Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Case for a Creator - Indoctrination Edition

It has recently come to my attention that everyone's favourite lying apologist Lee Strobel has gone into the business of indoctrinating children. He has rewritten his two most popular books for children to read (This happened in 2006, I just never heard about it).

The Case for a Creator: Indoctrination Edition
I had the displeasure of skimming through a copy of 'The Case for a Creator: For Kids' and to be honest, there isn't much to say about it. It is so stripped back that there is barely any content. Each chapter that was originally 30-50+ pages in the original has been reduced to 5-10 of large font with double spacing. While much of the convoluted reasoning has been gone, and he no longer spends two pages talking up his "source" of the information, the main point of the propaganda is still there. "The big bang doesn't sound very scientific", (not exact quotes by the way), and "Michael Behe, a respected biochemist" are the sorts of things he says. The book is filled with half-truths and lies.

The part of the book that I have the biggest beef with is the chapter on intelligent design. I'm absolutely sick of this creationist nonsense. Evolution passed the litmus test of credibility a long time ago, and is an established scientific fact. The sooner they stop lying and making shit up the better, and for crying out loud, stop lying to children who don't know any better. Indoctrination is what you resort to when you know you won't win any other way.

For a thorough debunking of the original version of 'The Case for a Creator' visit or

Response to My Growing up with Christianity video

A friend of mine made a video response to my video a few weeks ago in which I talked about my experience growing up with Christianity.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

S.E. Cupp Haunts Me

S.E. Cupp is Stupid
S.E. Cupp is an idiot
I made one single post about S.E. Cupp, yet a significant portion of search engine traffic to my blog comes from search terms related to her. What could possibly be the cause of this? Is there some kind of unhealthy obsession with her that I haven’t stumbled upon until now? I don’t see her mentioned a whole lot on Reddit, Youtube or on other blogs. In my mind she’s already a has-been, but it seems some people disagree.

I guess S.E. Cupp has a certain appeal that no one else has, she’s attractive, she's an atheist, and she is popular on Fox News. As I mentioned in my other post about her, if she’s really an atheist, she’s not a very good one (am I allowed to say that?). She claims to want to have faith, and hopes that she finds faith in the future. Why anyone would think that faith is a good thing is beyond me. I think she’s completely moronic, but it just goes to show that having good looks and no brains is the fastest way to fame, or infamy in this case.

New Layout

I figured it was time for a change, and I really wanted to try out a three-column design. What do you think?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fundies: Evolution!

Since I haven't posted a Friday Fundies post in months (I used to post one nearly every single week!), I thought I'd reward you with two great quotes from the FSTDT (Fundies Say The Darndest Things) archives relating to evolution.

Quote# 4101

Evolution is theory, not science, and any theory that says nothing times nothing equals everything is flawed from the outset.

From RaptureReady

Quote# 71902

Don't be bothered by all the idiots defending evolution. They have their heads in the sand and don't realise they have been brain-washed - the scientific establishment has bullied Intelligent Design scientists into silence, however there are millions of scientists who firmly believe that God created life. People have a blind un-questioning faith in evolution, it is their god, and it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in anything else!


It always astounds me how proud these people are of their ignorance. They parrot apologists as if they are authorities, and then claim that the people who actually have some understanding of the subject are brain-washed. I used to be in the same position as them, but the cognitive dissonance eventually got the better of me. I eventually felt the neccessity to actually understand evolution. What I discovered astounded me, I had actually been the credulous idiot. I was the one who was brain-washed. Once that realisation smacked me in the face it didn't take long for me to change my position on that matter, though letting go in belief in God took significantly longer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Atheism is not a Worldview!

I made another video, this time discussing one of the most idiotic theistic misconceptions about atheism.

Chewing Gum is Disgusting

It’s not often that I write rants (of sorts) but this is one of those things that makes me lose faith in humanity. No, even worse than that, it makes me ashamed to be a part of the human race. In my opinion this is one of the most detrimental inventions to the progress of civilised culture and etiquette. Humanity would be much better off if we abandoned this unnecessary glob.
I’m talking about chewing gum, the thing you masticate with that doesn’t provide any nutrition, doesn’t break down easily and is actually banned in a few cities. What purpose does it serve? To satisfy compulsive fidgeters? To clog drainage systems? To make an obscene mess on any surface it comes into contact with? It is one of the most useless items that is sold on the shelves of our stores.

