Archive for the 'Scientificatin’ and Thinkin’' Category

Well, Yeah, But They’re Not Real Jews

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Anti-Defamation League blasts Ben Stein and the other cretins behind “Expelled.”

The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler’s genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

God might have resurrected Jesus, but I doubt even He could bring back Ben Stein’s integrity or career.

(found, of course, via PZ Myers)

Update: Over at National Review Online, John Derbyshire – who, when not talking about homosexuals, displays an ability to be rational – also takes Stein to task for the “science leads to killing people” nonsense (see my post below).

He then asks:

And there are NRO readers who are on board with this dreck? I need a drink.

Better get a keg, John – I’m willing to bet that most of the far right is on board with this dreck.

Ben Stein Learns That When You Lie Down With Creationists

Monday, April 28th, 2008

you get up talking lies.


That’s right, he actually said:

“Science leads you to killing people.”

14:59:99.

*ding!*

Now go away, Ben, you senile, old, blathering fool.

The Evil Atheist Overlords Have Spoken

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Verily, I must obey.

We need to get the NCSE’s counter-site to the hideous little propaganda film, Expelled, to rank higher in the search engines. The way to do this is for lots and lots of you to link to the Expelled Exposed site with the word Expelled.

Hence, my offering:

Expelled

I trust it is found satisfactory by the dark powers that be.

Once Again, the Biblical Truth is Vindicated!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Take that, evil atheist Nazi evolutionalistic people!

A fossil animal locked in Lebanese limestone has been shown to be an extremely precious discovery – a snake with two legs.

Of course, some are not convinced:

Current evidence suggests that snakes started to emerge less than 150 million years ago.

Two theories compete. One points to a land origin in which lizards started to burrow, and as they adapted to their subterranean existence, their legs were reduced and lost – first the forelimbs and then the hind-limbs.

The second theory considers the origin to be in water, from marine reptiles.

Uh, hello, pardon me, but what about a third theory:

God did it!

That’s right, after Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, God punished the snake by taking away his legs. And He took millions of years to do it, because God doesn’t work on our schedule, He works according to His own plan.

As soon as you’re capable of living for millions of years like that, then maybe you’ll have room to talk and spout your “science” theories as the Truth.

I won’t hold my breath.

(I swear, being a creationist must be so easy – this idiocy practically writes itself!)

Next We’ll Be Able to Download Music Before We Even Knew We Wanted It

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

It used to be that porn lead the development of new internet technologies; now it’s particle physics.

THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

The latest spin-off from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.

David Britton, professor of physics at Glasgow University and a leading figure in the grid project, believes grid technologies could “revolutionise” society. “With this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine,” he said.

Breaking news: The RIAA is crapping themselves right about now (or will be in about 10 years, when they once again drag their feet on adapting to new technologies and then blame the consumer for their own industry’s shortcomings).

The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living, But It’s Better than Being Dead

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Out of a burning desire to know myself in ways that don’t involve hiding in the bathroom for 30 minutes (or perhaps it was sheer boredom and the need of something to post so Google would love me blog long time), I went and took a quiz referenced in a book I was reading about the human brain.

It’s called the VIA Signature Strengths questionnaire. The quiz, not the book. The book was something like Wow, Andy’s Brain is Cool, or could have been, even though it wasn’t.

I have no idea what VIA stands for, but the program is sponsored by the U of Penn, so it must be important (and most likely part of some left-wing academic conspiracy to turn us all into socialist flower children who compare the victims of 9/11 to Nazis getting their comeuppance, and I fell for it!).

Anyway, lots of questions later, here’s what the test tells me about me through the magic of my top five strengths.

  1. Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

  2. Capacity to love and be loved

    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

  3. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality

    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

  4. Fairness, equity, and justice

    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

  5. Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

I think those are pretty spot on, even if some of you are snickering (nay, guffawing, even). There is a method to the madness you witness here, you know.

Granted, this assessment is based on my own responses to a series of statements and how much I felt they applied to me. If I took a physical appearance quiz that way, you’d be shocked to find out I am 6 foot 2 with fabulous hair and have been on the cover of over 27 glossy magazines in 4 countries.

Out of curiosity, I scrolled down to check out my lowest-ranked strengths. Without further ado:

  1. Appreciation of beauty and excellence

  2. Caution, prudence, and discretion

  3. Forgiveness and mercy

  4. Modesty and humility

  5. Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith

There’s some truth to each of those too in relation to where they fall on the list. I bet those last two are absolute shockers to those of you who know me, huh?

You too can take the test over here.

Be warned, it’s big (the test, but – yes – that too).

Raising a Generation of Stupid

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Christian homeschoolers take their kids to tour the Denver Museum of Nature & Science:


We have a membership to the museum and I have heard, on the odd visit, some creationist muttering to a companion about how wrong the museum is. That’s fine; they were adults, supposedly capable of thinking for themselves (despite all evidence to the contrary). This, however, is simply wrong. Children rely on authority figures to help them interpret the world, and teaching them that man’s knowledge of science, acquired through centuries of observation and experimentation, is inferior to a internally-inconsistent book of demonstrably false fairy tales is sickening.

At least when I take the wee Fi to the museum, she expresses real interest in learning about the exhibits, rather than regurgitating some idiocy spouted by a cretin from BC Tours, lest she be set upon by the Devil himself (because, surely, if there be devils, they’d call a science museum home).

(found via Ben Stein’s Enemy #1, PZ Myers)

I’m Guessing That’s a Thumbs Down

Friday, March 21st, 2008

PZ Myers goes to the movies and hilarity ensues.

You have to read it to believe it.

Unless you’re an intelligent design advocate, in which case it just makes y’all look kind of dumb and dishonest (which, truth be told…).

Note: When you’re done laughing at the ceaseless stupidity of the yahoos behind the “Expelled” movie, you can also marvel at their rampant dishonesty. I wonder, does a cock crow when creationist Kevin Miller lies?

Someone should get that poor bird a throat lozenge.

Note 2: It’s hard to be sure, but I’m thinking that Richard Dawkins didn’t like “Expelled” either.

The whole tone of the film is whiny, paranoid — pathetic really….

What a shoddy, second-rate piece of work….

Quite apart from anything else, it is drearily boring, the tedium exacerbated by the grating monotony of Stein’s voice….

And those were the high points.

And a Hand Job for Good Behavior

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Perhaps this study explains the many vicious hordes of rampaging dorks overrunning our cities, looting, pillaging, and making off with our innocent womenfolk*.

* In imaginary dungeons at least.

The Way I Feel

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

This might explain it.

ATLANTA (AP) — The flu season is getting worse, and U.S. health officials say it’s partly because the flu vaccine doesn’t protect against most of the spreading flu bugs.

The flu shot is a good match for only about 40 percent of this year’s flu viruses, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Yay.