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I have some questions for the pro-ID folks out there. ID, of course means Intelligent Design. It is a “theory” but not in terms of actual science, it’s widely dismissed as science because it doesn’t submit its finding to peer review. It essentially says that the universe is far too complex not to have a grand designer. These ID folks don’t say it outright, but they obviously think that this designer is there Christian god. I would venture a guess that many science-rejecting Muslims must have an ID of their own, with Allah at the controls. Well I do have some questions for this intelligent designer.

1. What kind of designer would toy with the idea of black holes? Hawking: “So Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice.’ Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” Black holes are scary. Furthermore, why would intelligent designer put a super massive black hole at the center of a galaxy? (see the Milky Way).

2. What kind of designer would allow earth to have a moon that plays a massive role in the life sustaining climates we have here on earth and have that moon slowly moving further away from earth. I’ll give the designer points here, assuming in this case that a designer exists, because the moon is massively important in sustaining life. But, if you are a supreme creator of all the laws and rules of the universe you can keep the moon where it is. Yet in an actual world, with no evidence of a creator, our moon is slowly-very slowly moving away from earth. To try and briefly explain: the moon keeps the earth rotating on a nice 23 degrees axis. This supports our nice and neat seasons, but it the moon also doesn’t let the earth spin up to 90 degrees on its axis. We have seen this happen on Mars. So summing up point two: if you were an all powerful creator of the universe you should know better.

3. What kind of creator would design the human body the way it is? I have to ask this question because so many proponents of ID reject the solid evidence and scientific finding of evolution. This could be another topic, but let us assume those ID folks are right and the human being is a divinely manufactured and assembled product. What kind of creator would allow beings made in his image to have to breathe and swallow through one opening. This is the reason why we always have that possibility of choking. 2,800 Americans, mainly children, die each year from choking. This is not intelligent design. Need another example? I borrow from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?”

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Clearing things up

About 8 months ago I put forward the things that I believed in. I mentioned deism, humanism, and being happy. Let me first be clear, I outrightly reject any and all organized religion. If I were to cling to a god, I certainly would not hold on to a personal one. I feel like a personal god would have to intervene in the things that cause sadness and despair in this world. That was why I valued deism 8 months ago. However, shortly after I wrote that post I re-reevaluated my thoughts on god. And I found that god is not needed whatsoever in this world. God has been a clever idea powerful people have used to enforce their own will.

More importantly, you don’t need god to have morality. Take this scenario for instance: Your god says that to show your love for him you have to kill your child. There is no hint that god is joking with you so if you claim to be a believer you would have to seriously consider this option. What would you do? I would hope your own moral code would bring you to a logical answer: Choosing not to kill your child. Yet, we see in the bible that Abraham was more than willing to kill his kid for god, for a voice in his head. I would now that you understand why I choose to not acknowledge your god.

I should mention now that, yes I am an atheist. It has been said many times that most people are 99.9% atheistic about all other gods but there own. What is the harm in not believing in 100%.

My problem with your religions is that you are constantly putting your nose in business where your faith is not needed. Faith, religion, and ID do not belong in the classroom. Atheists and the scientific community are not banging on Sunday School classes demanding that the teachers, “teach the controversy about ID”. We don’t do that.

We also don’t think that the burden of proof is on us. You religious people have to show us why we should pick one of the thousand religions out there. Yet you don’t. You use a flawed concept of faith to belittle the nonbeliever. You accuse us of not believing because we lack faith. You believers use faith as a substitute for evidence. Which is not helpful. In my opinion this is done because deep down you know the claims your religion makes are incompatible with the world. You know this, yet you cling to your faith. Well I don’t so do not blame me for not buying into your ancient, uneducated theories about how the world works.

I have more I’d like to talk about, but doing it all at once would make this blog pointless. So it’s time for me to go and I’ll leave you with my new life motto.

Be an atheist. Be a humanist. Be happy.

Recently the illusive nature of the giant squid and the very nature of its existence has been a topic of conversation between me and a friend. Needless to say, I was woefully uninformed on the subject – so I took to the Internet. I found some interesting facts, but more importantly it lead me to one of the greatest pieces of comedic gold I have ever personally stumbled upon (that is also to say that the interpretation to follow is close to the one that actually happened).

Without further adieu, I want to talk about the Sperm Whale.

Okay. The Sperm whale has been around for a long time. It was seen first by humans as early as the 18th century. This leads me to the funny bit. A Sperm whale is misnamed. Sorry to blow that for you (first of many puns). But follow me here. On its head is a “milky-white” waxy substance called spermaceti. From what I have gathered one could easily compare a human’s snot to spermaceti.

And now I give you the following…

You’re a seaman (I had to, come on) in the 18th century. And let’s say you’re the first person to ever see and kill a whale with this “milky-white” substance on its head. You are given the privilege of naming this animal and you naturally give it the first name that comes (dammit, I did it again) to your mind. You name this majestic creature the Sperm Whale.

Assuming that scenario is plausible, let’s go one step more…

You’re eating dinner on your ship the next day. One of your fellow seamen approaches you and asks, “so tell us how you know that Sperm Whale is really a Sperm Whale.” I mean what do you say but this: “Well it’s obvious, male Sperm whales must have duty to ejaculate on every other Sperm whale they can find.” Naturally this answer is accepted by all your fellow sailors (I spared you all that time). And you report your newly discovered whale the next time your ship makes port.

Follow up: You, the sailor, who have just officially slandered a beautiful whale because you couldn’t see anything past the suggestive milky-white substance that was on its head. So you came (yep, again) up with Sperm Whale.

The End.

PS: I can actually say, “I think that’s funny.” oh and if you don’t think so I DON’T CARE

Consider…

“Consider yourself. I want you to imagine a scene from your childhood. Pick something evocative… Something you can remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all, you really were there at the time, weren’t you? How else would you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you WEREN’T there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place. Every bit of you has been replaced many times over… The point is that you are like a cloud: something that persists over long periods, whilse simultaneously being in flux. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made.”

Steve Grand

Isn’t it great that…

The bible and Jesus himself give us the example of the Good Samaritan parable? A story that exudes everything that is good with humanity without the added corruption of religion on a person’s thoughts. Really looking at this story it was the religious-minded people that failed to act and support their fellow man. Yet, there was a person wondering down the road who chose to do what was selfless and help his fellow man.

Yet again, another reminder to you all that you can do good without god.

Think about this

I won’t be here long today. I just have a simple question for anyone reading this.

If someone was born deaf what language does he or she think in?

We are not made in god’s image, we are made in the universe’s image. The elements within your own body are the most common elements within the universe. You are not made in god’s image, you are something even greater, you are the universe! The universe is within you! Don’t believe that you’re in god’s image, after all,
I truly believe that man has had the most impact on shaping that god that some of you perceive. I’ve been told to be careful, because some people may not share my train of thought. And that’s fine! However, don’t resign yourself to the minimal impact our “god” has created, just be yourself. After all, you are the stuff of the universe! Act like it!