AFA: Debunking Evolution June 14, 2008Posted by truthspew in AFA, religion, science.
Tags: AFA, creationism, evolution, Intelligent Design
Those fun whacky folks at the AFA are now publishing a book titled “Disprove Darwin in Five Minutes or Less”. Curiously they don’t say who wrote the book. I’ve tried to find the author but it’s near impossible since the folks at the AFA have masked that well, relying on quotes from Dr. So and So. If someone would like to send me a copy contact me. I’ll grab the ISBN number and search on that and then publish the info here.
The title Doctor is an interesting thing. Their doctoral studies may have been in subjects like theology, but you’ll never know that until you ask them. I’ve exported the email to a pdf file and linked it below.
An excerpt from the email:
A few years ago, I joined some friends for brunch after church. At the table was the husband of a friend. Let’s call him, “Tom.”
Tom is not a Christian and was not at church with us. But he showed up for the sake of being social. At first, I thought nothing of it. But when I saw his reaction to our conversation, I knew trouble was brewing.
The sermon that morning was from the book of Genesis. Our pastor has a wonderful way of telling the story of Creation. And like many folks do, we got together after church to share our thoughts about it over coffee.
We weren’t talking 5 minutes before this man’s face turned to ash. Without moving a single muscle he said, “The idea that God created the world is childish… Educated men don’t believe in myth and fantasy.”
We were all stunned. He was usually tolerant. But there he was… trying to make us feel ignorant for believing in God’s power to create this marvelous world we live in.
It’s because you ARE ignorant. The folks at the AFA and other religious institutions have done one thing above all, they’ve abdicated personal responsibility for their own lives and their own free will.
It reminds my of when my grandmother died, the priest at the church must have seen the look on my face because he wouldn’t shake my hand. I suppose the look conveyed that I knew the game.
The friends husband is my hero. I don’t suffer religious fools gladly, nor should anyone.
Here’s where those ‘scientists’ are invoked.
Darwin himself said that future scientists would find fossils of “transitional forms.” Here’s what he meant: If fish really evolved into animals, you would find fossils of creatures that were half-fish, half-animal. This would show that one species was making a transition into another.
So far, no transitional forms have ever been discovered! And of course, no transitional creature exists today. Let’s be honest: Have you ever gone to the zoo and seen a cross between a fish and an animal? Or a half-man, half-monkey?
Fossil: This is a shrimp fossil found in Lebanon. These pictures tell scientists what fish and animals looked like long ago.
All the creatures living on this planet are perfectly formed. There is no record of any animal, fish, beast or creature EVER turning into a different species.
In fact, the real fossil record shows almost no change. That means many of the creatures on this Earth have not changed since the beginning of time.
Here’s something else you won’t read in the newspaper: Hundreds of scientists and university professors are coming out against evolution. This should be front-page news. But you’ll never hear about it in the media.
Check out what some of them are saying about these missing fossils:
• Professor Steven J. Gould, Harvard University: “The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.”
Translation: Dr. Gould is a little too kind. The number of transitional forms is ZERO.
• Dr. Colin Patterson, British Museum of Natural History: “I will lay it on the line – there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”
Translation: There’s simply no hard evidence for evolution.
• Dr. Gareth J. Nelson, American Museum of Natural History: “It is a mistake to believe that even one fossil species… can be demonstrated to have been ancestral to another.”
Translation: Darwin’s theory doesn’t have a leg to stand on…
First of all, Gould has been dead since 2002. Convenient that they use a dead guy to prove their point.
And then of course the AFA is guity of twisting words in the case of Dr. Colin Patterson. They didn’t just twist them, they’re guilty of the sin of omission.
Then there’s Gareth J. Nelson. Here’s an interesting little logical debate that he had with someone from the Skeptical Christian.
The whole skeptical thing is an oxymoron. If you were skeptical you wouldn’t be a Christian. It’s just that simple. Instead the author on the site is using a perversion of skepticism aimed at the outside world from within Christianity.
What the AFA is doing is seizing upon small gaps in the evolutionary record. There is enough evidence out there right now that indicates that evolution is a fact.
