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We Are Our Own Masters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by Mrsbeard

I could be too much of a skeptic for my own good… Here’s a list of some of the things I don’t believe in.
– Gods, all of them
UFO’s of the alien kind
– Osama Bin Ladin being killed by US troops
– Ghosts
– Astrology
– Dowsing
– Levitation
– Séances
– Telepathy
– Clairvoyance
– Reincarnation
– Magic
– Santa
– Homeopathy
– Reiki
– Fung Shui
– Crystal Healing
– Rebirthing Breathe Work
– Curses
– Lunar Effect
– Nibiru cataclysm
– Channeling
– Crop Circles
Tutankhamun‘s curse
– Body earthing
– Faith healing
Therapeutic touch
Urine Therapy
Dianetics
– Miracles
– Weeping statues and paintings
– Angels
– Demons
Satan
– Poltergeists
– Souls
– Cryptids
– Haunted houses
– Premonitions
– Satanic/demonic possession
– Spirits
– Aliens in the popular form
– Voodoo dolls
– Prayers, chants, spells, blessings
– Manipulation of the elements
– Love in a metaphysical sense
Heaven
Hell
Purgatory

The Sleep Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by Mrsbeard

I’m quite stressed and tired but I can’t put this book down! Here are some more of my favorite quotes from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins!

The Argument from Degree. We notice that things in the world differ. There are degrees of, say, goodness or perfection. But we judge these degrees only by comparison with a maximum. Humans can be both good and bad, so the maximum goodness  {79}  cannot rest in us. Therefore there must be some other maximum to set the standard for perfection, and we call that maximum God. – Thomas Aquinas and the 5 Proofs of the Existence of God

And the witty Dawkins rebuttal:

You might as well say, people vary in smelliness but we can make the comparison only by reference to a perfect maximum of conceivable smelliness. Therefore there must exist a pre-eminently peerless stinker, and we call him God.

And I love his prose, simply humorous if nothing else! Here is a great example:

Let me translate this infantile argument into the appropriate language, which is the language of the playground:

‘Bet you I can prove God exists.’

‘Bet you can’t.’

‘Right then, imagine the most perfect perfect perfect thing possible.’

‘Okay, now what?’

‘Now, is that perfect perfect perfect thing real? Does it exist?’

‘No, it’s only in my mind.’

‘But if it was real it would be even more perfect, because a really really perfect thing would have to be better than a silly old imaginary thing. So I’ve proved that God exists. Nur Nurny Nur Nur. All atheists are fools.’

I have, however, met many of the wonderful ‘proofs’ collected at http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, a richly comic numbered list of ‘Over Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence’. Here’s a hilarious half-dozen, beginning with Proof Number 36.

36. Argument from Incomplete Devastation: A plane crashed killing 143 passengers and crew. But one child survived with only third-degree burns. Therefore God exists.
37. Argument from Possible Worlds: If things had been different, then things would be different. That would be bad. Therefore God exists.
38. Argument from Sheer Will: I do believe in God! I do believe in God! I do I do I do. I do believe in God! Therefore God exists.
39. Argument from Non-belief: The majority of the world’s population are non-believers in Christianity. This is just what Satan intended. Therefore God exists.
40. Argument from Post-Death Experience: Person X died an atheist. He now realizes his mistake. Therefore God exists.
41. Argument from Emotional Blackmail: God loves you. How could you be so heartless as not to believe in him? Therefore God exists.

The Exam Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2012 by Mrsbeard

So, I have an exam next week and I should be studying but I found “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins online for free.
Every time I go into a book shop I intend on buying it, but then I buy something else that I read once and never pick up again, even if it’s a really good book.
I’ve been doing this practice for years, well… ever since the book was released.

Anyway, in my attempt to avoid studying I’ve started reading the book that is still so highly criticized and said to be the “devil’s works”.
So far, I am enjoying it and although there has been no mention of true arguments just yet (I’m only up to chapter 2), Dawkins does point out some important issues.
Obviously, if you are interested, go ahead and read it.
Most of the “shit-talking” has obviously been from religious Dawin/Dawkins haters, that is expected when you publish a book of this nature.
Even if you are religious, I recommend that you read it; I doubt it will change your mind but it’s always worth reading how the “other side” feels and it may even get you thinking as to atheist and non-religious reasoning.

I don’t want to bombard Facebook with my ranting opinionated atheist chatter so I will post some quotes from the book that I particularly like here.

On 21 February 2006 the United States Supreme Court ruled that a church in New Mexico should be exempt from the law, which everybody else has to obey, against the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.8 Faithful members of the Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal believe that they can understand God only by drinking hoasca tea, which contains the illegal hallucinogenic drug dimethyl-tryptamine. Note that it is sufficient that they believe that the drug enhances their understanding. They do not have to produce evidence. Conversely, there is plenty of evidence that cannabis eases the nausea and discomfort of cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy. Yet the Supreme Court ruled, in 2005, that all patients who use cannabis for medicinal purposes are vulnerable to federal prosecution (even in the minority of states where such specialist use is legalized). Religion, as ever, is the trump card. Imagine members of an art appreciation society pleading in court that they ‘believe’ they need a hallucinogenic drug in order to enhance their understanding of Impressionist or Surrealist paintings. Yet, when a church claims an equivalent need, it is backed by the highest court in the land…

A widespread assumption, which nearly everybody in our society accepts — the non-religious included — is that religious faith is especially vulnerable to offence and should be protected by an abnormally thick wall of respect, in a different class from the respect that any human being should pay to any other…

The aptly named Oral Roberts once told his television audience that God would kill him unless they gave him $8 million. Almost unbelievably, it worked…

All the Founding Fathers, whatever their private religious beliefs, would have been aghast to read the journalist Robert Sherman’s report of George Bush Senior’s answer when Sherman asked him whether he recognized the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists: ‘No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God’…

Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time… – Bertrand Russell

I was on a television panel with Swinburne, and also with our Oxford colleague Professor Peter Atkins. Swinburne at one point attempted to justify the Holocaust on the grounds that it gave the Jews a wonderful opportunity to be courageous and noble. Peter Atkins splendidly growled, ‘May you rot in hell.’

