Can’t spell unstable without unintelligent.

Well the “un” part anyway.

Here’s another video from Thunderf00t (yes, I’m a fanboy now) :

I found this to be a very powerful video.

It’s the prefect example of the “fine-tooth-combness” of the scientific method. VenomFangX (aka PosterBoy for Creationist Stupidity aka PCS) says one thing, then a whole weight of evidence is brought again him that proves, a) his lying b) he has done whatever he is criticising or c) the guy is messed up.

It also looks like were seeing a public break down of someone who just keeps lying, and is now having those lies thrown back in his face, (as well as legal pressures). I don’t know about you but those batman clips and this love video of his just creep me out.

I also must thank Thunderf00t for two reasons. Firstly, his videos on the universe are brilliant, there are superb and extremely well made; a clear labour of love. Secondly, I thank him for the time and effort he has put into making, what can only be describe as a catalogue of bad arguments against science. They give me hope that creationists, and other anti-science quakes, will no longer be able to lie their way through arguments and debates. THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

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Attenborough, atheist and not gonna take it any more.

David Attenborough has been in the news recently, with creationists sending him hate mail because of their ignorance. From the Guardian:

In an interview with this week’s Radio Times about his latest documentary, on Charles Darwin and natural selection, the broadcaster said: "They tell me to burn in hell and good riddance.

Attenborough has hit out again with a criticism of Genesis. From the Independent:

Sir David, 82, said the devastation of the environment has its roots in the first words that God supposedly uttered to humankind, as detailed in Genesis 1:28: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

This observation is completely justified. At the high of Christendom before the Black Plague nature had been devastated by Christian superstitions. Cat and other animals that were considered to be in league with the devil. Monks and monasteries overfished many lakes and large ponds due to the tradition of eating fish on Friday. Then of course when the Black Plague reduced all human influence on nature.

I think you could extend Attenborough point beyond nature. The point could be made that the Christian religion want command of the whole world including humans, and human thought. A superiority complex is what I’m driving at, and sadly most religions have them.

Gotta love science- top 5 extreme exoplanets

A cool list of the most extreme exoplanets (An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet beyond the Solar System, orbiting around another star.) from Wired Science.

1. HD 149026b
This boiling world is one of the hottest and densest ever found. None too pleasant to visit, the surface of the planet is about 3700 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 2,000 degrees Celsius) — about three times hotter than the surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. HD 149026b is so hot that scientists think it absorbs almost all of the heat from its star, and reflects almost no light.

Hd_149026b

Nice to see there’s some sense.

(via bbc)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7842769.stm

An atheist UK bus campaign which uses the slogan "There’s probably no God" does not breach the advertising code, a watchdog has ruled.

 

Although the watchdog acknowledged the content of the campaign would be at odds with the beliefs of many, it concluded that it was unlikely to mislead or to cause "serious or widespread offence".

Here’s how you teach kids when it comes to religion… you don’t!

Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy, Say Psychologists” is the title of a new post by scientificblogging.com

Here’s an extract

To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of ‘personal worth’, according to Dr. Mark Holder, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia,  Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Coleman and graduate student Judi Wallace.

The relationship between spirituality and happiness remained strong, even when the authors took temperament into account. However, religious practices – including attending church, praying and meditating – had little effect on a child’s happiness.

How ‘bout that?

I wish they used more then 320 kids, and that it was international. but it’s still a sound study open for another trail to back up the finding.

Just another example that religion has a greater chance of doing harm to a child then good.

Happy Holidays

Have a happy and superstitionless holiday season.

Billy Connolly on the Catholic Church.

I love Billy Connolly. Extremely funny man. Here’s his take on the Catholic Church:

So, Islam, You going to sort yourself out?

You know, sometimes it just get to sad.

NyTimes coverage of Mumbai Terror.

More Islamist terrorism. What’s interesting is that reasonable members of Islam are distancing themselves from these attacks, but the problem is these attackers were acting within the bounds of Islamic scripture.

Here’s Sam Harris on Islam:

Here’s an extract from Sam Harris’ Letters to a Christain Nations

Quote of the Day

“If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him?
If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future?
If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers?
If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him?
If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses?”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Holy Cow links 11-11-08

Pat Condell’s new video:

An interview of Dawkins by channel 4 on fairy tales and retirement.

Class website- Skeptics Annotated Bible. Gives a very good list of contradictions, adsurities and volience.

For those friends of your that is a conspiracy nut, conspiracy science.