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My entire life philosophy in 9 minutes April 9, 2011

Posted by laïcité in Rants, Religion, Science.
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If there is one thing that frustrates me more than conservative right wing religious extremists, it is the anti-science brigade that proudly denounces rational and scientific thought in favor of the mumbo jumbo world of psychics, homeopathy and astrological signs. The “faithful” folk that are blind to reason and rationalism, and prefer to let faith guide them into the bs-filled world of faith healings and alternative medicine devoid of any evidence or scientific validity. The mystical types who claim that my life is empty without the belief in a higher power or the afterlife, but who are themselves arrogant and ignorant for not recognizing that the sheer beauty of the natural world is more worthy of respect than any “god” described in obsolete texts, and how the mysteries of the scientific world instil awe, wonder and curiosity – not the need for magic and miracles.

I only wish I could refute them as eloquently and elegantly as Tim Minchin did in this awesome video.

Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.

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1. Joy - April 11, 2011

I’m so glad the movie’s finally out!

2. Raphael Wong - April 26, 2011

Talking about diplomatic dykes …

I think mine has just run low. This is a great video … or rather total bullcrap!

As usual … the last part totally contradicts everything said before! And naturally … what the hell to do with a “hard-on”! Must be that all “rationalists” are sex addicts or something?

Close-minded to the pits, that’s what this idiotic atheist is.

the hypocrisy of acknowledging the wonder of the world
when one tries to it to mechanics.

Yes, the Pharmaceutical companies are evil…
Have you not heard how much Brazilians and Indians have to pay for things stolen from them
through Patents?

Good science does not reject alternative hypotheses.
Bad science thinks it knows all the answers.

Faith is not belief without proof, but belief beyond proof.

Reason is but a tool, that works out all from intutition. And intuition, to be coherent,
need to come from a source indifferent.

Reason is a process,
not an agent, or a regress.
Processes don’t function
without an agent implement.

I hate writing in free verse,
but my voice is getting terse.

There are many mysteries solved,
many yet left unsolved;
what of the latter?
Is it right to dismiss them of being from the Mad Hatter?

Yes, the rationalist scientist,
battling from a point of weakness
faking strength;
Your world is dying,
get used to it,
in a decade’s time
-to be sweet –
no-one will care for you a little bit.

So for the natural world, you appreciate its beauty?
Or do you, really?
In your cruel, reductive capacity,
how can you say you truly care?
(Reduce beauty to a mechanism, to you I dare.)

And now with my case rested,
let’s have yours tested…
what? you haven’t?
well, it figures, ain’t it?

laïcité - April 26, 2011

If you can’t accept that “mechanics” and awe of the natural world can coexist, then it is you who are close minded. I am in awe of the natural forces that shaped the universe, the evolutionary forces that shaped plants and animals, the biological processes that define life. All these things are so beautiful and elegant and unnecessary of supernatural mystical mumbo jumbo.

The knowledge of science and biology doesn’t make things like love any less beautiful. So what if love is just a product of hormones and the firing of neurons. It doesn’t change the fact that my boyfriend causes these chemical and neurological processes to happen within me to make me feel that I’m in love. Science explains emotion but doesn’t rob it of its meaning. Science explains why we find things pleasing and beautiful but it doesn’t make things any less pleasing or beautiful.

And by the way, the world is not beautiful because it is inherently beautiful. It is beautiful because we human beings learn to appreciate its beauty. Its beauty is entirely a result of our interpretation, and that’s perfectly fine.

Mysteries are for solving. Only the lazy and ignorant say “goddidit” when they don’t know the answer.

And how do we get the answer? By making a hypothesis and testing it. Hypotheses that are proven wrong deserve to be rejected. HM, I wonder where faith stands on that? Oh yeah. Hypothesis gets proven wrong, close your eyes, stick fingers in ears and sing “LALALA”.

No scientist will ever tell you that science has all the answers. Every religious leader will claim that he does.

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
— Carl Sagan

3. Jon - April 26, 2011

“Close-minded to the pits, that’s what this idiotic atheist is.”

Close-minded is what a Christian is; so convinced that God exists, and that his / her God is the one true God. Callously ignoring other religious beliefs, like Islam and Hinduism. There more Muslims and Hindus in this world than there are Christians. It’s plainly arrogant to point at them and say that what they’re believing in is wrong when it could very well be the other way around.

You seem to have put much effort into your post, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. Your case is far from “rested”. It has put forth horribly weak arguments, if any, and many useless cliches; it clearly seems like you’ve got nothing constructive to add.

laïcité - April 26, 2011

May I also add:

Close minded is one who insists
That unbelievers, freethinkers and atheists
Require the existence of a god or a being
In order to explain the world that we’re seeing.

The believer may have a hole in his heart,
Despite the beauty of nature, of the universe, of physics, of art,
That only a belief in a god can feed
Some kind of psychological need.

Now, that may be okay
People are different that way.
But to assume that ALL people are born like that
Is close minded indeed, and incredibly sad.

Believe me when I say I’m perfectly content
(Although I appreciate the effort behind your long comment)
And stop assuming that my life is empty
Without god, or angels or magic, I’m still happy


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