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The Laws of Science

Paulogia with Tony Reed. If you're not familiar with Reed, he is excellent.

Jean Sibelius - Kuusi Op. 75/5


Just another day shopping at the Walmart

An oldie from 2015. Makes me more determined never to go to that horrid place in my lifetime.


The Buddha Returns

Thereafter to be portrayed in murals at the ends of countless corridors, carved upon the walls of Temples and painted onto the ceilings of numerous palaces, came the awakening of he who was variously known as Mahasamatman, Kalkin, Manjusri, Siddhartha, Tathagatha, Binder, Maitreya, the Enlightened One, Buddha and Sam. At his left was the goddess of Night; to his right stood Death; Tak, the ape, was crouched at the foot of the bed, eternal comment upon the coexistence of the animal and the divine.
“Yes,” he said then. “Yes, I was. Humblest of the proud, proudest of the humble. I fought. I taught the Way for a time. I fought again, taught again, tried politics, magic, poison… I fought one great battle so terrible the sun itself hid its face from the slaughter - with men and gods, with animals and demons, with spirits of the earth and air, of fire and water, with slizzards and horses, swords and chariots.”

“And you lost,” said Yama. “Yes, I did, didn’t I? But it was quite a showing we gave them, wasn’t it? You, Deathgod, were my charioteer. It all comes back to me now. We were taken prisoner and the Lords of Karma were to be our judges. You escaped them by the will-death and the Way of the Black Wheel. I could not.”

-Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

More Creationist Lies about Science: The Dmanisi Fossils

Another ICR article that tries, with the help of our Creationist colleague, to completely misrepresent the significance of the find of the Dmanisi skulls. First, unlike our colleague, let me link to the ICR article and the Guardian article to mark it easier for the inquisitive reader to check the original sources:

The Dmanisi find is indeed significant and can be summed up by two money quotes from the Guardian article:

“The scientists went on to compare the Dmanisi remains with those of supposedly different species of human ancestor that lived in Africa at the time. They concluded that the variation among them was no greater than that seen at Dmanisi. Rather than being separate species, the human ancestors found in Africa from the same period may simply be normal variants of H erectus.”


“"I think they will be proved right that some of those early African fossils can reasonably join a variable Homo erectus species," said Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London (and REAL scientist). "But Africa is a huge continent with a deep record of the earliest stages of human evolution, and there certainly seems to have been species-level diversity there prior to two million years ago. So I still doubt that all of the 'early Homo' fossils can reasonably be lumped into an evolving Homo erectus lineage. We need similarly complete African fossils from two to 2.5m years ago to test that idea properly."

However, our friends at ICR chose to misrepresent the find (I know, what a surprise!). Here’s the main thread on this ICR article:

In one of his posts, our colleague quotes the following bits of the ICR article:

“That means, among other things, Homo erectus can no longer be considered an ancestor who lived long before and gave rise to "early Homo" peoples, since the new evidence showed H. erectus, H. rudolfensis, and H. habilis clumped together. "Analysis of the skull and other remains at Dmanisi suggests that scientists have been too ready to name separate species of human ancestors in Africa. Many of those species may now have to be wiped from the textbooks," according to The Guardian.3

Among those species would be Neandertal and Cro-Magnon, which deserve no recognition as separate forms that supposedly evolved into Homo sapiens—modern humans.4 They were uniquely formed people living at the same time as modern-looking people. Australopithecus is also out of the evolutionary line up, now that evolutionists have finally followed its fossil evidence to where creation scientists did long ago when they concluded that it was just an extinct ape and had clearly never evolved into humans.5 Without these key players, the popular pageant of human evolution truly should all be wiped from the textbooks.

If the Dmanisi fossils represent ancient humans, then they show that generations of experts in human evolution have spent effort, time, and research dollars arranging fossil fragments of human skulls into an evolutionary line of descent that never really existed. Perhaps it is time to rethink the whole story. "
Our esteemed colleague then informs us “Remember this is written by an evolutionist!!!!!!!! ” Weeellllllll, NO! Let’s examine the actual text.

First paragraph: Written by Brian Thomas, MS, Research Associate at ICR, excepting the Guardian quote which does not convey the true implications of the Guardian article and was written by a science journalist.

Second paragraph: Written by Mr. Thomas. The references are to (4) an ICR article written by Mr. Thomas (!!!) and (5) another ICR publication. Additionally, I did not know that neanderthals evolved into Homo sapiens

Third paragraph: Completely written by Mr. Thomas.

So see, here we are again. Superstition attempting to mascarade as science by a bunch of theists who troll real scientific journals for anything they might stuff their god of the gaps into.

I will thank my Creationist colleague as I did learn one thing. Mr. Eddie Marz, from Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, gave us the quote that “religion is the opium of the masses.”

Sovereign Citizens

Or wannabe Bundys.


Starbucks and the Baby Boomers

Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 and grew throughout the 70s. This was also the coming of age of the Baby Boomers, who had gone to university and studied European Art, History, and Literature. The generation that was raised in Levittowns, in the mind numbing burbs where every weekend was a Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Starbucks appealed to these people as something exotic, something European, something of culture. A true European cafe, French or Italian style. After all, the great writers, poets, and artists had formulated their great ideas in such cafes. Everyone from Hemingway to Satre had frequented the Parisan coffeehouses.

Ironically enough, our conceptions were also shaped by American TV which presented Europe in such a stylised way. Of those, my absolute favourite is I Love Lucy.


Top 10 Climate Change Myths

from the incomparable Potholer54...


Bertrand Russell's Teapot


Richard William Nelson: Richard Dawkins Dumps the Fossil Record

Evolution debunked by a pill pusher!

Nelson studied at the University of California, Irvine and earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology. Later, from the University of Southern California (USC) he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree majoring in pharmacology. He is a Christian creationist and is the author of the anti-evolution book Darwin, Then and Now, The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science (2009).

Nelson is a Christian creationist who subcribes to a literal reading of Genesis, yet has pretended on some internet websites, similarly to other creationists such as Shaun Johnston and Hugh Dower, to be neutral on the creation-evolution "debate" in hopes of selling more copies of his book. However, Nelson has been very dishonest as he has admitted in his articles to being a Christian creationist and has lectured at Christian churches propounding that evolution is in opposition to the Bible. Anyone who views his website can see he rejects any scientific evidence for evolution. Nelson uses all the familiar creationist arguments such as citing Piltdown man to discredit evolution and claiming there are no transitional fossils. According to Nelson "evolution is a dogma" and he rejects it because of the Bible.

His book Darwin, Then and Now, The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science invokes a conspiracy theory similar to Jerry Bergman's, that the "Darwinists" have set out to remove God from science. Nelson claims evolution is a hoax and there is no scientific evidence for it. He believes that the Genesis account of the Bible is factual history and criticises scientists for opposing it.

Quote mining
Nelson confuses "Darwinism" with evolution and it is clear he does this deliberately. In his book, and on his website, he has quote mined thousands of scientists, moved words around, and lied about what many of these scientists actually said to make out evolution is falling apart.

Nelson has been banned on many forums for trolling. He has also made fake user names and accounts and pretended to be a female on one forum in an attempt to give his book extra support; it was later revealed this user was himself.
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