April 26, 2009

And The Winner Of Youtube's Pwnage Olympics Is...

In case you didn't know, there has been a Youtube contest going on for the last month or so where contestants were to destroy the "arguments" of creationists or just plain theists. The winner is a Canadian chick (FactVsReligion). Unfortunately for Canadians, the person she went after the most, is one of the most ridiculous Canadians ever (VenomFangX). Here is the winning video:

April 23, 2009

We, As Individual Humans, Really Are Flukes

I really hate the creationist argument that uses the idea of odds when it comes to their rejection of evolution. From the chances that life would arise from non life (which of course isn't evolution) to the chances that a series of flukes would lead to an earth dominated by man, creationists continue to show a complete misunderstanding of probability.
My simplest retort to those who use these type of arguments is the big jackpot lottery winner. Prior to winning the pot, the player had a mathematical chance of maybe 1 in 15 million, but when the numbers were drawn, his odds went up to 100%.
In other words, if we turn back the clock 4.6 billion years, or even 17 billion years, and then made odds for what life would be like on earth in the year of the fictitious lord 2009, there would be an infinite amount of possible outcomes. The odds that the world would be populated by exactly those who populate it today, with our exact ages, and with our exact lineage (I'm talking plants, all animals) would be as close to zero as it gets.
Just look at us as individual humans.

The first thing is something I can't answer because I aint no biologist, but I can guess until maybe one of my readers sets me straight. It has to do with what exactly makes me me and you you. What exactly makes a fraternal twin different than his or her sibling, for example? Is it the egg that gives us an individual consciousness or is it the sperm, or a combination. And does it depend on which sperm and what exact time that sperm makes it into the egg?
What I mean is that did my parents have to mate at the exact time they did in order to create me? Was there any leeway? Did it have to be that certain sperm at that certain time? Would I be here if another sperm made it to the egg first or if my parents did it 15 seconds sooner or 15 seconds later than they did it? Are chemical reactions in the womb the only difference between me and my siblings? I highly doubt it.

Ok, this is what I'm getting at. I'm going to assume that I wouldn't be here if my parents didn't do it exactly when they did give or take an hour each way. Now lets go back only 300 years. What are the odds that all my ancestors would have met and mated exactly the times they did? From here, it is 100%. But 300 years ago, with wars and disease, and since I'm of Jewish ancestry (and even though I'm 3rd or 4th generation Canadian my ancestors came from all over the place) and we know what Jews had to go through up until very recently, what would be the odds that I would be sitting here writing this blog piece today? What are the chances I would even have the wife I have? It is as close to zero as can be.

We are real flukes whether we like it or not. And we should consider ourselves lucky that we exist, at least for now. Make the most of your win fall.

April 15, 2009

Crackpot Youtube Creationist Kills Himself And Another

Most Youtube atheists are probably familiar with Tony48219 whose real name is Anthony Powell. He used to rant and rave against atheists and evolution from his now deleted Youtube account.
Well, he always seemed crazy, and it turns out he wasn't acting. He did the unthinkable on Friday, and murdered a fellow acting shop student (Asia McGowan, a 20 year old talented and beautiful girl who Tony most likely had a failed crush on).

H/T The Atheist Blogger

The guy was clearly angry in his videos, and delusional. For example, VenomFangX is probably the easiest creationist to refute on Youtube and yet Tony denies that atheists disproved anything he spewed, which is total nonsense). VenonFangX, for those who don't know, disables ratings on his videos, and doesn't allow comments that easily refute his bull crap either.

No one is blaming his form of Christianity for the murder, or the fact that he liked VenomFangX or the fact that he denied evolution. No that isn't it. The guy was a whacko. But his craziness is probably why he liked VenomFangX and why he denied evolution so readily.

As far as I can tell, this murder suicide had nothing to do with his hatred of atheists, but rather his own psychological problems, nothing more and nothing less.

BTW, here is The Amazing Atheist refuting VenomFangX on evolution and the Big Bang, etc. Ok, I know The Amazing Atheist does appear like a Tony type at the beginning of his video, but when he gets down to the nitty gritty, he pretty much rationally destroys everything VenomFangX says.

April 12, 2009

Happy Easter and Merry Passover

I still have laryngitis. Two years now. Nothing else seriously wrong with me, except I'm 5'11" and I weigh 212, which is OK for a football player, but I'm not a football player. And most of the extra 25 pounds I can afford to lose is located where it looks like I swallowed a bowling ball. I just wanted to let everyone in on a secret:

April 10, 2009

How Can Any Thinking Person Reject Evolution?

I'm lazy today, so I'm just going to link a couple of videos. The first one is fascinating. I can just see Answers In Genesis scam artists looking at it, while veins start popping in their heads. Of course, all the while, they will scramble for angles (ie. lies and utter bullshit) to try to refute the obvious:

H/T Atheist Media Blog

And since Edward Current made a video on the subject of evolution, I have to display it here on my blog:

Even Current, who is a complete satirist, couldn't mock evolution 100% while mocking being a Christian 100%. It is amazing how so many people, especially in the USA reject evolution. It is tragic actually.

April 4, 2009

Can An Atheist Not Accept Evolution?

Short Answer: YES.

Long answer: Not really.

Though there are quite a few different definitions of atheist out there, I like to keep it simple. An atheist is someone who answers NO to the question "do you believe in God?"

Most atheists I know take the question more seriously though. I go further when explaining my atheism. I see no evidence that God exists, just like I see no evidence for Leprechauns, the Tooth Fairy, or an invisible monster under my bed who does absolutely nothing. But the way I qualify my atheism isn't a requirement to be an atheist.

When it comes to evolution, many idiot theists (not to be confused with non idiot theists) think that evolution means not believing in God. Totally untrue. Almost all atheist accept evolution, but many people who accept evolution also believe in God. Evolution does mean that the New Testament cannot be literal, but most wilfully ignorant morons just won't have it that way.

But getting back to evolution and so called atheists I've run across on the internet who say they are agnostic towards evolution, in today's day and age, I have to discount these individuals as strictly emotional atheists (who haven't thought things out).

Back prior to the scientific discoveries of the 1700's and onwards, there were atheists. How they explained how life on earth changed, or even got here, must have been a doozy of a question for them. I think some of the early Greek atheists had some sort of atom theory, where atoms joined up creating life (without the evolution part). God was not needed and atoms just formed together to create man and other life forms as we see them today. Do some atheists consider this possibility today? I don't know. But if they do consider this, I guess they don't have to accept evolution 100%.

Another possibility I've heard is alien life forms either seeding the planet, or coming here and colonizing a long long time ago. Even if you buy into that theory, it still means that aliens had to evolve to get to the point of coming to earth.

Today, knowing what we know about biology and the age of the earth, it is ridiculous for an atheist to not accept evolution, yet there are still some who do....at least they claim to be atheists.