2060: The Year Humanity Begins to End

Saw this story about a new study done that shows that the sperm count among human males is rapidly declining.  Over the last 30 years it has dropped off.  At the current rate that it goes, the vast majority of human males are going to be completely infertile by 2060.  The cause of this decline is yet unknown.  So even if we learn what it is tomorrow, the chances that we can fix whatever is wrong with our species is nil.  I am loving this news.  I love the shit out of it.  Because it seems that everything Carlin said about humanity and our effect on this planet was true.

One of my favorite bits by George Carlin was him ragging on this idea that we need to save everything now.  We’ll save the trees, the whales, those particular snails.  Everyone is going to save something.  Now it’s coming out that while we are so busy trying to save the whole goddamn planet, humanity is on the verge of death.

Naturally, the SJW media was all over this.  See, the study where it was found that sperm counts are dropping had the most definitive results in western countries, but not in Asian or African ones.  Which to me isn’t a surprise.  How big a sample size could they have had in a lot of those places?  It’s too easy to show that in Asian countries birth rates are already starting to plummet.  Japan is at a point where they are about to have a year where more people die than are born.  I’ve said before how I think the fact that other western nations are following suit is a good thing.  We need the human race to descend by some.  Too bad I didn’t see that that number is about to go off a fucking cliff.  Though, given the fact that western nations have a much larger exposure to crap than other countries, maybe it is just a First World thing.  As I said, the SJW media was all over how great this is.  Yeah, die, all you westerners!  Let’s let the Africans inherit the world!  Too bad that without modern medicine from the west, even if they are immune from whatever is happening to the rest of the world, they will die off in massive numbers from diseases.  Saw this retarded SJW who actually believes that without white people, Black Panther would be a true story.  Hilarious.  Yeah, read the book “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” you fucking retard.

For my part, it’s genuinely refreshing to know that humanity’s time is coming to a close.  We find out why this is happening tomorrow, and I guarantee that corporate America would fight against it just as we fight against accepting that climate change is a real thing.  A chunk of ice the side of Rhode Island just broke off Antarctica, but let’s talk about how it’s all bullshit.  Hilarious.  Corporate America will do everything they can.  And the libertarian dumbfucks will sing about how people dying off is a good thing because of the free market.  The SJWs will all get into a big circle and sing about the death of humanity like it’s the best thing ever.  It will be the last gasp of a species with all this promise, who chose to do nothing with it.

I was always hoping that I would get to be one of the last people on the planet as humanity finally brought our time on this world to a close.  Alas, that won’t be the case.  It seems we now have definitive proof that the generation who comes after us is almost-certainly going to be the last.  It’ll be like Children of Men, only with the true heartbreak being that humanity could have done great things.  Instead, we spent all this time making iPhones and other crap when we could have at least colonized Mars.  So for all you people in your 20’s who are thinking about having kids, I say best not to.  What’s the point?  You’d be condemning the generation you breed with the reality that we are doomed and there really is no point in fighting to continue the species.

It’s too funny for words.

Until next time, a quote,

“The planet’s not going anywhere.  We are!  Pack your shit, folks.  We’re going away!” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

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A Lack of Vision With Programmable Matter

Something I haven’t talked much about is the fact that I am a transhumanist.  I believe that humanity is quickly coming to the point where we can get past our biological limitations with technology.  And I am all for that.  There are a whole bunch of reasons why.  So when I see articles about this new concept that is coming up in the world of DARPA research, it gets my mouth watering.  Programmable matter!  The ideas that come to mind are endless.  The article in the link above said that the truth is that the limits of this technology are only where the human imagination can go, after it gets developed further.  A statement like that makes my mouth water.  So then, when I see their list of practical applications, I am kind of shocked at how limited their vision is.

For me, there is one thing that comes to mind – biological engineering applications.  After all, biology is matter, right?  The physical body is just biological materials that are set into a certain patterns based on the DNA of the individual.  Clusters of specialized cells that are arranged just so to accomplish the tasks of living as a human being.  That’s what the human body is.  So, with that in mind, what is stopping the biological from becoming programmable matter?

