Posts Tagged evolution
To make a long story short: a bunch of uneducated, (probably Right wing), definitely Christian nut jobs are having a major cosmic nuclear meltdown of epic proportions over Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “refusal” to include ancient creation myths invented by Hebrews thousands of years ago in a show (Cosmos) that is there to teach science. They are pissin’ and moaning that “Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them,” and one genius level offender is whining the way only a chest-thumping, narrow-minded, idiotic Christian can, that “Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them” wuah, wuah, wuah. Whatever.
I am not interested in explaining in detail why Creationism and its followers are undiluted vomit subscribing to garbage notions, but I want to point out that I find it very sad, as well as quite disconcerting, that we live in a world in which rational people are bullied, harassed, and shamed into not only entertaining, but also acknowledging, indulging, accommodating as well as give credence to, and worst of all “respect”, the petty, harmful, idiotic fantasies and fairy tales of a bunch of grown ass adults who just cannot get over the fact that fairy-tale land is not real. That the Earth is not 6000 years old. That a woman was not made using a man’s osteopathic tissue. That there is no way that two freaking people in the form of Adam and Eve could have given rise to a viable population of any kind because even if they did fuck and had children, their children would have had to fuck each other to have more children and so on – which is not possible.
It is ridiculous that Creationists or religious people in general expect to get equal “air time” to present their garbage beliefs. As if fact-based knowledge, reason and rationality where just the opposite side of the same coin that is religion and it was totally just a matter of personal belief which side one was on.
Evolution isn’t the idea of one man (Darwin, deGrasse Tyson etc) trying to prove his ideas. Evolution is the preponderance of many scientific disciplines coming to the same conclusion. Evolution is fact. It is not a matter of personal belief or opinion. Just because we are learning more about ourselves and the universe does not mean evolution is man-made crap based on faith and conjecture, like religion.
I don’t know why NdGT – or anyone really – should feel obliged to accommodate the bullshit fairy tales of Creationists/religious people in the first place. In fact, maybe if we stopped allowing these foolish dildos to constantly interject their backwards, harmful belief into all aspects of society, we may actually get somewhere as a nation and as a peoples.
Finally, it is interesting that people who believe that a man can walk on water, come back from the dead like a zombie, be born to a virgin, heal the sick with a touch and a host of other absurd crap in the Bible, would assert that there is not enough “evidence” for evolution. That really is the height of unmitigated hypocrisy, also of cosmic proportions.
One of the great things about not being religious is that you do not hold on to ridiculous notions of eternity or control or think that somehow you and your species are the alpha and omega of the universe holding a more privileged position vis-a-vis other creatures who share this planet with you. In a way it is liberating.
Sustainability and environmental protection are important. We need to keep the environment safe and clean so that people don’t get sick drinking the water, eating the food and breathing the air.
We need to protect habitat to maintain biodiversity of both flora and fauna and because for the very simple reason that we share this planet with other creatures who have just as much of a right to be here and exist, as we do (if one can call existing a right or entitlement. I guess the idea is that once you do exist, you oughtta stay).
I believe in engaging in a host of environmental protection activities, especially in the from of government regulations, in order to keep this planet and its inhabitants, safe and healthy. But that is just about where it ends or should end.
It is imperative to realize that while there are things than can be changed, stopped, improved and restored, there are certain things that cannot and that ultimately there are limits to control. This is where climate change comes in.
This is not an argument for inaction when it comes to CO2 emissions, this is an argument for relinquishing control when it comes to climate change and this absurd notion that we can somehow control the Earth’s climate.
The reality is that the Earth’s climate changes. That’s what it’s been doing since its inception six billion years ago and that is what it will continue to do until its end, probably a few billion years from now when the Sun eventually goes supernova. That is the reality and no amount of cap and trading or energy saving light bulbs are going to change that.
Planet Earth also doesn’t care we are here and have cities and houses and economies and civilizations and just things that may be compromised in the face of warming temperatures or a changing climate in general.
The only thing it does require us to do is adapt – which we must do at this point. That’s what evolution is: adaptation; and if you don’t adapt, then you go the way of the dinosaur. Simple as that.
