avicii show in Ibiza and got a mystery pill from someone,[133] with the starting lyrics “I took a pill in Ibiza / To show Avicii I was cool”. The song was made in the week they wrote a song together in Sweden called “Stay with You”. Posner released an acoustic version of the unreleased “Stay with You” on the Target Deluxe Version of his album At Night, Alone.

Philanthropy

Since achieving widespread commercial success, Bergling began working with his manager and executive producer Ash Pournouri to start House for Hunger[134] in 2011, a charity dedicated to alleviating global hunger. The pair wanted to showcase the giving spirit fostered by the house music community. Bergling explained, “You have to give something back. I am so fortunate to be in the position where I can actually do that. I feel lucky every day when I wake up and am able to do what I love and make a living.” In addition to donating $1 million to Feeding America, a charity founded by John van Hengel, House for Hunger has helped fund the efforts of The Feed Foundation, started by Laura Bush,[135] allowing it to distribute over 2 million school meals throughout Africa.[136]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Director Note Ref.
2017 Avicii: True Stories Himself Levan Tsikurishvili Documentary [137]

Discography

Studio albums

Concert tours

Awards and nominations

See also

References

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Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

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Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (Official Video)

UPDATE 12/7 | After reaching out to Avicii’s team, we’ve confirmed that Avicii’s involvement on “A Hymn For The Weekend” was “very minor.” The label copy reads, “Tim Bergling – additional programming on Hymn For The Weekend.”

Coldplay’s recent work has seen them continually bridge the gap between pop and dance music. Their last hit single “A Sky Full of Stars” saw them collaborate with Avicii, and the lead track “A Hymn For The Weekend” off of their newly released album, A Head Full of Dreams, sees them reunite with the Swedish superstar DJ.

Featuring Beyoncé as a featured vocalist, this track already boasts three of the most popular musicians in the world and its billing as the “Hottest Record In The World” debuting on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 Show should come as no surprise to anybody.

Originally billed as a party track, bassist Guy Perryman told Annie Mac the story of just how they were able to solicit Beyoncé’s contribution.

Chris was wanting to write a sort of party song. The words were ‘Drinks on me, drinks on me.’ And we said to him, ‘You can’t say that. You can’t get away with that.’ Then the whole story of the song changed and then he asked Beyoncé to sing on it, and she very kindly said she would.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039qlk2/player

We’ve reached out to Avicii’s team to confirm his part in the project, but at the time of publishing, have not yet heard back.

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TRIBUTE TO AVICII: Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (co-written with Avicii)

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Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (Official Video)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

A Sky Full of Stars

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“A Sky Full of Stars”
Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars (Single).png
Single by Coldplay
from the album Ghost Stories
B-side
  • “All Your Friends”
  • “Ghost Story”
  • O (Reprise)
Released 2 May 2014
Format
Studio The Bakery and The Beehive (London, England)
Genre
Length
  • 4:28 (album version)
  • 3:56 (radio edit)
  • 5:38 (extended mix)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Coldplay singles chronology
Midnight
(2014)
A Sky Full of Stars
(2014)
True Love
(2014)
Coldplay albums chronology
Coldplay Live 2012
(2012)
A Sky Full of Stars EP
(2014)
Ghost Stories
(2014)
Ghost Stories track listing
Oceans
(7)
“A Sky Full of Stars”
(8)
O
(9)
Music video

A Sky Full of Stars” is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. It was released in 2014 as the third single from their sixth album, Ghost Stories (2014). The band co-wrote and co-produced the song with Avicii and received production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson. It was recorded at The Bakery and The Beehive in North LondonEngland.

Upon its release, “A Sky Full of Stars” garnered mostly positive reviews from music critics and charted inside the top 10 in over 16 countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States. A music video for the song was directed by Mat Whitecross and was released on 19 June 2014. The single peaked at number one in Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Lebanon, and the Walloon region of Belgium. It also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Composition[edit]

“A Sky Full of Stars” marks the band’s first dance track, being outlined as an EDM track with houseinfluences.[1][2][4] A piano-centric song which is written in the key of G♭ major, the track opens as a piano ballad, with progressive house-influenced electronic music that plays out in between verses. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, the song follows a chord progression of E♭m7– Bmaj9 –G♭–B♭m(♭6) with a tempo of 125 beats per minute,[5] and the vocals span from A♭3 to G♭5. The track has been described as “[falling] in line with the synth-heavy soundscapes of ‘Midnight‘, but with more danceable flavor”.[6] The song’s repeating chord sequence and varied melody was inspired by the work of American pop singer Katy Perry and Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991).[7]

Recording[edit]

Swedish record producer Avicii was invited by the band to produce “A Sky Full of Stars”.

“A Sky Full of Stars” was recorded during the sessions for the band’s sixth studio album, at their purpose-built studios The Bakery and The Beehive in North LondonEngland. The studios were both originally constructed for work on their two previous studio albums, 2008’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friendsand 2011’s Mylo Xyloto.

Swedish record producer Avicii was invited by the band to collaborate on “A Sky Full of Stars”. In addition to producing the track, he was also asked by lead singer Chris Martin to play and record the piano parts. However, Martin later stated in a BBC Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe that he felt that he had “cheated” on the band by asking Avicii to play the piano instead of playing it himself.[8]

Release[edit]

On 2 May 2014, “A Sky Full of Stars” was released early through Ghost Stories on the iTunes Store worldwide,[9] and on Spotify.[10] On 5 May 2014, the single was released on Google Play store in Australia. On 26 June, Coldplay announced the A Sky Full of Stars EP. It would feature the radio edit of the song, as well as the three bonus tracks from the deluxe version of Ghost Stories: “All Your Friends”, the title track “Ghost Story” and “O (Reprise)”, sold by Target. The extended play was available worldwide, with the exception of the United States, as the deluxe version of the album was only available in the U.S. The EP was released on 29 June 2014.[11]

