Archive for March, 2012


You can't wake a  person who is pretending to be asleep.

Pretending to be asleep; what being religious is all about in a modern era of pervasive and universal knowledge.

I think that proverb is pretty profound.

Basically it’s saying you cannot reason with somebody who is being unreasonable. You cannot reason with somebody who does not care about the truth, who is willing to ignore facts, evidence and the truth in favour of continuing in whichever belief they prefer.

Because I care very much about the truth and what is true, it is one of the most frustrating parts of dealing with otherwise intelligent people who claim to be religious. There is no reasoning with somebody who is acting stupid, who is forcing idiocy on themselves. Presenting facts and evidence to somebody who flat-out refuses to see it is a pointless and frustrating task.

Having said that, it’s becoming more difficult (in the developed world anyway) to pretend to be asleep. Knowledge and information is so easy to come by now that you have to work much harder to ignore it than before, which is why the global atheist movement is growing so fast. That’s my opinion, at least.

There is another saying that’s similar which says you can’t reason somebody out of something they are not reasoned into. It’s true I think. You don’t reason somebody out of the religion they weren’t reasoned into. You present the facts and hope that eventually they pull their head out of their arse and see the light. Metaphorically speaking of course.

Always! Be awesome.

Phil Hellenes has made another video. How can today not be utterly fantastic? Think that’s a bit over the top? I guess you haven’t watched enough of Phil’s video’s then… Seriously, the man is a genius, his video’s are genius. You can’t watch them and not re-consider and re-evaluate yourself, your purpose and your position in the universe (if you can, there’s something wrong with you, seriously).

His video’s. I love them.

If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour and go watch all his video’s here: http://www.youtube.com/user/philhellenes/videos

Here’s a couple I’ve posted on before:

Always! Be awesome.

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman - A man who was most awesome.

Science is a way to teach how something gets to be known, what is not known, to what extent things are known (for nothing is known absolutely), how to handle doubt and uncertainty, what the rules of evidence are, how to think about things so that judgments can be made, how to distinguish truth from fraud, and from show.

– Richard Feynman

So… what to say about that. Nothing. That is all.

So. About them ERV’s. Ain’t that a bitch.

But I’m not. So meh.

There was a live stream here that worked for a while: http://www.davidmsinger.com/live-stream/  and Richard Dawkins was just on.

Looks damp but sounds freaking epic. History in the making and I’m sitting at home, ten thousand kilometers away.

#reasonrally for the win. Not having enough money to attend? For. The. Lose.


Edit: There’s an audio stream over here which seems to work: http://goodreasonnews.tumblr.com/post/19841134654/live-stream-the-reason-rally

Happy 30k views to me!

Happy 30k views to me!

Happy 30k views to me!

Happy 30k views to me! Happy 30k views to me! Happy 30k views to meeeeee eeeeeee. Happy 30k views to me!

Yes, still pitiful in the greater scheme but it shows that things are ticking along and that’s cool. This last 10k views took 3.9 months which is slightly quicker than the previous 10k.

It’s progress in the right direction and that’s awesome.

Be awesome.

An awesome video on time, life, people and a changing universe. I love it.

Science for the win!

John F. Kennedy - Moon Speech

This is one of the greatest portions of the greatest speeches of all time:

Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…

I love this speech. It inspires me like few other things. They are words everybody should live by. We should choose to do the hard things. Because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills.

If I had to choose a different time and place to live, I think that decade would be it and that place would be where. Make no mistake, now is a great time to be alive but it feels to me that the world’s priorities have gone awry. Stupidity and greed is hamstringing our progress – it has driven us way too close to global financial ruin for one thing and rampant ignorance tries to drag us back to darker times, before science and reason brightened the world.

And for what? So that a few can add even more to what they already have and already cannot spend, at the cost of others. So a few can maintain control over many others.

Time will tell how this plays out but in the mean time, I will try to do things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.
If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.
Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.
Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.
We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say the we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.
There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency.

Christianity disproved. QED.

Christianity Disproved: This site almost makes me want to stop blogging. Why? Because it covers just about everything just about perfectly. It is beautifully laid out and brilliantly presented.

http://www.christianitydisproved.com/

It wins. Go there. Read it.

I guess the only thing remaining is to ridicule those who still believe in these arse-backwards superstitions. Somebody has to do it. If more people did it, perhaps there’d be less idiocy around.

For reason and science!

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