Archive for November, 2013


The little gods of limited people.

Have a good look at the map below. There are two shapes on that map: a circle and an irregular area around the circle. Look at it. Compare it to the rest of the map. Think about the scale of that little circle. I’ve driven the distance equal to the diameter of that circle in less than a day.

The massive expanse covered by middle-eastern religions.

The massive expanse covered by middle-eastern religions.

That little circle encloses every action the god of the Christians, Jews and Muslims ever performed on earth. Every prophet he chose came from inside that circle. Every personal appearance, inside that circle. Every burning bush, stone tablet, wrestling match, unexpected darkness and alleged zombie horde – right inside that little circle.

The irregular shape around the circle? Inside it is every place mentioned in the Bible. Most of the mentioning occurring after the god-man Jesus allegedly – ‘bodily’ – flew into heaven.

Think about that for a bit. That little circle is the totality of the history of three major religions followed by billions of people today. Inside that little circle when the almighty creator of the universe visited? Mostly desert. Mostly populated by illiterate goat herders. Possibly the best place in the world to magically appear so that – conveniently – no reliable, believable evidence could survive, even if there was any.

The creator of the universe, after trillions and trillions of years of existence, after handily creating the entire universe and everything in it in 6 days, picks that little circle as the stage for literally everything he is ever going to do on this earth. Omnipotent, omnipresent god doesn’t show himself to everybody on the planet at once – well within the power of the almighty creator of the universe, surely. He doesn’t choose to reveal himself to the Chinese who were literate and could reliably record his appearance. He doesn’t reveal himself to the aborigines in Australia, the Inca’s in South America, the  Inuit in North America, the many tribes of Europe. No, he picks only one small blot of the map of earth and reveals himself to bronze age goat herders. He does everything he’s ever going to do in that little blot and then leaves, never to be seen again.

Sound legit? Can any thinking person honestly make a case for this? It’s so hideously obvious that it’s bullshit… words fail me.

This quote comes to mind, recently and more often than it should:

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about th’universe!

Often attributed to Albert Einstein but it probably wasn’t said by him. True though. So much stupidity. So much.

I’ve spent a significant percentage of my life, firm in the understanding that: a supposition is a guess, perhaps an educated one which one thinks might be true; an hypothesis roughly equals a proposal, idea or a guess which you don’t yet believe to be true and a theory is an established, proven principle or body of principles that explain some natural phenomenon. I’ve been under the impression that testing a hypothesis – several times – and proving it to be correct, results in a theory. Which is to say, a supposition is something without evidence that one might believe anyway, a hypothesis is an idea which isn’t believed that is to be tested and a theory is empirically tested truth; facts.

Now, I have to tell you, I seriously hope I’m not wrong about this and haven’t been wrong about this for what essentially amounts to my entire life. I have never considered those three words to mean the same thing or even similar things. They are explicitly not the same thing.

And if that is true, then will somebody please explain to me what the actual fuck is going on here:

Supposition

Google definition: Supposition

sup·po·si·tion: noun: “an uncertain belief.” | Synonyms: …theory, hypothesis…

Hypothesis

Google definition: Hypothesis

hy·poth·e·sis: noun: “a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.” | Synonyms: …theory, supposition…

Theory

Google definition: Theory

the·o·ry: noun: “a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, esp. one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.” | Synonyms: …hypothesis, supposition…

Synonym

syn·o·nym: noun: "a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close."

syn·o·nym: noun: “a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close.”

I’ve used Google’s Search with a “define” many thousands of times to get the definition of words. And now I wonder…

Surely, supposition, hypothesis and theory are not synonyms. Surely they are not “exactly” nor “nearly” the same thing. Surely they are not interchangeable? Surely?

How do you explain to your average religionut that a theory is empirically supported fact, not a guess nor a supposition nor an idea without evidence when that same religionut can go and do a Google search and prove to you that a theory, hypothesis and supposition are, in fact, synonyms. Interchangeable. Nearly or exactly the same.

It’s either a disgrace or I am sadly mistaken. I hope I’m not sadly mistaken.

Ladies and gentlemen, the incredible, Mr. Tim Minchin! Genius. Absolute, genius. That is all.

Love it.

Thought for the day: Knowledge

There is no harmful knowledge and there is no beneficial ignorance. All evil comes from ignorance and all good comes from knowledge.

Words to live by.

“Science’s only sacred truth is that there are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. Whatever is inconsistent with the facts – no matter how fond of it we are – must be discarded or revised.” — Carl Sagan

And that is all I have to say about that.

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