This is a Godless place.

atheism for the win.

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This idea that we somehow have to be “fair” about everything is how we wind up having Bill Nye getting into public discussions about climate change, a spectacle my colleague Daniel D’Addario recently noted mistakenly gives the whole fiasco attention and credibility “as an entertaining, wacky debate between two personalities.” It’s how we wind up continuing on in a nation in which three out of ten people take the Bible literally, and an alarming nearly 40% believe in intelligent design. Roughly 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth Should we have a debate about it? Should we hear out the “sun revolves around the earth” faction?

In our zeal for balance, we have allowed ignorance to be perpetuated. We send our kids to schools where the “Christian Perspective” is given weight as historical fact. We talk about the “debate” over climate change as if it’s a “debate” and not a scientifically supported serious warning. We let other people’s ignorant arrogance run roughshod over our own misguided attempts at open-mindedness.

“Cosmos” isn’t trying to pick a fight. It’s a love letter to the triumph of investigation over superstition. It’s not perpetuating an agenda, other than maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson’s perfectly sane advice that you “don’t try to use the Bible as a textbook.” Or as Carl Sagan once said, “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

Stop giving equal time to pseudo-science! - Salon.com (via dendroica)

(via humanoidhistory)

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A Misconception About Debate

academicatheism:

This may seem late, but it isn’t. Recently, Bill Nye debated Ken Ham. A number of people opposed Nye’s decision to participate. Among the reasons, one of them was the stand out: it makes it seem as if creationism is on equal footing with evolution. This is a misconception that needs to be…

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confrontingbabble-on:

True bible believers are few and far between…while religious hypocrites abound…who pontificate that the bible are their god’s words…and then don’t even bother to read them…let alone follow them…!

1. The top graphic shows that true bible fundamentalists…Americans who read the bible at least 4 times a week…have fallen to a measly 19% of the population…and are matched precisely, by skeptics who hold the most negative or non-sacred view of the bible…

2. The lower graphic reveals the amazing reality…that whereas 56% of Americans disingenuously and hypocritically give lip-service to the claim that the bible contains the actual words of their god…a pathetic 37% of Americans bother to read these “divine” words, even once a week…let alone follow them…!

From http://www.christianpost.com/news/state-of-the-bible-survey-bible-skeptics-on-the-rise-117696/

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confrontingbabble-on:

Whereas conflicting beliefs (an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof) and even worse…faith (strong belief in the doctrines and dogma of a religion, based on blind allegiance rather than proof) leads to worldwide chaos…exchanging sectarian alliance for secular morality/humanism…leads to the establishment of mutually applying equal rights…and thereby, peaceful coexistence…

confrontingbabble-on:

Whereas conflicting beliefs (an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof) and even worse…faith (strong belief in the doctrines and dogma of a religion, based on blind allegiance rather than proof) leads to worldwide chaos…exchanging sectarian alliance for secular morality/humanism…leads to the establishment of mutually applying equal rights…and thereby, peaceful coexistence…

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Creation-Science is Not Science

academicatheism:

In December 1981 I appeared as an expert witness for the plaintiffs and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in their successful challenge of Arkansas Act 590, which demanded that teachers give “balanced treatment” to “creation-science” and evolutionary ideas.[1] My presence occasioned some surprise, for I am an historian and philosopher of science In this essay, I do not intend to apologize for either my existence or my calling, nor do I intend to relive past victories [2]; rather, I want to explain why a philosopher and historian of science finds the teaching of “creation-science” in science classrooms offensive.

Obviously, the crux of the issue—the center of the plaintiffs’ case—is the status of creation-science. Its advocates claim that it is genuine science and may, therefore, be legitimately and properly taught in the public schools. Its detractors claim that it is not genuine science but a form of religion—dogmatic Biblical literalism by another name. Which is it, and who is to decide?

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Until Science Created Vaccinations...for millenia...god had been enjoying his game...of causing unholy mayhem...!

confrontingbabble-on:

watch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhk7-5eBCrs#t=65

"Vaccination has greatly reduced the burden of infectious diseases. Only clean water, also considered to be a basic human right, performs better.1 Paradoxically, a vociferous antivaccine lobby thrives today in spite of the undeniable success of vaccination programmes against formerly fearsome diseases that are now rare in developed countries…Diseases can be eliminated locally without global eradication of the causative microorganism.

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/

Rates of the cancer-causing virus have been reduced by half thanks to a vigorous vaccination campaign… http://discovermagazine.com/2014/jan-feb/35-hpv-vaccine-reduces-rate-of-cancer-causing-virus