Look at the progress in finding hominid fossils. We go back about a few million years with fossils like Lucy who have features common to pan and homo. Then we come further forward to Homo Heidelbergensis, and finally Homo Sapiens. I’ve left out a whole bunch of intermediate forms of homo like Neanderthals, Homo Erectus, Australopithecus Afarensis, etc. The record is there and as time goes on we’re filling in more and more of the blanks, seeing the face flattening and the brain cases expanding from 400cc up to 1450cc.
Then of course there’s the recent news of E. Coli that mutated in order to metabolize citrate instead of glucose. And the beautiful part is the scientist in question, Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI has 40,000 generations of E. Coli that were spawned from one single E. Coli cell.
So it was easy to trace when the mutation that allowed citrate metabolism occurred. That’s evolution.
What the fundies don’t understand is that evolution is a branching process, not a linear one. As an example, humans, chimps and bonobos share a common ancestor but we all diverged from it. All three also share a common ancestor with the apes. I suspect the fundies have brain buckets that are a couple hundred cc’s short.
A nice comparison April 29, 2008Posted by truthspew in Intelligent Design, religion, science.
Tags: creationism, Intelligent Desgin, science
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This is a nice little summation.
Yes boys and girls, science is about taking the facts and drawing a conclusion based upon those facts. That’s the basic way of putting it, in essence science aims to make the universe predictable. I know that sounds weird but it’s true. Look at all the theories in physics for example, and they describe the interactions of space-time, matter and energy. Plug the right numbers into the formulas and you’ll get the orbits of planets, the distance to another planet, or even be able to peer into atoms.
Creationism, aka Intelligent Design simply starts with the premise that a god/sky fairy/flying spaghetti monster created something. Then they try to arrange the facts to support the conclusion they’ve already reached, a foregone conclusion you might say. For example, check out the Answers in Genesis tour of the Creation Museum to see fixing the facts around a pre-determined conclusion.
I can’t wait for the Christofascisti to start commenting on this post. I will admit though that I’ve reached common ground with one of the Christians who comments on my blog on occasion. It’s amazing how it can come to that. But I think the fact that I hold a science degree, even though it’s information science, means I fall solidly in the science camp.
Then again I’ve let a few obvious tinhat/asshat/asswipe comments through and commented on them, torn them apart etc for the entertainment of my readers.
It’s TMI Time again September 18, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
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1. What is one thing a your significant other could do to you to rock your world?
That’s one I have to think long and hard about since he pretty much does rock my world. There’s no single thing, but when he kisses me he kisses me. That’s damned good stuff.
2. Which super power (ability to turn invisible, ability to read people’s thoughts, or invulnerability) would you take and why?
I’d take one not listed there, immortality. Then I could piss on the graves of my enemies.
3. Would you rather be tied up or tie someone else up? Why?
Oh tie me up. I love that feeling of not being in control.
4. What is your best physical and non physical asset?
My eyes. I got the Mediterranean hazel eyes that in bright light look green. As for non-physical, it’d have to be my personality.
5. If they were naming new Dwarves beyond the seven what would your name be and why?
Silly Dwarf. It doesn’t really come out in my blog but I’m the master of the one line zingers. I was going to go with Horny Dwarf but felt that might be a bit more challenging to explain.
Bonus: What’s the most embarrassing thing you ever bought?
As a teenager it had to be the porn.
TMI Tuesday #100 September 10, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
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1. Where was the first place you ever had sex?
Now that one is easy and I seem to think I’ve answered this one already. The basement of my parents house was fully finished and it was my lair so that was the first place at the tender age of 13.
2. Does size matter? (open to interpretation boys and girls)
Well, I’m not a fan of tinymeat. So yes I’d say it matters.
3. Have you ever had sex in your office or your place of employment?
Roger that. And there’s probably still a jizz stain on the floor of the computer room.
4. Ever been skinny dipping?
Yes I have, in the ocean no less.
5. Top or bottom?
Top with occasional forays into bottom territory.
Bonus: Where were you September 11, 2001? What were you doing when you first heard about the twin towers?
