19th June 2010

“Since when did wishful thinking have anything to do with scientific reality? People can be dissatisfied with evolution all they want. So what? I'm dissatisfied that there is no Santa Claus but that's no reason for me to start believing in him in the face of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.”


13 Responses to “19th June 2010”

  1. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    And the really strange part is WHY would anyone be dissatisfied with evolution? Perhaps it’s because it means that grandma and daddy aren’t having tea in heaven after all: Well it doesn’t prove that, but it’s a pretty clear indicator that there’s a whole mess of reality going on, and not any fantasy.

    I like how Neil DeGrasse Tyson just gets plain excited about the universe and how we are the universe and the universe is us. Folks, I’ve been to some jumpin’ shoutin’ revival meetings and when you compare reality to the Santa Clause mentality of a revival meeting, the universe wins, hands-down!

    Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjW5-4IiSc


  2. holysmokes Says:

    Wait just a cotton pickin minute here! Just what “incontrovertible evidence to the contrary” does this fellah have regarding Santa??? We may just to call his bluff on that one!

  3. John Says:

    I think people will believe in anything when the US green back or a Euro is attached.

  4. PEB Says:

    I don’t think ‘dissatisfied’ is the right word. Evolution killed the god theory. It’s as simple as that. Various holy books say god created the earth and everything in it. For a while that is what we all believed and then Darwin proved that was not true.
    For a while the theory was that the earth was flat, was circled by the sun and was placed at the center of the universe. We now know better.
    Why is one truth easier to swallow than the other?

  5. Grumpy Old Git Says:

    PEB. Evolution unfortunately did not kill the god theory. It just provided us with the evidential tools to ask the question. The ostriches who refuse to accept the evidence and prefer to live their lives through their interpretation of chosen bits of a book written by some iron age desert dweller are still with us. Thankfully, there are those of us who prefer to use our (god given?) brains and live our lives without thinking ourselves superior to everyone else ( or ‘chosen’).
    I happen to like goat’s cheese but can accept that others don’t. I am not filled with an urge to force everyone else to eat goats’s cheese because it says in a book that goat’s cheese is good for you.

  6. Rozmarija Grauds Says:

    Regardless of the amount of evidence for the minutiae of magnificence ever evolving, there will always be people incapable of accepting their own mortality. Creating a deity is that denial, creating the omnipotent, eternal imagery is reaching for immortality. Earliest man placed a flower or tool in the grave of a fellow, a sure clue that they imagined an ‘after life’.
    Hey Bornagain, thank you for that link. Love it!

  7. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Rozmarija – I think you hit on what sustains the belief set. Fear of death and the wish think that this life can’t be all there is. Maybe we could promote our own vision of an after life. It’s just life this one except there’s no god running it and telling you you STILL can’t eat shellfish. And you have no body or consciousness. The heaven of non-existence, where you get to live on in the memories of those you loved and those whose lives you touched. Downside: no virgins.

  8. The Heretic Says:

    I have talked about evolution to people who don’t believe in a god, but don’t like evolution either. “I am not related to an ape! – Maybe you are, but I am not!” …is the response I normally see. Interestingly enough, everything else should follow evolution except humans as far as they are concerned. I don’t think they quite see the point or the beauty of the situation. We are, in a circle of life, related to most of the other life around us. Some very distantly, some not so much. This gives me a sense of connection (spiritual?) to the world around me (excepting cockroaches and spiders – I just cannot abide them).

  9. solomon Says:

    Evolution is nothing. It has been refuted so many times. You lousy Atheists are backward on these issues.

  10. Braathwaat Says:

    Science is certain of nothing and requires proof of everything. Faith is certain of everything and requires proof of nothing.

  11. YourSkepticalGuy Says:

    Yes Solomon, each time you post your gibberish – I see it as irrefutable evidence of your lack of evolution.


  12. John Says:

    I thought that he blow himself up for allah

  13. solomon Says:

    Allah does’nt teach to blow out yourself.