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Hi, my name is Karl, but most of you know me as ΉΣᄂIᄃӨП, I’ve often got a head full of ideas, thoughts or opinions and at times feel like I’m limited on Twitter, so I decided to create a blog.

I’ve no idea what I’m doing, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

As most of you know, I’m an atheist and a Humanist. I feel quite passionate about Humanism, so a lot of content will no doubt be about that, and what drives me crazy about religion.

Christian fervour or mental illness?

It’s common knowledge that religion affects thought processes, and often makes people irrational. This can range from downright insanity to just a simple belief in God, who try to live a decent, honest life. The every day Christian folk aren’t what I’m focusing on here, but those that are so devout with their beliefs that it blinds them of reason, logic and accountability.

I’ve noticed there’s a trend of people on social media pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable and what’s downright delusional. Take this quote as an example of what I mean by Christian fervour or mental illness.

Not only does this make the human race sound inadequate as a species, it also goes against the science behind Meteorology. This involves atmospheric studies of chemistry, physics and climatology.

A storm can fall into several categories ranging from the most intense ie: hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, and cyclones to thunder and lightning and gales. Storms usually occur when low pressure, high pressure and moisture are present in the atmosphere. Thunderstorms are common around rainforests due to the heavy moisture, humidity and unstable air, whereas a blizzard is often extremely high winds accompanied by snowfall.

These are all natural states of weather due to atmospheric pressures, and have nothing to do with the hands of God.

Ken Ham may come across well articulated, but he is incredibly deluded. He’s of the creationist mindset that suggests that the Earth is only thousands of years old, not billions. He ignores the science behind Evolution, the theories behind the Big Bang, and just about anything else that contradicts the writing contained within the book of Genesis.

Palaeontologists are quite confident due to the study of dinosaur bones that the first ones to exist were approximately 240 million years ago, and went extinct 175 million years later. Scientists are also confident that a catastrophic disaster happened (Cretaceous–Paleogene) which wiped them all out. Could it have been disease? Could it be an impact against earth from a cosmic body? One thing that scientists are certain about is they all died off around 65 million years ago.

Scientists have extensively studied fossil records and have proven that the only survivors were birds, which are a direct descendent from dinosaurs. There were two main classifications of dinosaur which were birds (avian-dinosaurs), and (non-avian-dinosaurs). There are roughly over a thousand species of non-avian discovered which ranged from bipedal to quadrupedal. Thomas Huxley was one of the major players in claiming that birds evolved from dinosaurs, and it’s since been discovered the birds and dinosaurs share over a hundred anatomical similarities, and modern Palaeontologists think many dinosaurs were actually feathered contrary to popular belief that they were bare skinned.

Anthropologists believe that the common ancestor that links Chimpanzees, Bonobos, and other Great Apes lived between 6-8 million years ago. The first humans are said to have evolved from their ancestor as far back as 6 million years ago. Early humans developed bipedalism around 4 million years ago, and modern humans ie: large brains and problem solving goes back to only about 100,000 years ago.

There’s approximately 57-60 million year distance between the death of the dinosaurs and early humanity, so under no circumstances whatsoever did humans and dinosaurs co-exist.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I’d be surprised if Tom Brown knew how to be honest. All he does is point fingers, and attempt to ruffle feathers. Does anyone actually promote abortion? What he can’t seem to understand is there’s a huge difference between pro-choice and supporting abortion. Tom, like the rest of the God Squad seem unable to take off the God goggles and look at the world with an open mind that’s without prejudice and using independent thought. They agree with what’s written in the Bible as they think it’s God’s word, and if they dare to question it’s going against God. Sometimes a termination of a pregnancy is vital, and even the senate in Alabama recognised this, albeit extreme cases.

Here are a few random quotes from Christians on Twitter, and I challenge you to defend that they aren’t suffering from a mental illness.

As you can see, these aren’t words from the minds of normal people. They choose to disregard science over faith, and to me that’s beyond religious fervour, it’s borderline mental illness, and they need to be administered a prescription of anti-psychotic medicine.