Packaging[edit]

The single art for “A Sky Full of Stars” was etched by UK-based, Czech etching artist Mila Fürstová.[9][12] The artwork continues the motif of artworks in the Ghost Stories album cycle, which feature a scene occurring in a larger, enclosed body. Multiple figures such as angels with wings like of the Ghost Stories artwork, buildings such as a church, and objects such as a maze and a chair, also alluding to those in the Ghost Stories artwork, are depicted encased in a three-dimensional star chart. The artwork is reminiscent of Fürstová’s earlier work, Other Skies, which also features various figures, buildings and objects imposed onto a star map.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

“A Sky Full of Stars” was met with positive reception upon its release. Carl Williott of Idolator gave the track a positive review, stating: “Quite honestly it sounds more like a Zedd or Avicii offering than a Coldplay one, and it’s certainly the loudest and most joyful cut we’ve heard from the album so far”.[14]Melinda Newman of HitFix had similar thoughts, calling the song “the most commercial and dance-y track so far” from the album.[15] Chris De Ville of Stereogum gave “A Sky Full of Stars” an overwhelmingly positive comment, stating that the song is “the most energetic and classically Coldplay song we’ve heard from the album so far”.[16] Chris Martins of Spin magazine also commented relatively positively, writing that “The big-tent EDM offering is pretty satisfying in all of the ways that those things are”.[1]

Consequence of Sound‘s wrote the song “starts off as a heartfelt piano ballad before flourishes of pounding electronics take over the chorus” and noted that it “falls in line with the synth-heavy soundscapes of ‘Midnight’, but with more danceable flavor.”[17] Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 named the track his ‘Hottest Record’ for 29 April 2014.[18] However, a negative review came from Carolyn Menyes of Music Times who criticized the song for “lack[ing] a personality or heart, something that the best Coldplay songs are chock full of.”[19] Josh Modell of The A.V. Club panned it as a “blatantly pandering, album-interrupting, mood-f*cking-up [track] which is destined to be a hit and also instantly dated.”[20]

Chart performance[edit]

Within 24 hours of its iTunes release, the track had sold 121,690 units worldwide,[21] peaking at number one in 86 countries on the iTunes Store Charts.[citation needed] As of July 2014, the song reached the Top 10 of nearly every country it charted in, including the bands’ homeland country, the United Kingdom where it reached number 9 on UK Singles Chart.[22] The single enjoyed massive commercial success in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, the song reached number two on the ARIA Charts,[23] their highest-charting single since 2008’s “Viva La Vida“,[24] and became one of their three highest-charting singles in the country.[25] In New Zealand, the song reached number two on New Zealand Singles Chart,[26] becoming the band’s highest-charting single to date and their fifth top-ten single in the country.[27]

On the issue dated 21 May 2014, the song reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their third top 10 hit and first since their number-one single “Viva la Vida” in 2008.[28] It also became their first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. “A Sky Full of Stars” was the band’s second number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[29] The song has sold over a million digital copies in the U.S. as of November 2014.[30]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Mat Whitecross and the shooting took place on King Street in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown, on 17 June 2014.[31] It was released on 19 June 2014.

At the beginning of the video, Coldplay‘s lead singer, Chris Martin, walks through Sydney’s streets dressed as a one-man band, singing the first verse of the song. Then he reaches the other members of the band (also dressed as one-man bands) and, together, they play the instrumental refrain. Martin is then seen walking through the street, without the other members, while he sings the second verse. At the end of the video the band reunites in a square, singing and playing the final part of the song with a crowd of fans. While Martin is singing the final part, many paper-made stars are blown into the square.

An alternate music video leaked onto the internet in late 2014.[32] No further information was given about it. However, snippets from the alternate video can be seen in the first video,[33] playing on the TVs in a shop’s showcase, proving the former video is a scrapped version.

Live performances[edit]

View of the stage at Wembley Stadium, as Coldplay perform “A Sky Full of Stars” during a concert on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour.

“A Sky Full of Stars” was first played in closed-audience performances. The band, when performing the song before the release of the “A Sky Full of Stars” single, would routinely ask the audience not to record their performance of the song, in an attempt to prevent the song from leaking ahead of its release. Despite their intentions, the song was leaked after their performance of the song during the opening night of their Ghost Stories Promotional Tour at E-Werk in CologneGermany on 25 April 2014.[34] The song was premiered live on the 29 April 2014 airing of BBC Two music television show Later… with Jools Holland.[35] The band then performed the song on Saturday Night Live on 3 May 2014. The band also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show, in the UK, on 30 May 2014.[36]

The song was also played during the 3-Point Shootout of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game weekend.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chris MartinJonny BucklandGuy Berryman, and Will Champion, except “A Sky Full of Stars” (co-written with Avicii).

Digital download – EP[37]
No. Title Length
1. “A Sky Full of Stars” (Radio Edit) 3:56
2. “All Your Friends” 3:32
3. “Ghost Story” 4:17
4. O (Reprise) 1:37
Total length: 13:22

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Ghost Stories liner notes.[39]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[112] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[113] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[114] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[115] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[116] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[117] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[118] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[119] 5× Platinum 150,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[120] Platinum 60,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[121] Gold 15,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[122] 2× Platinum 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[123] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[124] Platinum 352,000[125]
United States (RIAA)[126] 2× Platinum 2,000,000[30]
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[127] Platinum 2,600,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[128] Platinum 8,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Belgium[129] 2 May 2014 Digital download Warner
Canada[130]
France[131]
Germany[132]
Ireland[133] Parlophone
Luxembourg[134] Warner
Netherlands[135]
New Zealand[136]
Spain[137]
Switzerland[138]
United Kingdom[139] Parlophone
United States[140] Atlantic
Italy[141] 8 May 2014 Contemporary hit radio Warner
United States[142][143] 27 May 2014 Adult album alternative radio Atlantic
5 June 2014 Contemporary hit radio
Germany[144] 20 June 2014 Compact disc Warner
United States[145] 14 July 2014 Digital download (Hardwell remix) FFRR
Japan 4 September 2014 Digital download Parlophone

External links[edit]

 

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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 211 Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen (Body count much higher for atheistic leaders) Featured artist is David Altmejd

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Over the years many of the letters I wrote to Dr. Bloembergen included quotes from Francis Schaeffer and this discussion below was also prompted by this too.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen. Today I will be looking back at some of my interaction with him  and I will continue this in a few more posts in future weeks.

