Science v. Religion = Hilarious

Hello loyal fans. As I was perusing the archive pages of Dinosaur Comics I came across what is, to this point, my favorite series of strips. I feel that the short series sums up the contemporary religion debate admirably. If you find yourself a bit put off at first, I encourage you to read through the entire four strip series.

Science v. Religion Part 1

Science v. Religion Part 2

Science v. Religion Part 3

Science v. Religion Part 4

While I certainly fall squarely on the science end of this debate, I recognize that there are certain questions which science simply cannot answer. Conversely, I feel that there are literally thousands of questions which religion, in general, cannot answer. When posed with these questions, I find the response from the religious community is generally; “you just need to have faith”. For me, that is inadequate; I am simply not willing to accept the unexplainable as divine. This is, in my opinion, a terribly short sighted viewpoint. For centuries, bacterial infections were unexplainable; during those times, they were assumed to be the work of Satan. Now, that notion would be ludicrous. It is impossible for me to believe, as some of these faith touting people would hope I would, that down the road the modern “mysteries of God” will remain unexplained.

Quote of the Day:

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” – Albert Einstein

“I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.” – Bertrand Russell

Published in: on October 31, 2007 at 8:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Have Been Remiss In My Duties

Hello loyal fans. Allow me to apologize once again for the lack of regular posts. I have been busy. No excuses. Just busy. My goal is to post at least a couple of times a week from this point on.  I hope you enjoy the preceding post on fascism and democracy.

Quote of the Day:

“Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less. ” – Robert E. Lee

“Do not confuse “duty” with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.” Robert A. Heinlein

Published in: on October 24, 2007 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Democracy v. Fascism

Hello loyal fans. As I find myself spending more and more time in meetings, I have begun to develop great admiration for, and understanding of, fascist states. Democracy, and the bureaucracy inherent to it, is such a terrible waste of time and resources. We feign control within the decision making process, but in reality governments/study groups/committees/etc. are going to do whatever they want anyway; why do we delude ourself with visions of agency?

Anthropologists and social philosophers all assert that man yearns for structure and guidance. While there are a variety of theories as to why this is, it seems to be a virtually universal theory. Granted, there are some prominent anarchists who would refute that statement, but anarchy is, in a sense, social structure. Certainly it derives from the theory that man is inherently good and, therefore, has no need for artificially imposed regulation, but there remains regulation. Anarchy, though appealing in some ways, simply cannot be successful on the large scale. Frankly, anarchy will likely fail on the small scale (just as all previous utopian movements have). The social philosophy behind it is inherently flawed; man is, ultimately, not inherently good. If it were so, communism would function effectively and the democratic process in place in so many nations around the world would not be as corrupt as it is (United States included).

I am hesitant to speak ill of the democratic process, but in reality it is failing, and has in many ways failed since its inception. Democracy is the opiate of the masses. Television, media, and general ignorance allows this to persist. If Americans were not so uneducated and apathetic this nation would not be slowly spiraling down in the manner which it is. The more history I study, the more certain of this I become. Any time the rights of the citizen are infringed in this nation it is with popular consent. Thomas Jefferson would shudder if he were to see what the “great experiment” had devolved into. The nation which exists today is truly one of the Hamiltonian ideal. The people are blissfully ignorant to the usurpation of their “inalienable” rights. This persists at all levels of government and social organization.

So much time and so many resources are wasted on a decision making process which ultimately leaves nobody satisfied and nothing accomplished. The clear solution is simple fascism. Let the delusion come to an end. Why must the nation persist in ignoring the fact that this nation is led by an oligarchy of fools whose sole success is making the people believe they have the power. It is easy to understand how this has been allowed to take place; people are too ignorant and too apathetic to be responsible for the decision making process and so, naturally, a group of leaders have taken on the responsibility of doing all that “boring stuff”. And yet, there remains a national obsession with choice; it is ludicrous. The people have elected themselves out of the process. The only question which remains is who will be the American Caesar?

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Quote of the Day:

“The truth is that men are tired of liberty.” – Benito Mussolini

Published in: on October 24, 2007 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pop Haiku

Hello loyal fans. Frankly, pop music is horrible. But, it is so simple (albeit annoying) that it may provide the perfect inspiration for haiku. If nothing else, the haikuization of pop music can only make it better.

