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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Evolution is a Lie

Well, ok. it's taken me many, many years to come to this realization. Evolution is false. The earth is 6000 years old and all of science is wrong. Now what?

Does this mean I must bow down and begin to worship jesus as god? Hmm, I guess I don't see the connection. For so many years people keep telling me that if evolution is false, I must bow down to their god. Don't get it. Suppose that evolution is completely false who do I bow down to? Allah? Zeus? Thor? Jesus? The Flying Spaghetti monster? They all have convincing stories that might compel me to consider them as the creator of everything, but I have no way to distinguish between their claims.

So here I am having rejected evolution, but still unable to distinguish reality.

Friday, January 15, 2010

On coincidence and science

So I had an interesting 'interview' this morning. A student from the University newspaper came to talk to me about the recent number of sinkholes that opened in Polk County Florida and elsewhere. The student noted that it seemed very odd that the sinkholes opened up within a few hours of the earthquake in Haiti and that perhaps the earthquake triggered the events. Her second thought was that freezing and thawing of groundwater may have caused the sinkhole collapse because of the recent cold weather we've been having.

As I started thinking about this, I realized that the human mind sometimes makes strange connections that become very powerful. The student insisted that this seemed very 'strange' and 'odd' that they should have happened so close together. So I looked at some newspaper clippings from Jan 12, 2010 and made the absurd suggestion that what triggered the sinkholes was Obama's recent comments on healthcare that came out just minutes before the sinkholes opened. Anyone (well mostly anyone) could see the absurdity in that claim.

So then I explained that the more likely cause for the opening of the sinkholes was due to a drop in the water table caused by the massive pumping of water by citrus growers trying to save their crop. Again she asked "but so many sinkholes right one after the other?" Seems like an earthquake is more likely cause.

The connection was welded. So then I asked her why would an earthquake cause sinkholes to open in Polk County? The connection between energy and earthquakes and damage was the answer. A reasonable connection? I said 'perhaps, if they had all opened up within seconds of each other following the passage of the seismic waves through the crust of Florida and if they only needed a very, very, very small amount of energy in order to push them over the edge. It's highly unlikely that multiple sinkholes were poised and ready to open so I returned to the suggestion that groundwater withdrawal was the more likely culprit.

I don't know what will finally be written, but the student was a little disappointed that the earthquake was not responsible for the sinkholes here. I warned her about coincidence and how they may seem logical once our brains have made the connection, but turn out to have nothing to do with one another.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why Pat Robertson Should be applauded for his comments on Haiti

Everyone is up in arms over the comments that Pat Robertson made the other day regarding the earthquake in Haiti. For those who have been asleep, Robertson asserted that because haiti made a pact with the devil to be free from French rule, they have suffered ever since. The point he was making was that Haiti got what it deserved. So why should anyone applaud such an asinine comment? Simple, it serves as evidence of the intolerance and bigotry that permeates evangelical religions. Christian wackos like Robertson are no better than nutballs from any other religion.

Whenever someone tries to tell me that Christians are tolerant and caring, I can drag out people like Robertson and my own wacko neighbor Terry Jones. Jones is so far to the right that he would make Robertson look like a flaming liberal, but both show that the conservative Christian movement is about hatred and intolerance. Nothing more, nothing less. So let's hear it for Pat. He's an intolerant imbecile who shows us that Christianity is no better than any other religon.

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