Thursday, April 24, 2008

On a lighter note...

I thought I would throw this video up because it's pretty funny. I like the pi part. I grabbed this off a blog that was linked on pharyngula.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The war has only just begun

Faith - 1 a: allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1): fidelity to one's promises (2): sincerity of intentions2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs faith>

Faith is an absence of logic. Through faith, people believe in the most ridiculous things. The following video should scare you if you are a decent human being. You should fear for your children, your loved ones, and for humanity.

Currently, christianity is basically harmless compared to muslims. If you are a christian, you may think that your faith is different than the faith of muslims. You are wrong. Your faith is the same, your interpretations of your religious texts are different. The passages are in the bible to kill, to mutilate, to destroy. Genocide was how christianity became so strong. It won the war of beliefs in Europe. It wouldn't take much to turn peaceful loving christians, into vicious, ruthless killers in the name of god. All it would take is trying times, and an evil leader. A person who bases their morals on logic and sound judgement will not falter. A person who bases their morals on what someone else tells them to do, will do horrific things in the name of good (or god).

Atheism is the only way to free humanity from the evils of religion.

What if I'm wrong?

I watched a video of Richard Dawkins being asked "What if you are wrong?".

I thought about it last night, and found myself thinking of it this morning, so I figured it might be a good topic to talk about. It's funny how when logic is used, many people can independently come up with the same, or similar answer, and when a lack of logic is used, thousands are made.

If I'm wrong, and atheism was a foolish endeavor, then that begs you to ask another very interesting question. What religion was right? Obviously a christian would say (or hope) that it was their religion, a muslim the same, etc for thousands of gods. Wait, did I say thousands? Yes, I said thousands.

So, I guess the answer to "What if you're wrong?", can't really be answered now. I need to know which god was "right". How should I decide which god is correct? If someone can show me an effective way of deciding, I'll gladly renounce atheism and start worshiping which ever god it is. I'm ready, and willing to burn some sacrifices. Of course when I say sacrifices I mean steaks, and when I say burn, I actually mean medium rare. Anyone see where I put my tongs?

P.S. If we were to say, put bets on this, then my money is on BUMBA, mostly because of his evolationist (evolution + creation = evolation) way of creating everything, and because of the eerie similarity between the big bang and Bumba's....vomiting? Oh just click the link, you'll see.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A small statement, a huge implication

An unchallenged faith is undefendable. Challenging faith renders it unbelievable - Eric Jones

I don't believe in evolution...

It's true, I don't believe in evolution. I understand evolution, and the mountains of evidence supporting it, and think that it is the most logical, and likely explanation for all of the diversity and the creation of life on this planet(and probably other planets as well).

I also don't believe in gravity, or that the earth is round, or that the universe is billions of years old. Again, it's not about believing, but about understanding the concepts and the evidence.

In case you were wondering, I was told today by a coworker that you must either "believe" in science, or religion. Hogwash. My understanding of the universe is completely open to change, and is not dictated by an archaic book. I can go get a degree in molecular biology and confirm for myself the existence of DNA. I do not have to take it on authority from genetic experts. I can not, however, go become a prophet and confirm the existence of a deity. People of religion are not open to the idea that they are wrong. The discovery that religion is a lie or at the very least a misconception, is extremely difficult to grasp for believers. It is a slow painful process to come to the real truth, if even possible for most people.

On a side note, I was agreeing with my coworker that some of the bible's errors are more easily explained as translation errors, and can't justifiably be used against the bibles accuracy. I specifically mentioned the references to unicorns in the King James version of the bible, and how they are most likely translation errors referring instead, to either a rhinoceros, or as most other bibles say, wild oxen. My coworker said to me that it could have even been a triceratops that they were talking about. I'll give you a moment to let that sink in...

I was just trying to be nice, because honestly, even if it was a translation error, people actually did believe in unicorns. When he said it could be a triceratops, I couldn't be nice anymore and laughed out loud. You could probably describe it as laughing in his face. I then thought, maybe he means triceratops fossils inspired the term, and so stopped laughing and asked him. He said no, he meant literal living triceratops alive during biblical times. I laughed a lot more, as you might imagine.

Edit: I forgot a really funny part to this as well. Millions of years of geological data aside, how many horns does a triceratops have? 1 =/= 3

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Great debate

Here is a really great debate that has been placed on youtube. The whole debate is good, but the video I posted is my favorite part. I found this from Richard Dawkins' website.

It actually goes a little short of 2 mins into the next video.

EDIT: The above video was edited and changed the link, I edited it to fix it.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Atheist rap

I'm not much of a fan of rap, but mostly because of the stereotypical baller/womanizing/drug addict/gang related image or message that goes with it. It's nice to see someone stepping forward and promoting intelligence.