Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Magma Carta

 The Magma Carta

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Personal Truth Is BS

I just watched this video of Richard Dawkins on an episode of the O’Reilly Factor. All in all, it’s pretty lame. Dawkins is painfully restrained. I’m guessing he’s determined not to fall into any traps or come off as arrogant. O’Reilly doesn’t even pretend to engage in any real ideas, so there isn’t a whole lot for Dawkins to discuss.

There is one moment where O’Reilly says that Jesus-being-God is at least true for him, if no one else. Dawkins jumps on this and tells him that something is either true or not. In the face of Dawkins, it seems O’Reilly briefly became a relativist who thinks everybody is entitled to their own version of the truth.

O’Reilly’s explanation is that he believes it’s true that Jesus is God, but he can’t prove that to Dawkins. He seems to realize as well that he wouldn’t even be able to credibly argue the case to Dawkins. Instead, he hides behind the too-commonly accepted idea that his religious beliefs are beyond Dawkins’ scrutiny and that as long as he only claims that something is true for him personally (as opposed to, you know, actually true), it’s in bad taste to judge him on it.

Certainly, I can understand why O’Reilly wouldn’t want to be judged on his factual claims about Jesus.

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Gross Sharpener

 Gross Sharpener

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How Many Steves?

Another item from Cynical-C (I’m catching up on my reading), it’s Project Steve. A list of scientists named Steve who support evolution.

The catch is that the NCSE tied an arm and two legs behind its back by making an arbitrary requirement that the scientists be named “Steve,” “Stephanie,” “Stefan,” or some other form of “Stephen.” It estimates that about one percent of the population of the United States has such a name. When the Project was first publicly announced on February 16, 2003 it had 220 Steves, which corresponds to about 22,000 scientists with doctorates agreeing with the statement. By May 23, 2003 that number had increased to 367 Steves which corresponds to about 36,700 scientists. The current total can be found by consulting the Steve-o-meter. The NCSE expresses the hope that in the future when lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” are presented that it will be asked “but how many Steves are on your list!?”

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Daily Doses of Ingersoll

Cynical-C’s Daily Dose of Ingersoll is always worth reading. Like so:

The church has always claimed and still claims that it is the only reforming power, that it makes men honest, virtuous and merciful, that it prevents violence and war, and that without its influence the race would return to barbarism.

Nothing can exceed the absurdity of these claims. If we wish to improve the condition of mankind — if we wish for nobler men and women we must develop the brain, we must encourage thought and investigation. We must convince the world that credulity is a vice, — that there is no virtue in believing without, or against evidence, and that the really honest man is true to himself. We must fill the world with intellectual light. We must applaud mental courage. We must educate the children, rescue them from ignorance and crime. School-houses are the real temples, and teachers are the true priests.

Here’s the Wikipedia on Ingersoll.

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God Didn’t Like the Rockies THAT Much

A prime example of giving God credit for the good but never blame for the bad:

“I think God is the reason we got this far,” Rockies reliever Matt Herges said. “We’ve done some amazing things this year (that are) hard to know. Something is going on. I think we may be getting favors from God.

“It’s not like the Red Sox are going against God. I’m sure they have Christians over there. But we realize what a blessing this is.”

A USA TODAY story in May 2006 revealed that from ownership down, the Rockies are guided by Christianity. They are open to all religious beliefs but embrace a Christian-based code of conduct.

via Cynical-C

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A Ramones T-Shirt Must Be Earned

A Ramones t-shirt must be earned.
via The Morning News

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What atheists Kant refute

Dinesh D’Souza attempts to show that atheists are misguided, but instead makes a compelling argument that only a fool would make a factual claim about the unobservable.

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Bunny Wave

 Bunny Wave

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Halloween Cupcake

 Halloween Cupcake

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