I was working at the state AG’s office as the IT Director. I noticed our network bandwidth had gone off the charts, and then ran upstairs to tell the Admin Director about it when I noticed the jet slamming into the first tower on the TV set in her office.
For most of that morning we were all clustered in the offices with TV’s.
A little racier TMI September 4, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
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1. What did you eat for dinner yesterday?
Chinese food, a poo-poo platter to be precise.
2. How much cash is in your purse/wallet right now?
About $2. I rarely carry cash.
3. What have you done to avoid being flirted with by someone you didn’t like?
I’m pretty direct about these things. I will tell them that I’m not in the least bit interested and that usually works. If it doesn’t it means you have a stalker. Those are harder to get rid of.
4. Do you believe the theory “Once a cheater always a cheater”?
People change. You can be the biggest cheater around and one day wake up and realize what is really important and that’ll be the end of cheating.
5. Describe your sex life in two words.
Damn good! Fucking great! (oops, that’s four words and if you add this fifteen words.)
Bonus (as in optional): Would you/have you ever paid money for sex?
I never have. I guess when I get old and decrepit I might have to part with a little cash for the deed.
TMI Tuesday Again August 28, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
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1. What is the best relationship advice you’ve ever received?
To be the romantic that I am. Sometimes I lose sight of that.
2. How many people have you dated at once? At once?
I had about three friends with benefits relationships going on at once. All knew about the others so it was cool.
3. What made your worst kiss so bad? Someone who doesn’t know how to use their tongue. Sheesh!
4. Can a relationship last if the sex is bad? The sex is still awesome and toe curling after nearly fifteen years. But I think our relationship would continue if the sex were to go bad.
5. What one thing would you like your partner to do every time you have sex with them? Kiss me. Which happens 95% of the time anyway. I don’t like being treated like a slab of meat ya know.
Bonus (as in optional): What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex? That would be my problem, I tend to attract females because people mistake my friendliness for flirtiness. This doesn’t necessarily work on the male of the species though which is all the more tragic.
Another TMI Tuesday I’ll have fun with #97 August 22, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
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Every now and then I’m moved to answer all the questions in a TMI Tuesday quiz. So here’s this weeks installment.
1. What’s the deal with blue balls?
Never had them myself but when I was a teen a friend of mine did. He wasn’t getting any action and hadn’t figured out that his right hand could be his best friend. The rest of us were either playing with each other or using or hands to have a little fun. So we NEVER had blue balls.
2. What is the hottest vehicular sex scene in a movie?
Shows you how few movies I actually watch that have vehicular sex. I cannot for the life of me think of one instance. Now if we’re talking about porn, that seems to be a recurring theme.
3. Strap-on? yes, no, give, receive?
Why would I need to strap one on when I already have a fully functional unit? Definitely give though.
4. What is the average penis length?
Didn’t Kinsey cover this, I believe it was a range from 5 to 6 inches. That seems about right.
5. How do you stimulate his prostate? Guys, do you like it?
Egad, how could I skip this one. Anyhow since I have an inkling about the anatomy of the male of the species, just stick the old finger up the hershey highway and bend it a little. You’ll feel the prostate bulging against the rectal wall. I’ve never had it done to me so I can’t say whether I like it or not.
Bonus (as in optional): Confession Tuesday… tell me a secret!
I have nothing to confess since I’m a rabid atheist. When you live your life in the open you don’t tend to have many secrets.
Finally a tame TMI Tuesday July 31, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
Wow, this has got to be one of the more tame TMI Tuesday’s I’ve ever seen. Anyhow, I’ve got a little time so here goes:
1. Toilet paper: over, under, or what the hell are you talking about?
Doesn’t matter at all. You’re either going to use it wipe your ass or blow your nose. The direction matters not since toilet paper is pretty much the same either side.
2. Toilet when you are done: everything up, seat down but lid up, everything down?
Everything UP! We are men, we’re supposed to leave the seat up.
3. When was the last time you kissed someone not your significant other? [I am talking about a kiss with some gusto not just a little hello or goodbye peck]
It’s honestly been a very long time, so long in fact that I cannot remember for the life of me. Hugged, now there’s one. Some friends of ours love to get all touchy/huggy which makes for some interesting moments. But kiss, uh huh, I don’t do the Roman custom, and I love my baby.
