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Governor Perry, Stop It…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 2009/10/08 by darkshrouds

Governor Perry has co-sponsored a bill to allow religion to be brought up in schools. Now, I have no problem, however I do find this odd.

The bill is designed to allow students to discuss religion with classmates as they would any secular issue in school. However, the portion right after that statement is problematic.

“”Students are discouraged from any conversations about religion,” said Poirier, who also is a co-sponsor of the bill. “Perhaps in science class, when evolution is discussed, a student would be able to bring up creationism.””

Creationism is NOT science. It has no right to be in a science class and to continue to allow so is detrimental to the students minds. You can discuss religion already in schools, you just can’t say Jesus, or Mohammad, or any religion is the right one. This isn’t needed.

Finally, if you haven’t read it, the new Dawkins book is wonderful. I love my new book. Perhaps we should give Ms. Poirier one. Perhaps she would then see that creationism is not a viable realm to be discussed in science class.

You can review the article here

One can hope,

Issac Mills

When Bio-Nerds Get A Book…

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , on 2009/09/12 by darkshrouds

I got my new book in on Wednesday, September 9th and have been reading every now and then, as I have time between classes. So far, I am in love again with The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. I’m also the envy of a good portion of my biology teachers because, well, it doesn’t come out here in America till the 22nd of September I believe. I had it shipped for the UK for a good good reason, cause I’m a bio-nerd.

Here’s a picture of it below. Right now, it is my precious and it has been added to my large collection now.

From SSACON2009

Isaac Mills

P.S. Sorry for the late update and lack of them. I will be posting the posts I already have ready over the next day or so.

Religion is Useless

Posted in Personal, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2009/08/06 by darkshrouds

I’ve been hearing the argument after I have dismantled the arguments made from the creationists that seem to propagate the streets here that one can not judge a belief system by its assumptions or its works. Now, I have taken apart creationism in the realms of their own book, cosmology, evolution, abiogenesis, and generally any topic brought up. Once they are beat back they resort to this argument.

I am posting now to dismantle it completely; however I’m going to touch base on the general of the previous topics. Now, I’ve covered abiogenesis already, I’m not doing so again. It takes too long to retype and cut and paste the basics. I assume that one can read and that they can make use of such faculties. Evolution has DNA, fossil and considerable multitudes of evidence. To state that it did not happen or that the facts show a creator is to be either naïve or just a plain ignoramus. The fossil tree of life matches the DNA tree of life without alteration and without interpolation. Fused chromosomes and genetic anomalies can be predicted as we predicted that we as humans have a fused chromosome in comparison with apes.

Onto cosmology, which does not state that the universe began at the Big Bang, but that we can observe the universe to this condensed point at which a rapid expansion happened. The universe could have existed before the singularity, however, we are unable to determine what was prior to 10^-37 seconds prior because we enter a stage where no data can be obtained.

Once disarmed of these “scientific” debates, the point is raised of Stalin and those evil dictators that killed for atheism. It is a failure of understanding as they did not kill for atheism, but for power and control. These dictators were Statists in the sense that the State was to be worshiped and revered. When you return this with the Inquisition, the Crusades, the militant attacks of other religions, the people who believe that when they kill people, they will see Jesus in heaven, and the like, the atheist will be told they can’t do this.

Now why this double standard? Because religion is useless. Prayers get answered but not always the way requested, not at all or you have to squint real hard for it. Devoting time to saving souls is better than devoting time to your local soup kitchen, working on human rights, or doing something to help others. Religion gives nothing to us but division, wars, hatred, bigotry, and truly, a good portion of evil. Science has given us technology including televisions, planes, cars, vaccines, medicine, air conditioning, refrigeration, irrigation, space flight, cameras, improved food, computers, radio, construction, electricity, and so much more. Over 1000 years and religion has given nothing to society except a ritual that people can participate in and science has given us longer lives and better ones at that.

Religion is useless. It gives nothing of merit. If it makes you feel better that an invisible man is watching over you and helping you every day, go right ahead and believe so. Just expect that I’m going to laugh when you try to tell me that it is true and that I just have to seek him truly with my heart and soul. Telling yourself the great adult fairy tale may be nice, but doesn’t make it any more true. If delusion makes you feel better, that is your choice; however, kindly keep those delusions to yourself.

I’m tired of this argument as not only does it hold up to scrutiny, it also has no merit. Because if your religion is shown to be false, then why follow it at all. All religions fail essentially on a majority of scientifically proven theories and data. Therefore, why follow any religion. Put those fairy tale stories from the bronze and iron ages on the shelves where they belong and think for yourselves. And theists, stop asking why an atheist laughs when you make these statements.

Isaac Mills

The General Public, Once Again Depressing

Posted in Religion, Science/Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2009/07/16 by darkshrouds

An article today in the Monterey Herald entitle Scientists Held High, But Less Than Before shows how much the general public doesn’t know.

While showing a very strong respect for science, the poll numbers don’t add up. Take for example some of the portions below.

For example, 63 percent of respondents who believe in creationism and 64 percent of those contending there is no evidence of global warming still said science does much to contribute to the well-being of society.

63% believe in creationism, with no evidence but a book. 64% state that there is no evidence for global warming. These dichotomies are depressing. No one has claimed creationism in scientific discussions since Louis Pasteur in 1859. The fact that the general populace is willing to not learn from the evidence provided by science is exceptionally disappointing. Abiogenesis and Evolution are simple to understand if you take the time.

Science illiteracy is the worst thing possible for any society. If causes people to disregard science, yet hold its findings to be wonderful when it does not challenge their assumptions. Science brings us medicine, the comforts of modern society, and all the things that we enjoy today that deals with technology. To accept modern medicine but state the evolution is incorrect is a complete fallacy. This does not work.

Once again, I find it depressing and dismally dreadful that a country that has so much science and potential would allow itself to be dragged down by, what is mostly, religious bigotry.