Archive for August, 2011

August 28, 2011

Nice thing about Texas Summer, you don’t have to wait for water to heat up to shower! It’s scalding right out of the tap!


Questioning the Magic Number
August 28, 2011

For those who believe the DC earthquake and Hurricane Irene were “messages” from God.

I’ve seen some posts from folks claiming this, and calling others to repent, come to Jesus, etc. The usual. Which brings up a few questions for me, that I’d like to posit to you.

This notion that God has sent these disasters to get more folks to repent, convert, and worship carries with it an implication that if enough do so, the disasters will stop. There exists a cut-off point, a “magic number” if you will, that represents the number of believers needed to stop natural disasters from ever happening.

I’m assuming God isn’t looking for 100% worship rate, because even the Holy Bible says there are non-believers left at the apocalypse. Therefore, His own prophecy has told us we never reach 100%, so surely he wouldn’t send us a message through disasters that He already knows we can’t follow. Right?

So there’s a Magic Number out there.

How region-specific is this message? Are we shooting for a worldwide change here. I mean, if we were to get every person in the English-Speaking world to believe, would we still die in floods and quakes because the millions in India didn’t convert? That seems harsh, we can’t do anything to reach them. We’d be praying our butts off and still not getting anywhere.

So is it on a national level? How many Americans must convert to stop all disasters in the US? My home state of Texas is one of the highest percentage Christian states in the union, yet we are in the middle of a horrible drought and have killer tornadoes every year. How far away from the magic number are we?

According to polls, belief is on the rise. Are we getting closer to stopping storms or volcanic activity?

Incidentally, we know the scientific causes of most of these phenomena. Earthquakes, for example, are caused by shifting of Earth’s tectonic plates. If we reach the magic number, will Earth’s crust no longer move? What effect will that have? The motion of the interior of the planet is known to create its magnetic field, which protects us from harmful radiation? So…don’t we NEED the Earth to be dyamically changing in order for us all to survive?

If we pray enough, will there no longer be high and low pressure fronts which cause storms? This would imply the atmosphere stops moving, or that there would be no more pressure levels. Wouldn’t that cause greater problems?

Thanks for your kind attention to these questions. I look forward to your responses.

Message in the Clouds
August 28, 2011

To those who see a “message” in the recent natural disasters:

The United States is one of the most predominantly religious nations in the world. Certainly at the top in terms of Christianity.

Natural disasters of all kinds strike all around the world at random intervals. Every region has its own particular headache: volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes. Even the most devout can be struck down without warning.

Please stop trying to infer some message of change from your creator. This is not an anti-God post. This is an anti-illogic post. If God does exist, he is not trying to influence your behavior with an earthquake. The only message is to come together and help each other better in times of need. The only change is to learn to prepare for disaster so that when it inevitably arrives we are better able to deal with it.

August 28, 2011

Wish I could just sleep all day tomorrow. Man, I have such a God complex!

August 27, 2011

I’m not normally a praying man, but if you’re up there…please save me, Superman!

Homer Simpson

August 23, 2011

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

Stephen Hawking

August 16, 2011


HAHAHA! Because he’s tired of the people who fucking mix these words up.

August 16, 2011


does it say good or evil?

Book Review: “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris
August 15, 2011

Sam Harris is one of the so-called “New Atheists”, and is a great proponent of reason and the scientific method. He also has a doctorate in neuroscience, so his specialty is the activity of the brain.

In “Landscape”, Harris proposes nothing less than a ‘science of morality’, and while that may at first strike you as contradictory, the book is Harris’ series of arguments to win you over to the idea.

Harris has a plain-speaking and punchy prose style that keeps the arguments lively and helps laymen keep up with the science. He also makes compelling cases for some of his key points: that there exists a link between morality and human happiness, that we can determine through science what actions result in said happiness, and can therefore chart a course of actions. Voilà! Science as moral compass. Whoda thunk it?

Harris sometimes resorts to fallacious arguments which weaken his position if you know what you are looking for, such as the straw man. At times when he cannot successfully argue he belittles his detractors and their cases, referring to them as “howlers” or laughable. This did turn me off somewhat. His easy style and obvious passion for science and reason make up for it, though.

I did not agree with every point put forward in this book (I still think moral relativism is the strongest scientific thought on this subject) but I enjoyed it and it definitely made me think. If you, like me, think society has largely abandoned reason, pick it up and spread the word. The world could use a dose of Sam Harris.

August 14, 2011


amwrootbeer submitted:

At least he got an answer!

Oh, The Onion, how I love you.