4. Would you rather have you significant other (this can be a hypothetical SO) have sex with someone else or fall in love with someone else? [You have to pick one.]
Since I know the difference between sex and love this one is easy. If my SO had sex with someone else I could deal with that. But if he fell in love with someone else, that would be a bit too much and the crazy Italian in me would come out with a vengeance.
5. If you had $1,000,000 to give away, how would you divide it up? Who and how much?
A couple hundred grand for myself and the SO to buy a home. Then the remaining $800,000, well first I’d pay off my friend Ky’s house, then my friend Mike’s house. That leaves me with a couple hundred thousand so I’d buy Keyron’s mom and her husband a home.
Bonus (as in optional): Tell us something that very few people know about you.
The fact that I worked for a talk radio show that used to broadcast live from a strip club might be a good one to tell people. Or that I did radio for 3 years on a college FM station because they had nobody else to run the station and didn’t want to lose their license.
Or how about the fact that I’ve got a lead foot. Seriously, I love speed.
Gettin’ Personal Again with TMI #89 June 26, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
1. Does the carpet match the drapes?
Indeed it does. I’m a guy and we don’t have that compulsion about changing hair color like the wind. Well, there are some guys that do that too. But I don’t.
2. Have you ever used personal information about someone to blackmail them?
Personal or criminal? I’ve used criminal when need be but personal is just too squicky.
3. What is the best way to mend a broken heart?
It assumes that one has a heart to be broken. If that is the case, just move on.
4. Have you ever had sex in a place of worship? (i.e., church, temple, mosque, etc.)
Being that I stopped actively going to church around the age of eight, I can’t say that I have. But I have always wanted to desecrate an altar in a Catholic Church.
5. If you watch video porn, do you buy it in a store, from a catalog, online, or download it? LINK!!! ;)
I’m old school, VHS baby.
Bonus (as in optional): How often, if ever, do you “fake it?”
As a male it is physically impossible for me to ever fake it. Lets put it this way, when it does happen there’s a physical manifestation that is just too hard to ignore, or fake.
Another TMI Tuesday June 12, 2007Posted by truthspew in science, TMI Tuesday.
Some of these TMI Tuesday questions make me a little leary. But I answer as honestly as I can so here goes for this week:
1. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done/said to a lover/loved one?
You’ve gotten fat and ugly. It was a phase I went through.
2. Have you ever had sex on an elevator?
No. Well, yes, does oral count? I’ve been fellated on an elevator.
3. Have you ever lied about a rash and said it was a birthmark? OR Have you ever lied about a birthmark and said it was a rash?
I have a birthmark on my back that would scare the uninitiated. Been with me since I was a kid. It even freaks doctors out, except my latest one who just took it in stride. But no, never lied about it.
4. Have you ever had sex on a beach or in the water at a beach/pool?
Beach. Getting little grains of sand out of the crack of your ass and your nether regions is a real pain in the ass, quite literally in fact.
5. How old are you? How old do you feel? =P
I’m 42, there are days when I feel 22 and days when I feel 202.
6. Have you or your partner been injured so badly during sex that you/they had to go to the hospital?
Nah, never that bad. I’ve had my dick rubbed a little raw but it recovers quickly so no big deal.
7. Have you been to a strip club or “titty bar”? (Hooters does NOT count.) If so, did you get a lap dance?
Yes and yes. Back in the early 90′s I was doing a talk radio gig and every Tuesday evening we’d broadcast live from Club Fantasies in Providence. It was amusing to say the least.
Bonus (as in optional): Have you ever had a “blog crush” (i.e., a crush on someone, of whatever gender, that you haven’t met in person but only know through their blog)? Who? (Link, please, if you dare!) =P
I don’t know if I’d call it a crush but I do like to visit Onanites site because he posts all those articles about the fundamentalists getting busted for diddling little boys and girls. And he’s a cancer survivor and I admire his courage for were I in his shoes I’d be throwing the towel in.
Another fun blog is Polt’s Palace. Uncle Polt puts up some very interesting pictures from time to time.