We Are Not a Puddle

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The picture above is of a puddle.  It was formed by the simple act of water, either rain or some other means, of filling in a hole.  See how it fits snugly in the hole?  Well, guess what?  That hole was not created for that puddle any more than the Universe was created for us.

For some who cling to religion, they believe that the Universe was “fine tuned” for human beings and that that fact proves that an Intelligent Designer exists.  Well, I dispute that and state unequivocally that we are just not that important. In fact, human beings have existed for mere seconds in the span of time, so if the Universe was made for us, then we should have come by long, long ago.

You can also drill down further to just the Earth.  If our lovely planet was “designed” just for us, then why is most of it inhospitable to our life form?  Our blue marble is 71% water, in which we cannot survive.  Of the land that remains, we cannot survive extreme heat or cold.  So, deserts and the poles are off-limits.

What about space?  In our solar system alone, only one planet has human life.  All the others are either too hot or too cold, and none of them have the atmosphere we need to survive.  We just could not breathe.  Breathing is, um, necessary.

Outside of our solar system, we have discovered around 3500 planets, none of which we can even get to quite yet.  And, of those 3500, it is estimated that only around 30 of them are ones that we are optimistic about when it comes to supporting human life.

So, how “fine tuned” is this Universe for us, really?

 

I’m an Atheist and So Are You

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(Graphic courtesy of sickchirpse.com)

For those of you who know me, you know I am an atheist.  I simply do not believe in a god or gods.  That’s essentially what an atheist is, but some folks think it’s much more and I just want to take a few moments to clear things up for you.

Theism is the claim that a god exists – it can be the Christian god, the Jewish god, the Islamic god, the Hindu gods, the Norse gods, whatever.  Atheism is not a claim that none of these gods exist, it is merely the rejection that they do based on the evidence. Atheism, by and large, makes no claims at all and, in fact, many atheists will say that they would believe in a deity if sufficient evidence was presented to them.  It’s not an epistemological (knowledge) claim like agnosticism which states that someone doesn’t know if a god exists or that it can never truly be known if a god exists. There’s a big difference there.

Picture a closed pantry door.  Some dude comes up to you and says that the pantry is stocked with Double Stuff Oreos.  The atheist says “I don’t believe you. Show me the evidence” while the agnostic says “The door is locked, so we’ll never know and I’m frankly not sure.”  The theist would say “I don’t need to open the door; I’ll just have faith.”  To confuse you, the agnostic atheist would say, “I don’t think we’ll ever know if there are Oreos in there and, quite frankly, I don’t believe there are based on the evidence you provided, dude.” See the difference?

Everyone, at some point, fits into one of those categories at one time or another.  Christians believe in their god, but they do not believe in the Hindu gods.  That makes them atheists in that respect. You will hear famous atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins elaborate on this argument simply by saying that we are all atheists, except I believe in one less god than you do.

So, you may only be one step away.

 

 

Water is Life!

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If you weren’t aware, an adult body is made up of about 60% water.  We are told to drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (sometimes more) to replenish our bodies so we do not dehydrate, especially in hot weather or after heavy activity.  One estimate is that we drink 200 billion bottles of water globally per year.

Water also makes up about 70% of the Earth’s surface. Ironically, this makes the majority of the planet inhospitable for us, but it serves other purposes that we are reliant on – such as rain.  I’m not going to go through the whole process as to how that happens, so you’ll just have to trust me.

The bottom line is we need water.  And we need it clean.  But, this is not a post about the Trump administrations efforts to kill us through ignoring climate change. This post is about an asshole named Peter Popoff who actively sells “miracle water” that, after imbibing, can heal you, send you money, get you a job and find you a love match – so this douchebag claims.

I’m torn on who to blame for this.  On one hand, I think that Popoff should be flogged.  Maybe, even have his nuts removed for being such a low-life scumbag who preys on the weak-minded.  On the other hand, I want to slap the shit out of the people who try this stuff and actually believe it works.  It’s fucking water.

These people, Popoff and his idiot followers, are allowed to vote.  They are allowed to hold jobs, maybe even teach your children.  They can’t be trusted to take their own lives seriously, so how can they be trusted to be out in the world and affect others?

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking.  Everyone has a right to be a moron and I shouldn’t be an elitist.  Well, fuck that.  If you are being stupid, I have just as much of a right to let you know as you are to be so.

Don’t be a moron.