I realize that what I am talking about is tens, maybe dozens of years ahead of where we are now.  But given the speed at which technology grows, is it really that far-fetched?  Because I can see even further!  The “soul” as people call it is just chemicals and processes of the brain.  Whose to say that this couldn’t be moved from one body to the next?  Just think about it!  A cancer victim who is dying, what if a body could be fabricated via programmable biological matter to move their brain into?  The man who gets crushed by a car could be saved, purely by putting their brain’s chemistry into another mind.  If the limits are just our imaginations, then perhaps my imagination is further along.

We are already learning how to fabricate organs via 3D printing.  I’m talking about taking this technology to the next level.  Fuck the ethical implications!  Sorry.  Maybe I’m getting a little wrapped up in it.  But I think we are letting ourselves be slowed down.  Now is the time for us to go big!  This technology is in its infancy still.  We’re still making basic shapes and other basic forms.  I know there are great things ahead.  We can’t afford to let ourselves be stopped now.

My body is rotting away.  My feet are dead, and one day they are going to rot off.  It’s why I exercise the way I do.  Diabetes runs in the family, and if I ever contracted that, I would be so fucked.  My heart doesn’t work right.  I am going to require major open-heart surgery to solve the problem.  After my head injury I am one back knock on the head away from death.  My neck can’t move.  I can’t feel where I’m walking.  I just keep it going through muscle memory.  It is EXHAUSTING to live the way I do, and I am quite frankly tired of it.  I know something better is out there.  This kind of technology could save me from total degradation.  As my friend Kathryn says, trust and believe, if there was an opportunity for me to become a test subject for the kind of research I am talking about, then I would be there without a second thought.  Fuck the consequences!  I get one chance to live, and I am tired of wasting it in a body that doesn’t work right.

But more than that, just think of the implications!  Creating bodies on the cheap.  Imagine if you could move minds from one body to the next!  It sounds like science fiction, but if everything in the mind really is just chemistry, then whose to say that it couldn’t be done?  We have technology right now to visualize ones thoughts.  It’s kind of Orwellian, but at the same time kind of cool.  I see the possibilities.  To take humanity to the next level.  To make it so that disease and things like that are no longer a death sentence.  We already have a new untreatable strain of gonorrhea that is spreading rapidly.  The reality is that the day is coming when having to get surgery is a death sentence due to untreatable bacteria.  It’s not something that is a ways off and we can worry about it when it happens.  It’s happening now!  Hospitals all over the country are becoming infested with these diseases.  Diseases we made.  That’s right, our over-prescribing of drugs is the reason that these pathogens exist.  Nice work, humanity.  The hypochondriacs who need drugs for every sniffle are the reason our species is fucked.  Well done.  However, we can get ahead of this.  If finding better immunizations is impossible, and more hardcore drugs won’t work, then we have to find another way around this.  I think my idea might work.

So I’m not just wanting this for my own sake.  I want it to help this species overcome our own shortcomings.  But maybe it’s all just science fiction.  If anyone has an alternative, let me know.

Until next time, a quote,

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Checkov

Peace out,

Maverick

The Infinite Space

There’s something that you should know about me – I don’t believe in free will.  I think that all the decisions that people claim that they have the power to make are illusions.  Everything that could happen already has happened, and we are powerless to change the nature of our fate.  It’s not because of some divine being.  In fact, when one truly thinks about this idea that I have, the existence of a divine being becomes even more ridiculous.  Because it makes the idea of lording over this one universe that much less impressive.  I know what you’re thinking – how can you possibly believe that?  How can all choices just be an illusion?  Simple – the Infinite Space.

Let me explain.  I believe that the universe that we exist in is but one of the infinite number of possibilities that exist in an endless ocean of possibilities..  These possibilities are connected through forces unknown.  It sounds like a bold declaration.  But let me give you something to chew on.  Here’s a video from Minute Physics about the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox.

This video got me to thinking about so much stuff.  Why?  Because the concept is interesting..  We don’t know what the truth is until we look to see if the cat is dead or alive.  It truly is both.  How can that be?  The answer seemed pretty obvious to me – both possibilities have to exist.  It can’t be one or the other.  But where is that other possibility?  Easy – the Infinite Space.  In that place, there is a reality where the cat is dead, if we look and kitty is alive (we love kitty!).  There is no other way.  Quantum physics is trying to figure out the answer, but I think that this makes a lot of sense.

