To quote Carl Sagan: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
So what do you do when you’re up against someone who won’t provide a shred of evidence to support their position and who won’t listen to your reasoning either? You might not be able to show them how ridiculous they are, but you can definitely show the rest of the world. They have their free speech rights and you have yours. So make good use of them. And have fun!
There’s a lot of discussion raging right now about the faster-than-light neutrinos that supposedly have been observed at the CERN laboratories. Will this discovery disprove parts of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and radically change the way we view the universe? Or is this just another case of experimental error?
Whatever the outcome, the one thing that is completely clear from the caution of the CERN scientists about their findings is the vast difference between the ways Science and Religion try to make sense of the universe. Here it is in summary:
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“Here’s this ancient Holy Book that contains the divinely-inspired words of God, the Creator of the Universe himself.
It tells you how you must live and how you must behave, what you can do and what you cannot do. If you think some parts of the book contradict other parts, remember that your human mind is too small to understand God’s mysterious ways.
Should you not obey our interpretation of this Book, you will suffer excruciating pain and torment for all eternity, after you die.
All this is absolutely true. How do we know? It’s written right there in the Book. DUH!”
“We’ve apparently detected neutrino particles traveling faster than the speed of light, which means we are going to have to re-think a lot of things we thought we knew about the universe and how it works.
This is extremely exciting, but, even though we have actually observed this phenomenon tens of thousands of times, there is still the possibility that there was something wrong with our experiment.
So, to be as sure as we possibly can, we want other scientists to conduct their own experiments to independently reproduce and verify these results before we can accept them.”
Faith vs. evidence. Who you got?
Hey look… is that Jesus? NOPE! Just Chuck Testa of the Ojai Valley Taxidermy, California! Damn good job he’s done on this one, aye?
On the off chance that you haven’t seen the Chuck Testa meme yet and are not sure what that is all about, go ahead and watch the original Chuck Testa taxidermy commercial below. Note: Chuck Testa does not taxidermize pets, but if you have any dead messiahs you want to preserve in the most lifelike way possible, just send them his way.
I saw this picture of a guy wearing a t-shirt that said “There’s a picture of the prophet Muhammad on the back of my t-shirt.” on the front, and on the back, “Just kidding. Praise Allah!”
So I thought, what if…
So… you get into a discussion with some Christians, assert that the Bible is full of contradictions and get asked for evidence. What do you do?
Try 10 minutes of Bible contradictions conveyed as cute animated quiz show. No guarantees you’ll be more persuasive, but this excellent vid just might sweeten the pill a teeny weeny bit. Enjoy!
So who are you? Where did you come from? Do you feel privileged to be alive?
Many people who don’t understand atheists think we are a sad and desperate bunch, devoid of any hope. The reality is, in many cases, quite the contrary. We realize what an incredible place the universe is and just how lucky we are to be a part of it. We can get our fix of wonder and awe without any of the fairytales.
Give this quote some thought today. It has to be the most poetic thought to ever come out of Science!
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. The atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. You are all stardust. All the things that matter for evolution and for life weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. The only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
I know this could very well be fake, but it perfectly illustrates how even 5-year-olds can think for themselves when it comes to gods and religion. It just highlights the damage that religious brainwashing causes to children’s minds by stubbing out their natural curiosity and predisposition for critical thought.
Quoted from FMLife.com
Thank God for zombie moves. Or rather, thank Jesus for zombie movies. Actually, thank the crackpots who wrote the Bible – they had a wonderful imagination judging by ’80s Hollywood standards.
Anyone who thinks that Atheists are by definition not spiritual beings really needs to watch this lovely video by A. Hughman. I choked up with emotion because it expresses the way I feel more eloquently than I suppose I ever could. I was also reminded of Carl Sagan when he said:
In some respects, science has far surpassed religion in delivering awe. How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed”? Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.”
Anyway, before you enjoy the video, I must express my one reservation, though: chocolate cake absolutely beats apple butter on a biscuit!