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In  the first video below in the 9th clip in this series are his words and will be responding to them in the next few weeks.

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)

A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)

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Died at 97 Dutch American physicist Nicolaas Bloembergen

Published on Sep 8, 2017

Nicolaas “Nico” Bloembergen was born on March 11, 1920 and died on September 5, 2017. He was a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized for his work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy.During his career, he was a professor at both Harvard University and later at the University of Arizona.

 

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Nicolaas Bloembergen

I wanted to share with you a correspondence I had with Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen of Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981 and was born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on March 11, 1920. He spent the last two years of World War II hiding from the Nazis. I found his story very interesting.

In his September 6, 1995 letter to me he wrote:

Less zealotry and more compassion for those who have different concepts of the world from yours would help make this world more livable.

I RESPONDED IN AN EARLIER POST WITH WHAT I RESPONDED WITH IN 1995. Below are some more thoughts on this issue.

Is religion the cause of most wars?
March 28, 2016 by Lane
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Is religion the cause of most wars? Well, according to Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, avowed proponents of the New Atheism (nothing new about the substance, just voiced in a new and vitriolic tone), the answer is yes, religion is the cause of most wars. Harris states that religion is, “the most prolific source of violence in our history” (The End of Faith page 27). Not to be outdone, Richard Dawkins offers the claim that, “There’s no doubt that throughout history religious faith has been a major motivator for war and for destruction.” When one hears such ‘truth’ claims being propounded, a simple, but yet, profound question must be asked, “is that true?” Sad to say, most people don’t take the time to ask this simple three word question when hearing such supposed truth claims.

I thought it would be interesting to take Harris and Dawkins’ claims, and ask the question, “but is that true?” and then follow the evidence were it leads. The following are a list of facts (not rhetoric) that help to bring Harris and Dawkins supposed truth claim out of the darkness and into the light:

 In 5 millennia worth of wars—1,763 total—only 123 (or about 7%) were religious in nature (according to author Vox Day in the book The Irrational Atheist).  If you remove the 66 wars waged in the name of Islam, it cuts the number down to a little more than 3%.  A second scholarly source, The Encyclopedia of War edited by Gordon Martel, confirms this data, concluding that only 6% of the wars listed in its pages can be labelled religious wars.  William Cavanaugh’s book, The Myth of Religious Violence, exposes the “wars of religion” claim.  a recent report (2014) from the Institute for Economics and Peace further debunks this myth.  A strong case can be made that atheism, not religion, and certainly not Christianity, is responsible for a far greater degree of bloodshed. Indeed, R.J. Rummel’s work in Lethal Politics and Death by Government has the secular body count at more than 100 million…in the 20th century alone.

Atheist and anthropologist, Scot Atran, in his book, God and the Ivory Tower, offers the following summary on the issue, “Moreover, the chief complaint against religion—that it is history’s prime instigator of intergroup conflict—does not withstand scrutiny. Religions issues motivate only a small minority of recorded wars. The Encyclopedia of Wars surveyed 1,763 violent conflicts across history; only 123 (7 percent) were religious. A BBC-sponsored “God & War” audit, which evaluated major conflicts over 3,500 years and rated them on a 0-5 scale for religious motivation (Punic Wars=0 Crusades=5), found that more than 60% had no religious motivation. Less than 7% earned a rating greater than 3. There was little religious motivation for the internecine Russian and Chinese conflicts or the world wars responsible for history’s most lethal century of international bloodshed.”

The conclusion: between 6-7% of all wars have been religious in nature. (the Islamic dynamic set aside) When you consider that the body count that has been tallied in the 20th century under atheist/naturalist/Darwinian evolution promoting governments has come to over 100 million, one has to ask, “what ideology is truly the driving force behind the vast majority of wars waged by humanity?” The evidence does seem somewhat conclusive, doesn’t it?

There is no arguing that religion has been the cause of war and violence on occasion, but it is a gross overstatement, exaggeration and distortion of the facts to say that “the most prolific source of violence in our history” has been “religious faith.” Obviously, Harris and Dawkins are not historians, nor have they consulted the experts in the field of history.

The Bible is specific as to the cause of war, that of the “lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life,” which James sums up in his epistle: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:1-3

Jesus gave us the antidote to lust, and as such, wars: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:38-45 ESV)

Religion & War–Dr. Ravi Zacharias New Atheist proponents often condemns and points the finger at religion for the suffering of the earth, and in particular, as being the cause of most of the wars and suffering that results. Ravi Zacharias deals with this alleged truth claim head on in the following video clip.

Dr Ravi Zacharias: Religion & War

Published on Jun 1, 2013

Atheism often condemns and points the finger at religion for the suffering of the earth. Christianity has never been the cause of war. only the false followers. however, evolutionists, such as Hitler have murdered many more people in over a short span of time, because in his moral view, he decided that a certain group of people weren’t fit for survival. so the religious variable is simply out of the question, when dealing with morality.