Many of my favorite works of fiction have toyed with the concept.  In Bioshock Infinite, there is a kind of particle that can break the bounds between the spaces.  The Lutece’s figure out how to harness it and use it to break the bonds between worlds in the Infinite Space.  Elizabeth has the ability to open doors between the spaces between worlds, but there was a time when she was able to create them on her own.  She called it a form of wish fulfillment.  Whatever she wanted, she just had to concentrate and she could open a door to that thing.  It’s crazy stuff.  While that was interesting, it all ended on a note of disbelief, where Booker is killed and that someone closes the door to all possibilities.  Yet you hear in the end that there is still a universe where he is alive and everything happens as it is supposed to.  So I guess she still failed.

Next up is Rick and Morty.  In this series, they have repeated instances where they go into alternate universes in order to do things.  But the one that really got me was the episode where Morty wants Rick to create a love potion for him to get his girl, and it spirals out of control until they reach a point where Rick had destroyed all of reality and there seems to be no way to put it right.  So he doesn’t.  Instead, he finds a universe that exists where he manages to solve the entire problem, and then both him and Morty die.  The two then bury themselves and carry on.  It is implicated that this strategy is one that Rick has used before, as he says that they won’t get too many opportunities to do this again.  I love the grim undertones of that show.  It really takes all the hijinks in the series and makes them out to have horrific, ongoing consequences.

Finally, there is my favorite game of last year – Life is Strange.  This series did something similar to Bioshock Infinite, but it took the concept a little further.  See, it has Max be given the ability to control time.  But is she truly controlling time?  I did a post about this (link here), but I’ll give my main points here.  When Max uses her talent, you see something interesting.  She remains in a given place, but time moves around her.  It’s how you are able to use it to sneak past guards or get into places without other people knowing it.  But what happens to those timelines that she leaves?  The implication is that they keep going.  So the timeline that Max and Chloe blow up the door to the Principal’s office still happened.  As is the one where (if you are really dumb and couldn’t resist trying everything) Chloe accidentally shoots herself when you’re messing with David’s gun.  Worse still, there is the one where Max saved William and ended up paralyzing and potentially killing Chloe.  That reality continues with Chloe’s parents being destroyed and Max being solely to blame.  But the end of the game fucks that up and makes it just like the Bioshock Infinite ending where you can just go back in time and stop it from happening by stopping the catalyst.  But that wouldn’t have stopped the tornado.  I talked in another post about how dumb the ending to this game was (please don’t make another season.  It can only get worse).  I still love it, but like Mass Effect 3, the ending crashes and burns.

What a digression all of this was.  My point in all of this is that I believe that all possibilities exist in the Infinite Space.  An endless space where every outcome exists in its own reality.  I don’t think there is a way that one could possibly see this, but I like the one in Cosmos, where it’s like this huge area of interconnecting lights that stretch out for forever, with each light being a possibility.  Within the Infinite Space, there are endless possibilities.  There is a universe where the first girl I ever loved and I are together.  There’s a nice thought.  There’s a universe where I chose to turn down the PR company that ended up being a disaster for me.  There’s a universe where I didn’t lost my first apartment.  It is an endless sea of possibility.

But there’s an interesting idea that a girly-mate of mine posed to me – what if there were realities that touched one-another?  I got to thinking about that.  If we are to believe the Infinite Space is a real thing, and all of these universes are connected through a larger tapestry of existence, then I don’t see why universes couldn’t touch one-another.  There are likely points, countless in number, that our universes have touched one-another and even interacted.  I can hear the counter-point –

Then why wouldn’t we know about it?  Wouldn’t there have been like people or something coming through?

It’s hubris on our part to think that only our world or our species could be affected.  There are endless possibilities for how our universes would interact when making contact.  It could also affect anything.  There are countless instances of unexplained things happening.  Any number of those could be our universe interacting with another in an unforeseen way.