The NHS lists the below four main symptoms of psychosis:

  • hallucinations 
  • delusions 
  • confused and disturbed thoughts 
  • lack of insight and self-awareness 

Let’s break this down a little.

The first symptom is hallucinations. Many of the more devout claim to have witnessed God and miracles. I encountered one last year that claims to have watched an amputees legs grow back.

The second symptom is delusions. This is quite a potentially long list, but intelligent design, 950 year old Noah, Moses parting the seas, Jesus walking on water, and Jonah living in the belly of a whale gives quite a good indication that a person isn’t firing on all cylinders.

The third symptom is confused and disturbing thoughts. Accepting the stories of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and thinking God’s actions were just and fair, is a perfect example of disturbing thoughts.

The fourth symptom covers lack of insight which means

the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something.

The fact that Christians choose faith over fact either suggests that they are mentally incapable of comprehension, or their illness has become that severe they favour the supernatural above reality.

So. Religious fervour or mental illness?

Assisted dying: Unethical?

Should a person have the right to die on their terms whilst they still have dignity?

What is assisted dying?

Assisted dying (assisted suicide) is an ending of a terminally ill human being’s life, assisted by a doctor, or a medical professional. Some countries have accepted that it’s a human right to be allowed to die if a person is suffering. Once the case has been assessed, and the law deems that the person is qualified then usually an overdose of medicine is prescribed.

There are several countries that assisted suicide is acceptable under a certain criteria. Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands are included in a slowly growing list. Usually the person has to have an incurable terminal disease, have repeatedly asked to die, they must be of a sound mind, and whenever possible, the patient must be able to take the medicine themselves. Under these laws, and in a controlled environment, the person who assisted is free from prosecution.

Should a person be allowed to choose?

This is another case, like abortion, where it’s pro-life against pro-choice, but unlike abortion the person is a fully conscious, sentient being with the ability to make decisions on their own.

Religious people claim that only God can create, so only God can kill. Many other people see it as someone’s right if they are suffering, or have no quality of life. I’ve heard some horrific stories about people who have suffered beyond comprehension in the latter parts of their life, and have died in absolute agony a fraction of their former selves, with absolutely no dignity.

If you have a pet that’s ill and their quality of life is beyond repair, then the most humane thing to do is go to a vet and have it euthanised, however difficult it is, as you must without question put their well-being before your feelings, beliefs or opinions.

So why hasn’t the rights of a human being got priority over old-fashioned religious indoctrination? You can’t be pro-life, and pro-suffering.

Is it ethical?

Ethical definition ”relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.

This obviously boils down to the big morality question and this is where theists say that without God you can’t have a basis for morality.

Morality definition ”principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour.

I’m of the firmest belief that to have moral values you must ultimately be compassionate and empathetic. You can’t claim to have moral standards if you’re prepared to let someone suffer because you believe that God is control of a person’s destiny.

In 2019 Humanists U.K. co-founded the Assisted dying coalition.

The Assisted Dying Coalition is the UK and Crown dependencies coalition of organisations working in favour of legal recognition of the right to die, for individuals who have a clear and settled wish to end their life and who are terminally ill or facing incurable suffering.

Should people be allowed to choose when it’s their time to die?

Is abortion murder?

I know this is a sensitive and difficult subject, so I intend to be as compassionate and non-judgemental as possible, but at the same time provide some facts.

What are the reasons for abortion/termination?

• Unfortunately some people have a termination because they don’t realise they are pregnant due to having unprotected sex. Things can happen in the heat of the moment, but not only can unprotected sex lead to an unwanted, and unplanned pregnancy, there is always the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

• Some women have no choice for termination if there’s going to be inevitable complications. Early scans can pick up abnormalities with the foetus, and if there’s little chance of survival sometimes the only option is to terminate. ie: the baby will be born braindead.

• Sometimes contraception can fail. It’s never 100% guaranteed, and sometimes a couple aren’t ready to have babies, or aren’t in a financial position to do so.

• Sometimes a pregnancy can be the result of sexual abuse. ie: incest. Or the person can be a rape victim. In these cases compassion needs to outweigh opinion.

When does life begin?