Other Resources: “Religion Causes Wars”–Tom Price, here Stand to Reason radio podcast, “Christianity the cause of most wars? Nope,” by Greg Koukl–found, here Resource for the above article: Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars?–Brett Kunkle–article, here

David Altmejd: Assistants | “Exclusive” | Art21

Featured artist is David Altmejd

David Altmejd was born in Montreal, Canada in 1974. With an almost childlike fascination for objects that grow, transform, and reshape themselves, Altmejd creates sculptures, suffused with ornament, that blur distinctions between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. Meaning, for Altmejd, does not exist in advance of the work in process. His interest lies in the making—the building of an object that will generate meaning. Using armatures in the forms of giants and angels that convey both human and supernatural energies, he abandons standard narrative conventions in favor of an exploration of materials, processes, and structures.

In diorama-like tableaux, Altmejd pairs objects laden with symbolism—crystals, gold chain, bondage gear, and taxidermy birds and animals—with virtuosic applications of materials such as plaster, glitter, thread, minerals, mirrors, and Plexiglas. In dazzling displays of active sculpting—holes and passages pushed through forms to drive matter “somewhere else”—Altmejd’s work expresses the intense flow of energy traveling through space and teeters between investigations of sexuality, decay, spirituality, death, and—always—life.

David Altmejd received a BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1998) and an MFA from Columbia University (2001). His work has appeared in major exhibitions at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center (2011); Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels (2010); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010); New Museum (2010); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2009); Liverpool Biennial (2008); Fundació La Caixa Museum, Barcelona (2007); Venice Biennale (2007); and the Whitney Biennial (2004), among others. David Altmejd lives and works in New York City.

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RESPONDING TO HARRY KROTO’S BRILLIANT RENOWNED ACADEMICS!! Part 149U Sir Bertrand Russell

 

 

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On November 21, 2014 I received a letter from Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto and it said:

…Please click on this URL http://vimeo.com/26991975

and you will hear what far smarter people than I have to say on this matter. I agree with them.

Harry Kroto

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Below you have picture of 1996 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Harry Kroto (on right and  Reg Colin on left):

 

Harold W. Kroto (left) receives the Nobel Prize in chemistry from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm, in 1996.

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I have attempted to respond to all of Dr. Kroto’s friends arguments and I have posted my responses one per week for over a year now. Here are some of my earlier posts:

Arif Ahmed, Sir David AttenboroughMark Balaguer, Horace Barlow, Michael BatePatricia ChurchlandAaron CiechanoverNoam Chomsky,Alan DershowitzHubert Dreyfus, Bart Ehrman, Stephan FeuchtwangDavid Friend,  Riccardo GiacconiIvar Giaever , Roy GlauberRebecca GoldsteinDavid J. Gross,  Brian Greene, Susan GreenfieldStephen F Gudeman,  Alan Guth, Jonathan HaidtTheodor W. Hänsch, Brian Harrison,  Hermann HauserRoald Hoffmann,  Bruce HoodHerbert Huppert,  Gareth Stedman Jones, Steve JonesShelly KaganMichio Kaku,  Stuart Kauffman,  Lawrence KraussHarry Kroto, George LakoffElizabeth Loftus,  Alan MacfarlanePeter MillicanMarvin MinskyLeonard Mlodinow,  Yujin NagasawaAlva NoeDouglas Osheroff,  Jonathan Parry,  Saul PerlmutterHerman Philipse,  Carolyn PorcoRobert M. PriceLisa RandallLord Martin Rees,  Oliver Sacks, John SearleMarcus du SautoySimon SchafferJ. L. Schellenberg,   Lee Silver Peter Singer,  Walter Sinnott-ArmstrongRonald de Sousa, Victor StengerBarry Supple,   Leonard Susskind, Raymond TallisNeil deGrasse Tyson,  .Alexander Vilenkin, Sir John WalkerFrank WilczekSteven Weinberg, and  Lewis Wolpert,

About 

BERTRAND RUSSELL 

As a philosopher, mathematician, educator, social critic and political activist, Bertrand Russell authored over 70 books and thousands of essays and letters addressing a myriad of topics. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950, Russell was a fine literary stylist, one of the foremost logicians ever, and a gadfly for improving the lives of men and women.Born in 1872 into the British aristocracy and educated at Cambridge University, Russell gave away much of his inherited wealth. But in 1931 he inherited and kept an earldom. His multifaceted career centered on work as a philosophy professor, writer, and public lecturer.(Here is a detailed chronology of Russell’s life, an overview of his analytic philosophy, and a complete bibliography of all his publications.)

Russell was an author of diverse scope. His first books were German Social DemocracyAn Essay on the Foundations of Geometry, and A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz. His last books were War Crimes in Vietnam and The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell. Other noteworthy books include Principles of MathematicsPrincipia Mathematica (with A.N. Whitehead), Anti-Suffragist AnxietiesThe Problems of PhilosophyIntroduction to Mathematical PhilosophySceptical EssaysWhy I Am Not a Christian, and A History of Western Philosophy.

He was arguably the greatest philosopher of the 20th century and the greatest logician since Aristotle. Analytic philosophy, the dominant philosophy of the twentieth century, owes its existence more to Russell than to any other philosopher. And the system of logic developed by Russell and A.N. Whitehead, based on earlier work by Dedekind, Cantor, Frege, and Peano, broke logic out of its Aristotelian straitjacket. He was also one of the century’s leading public intellectuals and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950 “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.”

Russell was involved, often passionately, in numerous social and political controversies of his time. For example, he supported suffragists, free thought in religion and morals, and world government; he opposed World War I and the Vietnam War, nationalism, and political persecution. He was jailed in 1918 for anti-war views and in 1961 for his anti-nuclear weapons stance.

He was married 4 times and had 3 children. With Dora Russell, he founded the experimental Beacon Hill School. He knew or worked with many of the most prominent figures in late 19th and 20th century philosophy, mathematics, science, literature, and politics.

Active as a political and social critic until his end, Russell died in 1970 at the age of 97.

In  the first video below in the 14th clip in this series are his words and I will be responding to them in the next few weeks since Sir Bertrand Russell is probably the most quoted skeptic of our time, unless it was someone like Carl Sagan or Antony Flew.  