The goal of sciences like quantum physics is to understand stuff like this, and I acknowledge that my perception is simply conjecture that is based on what I have taken in and conclusions I have reached.  Could totally be wrong.  Part of the fun with science is finding out.  What do you think about my hypothesis (yes, hypothesis.  It cannot be a theory because there is currently no evidence for it.  For all those who say that evolution is “just a theory”)?  Let me know in the Comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

Peace out,

Maverick

The Europa Mystery: Part 3

I’ve never been a fan of offworld shuttles.  The g-forces are always sucking me back into my seat.  With inertial dampeners, it’s gotten a lot better.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be one of the old-school astronauts who used to be put in a machine to make them go in a circle until they threw up.  Seriously, what sick bastard does that to a person?
In any case, we get out of the atmosphere and I look down.  Mars looks so different from the old pictures I saw when I was younger.  Veins of water now flow on the planet.  The discovery of vast caverns that were filled with the equivalent of oceans of water changed everything.  Once those were set free, the landscape changed.  Terraforming had now been made possible because actual soil could be cultivated.  Those underground oceans made Mars habitable.  It looked so much like Earth now, except a lot more red than blue.  There was irony there.
Lucas couldn’t shut up about all he wanted to do.  Like me, he had been briefed on what his duties would be.  He would be assisting the science teams on their various projects.  It would be more errand work than anything, but he would be getting hands-on experience on how the work he wants to inevitably do is done in the field.  That’s something that one can’t underestimate.  I was looking at my own assignment.  Operating drones.  I could even learn how to operate a submersible!  The potential for that was beyond cool.  I didn’t know what to think.
We get far enough above to see where we were heading – Orbital Station Artemis.  It was one of two Orbital Stations above Mars.  They were as the name describes – massive stations that orbit the planet and have space-faring vessels dock on them.  Ships that were too big to go planetside would dock at these and wait for whatever reason.  I could see several cargo ships and a few cruise ships as well.  Ships that would take you to Mars via a two-week journey where you could wine and dine and be as merry as you wanted to be.  I had been on one when the family went to Earth.  It was overrated.
Then I saw the ship we would be heading too.  It was big.  Really big.  It looked long and rectangular, like the cargo ships, but this one was different.  This one had guns on it!  A few barrels could be see sticking out of the hull towards the front and rear.  Were they expecting trouble?  Granted, this ship was headed through the Asteroid Belt.  Any ship that went out that way usually was prepared for trouble.
Pirates were a growing occurrence.  Where once the average pirate was on the Net, trying to steal ways to attack other people or companies on the Net, a new breed decided to take the utmost advantage of the growing trend of mining and wrangling asteroids to take back to Earth to mine.  With the new elements discovered by the mining process, being a pirate was a very lucrative business.  A typical mining colony within the Asteroid Belt had a couple of warships protecting it, as did all major Orbital Stations and colonies that did business with mining operations.  From what I understood, the growth of space-born military was becoming a rather heated issue back on Earth, with the Colonies wanting independence from the Confederacy of Allied Nations that represented the planet’s interests.

We docked at the Orbital Station.  I had forgotten how massive the place was!  Inside was like a giant marketplace.  There were mining companies, private security firms, weapon and starship manufacturers.  The dim lighting made the entire inside of the ship look like an old Asian market.  Given the number of languages represented here, that wasn’t a huge stretch, either.  We were the cleanest of the bunch here, aside from the suits and the men and women in uniform.  It was kind of off-putting.  Our group had a security detail, but still.  Lucas kept huddled up to me.
It was then that I noticed an older woman who also was keeping close to the two of us.  She would routinely check back and make sure we were keeping up.  She had hair that was starting to gray, but appeared to take good care of herself.  The primp and proper academic look had a more hard edge to it.  It was rather intimidating, yet comforting at the same time.
We walked through the facility and it was such a fascinating world.  In addition to selling weapons, tools and ships, there were more radical sales as well.  I caught sight of a facility that was selling cybernetic augmentation.  Another was selling programs for various cranial augmentations.  Something Mars saw very little of was the insane cybernetics crazy that had swept the Colonies and was now making its way down to Earth.  It wasn’t unusual to see someone with glowing eyes walking the corridors.  There was a man smoking a cigarette (ah, the wonder if filters to keep this place from blowing up), holding it with an artificial hand.  It was a crazy new world.  If you could dream it, there was an augmentation for it.
There was a corridor that we avoided where I saw some less engaging things.  Women who stood like dolls, with glowing patches on their necks.  Augmented slaves.  It was a dirty trade that was kept on the down-low.  Given how many space pirates there were roaming the stars, it was a reality that there was dirty dealings.  So long as fights didn’t break out, they could conduct their business here as they saw fit.  It kept the peace.  And part of that was doing work that others deemed horrifying.  Lucas saw it too, and the both of us decided to just keep moving.  The woman who was keeping close to us looked back at me.  There was something in her eyes.  A cold look of anger and pain.  She didn’t like pirates.  That much was clear.  Just who is this broad, anyway?