There are many arguments surrounding this question. Does life begin at conception, or when the embryo attaches itself to the uterine lining, when the heart starts to beat, when the embryo becomes a foetus, or at week 21 when there’s a very slim chance of the baby surviving prematurely, or at birth?

At the end of week 8 the embryo becomes a foetus and up until this point the prenatal human isn’t a foetus. In other words, biologists don’t classify it as a life.

Scientists have argued about how to determine life for centuries. If it can evolve, reproduce, regenerate (heal), or adapt are common. Personally I’d say that the most obvious and important part of defining life is the ability to sustain itself. If you take a 12 week old foetus out of the womb, it will cease to continuing to develop, and all of its developing bodily functions will stop, as the womb and the woman’s body is keeping it in a state of incubation and providing an environment to help it develop and supply nutrients.

Is abortion wrong?

This is a difficult question as it depends on whose perspective we are looking at it from.

• Does the pregnant woman ultimately have the right to make the choice, as it’s her body?

Does the government have the right to impose punishment upon the woman if she decides to terminate?

• Should the church have a right to get involved?

It is a fact that countries that ferociously oppose abortion often have governments that are in bed with the church. Government officials who put their religious convictions first and foremost, without considering the ethics, or freedom of choice.

Alabama’s recent bill that was passed banning abortion is a prime example of church over-ruling the state. The debate who imposed the ban was made up of 31 men, and 4 women. Incidentally the 4 women didn’t back the ban. So this ban was implemented by religious men. The law is very strict on limitations, which have to be severe medical implications, and if any doctor disobeys the laws then can potentially face a 99 year prison sentence.

This is the Humanist view on abortion summarised.

The current law is permissive: it does not impose abortion on anyone who does not want one or does not want to perform one.  So even within the law, individuals have to make moral choices.  How do humanists pick their way between these conflicting ideas?  There is not one, correct humanist view on abortion.  However humanists tend to converge on liberal, “pro-choice” stance.  Humanists value happiness and personal choice, and many actively campaigned for legalised abortion in the 1960s.”

So essentially this has become a battle of pro-life against pro-choice. Is there any right answer here?

Do you agree that it’s God’s choice and only he has the right being the creator to take away life?

Or is it down to the choice of the individual as there are a multitude of reasons why an abortion is considered?

Why is it Satan’s fault?

As we all know, Christianity paints a really bad picture of poor old Satan, but why does he always get the blame?

Imagine thinking that God is in control of your destiny. It takes away your right as a human to make decisions, and independent choices, but at the same time it takes responsibility away from your actions, as you can praise God, and thank him for his guidance when something good happens, or blame Satan when something bad happens.

Consequently, if you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan’s power comes from God and so that Satan is simply God’s child, and that we are God’s children also. There are no children of Satan, really.” – Anne Rice

If God is the ultimate creator of everything, then he created good and evil. This cannot be disputed. Satan is his creation, and he’s given him the power of evil, so why has he done this? Is it because Satan is the perfect scapegoat? Create an evil entity, give him his own domain, and blame everything that God chooses not to prevent on him. How convenient.

Who is Satan?

His name Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן) means “adversary”.

The most common name used in many cultures is the Devil, but he also goes by the names Satan, Moloch, Beelzebub and Mephistopheles. The name Devil is derived from Greek (διάβολος) diábolos, meaning ‘Slanderer’ In most religions there is a Devil who is considered the ‘personification of evil’, but in the Abraham religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) he goes by the name Satan.

In Christianity he’s a fallen angel and is God’s and humanities’ nemesis. Christianity claims that he, and the fallen angels who follow him will be condemned in the fire of the final judgement which will happen when Jesus makes his second coming.

He’s often claimed to be the talking through the snake in the Garden of Eden. Many believe that the angels watched God’s creation and Satan was perhaps jealous and he took it upon himself to turn the first humans against God.

It’s also claimed that God punishes the snake for convincing Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge.

Genesis 3:2-4: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

The snake told them that after they eat the fruit their eyes would be opened and they wouldn’t die. Did they die? No, they didn’t, and the serpent was telling the truth, despite Satan being often accused of king of deceit. Their eyes were truly opened and they discovered modesty and covered up their genitalia.