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)

A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)

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Quote from Bertrand Russell:

Q: Why are you not a Christian?

Russell: Because I see no evidence whatever for any of the Christian dogmas. I’ve examined all the stock arguments in favor of the existence of God, and none of them seem to me to be logically valid.

Q: Do you think there’s a practical reason for having a religious belief, for many people?

Russell: Well, there can’t be a practical reason for believing what isn’t true. That’s quite… at least, I rule it out as impossible. Either the thing is true, or it isn’t. If it is true, you should believe it, and if it isn’t, you shouldn’t. And if you can’t find out whether it’s true or whether it isn’t, you should suspend judgment. But you can’t… it seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it’s useful, and not because you think it’s true._

How should we think about atheists who have no problem with atheism?

Yesterday my article “Do you have enough faith to be a theist? Or an atheist?” drew an interesting comment from a reader named Bilbo who reflected:

“At a very dark perod [sic] in my life, when I was angry at God for everything, I tried living as an atheist for a few years. The bleakness of a godless universe overwhelmed me. I realized that I could not live in such a world, and gave up my attempt at being an atheist. My hat is off to those of you hardy enough to do so.”

Bilbo’s comment reflects the experience of many. Indeed, that kind of experience serves as the basis for an existential argument for God’s existence. I discuss the existential argument for God’s existence in the aptly titled “In defense of existential arguments for belief in God” (which, interestingly enough, was prompted by Bilbo as well!) See also “The Existential Argument and Sam Harris’ Big Diamond.”

Even as theists like Bilbo attest that they were drawn to theism because they found atheism unlivable, atheists often retort that they have no problem with a godless universe. (To be sure, not all atheists are so cavalier about the loss. Some atheists grit their teeth and accept the loss of meaning in the manner of Bertrand Russell’s famous excerpt from “A Free Man’s Worship”:  “Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair can the soul’s habitation be safely built.”)

But what can be said to the atheist who attests to having no problem whatsoever with the loss of objective meaning and the prospect of impending individual and collective annihilation?

In one sense, one might see this as a standoff of intuitions. And it may be that. But a theist like Bilbo is not obliged to interpret it in those terms. He might instead conclude that the atheist who attests to having no existential problem whatsoever with their worldview is simply failing to grasp certain facts that ought to cause them problems.

Imagine, for example, that your friend invites you over to his house. You walk in the door and are immediately overcome by the stench of raw sewage. “What’s that smell?” you say, doing your best to retain a nonchalant demeanor even as you barely suppress a gag. “Smell?” he replies, “I don’t smell anything.”

Can you imagine if he then suggested that because he doesn’t smell it, the problem must lie with you? That would be absurd. Similarly, when an atheist claims to have no problem with the existential predicament posed by her worldview, the theist is certainly within her rights to conclude that the atheist is simply failing to grapple with an objective loss in parallel to the man unable to grasp the foul smell.

(Bertrand Russell in 1916)

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Bertrand Russell pictured above and Francis Schaeffer below:

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Francis Schaeffer noted in his book HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? (p. 182 in Vol 5 of Complete Works) in the chapter The Breakdown in Philosophy and Science:

In his lecture at Acapulco, George Wald finished with only one final value. It was the same one with which English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was left. For Wald and Russell and for many other modern thinkers, the final value is the biological continuity of the human race. If this is the only final value, one is left wondering why this then has importance. 

Now having traveled from the pride of man in the High Renaissance and the Enlightenment down to the present despair, we can understand where modern people are. They have no place for a personal God. But equally they have no place for man as man, or for love, or for freedom, or for significance. This brings a crucial problem. Beginning only from man himself, people affirm that man is only a machine. But those who hold this position cannot live like machines! If they could, there would have been no tensions in their intellectual position or in their lives. But even people who believe they are machines cannot live like machines, and thus they must “leap upstairs” against their reason and try to find something which gives meaning to life, even though to do so they have to deny their reason. 

Francis Schaeffer in another place worded it like this:

The universe was created by an infinite personal God and He brought it into existence by spoken word and made man in His own image. When man tries to reduce [philosophically in a materialistic point of view] himself to less than this [less than being made in the image of God] he will always fail and he will always be willing to make these impossible leaps into the area of nonreason even though they don’t give an answer simply because that isn’t what he is. He himself testifies that this infinite personal God, the God of the Old and New Testament is there. 

Instead of making a leap into the area of nonreason the better choice would be to investigate the claims that the Bible is a historically accurate book and that God created the universe and reached out to humankind with the Bible. Below is a piece of that evidence given by Francis Schaeffer concerning the accuracy of the Bible.

TRUTH AND HISTORY (chapter 5 of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?)

We should take one last step back into the history of the Old Testament. In the previous note we looked first at the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating to around 100 B.C. Then we went back to the period of the Late Monarchy and looked first at the siege of Hezekiah in Jerusalem by Sennacherib in 701 B.C. and also at the last years of Judah down to about 600 B.C. Then we went further back to about 850 B.C., to Ahab and Jezebel, the ivory house, the Black Obelisk, the Moabite Stone and so on–then back again to about 950 B.C., to the time of Solomon and his son Rehoboam and the campaign by Shishak, the Egyptian pharaoh.

This should have built up in our minds a vivid impression of the historic reliability of the biblical text, including even the seemingly obscure details such as the ration tablets in Babylon. We saw, in other words, not only that the Bible gives us a marvelous world view that ties in with the nature of reality and answers the basic problems which philosophers have asked down through the centuries, but also that the Bible is completely reliable, EVEN ON THE HISTORICAL LEVEL.

The previous notes looked back to the time of Moses and Joshua, the escape from Egypt, and the settlement in Canaan. Now we will go back further–back as far as Genesis 12, near the beginning of the Bible.