Finally, we got to the docking bay where the ship that would be taking us to Europa was.  Once the airlock opened I breathed a little easier.  This ship was immaculate!  White interiors that had the cleanliness of a science lab, yet the orderliness of the crew like a military vessel.  I got the feeling that the biggest backer of the project was the IDF.  Since this ship had guns on it, they clearly had some plans for military application.  I wasn’t surprised.  If the goal was to expand to the outer planets, then they would need to have outposts that could defend themselves.  This was a mission that required a lot of money.  Take help where you can get it.
Since we were already in space, we didn’t have to strap in or anything when we took off.  The crew was asked to gather inside of the hangar.  My Band had schematics uploaded.  All I had to do was point my wrist at the floor and a beam would come out and display a path on the floor for a certain distance.  It was quite nice.  Lucas and I grabbed seats as close to the front as we could.  The rest of the group was friendly enough.  Like the two of us, they were all excited to get there.  They were being paid a small fortune, after all.  The woman from earlier grabbed a seat near to us.  I took this opportunity to grill her.
“So, is there a reason that you are constantly sitting near me?  ‘Cause I’m gonna be honest here – it’s getting a little weird.”
She sighed and smiled a bit.  “I’ve been tasked with watching out for you.  We’re in the same department, after all.”
That got my attention.  “What department is that?”
“Vehicle Operations, of course.”
That name, I liked it.  “Cool.  Well then, nice to meet you, I guess.”  We shook hands just as a man came to the front of the room.  I heard a soft hum as loudspeakers came on.  The room had quite a few people in it.  No surprised.  This ship was big and I didn’t expect that it would be only a few people on the mission.
The man came into the light and I saw that it was the guy who had come to my house!
“Greetings all, my name is Lieutenant Commander Jordan Lewell.  I am the commanding officer of this vessel.  As you already know, our destination is going to be the facility on Europa.  Now, the bulk of you are going to go into cold sleep for the duration of the trip.  What will almost be a month to us will be just a few minutes to you.  We have divided you each into various departments.  Your Bands have been updated with where your department’s cold sleep pods are.  Once you have stowed your bags, several technicians will assist you in getting into the pods.  If you have claustrophobia issues, make sure to let them know.  To the crew of the ship, we are going to be activating the LR boosters.  Stand by your stations for launch.  Dismissed!”
Everybody got up.  Lucas and I were headed in opposite directions.
He looked at me, a little nervous, but also smiling.  “Well, guess I’ll see you there.”
I put my hand on his shoulder.  “You know it!  Don’t get too miserable without me.”
“Fuck you!”  The two of us shared a laugh before shouldering our bags and heading to where we were to sleep out this trip.