Fact is, the extent to which our entire economy and existence as an industrialized species depends on fossil fuels, it will be next to impossible to move away from fossil fuels entirely and thus in any meaningful way and meaningful is the only way we could, theoretically, avert this.
While the mechanisms for climate change (man-made or not) are not fully understood, in order for us to see a meaningful drop in the Earth’s temperatures as a result of us having pumped excessive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, we have to – as a species – start to drastically change the way we do things – which means no more fossil fuels. Period. Yet, I simply do not see that happening – especially with India and China that pump a substantial amount of CO2 into the atmosphere and have no plans on changing their output as fossil fuels are needed for their development.
We have reached the point of no return with respect to being able to actually change things and thus avert global warming some thirty years ago. Maybe in the 70s, if we had really curbed our greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions as a species, we could have prevented the Earth’s climate from heating up. Jimmy Carter did set such a movement into motion that was immediately halted by Reagan when he took office in the early 80s.
Right now, it is too late. Energy saving light bulbs, a few solar panels, planting trees, driving hybrids and turning off the lights will not avert global climate change. Don’t kid yourselves. Those are just token actions to make people feel like they are doing something about it but it does not lead to real, meaningful ghg reductions.
Important to note that while “something is better than nothing” may work well with a lot of other issues, with respect to climate change, it does not work because climate change is an all-or-nothing deal. The atmosphere knows no state lines and geopolitical jurisdictions. It is one interconnected entity and either everyone stops using fossil fuels or no one. It cannot be that just half a dozen nations curb their ghg usage while everyone else keeps going on with business as usual.
Piecemeal policies aimed at slowly reducing ghg do not work either. You have to do something now, immediately, drastically and collectively or else the inevitable will just be at your door. A4% reduction by 2020 (which is what US’s commitment is right now) is not going to lead to reduced global temperatures either. I mean really? A 4% reduction? Who is the government kidding with this?
What we are doing now is sort of like a car going 90 MPH towards a cliff and hitting the breaks two feet before the edge. Too little, too late.
Control is an Illusion
It is foolish to hold on to illusions of control and eternity. This Earth goes through cycles and climate changes. Global warming will not destroy Earth, it will be just fine. Only that its inhabitants have to adapt just like it’s always been. Again, we humans do not hold a more privileged position vis a vis other creatures who have ever lived or who will ever live on this Earth. And i mean what – do people really think this whole human kind and civilization thing is going to last forever? The arrogance of our species is quite staggering.
We, as a species, will have our extinction event at some point. That is a certainty. Maybe this is it.. Who knows. At any rate, it is not something we can control.
Remember dinosaurs roamed this Earth for 135 million years before they became extinct. Human beings have been around for what, less than a million – most of it not even in the present form as homo sapiens.
Let’s focus our efforts on things that we can change, such as the lining of cans being laced with Bisphenol-A (BPA) and the number of chemicals released into our food and water supplies each year having rendered cancer an epidemic. What do I care that this planet’s temperature will be 7 degrees hotter several decades after I am dead?
What about your kids, you ask. They will adapt. I have no more control over their future regarding anything that may happen to them and the world they live in anymore than I, or anyone of us, have control over this planet’s changing climate.
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As a species, humans have come a long way. We have learned to control a host of things – from DNA to matrimony. We have had more success than any other animal controlling life. We create it artificially, we clone it, we mimic it with computers. Yet we still don’t know what it is that makes it tick. What keeps life lunging forward, desperately screaming for survival.
Sometimes wisdom lies in knowing what the limits are on the things you can control and know. Maybe there are some things we’ll never know and be able to control. And maybe the key is to know what those things are and to leave them alone.
There is all sorts of ignorance going around in this country, thanks to religion and religious people, and today that collective level of ignorance can be found in one in three Americans who do not believe in evolution – that is about 30% of the US population.
On Monday Pew released results of a survey showing that around 33% of Americans do not believe in evolution.