Do we find that the narrative fades away to a never-never land of myths and legends? By no means. For we have to remind ourselves that although Genesis 12 deals with events a long time ago from our moment of history (about 2000 B.C. or a bit later), the civilized world was already not just old but ancient when Abram/Abraham left “Ur of the Chaldeans” (see Genesis 11:31).

Ur itself was excavated some fifty years ago. In the British Museum, for example, one can see the magnificent contents of a royal burial chamber from Ur. This includes a gold headdress still in position about the head of a queen who died in Ur about 2500 B.C. It has also been possible to reconstruct from archaeological remains what the streets and buildings must have been like at the time.

Like Ur, the rest of the world of the patriarchs (that is, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) was firm reality. Such places as Haran, where Abraham went first, have been discovered. So has Shechem from this time, with its Canaanite stone walls, which are still standing, and its temple.

Genesis 12:5-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the [a]persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they [b]set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the[c]oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [d]descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord andcalled upon the name of the Lord. Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the[e]Negev.

Haran and Shechem may be unfamiliar names to us but the Negrev (or Negeb) is a name we have all read frequently in the news accounts of our own day. 

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MUSIC MONDAY Tom Petty’s greatest hits Part 2

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Tom Petty’s Cause of Death: Accidental Overdose

Singer had been taking several pain medications, including Fentanyl and oxycodone, to treat fractured hip and other issues

Tom Petty’s cause of death has been revealed as an accidental overdose of prescribed medications. Dean Fardell/Barcroft Images/Getty Images

After months of speculation, a medical examiner has ruled that Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner. The Hall of Fame musician had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic Restoril (a sleep aid) and generic Celexa (which treats depression).

The coroner’s office listed Petty’s official cause of death as “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity,” noting the singer suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.

Petty had been prescribed the drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues and a fractured hip, his family said in a statement accompanying the results. Petty’s coronary artery disease had been a persistent problem throughout his final tour.

“Despite this painful injury, he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury,” Petty’s wife Dana and daughter Adria wrote in the statement. “On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication.”

Petty was found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home on October 2nd. He was rushed to a hospital where he was placed on life support. Although he had a pulse, doctors found no brain activity when he arrived and the decision was made to pull life support. He died hours later.

The singer had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers. It was intended to be his “last trip around the country,” though he told Rolling Stone he wasn’t going to stop playing. “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house,” he said.

Petty said he’d experimented with cocaine over the years (“[It] was never a good look,” he told Men’s Journal) and drinking (“I didn’t like the taste or the buzz,” he said). But it was in the late Nineties, when he was in his late 40s and two decades after he’d become a superstar, that he developed an addiction to heroinafter a bitter divorce from his first wife. “Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work,” he said in author Warren Zanes’ book Petty: The Biography. “It’s an ugly fucking thing.” He sought out treatment for his addiction and remarried in 2001.

“Using heroin went against my grain,” Petty said in the book. “I didn’t want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn’t work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work. It’s an ugly fucking thing.”

Since his death, several artists have paid tribute to Petty onstage. Country artist Jason Aldean dedicated some of his time as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live to sing “I Won’t Back Down.” Bob Dylan performed Petty’s “Learning to Fly” at a concert in Broomfield, Colorado. And Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and others sang “Refugee” at a benefit show in Seattle. Petty’s Greatest Hits album subsequently made it to the Number Two spot on the Billboard chart after his death.

He was laid to rest on October 16th at a private service in Pacific Palisades, California.

Petty’s family said they hope the musician’s death leads to a broader understanding of the opioid crisis. “As a family, we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives,” they wrote. “Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”

Full Statement from Dana and Adria Petty

Our family sat together this morning with the medical examiner – coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

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I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen. Today I will be looking back at some of my interaction with him  and I will continue this in a few more posts in future weeks. At the end of this post is the email I sent him right after he talked with me on the phone.

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Nicolaas “Nico” Bloembergen (March 11, 1920 – September 5, 2017) was a DutchAmerican physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized for his work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy.[1] During his career, he was a professor at both Harvard University and later at the University of Arizona.

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Laser-spectroscopy pioneer Nicolaas Bloembergen dies at 97

Nicolaas Bloembergen, the Dutch–American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize for Physics, has died at the age of 97. Bloembergen died on 5 September following complications arising from a heart attack.

Born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, on 11 March 1920, Bloembergen studied physics at the University of Utrecht. He graduated in 1943 with a Phil. Drs degree – equivalent to an MSc – just before the occupying German forces closed the university during the Second World War.

Although he was not Jewish, Bloembergen spent two years in hiding from the Nazis. He later told the Nobel Foundation that during this time he ate tulip bulbs to fill his stomach and read the Dutch physicist Hendrik Kramers’s book Quantum Theorie des Elektrons und der Strahlung by the light of a storm lamp that needed cleaning every 20 minutes.

In 1945 Bloembergen moved to Harvard University. Two years later he returned to the Netherlands to the University of Leiden, where he was awarded a PhD in physics in 1948 for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance. In 1949 he went back to Harvard, where he remained for the rest of his career.

In the 1960s Bloembergen began to develop the theory of nonlinear optics in which photons interact with each other through some mediating material, such as transparent crystal. A common nonlinear optical phenomenon is “four-wave mixing” where three waves are sent into a nonlinear medium and the exchange of energy and momentum between the waves results in the production of a fourth wave. This method made it possible to generate laser light in both the infrared and the ultraviolet, extending the range of wavelengths that could be used for laser spectroscopy.

Bloembergen shared half of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Physics with Stanford University physicist Arthur Schawlow “for the development of laser spectroscopy”. The other half went to Kai Siegbahn from Uppsala University in Sweden for his work on high-resolution electron spectroscopy. In 1991 he served as president of the American Physical Society.