I followed my in to the department, who I found out was named Maribelle, or just Mari, for short.  We got to a room that was filled with large pods that appeared to be rather padded.  It looked cozy enough.  There were several people in white uniforms.  These people weren’t military.  I could tell that much.  They had the look of lab technicians.
“Welcome, everybody!  Now, we have special outfits for each of you.  Don’t worry, they are already sized to fit.  You’ll find them in your locker, where you’ll leave your bags.  We have dressing rooms for each gender, so get changed and then meet us back here.”  Nice enough people.
I opened my locker and did indeed find a suit inside that looked like it was already fitted for me.  It was white, with several sensors attached to it.  I could tell that it was wireless tech, most likely used to monitor vitals.  After getting dressed, I walked out and to a pod that my Band told me was mine.  Mari was standing there, watching me arrive.  As I did, she leaned in close.
“You’ll wanna take off that necklace of yours.  If you don’t, it’ll freeze to your skin and really fuck you up once you thaw.”
My hands immediately reached for it, clutching it tight.  It was underneath my suit.  How had she known?
“Don’t worry, it ain’t like it’s going anywhere.  Just put it in your locker.”
The idea of taking the necklace off, it felt bad to me.  But I didn’t want to risk injuring myself.  It took a lot of effort on my part to close the door to my locker when I had the necklace off.  Once I did, I knew that I was committed.  A tech was instructing us on how to safely use one of these machines, on the off-chance that we would have to go into emergency cryo-stasis.  Come to find out – you can use these things without the suits, they were just there for our safety.  So long as no metal was touching your skin, you were perfectly safe.
Once the lecture was over, the lot of us got inside.  Our suits lit up and we saw the pods closing.  I was a bit claustrophobic, but part of me could already feel my body getting weaker as the door shut.  It was like a sudden intoxication fell over me and I didn’t want to stay awake.  They told us about this.  It was a gas that would put us under.  I knew that when I woke up, I’d be at Europa.  Part of me still wished that I had Angie’s necklace with me.  I felt naked without it.  My eyes closed, and I felt the effect in action.

Until next time, a quote,

“That, if I then had wak’d after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d
I cried to dream again.”  -Caliban, The Tempest

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien vs. 22 Creationists

So, there was this article on Buzzfeed where a guy asked 22 creationists at the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate what they would ask to the other side.  Since I went after how badly Bill Nye mopped the floor with Ken Ham, now I’m going after them.  Enjoy.

Bill Nye,
Are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?

Yes, he is.

Are you scared of a Divine Creator?

Uh, no.  Since I have seen ZERO compelling evidence that one exists, I’m not.  If one does, I mean to give it the finger for creating a world as fucked-up as ours and not lifting a hand to make it better.

Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature? i.e. trees created with rings, Adam created as an adult…

Yes, yes it is.

Does not the Second Law of Thermodynamics disprove Evolution?

I’ve already done a post debunking this (linked here), so I’m just going to say that no, it doesn’t.  Let’s move on.

How do you explain a sunset if there is no God?

Well, it involves solar rays contrasting with all the shit that we put into the air.  For real, as beautiful as sunsets are, we take for granted that their beauty comes from our waste, along with the natural toxins that get into the air.  At least, a lot of it does.  Just putting that out there.

If the Big Bang Theory is true and taught as science along with evolution, why do the laws of thermodynamics debunk said theories?

I just talked about this.  Moving on.

What about noetics?

What about them?  We’re talking science here, not philosophy.

Where do you derive objective meaning in life?

I’ve always found this idea that there is some objective meaning in the random-ass chaos in life peculiar.  Did my girlfriend dying in a car wreck have an objective meaning?  Did your grandmother or grandfather’s death from cancer have a meaning?  Life doesn’t have an objective meaning.  It means whatever the fuck you want to mean.  That’s the whole point of individuality.  We all come to our own conclusions.  Don’t like that?  Too bad.

If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate?  By chance?

Why is that so hard to buy?  How it is easier to believe that it all originated from a sky-patriarch who left no evidence of his existence other than a book that straight-up rips off stories from other religions (*cough*Jesus!*cough*).  Yes, it all is chance.  It’s blind luck that we all ended up here as a tiny film on the surface of this planet.  In a universe of hundred of billions of galaxies and countless trillions of stars and a googleplex of planets, you really think that chance is just too impossible to rationalize?  The arrogance of that astounds me.

I believe in the Big Bang Theory.  God said it, and BANG, it happened!

That’s not even a question.

Why do evolutionists/secularists/humanists/non-God believing people reject the idea of there being a creator God but embrace the concept of intelligent design from aliens or other extra-terrestrial sources.