On a quasi-related note, today’s Dinosaur Comics is stellar and amazing! Even though Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are doing their best to increase America’s stupidity, there are still dinosaurs out there encouraging young Americans to vote. Huzzah for dinosaurs!

So, without further adieu:




















OH WAIT! POP MUSIC SUCKS IS SO BAD IT IS NOT WORTH MAKING INTO HAIKU!

Quote of the Day:

“Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.” – Allan Bloom

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Being A Meativore Is Awesome

Hello loyal fans. Allow me to briefly comment on the awesomeness that is cooked meat. Frankly, it does not get much better than chowing down on a glorious hunk of cooked animal flesh. The inspiration for this post is twofold:

1) The recent two part series of Dinosaur Comics explaining how animals can be both “friends and food”

Part 1

Part 2

2) The offer of a student to complete his Westward Expansion project through a gift of steak wrapped in a twenty dollar bill (Andrew Jackson anyone?)

I respect the self sacrifice of vegetarians.  It is, in its nature, very Buddhist…and of that I approve.  Nevertheless, I can not fully understand the sadomasochism that is vegetarianism.

Hooray for meat!

Quote of the Day:

“If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?” – John Cleese

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Legos Are Awesome

Hello loyal fans. I am here today to speak to you about Legos. Legos are, frankly, awesome. While browsing MyFishTank.net today I came across this blog post about a Lego Pumpkin. This is pretty freaking sweet. After following the link to the Lego website I came across The Holiday Train Set; given my general love of all things railroad related, this was a pretty tempting little thing to run around some future tree…not very prototypical, but sort of light hearted and whimsical. It would be hard to argue that I don’t need more general whimsy in my life. Then again, I already have enough train related junk floating around my apartment to run more than a few trains around a tree (or ten).

Nevertheless, this piqued my curiosity and I elected to explore the Lego website further. Times have really changed since I was a kid. I remember when there were only three Lego themes: City, Castles, and Space and the mysterious, complex Technic sets. I also remember the excitement I felt when they added the Pirate set. Now there seem to be a cornucopia of different Lego options, the majority of which seem to be based on the stars of film and television (a fact of which I am not sure how I feel; on one level it is bothersome…on the other, I am happy to see Lego thriving…and who does not love Lego Star Wars).

Legos may just be the perfect toy. Sure, they cost an exorbitant amount for a bunch of little interlocking pieces of plastic, but they are still pretty awesome.

Just check out what some ambitious (and, likely, unemployed) folks did with theirs:

Quote of the Day:

“Batch likes Legos!” – Batch

Published in: on October 8, 2007 at 9:21 pm  Comments (1)  

On Cupcakes, Physicals, And Japan…

Hello loyal fans.  I would like to speak to you today about a few things, two of which I do not particularly find enjoyable and one which I admire.  The first is the cupcake.  The second is the hernia check.  The last is Japan.  While I have not had cupcakes or a hernia checked in a number of years, over the weekend both subjects managed to come up.  Around the same point, the beauty of Japanese culture also arose.  No doubt, there is some sort of comparison to be made here between American and Japan and such.

All of this began with an innocent cupcake dessert (of which I did not partake).  I might have considered the cupcake option if they were the vanilla kind with the little colored candies inside, but alas they were chocolate…bane of my existence.  The aforementioned chocolate cupcakes were also frostinged (I just made that word up) liberally and covered in a variety of Halloween themed sprinkles…neither of which I can condone.  Nevertheless, I am sure they were delightful for those who do enjoy such confections.

The other topic of conversation was the physical.  Somehow, and at this point I cannot recall why, the concept of “turn your head and cough” arose.  The simple question was asked, “why turn your head?”.  The simple answer…so you do not cough on the doctor/nurse/etc.

While this was all going on I was reflecting on my perception of Japanese culture as quite beautiful.  While I came to the conclusion that my perception might have been based on my position as an outsider, I am not yet willing to conceded that the only reason for my admiration is that.
Whatever the case, as a result of all this silliness a haiku was born.  So, with mad props…thats right…I said “mad props” to Julie, I give to you our Haiku:

Gently rustling leaves.

Turn your head and cough, they say;

Warm cupcakes…cold balls.

Quote of the Day:

“Garth…that was a haiku!” – Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell in Wayne’s World

Published in: on October 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm  Comments (4)