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Died at 97 Dutch American physicist Nicolaas Bloembergen

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Nicolaas “Nico” Bloembergen was born on March 11, 1920 and died on September 5, 2017. He was a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized for his work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy.During his career, he was a professor at both Harvard University and later at the University of Arizona.

 

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 This was emailed on July 3, 2016

July 3, 2016

Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen, c/o College of Optical Sciences

The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Dear Dr. Bloembergen,

It was such a privilege to get a telephone call from you on July 1, 2016 because I know your time is very valuable. Since you said writing letters and mailing them was difficult for you I have chosen to email you this time around.

I told you on the phone that the last time we corresponded was way back on September 6, 1995  and at that time you responded in a letter to me with these words, “Less zealotry and more compassion for those who have different concepts of the world from yours would help make this world more livable.” On the phone you commented, “Yes the religious people are fighting among themselves often.” At that point I kidded you that it is the Muslims and not the Christians who seem to be on the warpath these days and you responded, “I think the Muslims get too much blame. Today’s political situation is all [messed up.]”

Let me agree with you that the majority of Muslims in the USA are lovers of freedom. Here in Arkansas we have family friends who are Muslims and they were personally troubled by the recent attacks by Muslims on unarmed civilians.

That brings me to another point. Christianity is different than every other religion for two reasons according to Francis Schaeffer:

In every other religion we have to do something–everything from burning a joss stick to sacrificing our firstborn child to dropping a coin the collection plate–the whole spectrum. But with Christianity we do not do anything; God has done it all: He has created us and He has sent His Son; His Son died and because the Son is infinite, therefore He bears out total guilt. We do not need to bear our guilt, nor do we even have to merit the merit of Christ. He does it all. So in one way it is the easiest religion in the world….

In the book WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?, and especially in the extensive notes of fifth chapter [shows] the way the Bible measures up to history. Once we say that, this is very exciting. It is very exciting because other religions are not founded in history, they are “out there” somewhere, or you can think of them as inside your own head–whichever way you are looking at it. On the other hand, the Bible claims to rooted in history. 

Taking a look at the holy books of Islam and Mormonism and  you find many historical inaccuracies.  For instance, the Book of Mormon was wrong about horses, cows, steel, honey bees and barley existing in North America 2000 years ago. Furthermore, in 2012 during the Presidential Race Harry Kroto also asked why no one seemed to ask Mitt Romney if he actually believed that Christ visited North America 2000 years ago as the Book of Mormon claimed.

Blaise Pascal asserted, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”  In other words, the spiritual answers your heart is seeking can be  found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Let me close by talking to you about the ROMAN ROAD TO CHRIST.

  1. Rom. 3:10, “As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one . . . “
  2. Rom. 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  3. Rom. 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”
  4. Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  5. Rom. 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  6. Rom. 10:9-10, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
  7. Rom. 10:13, “For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Thanks for your time. Again it was such an honor to get to talk to you. I hope you enjoy the CD’s on Michael Polanyi. He was a very wise man and his son John is a very outstanding man too.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

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RESPONDING TO HARRY KROTO’S BRILLIANT RENOWNED ACADEMICS!! Part 149T Sir Bertrand Russell

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On November 21, 2014 I received a letter from Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto and it said:

…Please click on this URL http://vimeo.com/26991975

and you will hear what far smarter people than I have to say on this matter. I agree with them.

Harry Kroto

Nick Gathergood, David-Birkett, Harry-Kroto

I have attempted to respond to all of Dr. Kroto’s friends arguments and I have posted my responses one per week for over a year now. Here are some of my earlier posts:

Arif Ahmed, Sir David AttenboroughMark Balaguer, Horace Barlow, Michael BatePatricia ChurchlandAaron CiechanoverNoam Chomsky,Alan DershowitzHubert Dreyfus, Bart Ehrman, Stephan FeuchtwangDavid Friend,  Riccardo GiacconiIvar Giaever , Roy GlauberRebecca GoldsteinDavid J. Gross,  Brian Greene, Susan GreenfieldStephen F Gudeman,  Alan Guth, Jonathan HaidtTheodor W. Hänsch, Brian Harrison,  Hermann HauserRoald Hoffmann,  Bruce HoodHerbert Huppert,  Gareth Stedman Jones, Steve JonesShelly KaganMichio Kaku,  Stuart Kauffman,  Lawrence KraussHarry Kroto, George LakoffElizabeth Loftus,  Alan MacfarlanePeter MillicanMarvin MinskyLeonard Mlodinow,  Yujin NagasawaAlva NoeDouglas Osheroff,  Jonathan Parry,  Saul PerlmutterHerman Philipse,  Carolyn PorcoRobert M. PriceLisa RandallLord Martin Rees,  Oliver Sacks, John SearleMarcus du SautoySimon SchafferJ. L. Schellenberg,   Lee Silver Peter Singer,  Walter Sinnott-ArmstrongRonald de Sousa, Victor StengerBarry Supple,   Leonard Susskind, Raymond TallisNeil deGrasse Tyson,  .Alexander Vilenkin, Sir John WalkerFrank WilczekSteven Weinberg, and  Lewis Wolpert,

Bertrand Russellin full Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell of Kingston Russell, Viscount Amberley of Amberley and of Ardsalla (born May 18, 1872, Trelleck, MonmouthshireWales—died Feb. 2, 1970, Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth), British philosopher, logician, and social reformer, founding figure in the analytic movement in Anglo-American philosophy, and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Russell’s contributions to logicepistemology, and the philosophy of mathematics established him as one of the foremost philosophers of the 20th century. To the general public, however, he was best known as a campaigner for peace and as a popular writer on social, political, and moral subjects. During a long, productive, and often turbulent life, he published more than 70 books and about 2,000 articles, married four times, became involved in innumerable public controversies, and was honoured and reviled in almost equal measure throughout the world. Russell’s article on the philosophical consequences of relativity appeared in the 13th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

In  the first video below in the 14th clip in this series are his words and I will be responding to them in the next few weeks since Sir Bertrand Russell is probably the most quoted skeptic of our time, unless it was someone like Carl Sagan or Antony Flew.  