Uh, can I have some examples of people who believe this?  From where I’m sitting that sounds pretty fucking crazy.  Although, crazy as it is, it has more credibility than God.  After all, since life emerged here, the chances that it didn’t elsewhere is impossible.  For real, there is NO way that we are alone in this universe.  Just sayin’.

There is no inbetween…
The only one found has been Lucy and there are only a few pieces of the hundreds necessary for an “official proof.”

Ah, the “missing link” bullshit.  I figured that this would come up.  Turns out, the whole thing about there being this one point where early humanoids went from apes to man is a lot longer than it sounds.  For more, check out this link.

Does metamorphosis help support evolution?

Uh…you lost me, kid.  As a metaphor, maybe?  Like is a caterpillar’s evolution into a butterfly like evolution?  If that’s what you’re asking, then the answer is no.  Evolution is nowhere near that direct.  It’s a slow and very gradual process.  It takes thousands upon thousands of generations for speciation to occur.

If Evolution is a Theory (Like creationism or the Bible) why then is Evolution taught as fact?

I am SO sick of this argument!  You idiots seem incapable of learning anything, so here I’ll say again – you are confusing a Theory with a hypothesis.  See, in a hypothesis, you have an assumption and no proof to back it up.  In a Theory, you have tested and gotten a large amount of evidence and come to a conclusion based on what you have tested and observed.  However, since you cannot be certain beyond any doubt, you cannot call it a Law.  See, in a Law, you have proven something to the point where doubt is no longer present.  It’s the same reason that gravity is “just a Theory” too.  Can you imbeciles at least TRY and get that through your heads?

Because science is by definition a theory “- not testable, observable or repeatable.”  Why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?

Is that what you think a Theory is?  Alright, I’m going to beat you over the head with a dictionary definition.

the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another

Did you catch that?  Facts.  You obtain facts through research.  Research that can be tested, retested and tested again, so as to be sure that there is not a flaw in the data.  Scientific data is among the most heavily scrutinized in the world.  Just look at the fucktards who are constantly trying to prove that climate change in a myth.  They will pick apart every sentence of every piece of data with a fine-toothed comb so as to not have to admit guilt.  Your views of science are so ass-backward that it hurts.

What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?

You just said it – mutation.

What purpose do you think you are here for if you do not believe in Salvation?

That’s it?  That’s what you think you’re here for?  I don’t believe there is a purpose to living, but if finding “Salvation” is the best that you’ve got then that is a pretty fucking sad existence.  I believe that life is about finding fulfillment as a person, however you chose to do it.  Whether it be through having kids, enjoying what you enjoy or whatever.  It is what you choose for it to be.  Finding “Salvation” is so lesser in the scope of how powerful that is.

Why have we found only 1 “Lucy” when we have found more than one of everything else.

This again?  You have NO idea how incomplete the fossil record is, do you?  The reality is that with tectonic activity and countless other natural events, there are countless species that we will NEVER know existed on this planet.  We have so few fossils of all the creatures that lived on this Earth that you wouldn’t believe.  It’s part of what makes what we have found that much more impressive.  As for the whole “Lucy” thing, we’ve already talked about that, so yeah, next.

Can you believe in the big bang without faith?

Uh, yeah.  Actually, this theory of the origin of the universe is but one of many.  I keep an open mind, save the Young-Earth Creationist bullshit that science has already debunked.  The evidence gives us a good indication that the Big Bang was the event that began the universe, but it could go into any number of ways.  The whole point of my “belief” is that I have evidence.  Faith is believing in something without evidence.  Totally different animal.

How can you look at the world and not believe that someone Created/thought of it?  It’s Amazing!!!

That only covers the good stuff like sunsets, rainbows and boobies.  There are a fuck-ton of other things that you have to account for with that –

Cancer
Birth defects
Autism
Starving people in nations that have no way out
Constant wars
An asteroid being able to wipe us all out at any second
Disease
Rape
Murder
Insanity
One Direction
Giant-ass spiders

Where was all the goodness then?

Relating to the big bang theory – where did the exploding star come from?

More science education for dumb people.  It wasn’t an exploding star.  It was all matter and energy in the universe compressed into a single place as energy.  As to where that came from, there are any number of possibilities.  Science always trying to find the answer to that question.

