Monday, December 15, 2008

We came from rocks?

I've been watching more videos featuring the ferocious young-Earth creationist, Kent Hovind. In them, he often makes the joke (for a receptive audience), that 'evolutionists' believe that humans came from rocks (or sometimes dirt). It's considered quite a zinger in creationist circles, and seems to get a good laugh from the audience.

I never could figure out exactly what he meant by this, especially in light of the biblical story of Adam being created from dirt, but creationists aren't known for their ability to look at their argument from another point of view (keep this in mind until the next paragraph). So then I found this podcast on YouTube, featuring Hovind on the Infidel Guy's show. I noted that at least one poster in the comments section was repeating the ridiculous rock argument. Anyway, in the podcast, Hovind explains what he means by this puzzling remark. He says something along the lines of old science books state that organic material was brought to Earth inside space rocks, therefore those materials which make us up came from rocks, therefore scientists believe humans came from rocks.

Alrighty then. It seems like a strange case to try to make, but let's just accept it and give this creationist a lesson in reversing an argument onto himself. If organic material brought to Earth by rocks means that humans came from rocks, then one could easily make the case that creationists (or anybody else, really) believe that humans come from vegetables, fruit, rice, wheat, chickens, cows, fish and pigs. Afterall, those are our major food sources, and therefore the source of raw materials and energy that go into making a human. And I don't even think there's a creationist out there dumb enough to say that humans don't get materials and energy from the food that they eat.

So there you go. If you're going to be a petty dumbass and say that scientists believe humans came from rocks, then ask yourself why it doesn't mean that humans come from the plants and animals that we eat every day.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Do they want to destroy us?

I have a program called StatCounter running on this site. For those of you who aren't savvy about running websites, there are free programs out there that a webmaster can use to monitor how many people are visiting the site, which country (and even city) they come from, which pages they visited, and how they got to your site in the first place. They even allow us to single-out individual users. It's a bit Big Brother-ish, but oh well.

I'm always very interested in they keywords which lead people to my site from search engines. The most popular term is "atheist's riddle", and that one post brings in about a third of my visitors. Other popular terms include, "Darwin eye", "atheists are immoral", "why do I need to believe in god", etc.

But then I get a spattering of more disturbing searches, such as "kill atheists" and "destroy atheism".

Is that really what religious people want? I hope not. But somehow, I think it's not beneath many of them to believe that it is necessary or that their imaginary friend commands it. This, my atheist friends, is why religious fundamentalists must never be allowed to create theocracies in our countries. Atheism could then be punishable by death, like it is in some other countries.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Isn't science great?

I just finished reading an article in December's issue of Scientific American magazine about the evolution of bats. Based on a recent discovery of what is currently the earliest known bat fossil, which has wings but not the right bones for echolocation, researchers determined that bats evolved flight before they evolved echolocation. This had been a topic of debate for quite some time, and is one of Ray Comfort's constant challenges to people who think science is useful; "Well, which one evolved first, X or Y? If you don't know, then the god of the Bible must have done it! ... Proof? I don't need any proof! You're going to hell!"

As I was reading the article, I was thinking it's great that I adhere to a way of thinking that is constantly making progress, learning more and more, solving more mysteries. I'd hate to be one of those pitiful, stupid bastards who cling to their unchanging holy books written thousands of years ago, desperately looking for information or answers that they haven't found before. I can think of at least one holy book that thinks bats are a kind of bird. We've made quite a lot of progress since then.

Good work, science!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Don't blame me, the stars told me to do it!

I have a friend who is at a major transition point in her life at the moment. She has to decide to marry her guy or not, to quit her job or not, to move to a different country or not. So how is she making these critical life-changing decisions? With astrology and tarot cards, of course!

Recall my last post about people relying on gods to help them with problems. I find this to be more of the same. There are people out there who don't have the patience or the strength to sit down with all of the available information and make a good decision. Instead, they'll turn to a random page of their holy book or look at the stars for guidance. Any decision made using such methods is a decision based on bad information, and if it screws up, well then you deserve what you get! It's just more weakness. People who know me will say that one of my faults is that I have very little tolerance for weakness in people.

If she actually uses her brain to help with the decision, she'll see that she should break up with the guy because he doesn't love her, she should keep the job because it's a source of steady income in a very uncertain time, and she shouldn't move because she currently lives in the country that she wants to live in.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Take responsibility for yourselves!

I found out recently that my brother is addicted to cocaine. I knew that he had been using it fairly seriously, but he assured me that he was quitting. But he just hit rock bottom after a fairly dramatic incident which I won't talk about here. He now admits that he needs help.

So I was looking at what programs are available to help. I found Cocaine Anonymous, which I didn't know existed before. I didn't know much about these 12-step programs, but I was pretty upset at what I found.

The 12 steps are listed below:

1. We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind-altering substances — that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

A full 6 of the 12 steps involve God in some way, and another step is about a spiritual awakening. Look at steps #6 and #7. We are ready to ask God to remove our defects of character, and we ask it to do it? What the fuck is that?!

Why can't people take responsibility for themselves? There's no way that I would refer my brother to this option. It breeds weakness, and he already has enough of that.

Why are people so lacking in confidence that if/when they finally do beat a problem, they'd credit an imaginary entity instead of themselves? If you believe the only way that you can solve your problems is with the help of supernatural beings, I tell you to grow up and grow a spine! In the case of drug addictions, try being strong enough to resist trying them in the first place!

You can do it by yourself *face slap* if you just take responsibility for yourself! *backhand face slap*