Was it not right for the snake to advise Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil to educate themselves as to what’s wrong and right, with them being the first humans surely they had to set an example for what comes after them?

Why did God put the tree there in the first place if he didn’t want Adam and Eve near it? I’ve heard theists say that it was to see if they could resist temptation, but surely one of humanities greatest virtues is their thirst for knowledge? But as we well know, God doesn’t like his flock thinking for themselves. This story proves in at least this instance that God lied, and Satan told the truth.

Why didn’t God kill him when he was still in Heaven?

It’s a great question, and the most obvious answer is in every fictional fantasy story there’s a protagonist and an antagonist.

As the book of Revelations states, Archangel Michael fought a rebellion against God by Lucifer (The Dragon) with support from angels and demons, but God was too powerful and cast them all down to Earth as fallen angels. The mutiny is said to have happened because Satan refused to bend the knee to God’s new creation. Humanity.

”You said in your heart… I will make myself like the Most High” Isaiah 14:13-14).

Others say that he wasn’t happy as he wanted God’s throne. From some of what I’ve read, despite being banished from Heaven, God still allowed him power, but he couldn’t use any of it without God’s permission, so if this is the case, how can he be blamed by Christianity for evil, when he has to ask God’s permission first? He has the power to kill, but requires God’s approval first. Many Christians say that the Satan is a major influence over sin, but considering God lied to Adam and Eve about death if they ate the fruit, and Satan needs God’s permission to act, and God created sin, then surely everything rests on his shoulders, not Satan’s.

So why has God put Satan on a leash? He convinced Adam and Eve to directly disobey God, and he declared war against him? I’ve researched this and I can’t find a suitable answer. The only conclusion is Christians need someone to blame when bad things happen. God was aware of the Holocaust, but he didn’t attempt to stop it. Why? Did he just want his worshippers to say Hitler was under Satan’s control?

I’m also under the impression that the Bible makes no claims that Satan is in control of Hell, just that he will eventually be banished there. In the early 14th century a very famous poem by Dante Alighieri called The Divine Comedy was written, and Dante claimed that when Satan was cast out of heaven and thrown to the Earth, the hole created by the impact led to Hell. Is this poem really where Christians get the idea of Satan being in Hell from? It wouldn’t surprise me as the Bible is a work of fiction.

Why do Christians say that every human is responsible for sin, and they deserve to be punished, but Satan gets away with his crimes? It’s almost like this conversation happened

God ‘If you accept that you’ve been a naughty boy I will give you your own domain, with a constant supply of virgins and sinners to torture, but I have one condition.

Satan ‘I’m listening’

God ‘I’m going to take the glory for all the nice things like butterflies, sunny afternoons, love and romance, beginning of life. But you’re going to take the blame when anything bad happens. Hitler, Stalin, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Buddy, Piers Morgan – That’s on you! Deal?’

Satan – ‘Deal’.

I guess we will have to wait until Satan releases his autobiography to hear his side of the story.

Everything came from nothing?

”Atheists believe that everything came from nothing”

Is a straw man fallacy that I’ve read more times than I care to mention. It’s a presumption that being an atheist automatically makes you a believer in the ‘Big Bang’ which theists claim ‘everything came from nothing’.

There are two major flaws in this argument.

The first is if the ‘Big Bang’ originated from an initial singularity like many astrophysicists suggest then that isn’t ‘nothing’. There was obviously quantum activity which was responsible for the fluctuations that initiated the massive release of energy.

The second is quantum physics states that there’s no such thing as ‘nothing’, as there is always something there even if it’s invisible to the human eye.

Because of quantum mechanics there is no such thing as a state of nothing as there are atoms, photons and neutrinos in the vacuum of space, along with dark matter and dark energy. In other words the blackness of space is littered with activity, and just because it can’t be seen doesn’t mean it’s not there. Black holes have been a tricky thing for scientists to capture images of, as against the blackness of space it would appear as though there’s nothing there. They only know they are there because of the destruction they cause.