White evangelical Protestants were most likely to not believe in evolution, with two-thirds saying humans have existed in their current form since the beginning of time. Half of black Protestants said the same. Only 15 percent of mainline Protestants agreed.
Views among the general population have remained roughly the same since Pew last surveyed on evolution in 2009, although the gap between Republicans and Democrats on the issue has grown. Currently, 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats believe in human evolution, while in 2009, 54 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats held that view.
Religion as the Source of Ignorance
I am tired of this country having fallen into a stupor of anti scientific ideologies and anti intellectual mentalities under the guise of fair play and equality. Religious people, and religious people alone, are responsible for the decline in education and knowledge in this country; they are the reason that one third of the population of the world’s most prosperous, advanced and developed country still believe that humans were hand crafted from mud by some fictional character himself and that a woman was made using Adam’s rib; people who believe in talking snakes, Noah’s arc and a host of other ridiculous, fairy-tale level claims.
When one third of a country’s population believes in fairy tales essentially when discussing human origins and existence, then you can be certain that those ignorant 1/3 will continue to have an impact on how discussions and policies are framed in this country.
Next time someone tells you that you are being one mean motherfucker for criticizing religions people and their belief, point them to this and remind them that there are very many real life consequences to people being religious. Religion is not a personal matter, no matter how often religious people tell you that. Religion does not only create bigotry, judgment, hate and wars but it creates and nourishes ignorance to the point of seriously harming individuals – see stem cell research that is going nowhere thanks to our government’s – and society’s – refusal to extensively fund such research that could save millions of lives.
As I am sure you know, the people under the employ of Fox News are the pinnacle of intellect. I mean rarely in my life have I met so many people who knew so little about so much.
Case in point, Fox News contributor and “philosopher” (ha – no really, he calls himself a philosopher “whose purpose is to provide an intelligent and articulate perspective about the existence of God in the public arena”) William Lane Craig who unloaded this pearl of wisdom on not only its borderline retarded readers – i.e. the entire Fox News readership – but sadly also onto the entire world, explaining once and for all eternity – black on white – with no bullshit involved, why
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Hobbits, God, Unicorns, Jesus are real based on the “best philosophical, scientific, and historical evidence” that the Bible and other fictional sources can provide. He calls it a “Christmas gift for atheists“. I mean atheists asked, and Fox News is delivering.
For Craig, scientific fact, the desire for fact-based knowledge, 2+2= 4 and so forth are apparently nothing but mere “slogans” as he put it, that poor, naive, ignorant atheists care for and adhere to when navigating through life.
The reason for writing this article, according to Craig, is to explain, also once and for all eternity – black on white – with no bullshit involved, why atheists assert that Christmas is a religious sham.
I guess amid the frenzy that is his “love” for “wisdom”, Craig missed the part about Christmas being a pagan holiday having nothing, whatsoever, to do with his most beloved fictional characters of all time, god and Jesus.
I especially love his explanation for the fine tuned universe whereby he asserts that because life on Earth is somehow so “fine tuned” to our exact biological needs as human beings and just life in general, it must have been created by an intelligent being just for us – because if several fundamental physical constants were slightly different, we wouldn’t be here; an assertion which stands in exact contradiction to evolution where life adapts to its surroundings/environment as opposed to the other way around.
That is like saying the reason you have a nose to begin with is so that something can hold your glasses. Or the reason you have arms is to that your hands wouldn’t be attached to your shoulders. It is utter idiotic gibberish.
But, alas, what can I say – those are just mere slogans under the bridge. With faith, apparently all facts are ignorable.
Thank you Mr. Craig for once again reaffirming why religion is not only harmful but for also not making me feel bad everytime I mock, criticize, make fun of and ridicule one of you. Thanks for reaffirming my suspicion that most religious people, including yourself, are nothing but morons, half wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbells.
Listening to this chowderhead yokel, this blithering hayseed try to basically “intelligently” argue for the existence of hobbits, goblins and other fictional characters by making references to fairy tale books, not only reaffirms the atheist position but if I weren’t already an atheist, after reading this garbage, I would definitely become one.