If you’re not Jesus Christ, you wouldn’t mind if I peed on these Amy Grant CDs …

April 3, 2010


In 2010, there are people who believe in “satan”

April 3, 2010

From The View, how many people believe a dude named “satan” exists somewhere in the invisible and he manipulates human affairs with his powers which are greater than most humans can bear, but weaker than god’s.

I’m shocked and appalled that the two women who think Satan exists say it with such certainty. It’s as if they just left their makeup trailers and he was sitting there talking to them. How anyone can be certain about the invisible, I can’t understand. Clearly the devil has to be the obviously made up character in religion.


The Bright Side of Life, Brian, the Bright side

April 3, 2010


New Scientist: 24 Misconceptions about Evolution

April 3, 2010

From New Scientist:

If you think you understand it, you don’t know nearly enough about it

It will soon be 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, arguably the most important book ever written. In it, Darwin outlined an idea that many still find shocking – that all life on Earth, including human life, evolved through natural selection.

Darwin presented compelling evidence for evolution in On the Origin and, since his time, the case has become overwhelming. Countless fossil discoveries allow us to trace the evolution of today’s organisms from earlier forms. DNA sequencing has confirmed beyond any doubt that all living creatures share a common origin. Innumerable examples of evolution in action can be seen all around us, from the pollution-matching peppered mothto fast-changing viruses such as HIV and H5N1 bird flu. Evolution is as firmly established a scientific fact as the roundness of the Earth.

And yet despite an ever-growing mountain of evidence, most people around the world are not taught the truth about evolution, if they are taught about it at all. Even in the UK, the birthplace of Darwin with an educated and increasingly secular population, one recent poll suggests less than half the population accepts evolution.

For those who have never had the opportunity to find out about biology or science, claims made by those who believe in supernatural alternatives to evolutionary theory can appear convincing. Meanwhile, even among those who accept evolution, misconceptions abound.

Most of us are happy to admit that we do not understand, say, string theory in physics, yet we are all convinced we understand evolution. In fact, as biologists are discovering, its consequences can be stranger than we ever imagined. Evolution must be the best-known yet worst-understood of all scientific theories.

So here is New Scientist’s guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution.

There are already several good and comprehensive guides out there. But there can’t be too many

Shared misconceptions:

Everything is an adaptation produced by natural selection

Natural selection is the only means of evolution

Natural selection leads to ever-greater complexity

Evolution produces creatures perfectly adapted to their environment

Evolution always promotes the survival of species

It doesn’t matter if people do not understand evolution

“Survival of the fittest” justifies “everyone for themselves”

Evolution is limitlessly creative

Evolution cannot explain traits such as homosexuality

Creationism provides a coherent alternative to evolution

Creationist myths:

Evolution must be wrong because the Bible is inerrant

Accepting evolution undermines morality

Evolutionary theory leads to racism and genocide

Religion and evolution are incompatible

Half a wing is no use to anyone

Evolutionary science is not predictive

Evolution cannot be disproved so is not science

Evolution is just so unlikely to produce complex life forms

Evolution is an entirely random process

Mutations can only destroy information, not create it

Darwin is the ultimate authority on evolution

The bacterial flagellum is irreducibly complex

Yet more creationist misconceptions

Evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics

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Be sure to go to the New Scientist link and read some of the comments. There’s a comment from a Muslim that reads just like a Christian creationist. It’s appalling how similar their language is. How is it that the religionist can be so sure their supernatural version of a creation myth is the precise one?


Working my ass off

April 3, 2010

For a “good” Friday, it’s been really busy. I was shooting “B”roll most of the evening. I have tons to do this weekend. I can’t believe it’s a holiday. I can’t believe in general.

Here’s a shot from today’s “b”roll. I have a good feeling about how some of my work is going.

Thanks for putting up with how busy I’ve been.


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