I quote the BBC comedy Red Dwarf:

”Well, the thing about a black hole – its main distinguishing feature – is it’s black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

Take an empty fridge for an example. To the naked human eye there’s nothing in it, and it means that an urgent trip to the grocery store is required. But in reality there are microscopic organisms, germs and bacteria. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean the space is empty.

In regards to the vacuum of space, and understanding that quantum mechanics means there’s activity wherever your scientific equipment is looking, it means that the idea of nothing is an impossibility.

Take an empty, unused jar. It seems like there’s nothing there, but it contains the gases in our atmosphere and light particles. Even sealed in a vacuum environment, it still wouldn’t be without activity. So nothing, as a word describing an apparent void, is misleading.

If you’re interested, Here are the results of a 2015 experiment carried out to observe quantum fluctuations without damaging them, but be warned, this isn’t for the faint of heart. This is some complicated science.

Atheism: The idiot’s guide!

Atheism has been around for as long as man has worshipped deities. The term ‘Atheism’ originated in Ancient Greece over 500 years before Christ was allegedly born.

It’s derived from the word ‘Atheos’ which means ‘Without Gods’ (ᾰ̓́θεος – Godless).

As opposed to ‘Atheism’, ‘Theism’ is derived from the word ‘Theos’ (θεός – The belief in one God who is the creator and the ruler of the universe’)

As we can see, there’s a clear distinction between the two words. One literally says a person is ‘Godless, without God’, and the other is claiming a ‘Belief in a God’.

Now we move onto modern definitions, and there are several.

• The first definition of ‘Atheism’ is ‘A lack of belief, or disbelief in the existence of God/s, or deities’.

This is an example of Negative/Weak/Soft Atheism, where there’s disbelief but the person does not assert that there’s no God/s.

• The second definition of ‘Atheism’ isNot believing in the existence of God/s, or deities’.

This is an example of Positive/Strong/Hard Atheism, where they do not believe in God/s, but additionally asserts that there are no God/s.

• The third definition of ‘Atheism’ is simply the rejection of ‘Theism’.

The fourth definition of ‘Atheism’ is ‘Apatheism’ which is a person living their life as though there are no God/s, and using nature as an explanation for everything, but without questioning the nature of God/s. This is a term that some scientists claim to live by.

• The fifth definition for ‘Atheism’ is ‘Epistemological Atheism’ which is essentiallyAgnosticismin which the argument is that nothing can be known about the existence of God/s.

The sixth definition of ‘Atheism’ is ‘Religious Atheism’ which involves an atheist religion without a God, like Buddhism, Taoism, or the Church of Satan.

The seventh definition of ‘Atheism’ is ‘Axiological Atheism’ which is a rejection of God in which humanity as an absolute, and is a source of moral standards.Humanism’ is an example of this.

So, to conclude, there are seven versions of modern day atheism that are accepted, and these will often overlap, but the easiest way to explainAtheism’ without someone claiming it’s a belief, a faith, or religion is to just say that you are GODLESS.

In the beginning?

Many scientists claim that the universe is approximately 13.772 billion years old, and constantly expanding in all directions. If scientists can figure out exactly what rate it’s expanding, they can work backwards and give us a near-perfect age.

The solar system was created 4.5 billion years ago, when a molecular cloud collapsed to form a new star (the Sun). Scientists have figured out how the solar system formed by observing other stars.

Initially, all stars form from a pre-solar nebula that pulls material in, with a large, outer region which remains cold, where amorphous silicates, carbon-based compounds, and ices all gather. Once the pre-solar nebula forms a proto-star and then a full-fledged star, this outer material comes in and begins forming larger clumps.

Over time, these clumps grow and fall in, where they interact, merge, migrate, and potentially eject one another. Over the timespan of hundreds-of-thousands to millions of years, once you have a star, the planets wind up forming; this is fast on a cosmic timescale. Although there were likely many intermediate objects, by time a few million years have passed, the Solar System looked pretty similar to what we have today.Source

Why are there roughly 9 billion years between the formation of the universe and our sun?

While scientists aren’t certain of the exact nature of what caused the Sun to form, some astrophysicists believe it was some form of disturbance that started a gravitational collapse, that caused the Sun to form and a surrounding collection of matter to become our solar system. The disturbance could very well be from a star of mass many times that of our Sun that went supernova and the shockwave caused our Sun’s birth.