Why am I writing this post? I’ll tell you why, today I stood on a piece of gum that was on the ground, that wasn’t even 2 metres from a rubbish bin! What kind of inconsiderate, uncultured, uncivilised buffoon would do such a thing? Did the thought even cross their pathetic little mind to place their disgusting oral faeces into a place where it couldn’t cause this kind of response? They are probably the kind of person who doesn’t bother to place ordinary rubbish in the bin, perhaps they even go to the effort to place wrappers down storm water drains, spit on the sidewalk, piss on the seat, talk on the phone in the library, and in general are just a poster-child for abortion.
We do not need chewing gum, in fact, the world would be a much more pleasant place if every country adopted Singapore’s policy on the matter. Chewing gum is illegal there, and possession of it will reward you with a hefty fine. In Singapore, you don’t have to worry about grabbing the under-side of a seat in a public place to move it forward, nor do you have to worry about your knees touching the under-side of a table for fear of getting gum on your pants. You don’t have to worry about sitting on gum, and you sure don’t have to worry about standing in it!

So far I’ve only really discussed the detriment of gum once it has been expelled from the mouth and become attached to a surface it isn’t welcome on. The actual act of chewing the gum itself is almost just as bad. When I see someone chewing gum, it brings forth images of the aforementioned pestilences that the final product can bring forth, but when I HEAR someone chewing gum, with their mouth open, it boils my blood. I absolutely cannot stand that sound. I can tolerate the slurping of a hot drink, or noodles. I can tolerate burping in fact I even partake in festive burping whilst consuming carbonated beverages and beer. But I simply cannot stand the *sslurrack* (my best attempt at a phonetic rendition of the chewing sound) sound that people make when they chew gum with their mouth open.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Infinite Regress of Gods

An infinite regress occurs when the solution to a proposition re-introduces the same problem the initial proposition had that required an answer in the first place. It can be explained by the analogy of two mirrors facing one another with an object placed in between, if you look into either one of the mirrors, there appears to be an endless number of images going back into the mirrors.

A classic example of an infinite regress is when asked the question 'Where did the universe come from?' one answers with 'a god created the universe', because then it must be asked 'who/what then created god?', and then 'who/what created the thing that created god?' ad infinitum.
Theists have been arguing for a long time that their respective gods were 'uncaused' or were 'without cause'. They use this as an attempt to avoid the infinite regress. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most prominent figures in antiquity that argued for this position, he put forward the 'Argument from Contingency', which suggests that something must exist to explain the existence of the universe. It basically comes straight back to the 'Prime Mover' or 'Uncaused Cause' of Aristotle. This argument fails before it even reaches the starting blocks, because it is not based on any evidence at all. This entire argument is just speculation about beings which have never had any evidence to even mildly verify their mere existence. How can I take an argument seriously if it seems only to be rooted in the wild imaginations of Theists?
Our knowledge about the origins of the universe is growing all the time, and with every new discovery we make, we are pointed towards the idea that nothing created the universe. But even if we were no closer to solving the problem today than we were 20 years ago, there would still be no reason to make the god assumption. The god hypothesis is stale, no evidence for the Prime Mover or Uncaused Cause has been discovered since the first incarnations of the argument, which date all the way back to Aristotle. Several millennia should have been ample time. It's time to let go of our antiquated fantasies.
"In many cultures it is customary to answer that God created the universe out of nothing. But this is mere temporizing. If we wish courageously to pursue the question, we must, of course ask next where God comes from? And if we decide this to be unanswerable, why not save a step and conclude that the universe has always existed?"
-Carl Sagan, Cosmos, page 257
See Carl Sagan himself say it in this video.

Here is a lecture given by Lawrence Krauss called 'A Universe from Nothing', which he explains some mechanisms by which the universe itself could be uncaused. Unlike the theistic speculations, these are actually based on observation, and testable science.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Growing up with Christianity

I decided to do something different, so I started a YouTube channel, and made a video.

Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Doomsday Cults in 2011

I was walking between lectures the other day, and on the corner of Symonds and Alfred street, there was a man handing out fliers. I grabbed one, just in case there might have been some free food involved (I'm a poor student you see). My first impression of the piece of paper was "HOLY CRAP WALL OF TEXT". The title at the top is 'THE END OF THE WORLD IS ALMOST HERE! HOLY GOD WILL BRING JUDGMENT DAY ON MAY 21, 2011'. I laughed, and then put the paper in my bag to deal with later.

It is now later, and it is time to take a look at their claims. In the first paragraph, they claim that the Bible gives "correct and accurate information about [Judgment Day]". So right off the bat, I can tell that whoever set the Doomsday Date, didn't read the Bible very carefully.
What the New Testament has to say about when Judgment day comes:
Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36).
Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father.
Keep looking, keep awake, for you do not know when the appointed time is (Mark 13:32-33).
for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.(1 Thessalonians 5:2-4)
Anyway, it shouldn't really be any surprise that delusional cultists don't even know their way around their own book, and this is evidenced well by the very next paragraph!

They claim that "in its original languages [The Bible] has never been changed, and every word in the original languages is from the mouth of God". Needless to say, this cult's leader Harold Camping does not know the original languages of the Bible, so I think I'll turn to someone who does for that information thank you.
“With the abundance of evidence, what can we say about the total number of variants known today? Scholars differ significantly in their estimates -- some say there are 200,000 variants known, some say 300,000, some say 400,000 or more! We do not know for sure because, despite impressive developments in computer technology, no one has yet been able to count them all. Perhaps, as I indicated earlier, it is best simply to leave the matter in comparative terms. There are more variations among our manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament.”
-Bart Ehrman

So, five sentences into the content of this poorly constructed piece of propaganda (what kind of passer-by is going to read 2 pages of solid text?) I have learned that: A) They are wholly ignorant of what the Bible actually says
B) They are genuinely deceitful and are spreading outright lies about their holy book, that anyone with an inquisitive mind will go and fact-check.
So you parasitic, gullible propaganda distributers, you're not off to a very good start in convincing me that the world actually is going to end on May 21st.

My Thoughts Exactly

The popular theologian Alister McGrath irritates me, but I've never been able to point to exactly why as well as PZ Myers did recently on Pharyngula.   

Here's what I'm talking about:
McGrath asserts that the Gnu Atheists are prisoners of "mere rationality", that we're trapped in the "dogma of the finality of reason", and even claims that we're just rehashing discredited 18th century philosophy that claims a sufficiency of logic and reason to discern the nature of the universe. It's utterly bizarre that at one point he can notice that foundation of science in reliance on empirical evidence, and then go on to complain that these Gnu Atheists, who he generally likes to accuse of scientism and overly demanding of mere evidence, are now a gang of armchair pontificators who insist on the primacy of reason alone!
It's simply not true. Gather a mob of unruly atheists to confront theologians like McGrath, and we are not chanting demands for them to expand on their logical 'proofs' for the existence of gods (those freakin' bore us), we're more likely to be chanting "evidence, evidence, evidence" and pointing out that their fantasies are built on weak to nonexistent foundations.
 He then goes on to say these two gems which sum up everything I feel about McGrath and his ilk.
McGrath reverses everything, though, and tries to argue that the scientists who constantly question their hypotheses and measure them against empirical reality are the prisoners of mere rationality, while the dogmatists who build a cage of improbable extrapolations from flawed and limited ancient texts are wandering about free. He's literally engaging in double-speak and reversal of meaning.
It is revealing that McGrath is willing to argue that abandoning reason is a virtue, while still failing to bring up any empirical evidence that his imaginary magical explanations actually reflect anything particularly relevant about the universe.
On top of what PZ has said about McGrath, another thing that annoys me is how he says things that I find absolutely void of any substance, yet he speaks them very eloquently. What I'm trying to say, is that he makes idiocy sound intelligent. He makes wild assertions that 'Christianity makes better sense of things', without demonstrating how it actually accomplishes this. It seems like he is only one step away from making the argument (perhaps he actually has made it without me realising) that God gives meaning to a cruel universe that would otherwise have no purpose. Needless to say, the level of comfort a belief or belief system provides its adherents has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not it is actually true. A father in heaven watching down on you may be comforting, while a mindless universe that is inhospitable to life might be depressing, but neither of the emotional responses to either option is any reason to believe or disbelieve them.