Archive for July, 2012

Dr. Richard Dawkins reading a passage from his book The God Delusion. A brilliant book in my opinion.

The video was uploaded by bdwilson1000, a YouTube <insert appropriately nouned verb here> of impecable taste. I think I might have watched every video he’s ever uploaded.

BAM! Feel the science awesome!

And have a look at the bonus video below of a simulation that shows how our galaxy – the Milky Way – might have evolved, to multiply that awesome.

Are you feeling the science awesome yet?

(HT Troythulu)

Choices: by definition, your God doesn’t have any.

I read a post by Rosa Rubicondior about a conversation that Dan Barker had with a guy called Jason Gastrich and you should probably go read it since it’s great.

Anyway, it got me thinking and I’m writing this mostly to firm up my understanding of the concept.

The basic premise is this: a god who knows the future is a god without free will, with limited power. A god cannot both know the future and be omnipotent, have free will and make decisions.

Why this is, is pretty straightforward; I’ll try a simple example.

Lets assume Yahweh, in the year 1500 BCE, knew for certain that on December 21, 2012 the world was going to end by an asteroid hitting the earth. Let’s assume he told a man called Moses to write this down in such a way that it would form part of the Talmud and later the Bible, as a prophecy. So Yahweh makes a prophesy in 1500 BCE that the world ends in fiery Armageddon in December 2012.

Fast forward to July 26, 2012. Yahweh knows on this day that the world is going to end in fiery Armageddon on December 21 by an asteroid strike and he tells a guy called Harry Llama this inconvenient truth through a vision. Now, Yahweh has been absolutely, infallibly correct about the fact of the world ending December 2012, every day for 3512 years, or about 1.2 million straight days.

Harry Llama, a bit perturbed about this revelation, gets together a whole bunch of good Christians on the 27th of July and, as the Holy Bible prescribes, they pray together to Yahweh to stop the asteroid from destroying the earth.

Now Yahweh has a bit of a dilemma. If he chooses (assuming he has this choice…) to avert the disaster and cause Armageddon to not occur at the prophesied time at the prophesied place then he would have been wrong for 3512 years. If Armageddon does not occur, Yahweh would not in fact have known that the event would occur – he would have been flat out wrong for 3512 years. This means he is not omniscient.

If Yahweh is guaranteed to be omniscient, he then can not do anything to avert the disaster as this would cause him to not be omniscient since averting the disaster forces Yahweh to be wrong, it forces him to not have known something. If Yahweh can not do something, it means he is powerless, he is not omnipotent, he has no free will.

Now, this example aside, it applies to absolutely everything an omniscient god might know. If a god is omniscient – and therefore prescient – it cannot also be omnipotent and have free will or free agency.

If a god knows for certain the outcome of a future event and then causes the outcome of that event to change, it never knew the certain outcome. If a god knows for certain an outcome and cannot change the outcome, it is not omnipotent and does not have free agency.

The god of the bible? By definition, it does not exist.

Admit it. Religion makes no sense.

Does Jesus prefer tea or coffee?

Is asking the creator of the universe his preference for a beverage ‘testing’ him? If it is, why is that? If it isn’t, would a random sample of 10,000 Christians return the same answer?

Bam! Feel the awesome! Science winning.

Arguing with Christians is like playing chess with a pigeon

It’s like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around victorious – Anonymous

That, is pretty close to the truth I think. You can’t argue with somebody who refuses to acknowledge the value of evidence, insists that their non-evidence is valid while at the same time insisting other people’s equivalent non-evidence is not, all the while acting – or forcing themselves to actually be – stupid.

A pigeon. You and your theistic argument reminds me of one.

Jesus fucking Christ, there are some things wrong with you people. In your heads. There are things wrong.

Watch this:

About this:

and this:

Really? It’s come to THIS? You people ARE as socially fucking inept and incompetent as you made yourselves out to be with the ‘policy’ drama. And I say ‘you’, because fucked if I’m ever going to include myself in anything this miserably stupid.

The flaming idiocy is too much for me.

Not getting any time to post! Last weekend I was down in another town (Hamilton…) helping my in-laws buy a business. This week is all out crazy and this weekend I’m down in Wellington visiting my brother-in-law.

So many things going on. So many things to do. So little time.

Be totally awesome or don’t be at all.

… and let’s face it, it says it is right there in the Bible (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 6:15) and it is also unchanging (Psalm 102:27, Hebrews 1:12, Hebrews 13:8) then… what was it jealous of before it created the universe? Jealous in anticipation of things to come!? Seems to me there’s a couple of psychological issues that need to be worked out there. Putting a fundamentally insecure super-being with unlimited power in charge of any universe seems like a really bad idea to me.

Admit it. Your religion makes no sense.

*BLAM* Feel the awesome! Richard FEYNMAN!

It’s a bit from Feynman’s quantum electrodynamics lectures at the Auckland University.

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