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)

A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)

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Quote from Bertrand Russell:

Q: Why are you not a Christian?

Russell: Because I see no evidence whatever for any of the Christian dogmas. I’ve examined all the stock arguments in favor of the existence of God, and none of them seem to me to be logically valid.

Q: Do you think there’s a practical reason for having a religious belief, for many people?

Russell: Well, there can’t be a practical reason for believing what isn’t true. That’s quite… at least, I rule it out as impossible. Either the thing is true, or it isn’t. If it is true, you should believe it, and if it isn’t, you shouldn’t. And if you can’t find out whether it’s true or whether it isn’t, you should suspend judgment. But you can’t… it seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it’s useful, and not because you think it’s true.

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THE CHURCH AT THE END OF THE 20TH CENTURY, by Francis Schaeffer (pages 83-84):

THE ATOMIC BOMB

Sixth, of course, is the pressure of the A-bomb. For a certain kind of person this builds up a titanic pressure. Because modern man has nobody in the universe but man.

(a young Bertrand Russell below)

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Sixth, of course, is the pressure of the A-bomb or the H-bomb. For a certain kind of person this builds up a titanic pressure. Why? Because modern man has nobody in the universe but man. There is no God, there are no angels. And scientifically so far there is no proof that there is any other conscious life anywhere in the universe except on the earth. The only value that is left to a man like Bertrand Russell is the biological continuity of the human race. As Charlie Chaplin put it, “I feel lonely.”

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Chaplin with Einstein below

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Modern man is lonely in a cosmic sense because as far as he is concerned, he is the only conscious observer. He has been thrown up by chance, and he is the only observer there is. If the hydrogen bombs drop in their total force and wipe out the human race, all that is left will be the universe, hard and cold, with nobody to look at it, nobody to observe it, nobody to see its beauty, nobody to see its order. There will be no one to see the blowing of a tree, hear the song of a bird, see the formation of a cloud or the rising of the sun. This is where modern man is living. And it is terrifying.What is the use? If the hydrogen bombs fall, the world is silent.

Think for a moment, if you will, what this would mean. Suppose you wrote the greatest sonnet that was ever written, and you put it on tape and  hooked it up to a machine that has the highest amplification that any machine has ever been able to give. Suppose you hooked this up to solar batteries so that it would play for 1,000 years. Suddenly, then, suppose the hydrogen bomb dropped.  There is no God, there are no angels, thee is no conscious intelligent life anywhere else in the universe and in all the galaxies that would be able to be conscious of the playing of the sonnet. What difference would it make if the sonnet played on in the unhearing, unheeding coldness of the galaxies even for 5,000 years? This is modern man’s pressure.

None of us want the bomb to fall, but do note that for modern man, what we have said above gives him a special terror.

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The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 rose some 11 mi (18 km) above the bomb’s hypocenter.

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Francis Schaeffer on pages 178 to 179 of volume 1 THE GOD WHO IS THERE asserted:

I do not believe that there is a leap of faith needed; there are good and sufficient reasons to know why Christianity is true–and more than that, that is the Bible’s insistence. The Bible’s emphasis is that there are good and sufficient reasons to know Christianity is true, so much so that we are disobedient and guilty if we do not believe it.

The Christian system (what is taught in the whole Bible) is a unity of thought. Christianity is not just a lot of bits and pieces–there is a beginning and an end, a whole system of truth, and this system is the only system that will stand up to all the questions that are presented to us as we face the reality of existence. Some of the other systems answer some of the questions but leave others unanswered. I believe it is only Christianity that gives the answers to all the crucial questions.

What are those questions? The questions are those which are presented to us as we face the reality of existence. God shuts us up to reality. We cannot escape the reality of what is, no matter what we say we believe or think.

This reality of which I speak falls into two parts: the fact that the universe truly exists and it has form, and then what I would call the “mannishness” of man–which is my own term for meaning that man is unique. People have certain qualities that must be explained.

God has shut up all people to these things, and I always like to go back to the statement of Jean-Paul Sartre, though he had no answer for his own statement, and that is that the basic philosophic question is that something is there. Things do exist, and this demands an explanation for their existence. I would then go beyond Sartre’s statement to one by Albert Einstein. Einstein said that the most amazing thing about the universe is that we can know something truly about it.In other words, it has a form that is comprehensible, even though we cannot exhaust it. And then I would say beyond that–no matter what people say they are, they are what they are, that is, man is unique as made in the image of God. Any system of thought, to be taken seriously, has to at least try to explain these two great phenomena of the universe and man. In other words, we are talking about objective truth related to reality and not just something within our own heads.

Now I would like to add a corollary to this: in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?, and especially the extensive notes of the fifth chapter, there is a third thing and that is the way the Bible measures up to history. Once we say that, this is very exciting. It is very exciting because other religions are not founded in history, they are “out there” somewhere, or you can think of them as inside of your own head–whichever way you are looking at it. On the other hand, the Bible claims to be rooted in history. Whether we are considering the history of the Old Testament, whether we are considering the history of Christ, including the resurrection, or Paul’s journeys, it is insisted on as real history. So now we have three interwoven parts. Usually I have dealt with the twentieth-century person, but the third is also there. We have to face the reality of the universe and its having an existence and having a form. We have to face the reality in the uniqueness of man. We are able to discuss the fact that the Bible is rooted in history.

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Schaeffer then points to the historical accuracy of the Bible:

The Bible and Archaeology – Is the Bible from God? (Kyle Butt 42 min)

You want some evidence that indicates that the Bible is true? Here is a good place to start and that is taking a closer look at the archaeology of the Old Testament times. Is the Bible historically accurate? Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites6.Shishak Smiting His Captives7. Moabite Stone8Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.

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