Swinburne lets fall his gem: ‘There is quite a lot of evidence anyway of God’s existence, and too much might not be good for us,’

Turtle Pace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by Mrsbeard

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve really lost my passion for blogging but I hope I can regain my motivation and get back into it. I’ve heard a few people telling me to hurry up and write so I figured I should get my A into G and write something.
Hope you all had a lovely Easter.

You may or may not like my post today but hopefully you may find it amusing or may be able to relate to what I am about to discuss.

Because I think most religions are silly (the beliefs not the people) I am going to list my top favorite arguments against Atheism!

NAT’S TOP 5 ARGUMENTS AGAINST ATHEISM

1. Stalin and Hitler were Atheists!

This argument really annoys me! There is very little evidence to prove that Hitler was an atheist. He was rasied as a Roman Catholic and once stated that he would always be a Catholic. Futhermore Hitler actually refers to God creating the Arian race  and that he was doing the work of God in Mein Kampf. Although Hitler disliked Jewish people and wished for the world to be primarily Arian, the motivations behind genocide were due to his nationalism not his faith be it Christian or Atheist. While Stalin was a known Atheist his religious views were not motivation for his crimes. He did however use Atheism and Atheist propaganda to as means to construct a communist society. None the less what he did by using Atheism was wrong, no Athiest will deny that bu his religious views were not the root of Stalin’s evil. And besides, there are plenty of religious terrorists and criminals as have there been many morally sound Atheists.

2. Science does not answer everything/You can’t prove evolution

No science does not answer how the universe came to be nor what the “purpose” of “life” is. Science does not acknowledge that it knows everything, in fact, science is upfront in what is known and what is unknown. I agree with the Darwinian principle of there is not purpose to life in a metaphorical sense. Scientists from many fields are trying to solve those “gaps” in our knowledge of the universe and the current things that are “unexplainable”. Religion is all too quick to deduce that God can fill in all those gaps of knowledge or knowing. Just because scientists cannot explain it (at the moment) does not mean that God had a role in the creation of the world and all the living things. It has been proven that evolution has taken place in animals and in humans, even in dinosaurs. Genetics participate in a large role in evolution not to mention catching all those criminals who left DNA behind at a crimescene. Boring argument, go read a book. NEXT!

3. Morality doesn’t exist without God.

Shall I list all of the aid and humanitarian organisations that have no religious affiliation? Or should I list some non-believers who have changed society for the better? If I was looking for morality I would also not look to the bible where God advocates genocide, rape, incest and slavery.

4. You just need to believe or you need to have a personal experience.

I have believed in God in the past…. and then I was then shown that religion wasn’t for me, so I cannot say that I was not willing. I will not say that all people have hallucinated when having a Godly vison but I do believe that some people have had false visions; drug, illness and stress are all possible causes. “No amount of belief makes something a fact” – James Randi

5. Pascal’s Wager/Failsafe/”Better safe than sorry”

Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher who proposed that it would be better to live a faithful life and find out that there  is no God you loose nothing rather than living an Atheist life and being surprised when you are sent to Hell. He suggested that even if you didn’t really believe in God that living your life accordingly was better than finding out that you were wrong. Like they say “better be safe than sorry”. Thats fantastic but if I went to Hell I wouldn’t believe that I was actually there. Furthermore, how does going to a place called Hell give me evidence of God existing? While I may (I doubt) will have to accept my fate at the gates of Hell I would be pleased that I lived a life that I saw as truthfull and honest. I cannot deny how I feel and what I believe, why hide it?I feel that living honestly will always outweight the “shoulds” and the “ought to’s”.

Wee Wee Wee, All The Way Homeboy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Mrsbeard

Have you ever realised that as a child your whole entire existence is based on a lie.

You ask where babies come from and you are told ‘the stalk delivered you to our doorstep!’
or ‘you were born in a cabbage patch!’
You get told from birth that Santa delivers presents to every single child in the world on Christmas Eve with his flying reindeer, led by one with a bright red nose.
You also get told he has a factory in the South Pole full of elves who make all the toys for Christmas.
When you loose a tooth you get money from a Tooth Fairy in exchange of your fallen pearl-er.
Oh yeah, here is another, during Easter you are told that an Easter Bunny/Rabbit/Bilby scatters chocolate eggs in your backyard and house.

So many lies.
Kids are always so devastated when they figure it out and they feel so lied to.
I know I did.
It was just like… ‘oh… So… what ELSE is fake or not real!?’
I got over the ‘sads’ pretty quickly but I wonder if it ever still effects some people today.
I wonder if people have trust issues because they were lied about all these mythical beings and creatures.
I know that children’s minds are fragile and that they don’t have the capacity to understand our Western traditions and adult issues but it just seems a bit wrong.


Keep On Keeping On

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by Mrsbeard

I MET JACOB BANNON AT THE CONVERGE GIG!!!!
Holy shit!

What a great gig, very ‘mind-blowing’ and powerfull. Also very moving and explosive.

I got photo’s but I can’t upload them because I lost my phone cord…
I will update soon though!