Listening to screeds about the Carrying Capacity of Earth, reading about predictions of a rapid die-off of the human species, about how this planet can only maintain habitability for 1,200,000,000 or 1,400,000,000 people, it is impossible to miss the rather obvious tone of puritanical Malthusian glee. A great many extreme environmentalists truly envision the human race as some kind of virulent plague that must be stopped, that must be contained, that must be…Continue
Anthropogenic Climate Change is real. Accept it. Humankind is pouring billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, that would not be there otherwise. Carbon dioxide traps heat. If you want to prove this for yourself, just conduct the following simple experiment. Take two clear plastic bottles and place a thermometer in each of them. In one, just close the cap, thereby filling the bottle with a sample of our regular old atmosphere. In the…
To be sure, we are small.
Insignificant in a cosmic sense. Utterly irrelevant in any wider context. That we are unimportant in any Universal sense, however, does not mean that what we do is without meaning, without purpose, without grace and beauty and power.
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on November 5, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments
We are, all of us, unimaginably small. Our entire planet, everything that we are as a species, all of the plants and animals that make up our world, our entire biosphere is infinitesimally small. While our world and our civilization and our individual societies and their attendant squabbles are profoundly important to us, their importance is purely relative - in any sort of cosmic scale, they dwindle into utter insignificance.
Carl Sagan, discussing the first picture of…Continue
Many Theists cleave to an incredibly deranged and dystopian fantasy about Atheists. They seem to not only believe that we intend to prevent them from worshipping and impose some manner of Scientism on them, but that we will then discard all morality, destroy all civil and societal institutions and then drag us all down into a Hobbesian war of all against all.
My only question is how did they find out? And how did they miss the fact that we also like to eat…Continue
While I reject the idea that the Universe is governed by some supremely powerful entity who exercises sovereignty over the cosmos and intervenes in the daily lives of humble monkeys inhabiting a tiny planet at the ass end of nowhere, I fully recognize the reality that the Universe is governed by a vast number of physical properties and principles. The critical difference between ascribing the wonder and complexity of the Universe to the machinations of a deity…
I don't really want to stray into politics, but as the election draws near, please indulge me this once - at least until the next election season. I apologize for the ranty polemic.
Modern Conservatism is an utterly failed, worthless, bankrupt ideology whose policies have led to utter disaster and offers no solutions to any of the problems that confront the modern world. In place of solutions, modern conservatism has degenerated into an incohate mass of anger, rage,…Continue
The Myth of Original Sin does far more evil than merely inverting our inherent desire for knowledge and understanding and turning our greatest and most beautiful attribute and turning it into a means of debasement. Perhaps even more vile, the Myth of Original Sin seeks to replace our greatest attribute, our rationality and understanding with Faith.
While there is an extensive epistemological discussion on what constitutes Faith elsewhere on this page, the brief summary is…Continue
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 20, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Few Religionist traditions are more patently offensive than the myth of Original Sin and its dogmatic progeny, the myth of fallen humanity. What is our Original Sin? What is our great, intractable failing? What was our deep vileness that was so abhorrent that a SINGLE human's action would be sufficient to condemn our entire species for all eternity?
Our inherent quest for knowledge. Our curiosity. Our desire to understand. God creates us with an inherent longing for…Continue
Thanks to the wonders of searchable databases, locating specific provisions of the seminal religious texts has never proven easier. What used to be a cumbersome task requiring a Concordance is now the work of a few minutes at a computer. As a result, building a textual case against Biblical Morality, or against Yahweh or Allah as the Greatest Conceivable Being has never been easier. These seminal religious texts explicitly endorse slavery and describe in tooth grinding detail how to purchase…Continue