Christians regularly tell me I’m headed for hell for being a freethinker. But when I try to imagine this fiery underworld, my mind falls short, and all I see is spending an eternity with them –an army of pious brain-dead conservative robots, dressed in matching polyester outfits, oafishly shuffling about under twinkling chandeliers and gaudy lighting, to the most insidious, elevator music ever conceived. It’s an intellectually barren world where the only shape is a square. I’m afraid even considering its existence. Now, peer into my hell, if you dare.
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A clip from “Richard Dawkins: Break The Science Barrier”
Americans need a mega-dose of rational thought. Why? Here are several reasons. The fact that psychic Sylvia Brown is allowed on TV. Oprah Winfrey recently did a show on “The Secret” and the “Rule of Attraction”, the incredulous belief system that wishing for a good thing makes its happen. I wish I lived on Bora Bora Island. Larry King recently did a show on UFO’s. The panel consisted of several UFO “experts” and one skeptic, Michael Shermer. A scary poll from Florida indicates that 50% of Floridians want only Biblical Creationism or Intelligent Design taught in schools. Americans are sinking in post-modernistic belief and religious credulity. Basically, we are a society of anti-intellectual saps. And that’s dangerous, being that we are the superpower of the world.
We all need a shower in rational thought. So, watch Richard Dawkins’ video. After growing up on the mind numbing American media, it’s like sliding into a warm bath. Ahhhhhh! That’s much better.
Check out the rest of “Break the Science Barrier” on YouTube or watch it in three parts at Google Video.
Rational People Unite!
By the power invested in me by the natural world, I now pronounce you man and ape. You may kiss the bride. Smootchie! Smootchie! Enjoy the honeymoon.
(According to a recent study chimps are better than humans at short term memory recall.)
Of course, the evolutionary link between human and ape is a major thorn in the ass of creationists. Some are known to actually proclaim, “I ain’t descended from no monkey”. Darwinians reflexively respond with the DNA evidence, which indicates a 98.89% genetic similarity between humans and chimps. Creationists scoff. But I think part of the problem is a lack of perspective on the part of creationists. In chapter 6 of his book, “The Descent of Man”, Charles Darwin wrote about the classification of humans as special. He said:
“If man had not been his own classifier, he would never have thought of founding a separate order for his own reception”
Would space aliens find humans so morphologically and behaviorally distinct from apes? The anatomists of the 19th century, long before the availability of genetic analysis, saw a staggering number of similarities between the greater apes and man. Anatomist T.H. Huxley wrote extensively on the “resemblances and differences in the structure and the development of the brain in man and apes”. He noted:
“[T]hat the difference between the brain of the chimpanzee and of man is almost insignificant, when compared with that between the chimpanzee brain and that of the Lemur [the lower apes].”
The sheer weight of all the evidence, not just one portion of it, drew most 19th century investigators to conclude that man and apes share a common ancestor. But the creationist modus operandi is to isolate and mangle specific data, and to ignore the big picture. However, by posing a ‘what if’ argument we can see that the objections proffered by creationists are emotionally based and ego driven. For instance, would creationists hate evolution as much IF it showed that apes descended from humans instead of the other way round? Under such a scenario the relationship of humans to apes doesn’t sound as objectionable. Human dignity is preserved. Humans remain at the top of creation. Unfortunately, for creationists it ain’t true.
Also, how can the human species be defined objectively? Darwin noted that a distinct classification point would be difficult to establish:
“In a series of forms graduating insensibly from some-ape like creature to man as he now exists, it would be impossible to fix on any definite point when the term ‘man’ ought to be used”
We can see that only by narrowly construing the evidence and ignoring valuable biological comparisons can the creationist perspective survive.
Check out this self-promoting creationism pimp from Turkey: Harun Yahya. The picture at the bottom of his webpage makes him look like Turkey’s version of Don Johnson. The Miami Vice, pastel-colored, sports jacket craze went out in the late 80’s, at least in the US.
Harun, an author, who’s real name is Adnan Oktar, is refered to as a “prominent Turkish intellectual”. The Jerry Falwell of the Muslim world perhaps? From his over use of the words “Darwinist” and “Evolutionist”, we would have said prominent anti-intellectual ass-hole, who takes himself way too seriously.
Google the name, Harun Yahya, and you’ll find that he’s spread all over the web like a rash. From anti-evolution to holocaust-revisionism, as an ultra-conservative Muslim, he’s got his bases covered. You’ll find his creationist videos on YouTube under the title “The Collapse of Darwinism”. They’re good for a few laughs.
An article from the Reuters UK website explains some of Harun Yahya’s activities.
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