Truth examples: 

mathematics, why does one plus one equal two?

mechanics, how do pistons work?

navigation, why did the plane change course many times while flying from L.A. to China?

nautical astronomy, How did the Polynesians in canoes get to the Hawaii’s Islands in 300-600 AD.

heat, why is my home warm and cold according to my wishes?

steam, what causes the whistle in my teakettle?

electricity, why can I have lights at night or not? 

I don’t know the answers to some of these questions, however, the answers on one continent are the same as on all the other continents or at sea or in space.

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2016 at 8:11am

Concepts founded in reality have a tendency to be stable.  Those which are not founded in reality may tend to mutate and vary with time.  The sad fact is that the christers' own holy book recognized this principle with the parable of the house built on the rock, versus one built on the sand.

They just failed to learn from their own lesson.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on November 3, 2016 at 4:16am

Deep thoughts Joan. Perhaps you have intentionally led me to ask; Why are these scientific truths universal while theistic truths are chaotic? How could theistic truths be so differing and still be truths? Isn't it comforting to know a nice warm fire will be comforting anywhere in the world, even with strangers whom may not even speak your language? Could religious beliefs make the fire more comforting?  You are right. In this case knowing how combustion works in a fire is not near as important as knowing how to enjoy it, and the comfort of knowing it can be enjoyed equally around the world.

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 10:41am

That is amazing about the Polynesians.  I've read that when the first Australians crossed to that continent, it was actually a land bridge due to lower oceans at the time.  When the oceans rose, the people were cut off from returing.  Same for other isolated lands in the area, to New Guinea.  Hawaii would not be connected by land bridge, that state is volcanoes.  So they did have to cross the waters.

Maybe a lot of Polynesians were lost at sea.  Seafaring is a dangerous way of life.  Some washed ashore at Hawaii, and that was the start of the population.  However, I read that there were vast areas of ocean that Polynesians could read from the stars and navigate over thousands of miles, so that makes more sense.

Then there's Easter Island, even more remote. 

Image source:  Wikipedia

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 10:35am

Joan, as far as arithmatic, I suspect it isn't so much 1 + 1 = 2 as it is, lets say you have one apple, and you name that "one", and you have two apples, and you name that "two".  Then you take one apple, and add another to it, you see that there are two, and you name that "two" as well.  I suspect it's how we name things, and not from an original mathematical theorum.  Just counting.

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