Archive for the ‘Religion’ category

Expelled: can anyone spell hypocrisy?

March 21, 2008

thumbnailcafcpvqo.jpgJust a quick post for one of the funniest things I’ve seen for ages.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a creationist movie, written by Ben Stein. The official site makes for rather bizarre reading, with ‘No Intelligence Allowed’ plastered all over the site, apparently with no ironic intent. The movie is apparently about those brave put-upon martyrs who are frozen out by teh ebil evolutionist science overlords for expressing their creationist views.

Anyway, the great PZ Myers, creator of the Pharyngula blog and evolutionary biologist was to go to this movie since he appears in it, along with Richard Dawkins (their cooperation was gained under false pretenses, but that’s another story). He is also a well known atheist. Perhaps too well known, since PZ Myers was expelled from the theatre by security prior to to screening. I would have been incredulous and indignant, but PZ took his banishment with good grace. Probably because his guest for the screening and his family, who were all allowed in to the screening, was none other than Richard Dawkins himself!

Read all about it here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/expelled.php

ETA, a conversation between PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins about the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c39jYgsvUOY

Quote for the day – with a LOLcat response

February 22, 2008

From fstdt.com

“Ockhams Razor provides God as the simplest and thus the best explanation for the state of humanity.”
Revinius, bibleforums.net

Quote for the week

October 31, 2007

images-1.jpgAgain from FSTDT (it’s like a supermarket of stupid), but this time I recommend you going to the original source:FixedEarth.com. Several commenters at fstdt have called Poe on this (See here for Poe’s Law if you haven’t spent any time at all on creationism/evolution sites and/or had your head buried in the interweb sand.). I’m not so sure though. It seems like a lot of effort to go to, and once he/she descends into rants about Kabbalistic vs. Biblical Universes, let alone Satan’s Empire of Babylon….

“From Copernicanism Through Big Bangism
Modern Cosmology’s Model Of The Universe
Is Built Solely On ASSUMPTIONS
1) It must be assumed that the Sun is stationary in the “solar” system relevant to the Earth (and to the Moon) and that it has never traveled East to West daily across the sky as observed by everyone on Earth throughout all history.
2) Likewise, it must be assumed that the Earth rotates West to East ccw (counterclockwise) on an “axis” every 24 hours at an equatorial speed of c. 1040 MPH in spite of there being nothing but mathematical evidence for this motion whatsoever.
3) It must be assumed that the Earth is also orbiting the Sun annually (ccw) at an average speed of c. 67,000 MPH.
4) It must be assumed that the Earth’s axial alleged tilt of 23.5 degrees–in combination with its assumed annual orbit around the sun–is the only available scientific explanation for the seasons.
5) The Earth’s atmosphere must be assumed to be just an airy, fixed extension of the alleged rotating Earth. It is assumed and must be assumed that this atmosphere must have the remarkable ability to synchronize speeds of objects in it at all altitudes–birds, clouds, jets, low orbit satellites, alleged geo-synchronous satellites over 22,000 miles out–and to be unaffected by alleged Earth movements of speeds ranging from 1000 MPH to 67,000 MPH to 500,000 MPH to 660,000,000 MPH. This assumption is mandatory once the rotating Earth assumption is made and can not be ignored in the helio model of the eclipse phenomena.
6) A particularly fantastic assumption necessary to accommodating the precise Solar Eclipse Phenomena in the Helio Model involves the bold reversal of the Moon’s observed direction of travel. Acceptance of this occult slight of hand from the Arcane Math Department of Mystic U. has no basis in reality, of course. Rather, it must be coupled with prior acceptance of the other assumptions of a rotating Earth orbiting a stationary Sun. No moon reversal means no accurate eclipse forecasts and no accurate eclipse forecasts means no heliocentricity model.
7) It must be assumed that the Stars do not move around the Earth diurnally as observed by everyone who has ever lived.”

Marshall Hall, FixedEarth.com 2007-Oct-30

Quote for the week

October 1, 2007

images-3.jpegI know it hasn’t quite been a week yet, but I wanted to post this classic before I forgot. It’s another one from Fundies Say the Darndest Things, because surprisingly often, they say the darndest things about SCIENCE.

FSTDT! Post of the Year for 2005

“One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn’t possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it. [emphasis added]”

awesomestnerd, SmashBoards 2005-Nov-07