Stars are powered by nuclear fusion, and to do this hydrogen is converted into helium. In fusion many atoms collide together to form larger ones and this actions creates a lot of energy, which is where the brightness and heat comes from. Imagine how many times this must have happened throughout the life of the universe to where we are now. There are allegedly trillions upon trillions of stars within billions and billions of galaxies.

A massive concentration of interstellar gas and dust created a molecular cloud that would form the sun’s birthplace. Cold temperatures caused the gas to clump together, growing steadily denser. The densest parts of the cloud began to collapse under its own gravity, forming a wealth of young stellar objects known as protostars. Gravity continued to collapse the material onto the infant object, creating a star and a disk of material from which the planets would form. When fusion kicked in, the star began to blast a stellar wind that helped clear out the debris and stopped it from falling inward.Source

What happened after the Sun formed?

Over millions of years dust, gas and clouds from the Sun’s solar nebula began to collide and clump together. The objects got bigger and bigger until their mass was strong enough to cause their own gravity which made the planets form into oblate spheroids. The Sun forced the gasses further into the solar system, and kept the rockier formations close. That’s why Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are in close orbit, and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are in the further reaches of the Sun’s grasp.

Between the orbits of Mars, and Jupiter, the Asteroid belt’, or the ‘main belt’ has numerous minor planets. One of these Professor Brian Cox focuses on on his The Planets BBC documentary.  Ceres, one of The Planets inside the belt is apparently the only minor planet to have forced into a spheroid due to its gravity, and it’s partially covered with frozen ice.

There is some speculation that Earth, Ceres and Mars were fighting for position in the solar system, but a young Jupiter’s gravity rearranged them, giving Earth its position (some scientists think Earth and Mars might have collided) leaving Earth in the perfect position to sustain life, and Mars to drift into insignificance. Jupiter is also claimed to be one of the culprits behind the Late Heavy Bombardment, which is a time in Earth’s infant stages where hypothetically a large bombardment of asteroids collided with the planets of the early solar system. Jupiter’s mass is 2.5 times that of everything in the solar system besides the Sun, so it’s influence on what happens in our solar system is massive.

What events caused the beginning of our Universe?

Now there are several theories about how the Universe was formed but the two most common are – ‘Intelligent Design’ or the ‘Big Bang’. I’ve already covered Intelligent Design, so let’s focus on the ‘Big Bang’.

What was the Big Bang?

The Big Bang is a theory that the universe rapidly expanded from an extremely high-density and high-temperature state in a mere moment and some astrophysicists claim that it shifted faster than the speed of light. Due to the ‘Big Bang’ being opaque to light, scientists can’t tell if this is an accurate assumption or not, but considering it went from a significantly small size, to an unimaginable size in less than a second, it seems likely.

I’ve looked into various theories about how the ‘Big Bang’ happened and the conclusion that I’m personally most satisfied with is the ‘Initial Singularity theory’.

A singularity is a point at the centre of a black hole where density is infinitely condensed . The initial singularity is claimed to have contained the contents of what is now in our current universe. Quantum fluctuations (temporary change in energy) are said to have made the mass of the singularity unstable thus creating a massive, rapid release of energy which created the known universe.

Planck Epoch is the beginning part of the Universe’s history where it’s the most unstable and hottest. The first building blocks for our Universe came in the form of hydrogen and helium, and gradually formed into galaxies and stars. It look millions of years for the universe to cool down enough for this to happen

I’ve only just skimmed the surface here, and I urge anyone with any interest in science and quantum physics to look into this further. There are theories that the universe has given birth to itself countless times, and this involves super massive black holes consuming everything, until the resulting infinite mass becomes unstable due to quantum fluctuations and it starts again. This theory means there may have been countless versions of our universe before this one. I read an article last year that claimed a super massive black hole 12 billion times larger than the Sun had been spotted. How they come up with these measurements is beyond me, but the black hole that they recently photographed that’s the size of our solar system is irrelevant in comparison.

Feel free to engage and fill in any blanks I may have left out unintentionally.