This is a great optical illusion. You should do it.
If the gif doesn’t animate in place, click on it. It will open in a new window and animate (I think).
PZ Myers posted the above video of himself cornered by some Muslim men wanting to have a conversation with a well-known atheist. The Three Amigos would say an “infamous” atheist. He’s not just famous … he’s in famous.
The Muslim men in this video aren’t “idiots.” I mean, within their own understanding of intelligence, they come off as, well, somewhat intelligent. This isn’t uncommon among the religious. I know lots of intelligent believers. Just like I come off wrong in whatever display of intelligence I have to them, they come off wrong to me.
But what comes off as stupid is how they corner PZ Myers with an agenda and a camera, and when PZ Myers responds, they cut him off with machine-gun style psychobabble.
What is psychobabble? Psychobabble is what William Lane Craig does. It’s what a lot of believers do when the troll-off on this blog. It’s talk without cause, empty of solid rationale and easily poked with holes.
There are points along the way that the psychobabble from the Muslim men in the video avove leads us listeners into questioning their credibility. When PZ says that he’ll start talking and predicts that when he starts an argument the guy will interrupt him. The muslim man does it immediately as predicted. When PZ Myers says that you spout the same thing as Christians and Jews, the Muslim man says, “No we don’t. We’re not Jewish or Christian,” and then he goes into the same arguments that all of them use.
When the discussion of a flood story comes up, one of the Muslim men denies it’s in the Qur’an, when apparently it is in the Qur’an.
I guess we can’t all be as perfect as PZ Myers.
I recommend watching the video, though. It’s a fascinating watch. You might click on it thinking, “Over 30 minutes, I’ll watch parts.” But then you get sucked in.
It bothers me that we never get to see the faces of the Muslim men until closer to the end when they talk to Dick “Redmeat” Dawkins.
But whatevs … give it a whirl.
Check out this video of a late-night Jewish parade through Jerusalem.
- Engadget wrote up a great review of Apple’s new iOS5 to release in fall.
- SURPRISE! Texas Psychic is wrong about where a stash of dead bodies were hidden. Owner of home where the bodies were psychically supposed to be … not happy. Remind yourself, this is 2011 and police are still hiring (and being embarrassed by) psychics.
- Friendly Atheist says Gov. Rick Perry wants to pray the utopia right into America thus ending division between the people … all while dividing the nation against itself.
- Alice Payne, a 15-year-old with terminal cancer, has written her bucket list. You can follow her, and have your heart broken, at her blog.
- Dakota Fanning graduated from high school. Did you send a graduation gift?
Above: The most kickassing-est beer commercial you’ll see all day.
I don’t know how this “related article” popped up (below) … but I’m leaving it!
- What does humping a pillow mean (wiki.answers.com)
Happy Humpday, all you K9 and not so K9 lovers out there.
You know what time it is?
It’s Wednesdog Time!
Yes, I’m finally doing one first thing in the morning.
Today’s Wednesdog is brought to you by regular-reader and blogger George W. His
mop with legs dog’s name is Ferris. Check out this slide show of Ferris and George’s description to follow.
Ferris is a Border Collie/Black Labrador cross who is almost seven years old. Although he used to be a rambunctious dog, hip problems have slowed him down the last year or so. He still enjoys the outdoors, and you can’t keep him out of the water. Brayan, my oldest son, named him after Ferris Bueller, which was his favorite movie at the time. Ferris is an expert child herder, he has kept the last three babies safely away from the stairs and in the confines of our back yard. He likes to bark and growl, but he is the biggest suck around new people; often not leaving their side if he gets petted once. These photos are the before and after of our regular spring haircut, where he goes from lab-ish collie to collie-ish lab in about an hour. I really prefer him shaved, but feel bad in the winter if he doesn’t have his coat.
Don’t forget to check out George’s blog, which turned one year old today. This post is a conversation explosion … if you’re into that kind of entertainment.
That reminds me. I forgot to tell you to wish Le Café Witteveen a happy birthday in May. Oh well, no one ever remembers the second birthday. We’ll set our sights on birthday #3.