If we come from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

Obvious troll is obvious.

And that is my pwnage of stupid people for the day.  Have fun?

Until next time, a quote,

“I understand that you take the Bible, as written in English, translated many many times over the last three millennia as to be a more accurate, more reasonable assessment of the natural laws we see around us than what I and everybody in here can observe. That, to me, is unsettling.”  -Bill Nye

Peace out,

Maverick

Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Debate (Aftermath)

While we are always jumping at the chance to look at conservative fucktardatation, Christians have a REALLY loyal fanbase in that regard.  It’s like no matter what stupid shit they do, they are totally cool with that.  Case and point, last night.  I didn’t have a lot of high expectations for the debate between The Science Guy, Bill Nye and the head of the Creation Museum (one of the funniest places you’ll ever see) head, Ken Ham.  Naturally, I was not even a little surprised at how dumb the entire affair was.  In fact, I was more than a little disappointed at how one-note everything Ham said was.

DebateNye made argument after argument about stuff and the bulk of Ham’s rebuttals came down to –

Well, there’s this book called the Bible and that’s all the proof I need!

Some of the highlights of the debate were the argument about Noah’s Ark (a story that is 110% bullshit) and how Nye made the argument that you would have to discover almost a dozen new species every day to account for all of the species being in the Ark and getting off of it.  Also, he brought up the same point that countless others have about how there are all the marsupials in Australia, as opposed to anywhere else.  Plus, if you’ve ever been to the Creation Museum, they have dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark.  The fuck?!  Yeah, like velociraptor is quietly sitting there waiting to be fed by this tiny fleshy little man.  Or T-Rex.  How the fuck do you get a creature that big onto the boat?  Or brontosaurus.  It’s nuts.

Another common theme that kept coming up was the “physical” and “historical” sciences and how that is different.  I’ve heard this term before, and it’s retarded.  Historical science is this thing that Christians made up to justify studying things that happened a long time ago.  Like we don’t have any present-day knowledge to go with our studies of the past.  We don’t believe in evolution just because of fossils, dumb-shits.  We believe in it because we can see evolutionary forces at work today.  Right now.  We see them all the time.  There was a study done on a bunch of cows who were abandoned on an island who evolved in different ways and how their horns became totally wonky because they no longer had any use for them here in my home state.

Then there was the line – “were you there to see the beginning?” whenever Nye brought up the age of the Earth.  This was more of that – if you didn’t see it, you can’t know.  This appeal to not knowing was brought up a lot.  Nye even admitted that we didn’t know everything, but countered Ham’s argument with – we’re still learning.  Science is about finding out new things.  It is open to being proven wrong.  Ham said that Nye was “assuming things about the past that he doesn’t know if they are true.”  Wow.  That’s irony if I’ve ever seen it.

Ham also made the insane argument about the Tower of Babel story as proof of why there are people who speak different languages.  The stupidity of that just boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

Bill Nye made a great point when he said that actual Theories can predict things.  What does Creation predict?  That things will end?  Faith-based science has this bad habit of just making their stories seem more credible (to them) and helping them to not have to think too hard.  Not to mention – the religious people who don’t agree with Ham and his particular strand of bullshit.  There are thousands of religions and even dozens of denominations of Christianity that don’t agree with Ham and his beliefs about the origins of life on Earth and what has happened since.  Ham didn’t even seem open to the possibility.  For real, he said that they are wrong, straight-up.  The arrogance is astounding.  Hell, he even made the argument “just because the majority believes something doesn’t make it true” when Nye confronted him about how the public at large has accepted carbon and radiometric dating and the age of the Earth.  Are you fucking kidding me?!  This argument, from a Christian to an atheist?  Un-fucking-real.

But the thing that really shaped this debate all came down to one question that was asked to both – what, if anything, could change your mind on your position.  Bill Nye said that he didn’t know everything and that he was always open to new knowledge.  He said that clear evidence would very easily get him to look at things differently.  While Ken Ham made the argument that nothing, under any circumstances, would change his mind.  Wow.

This is the fundamental difference between science and faith.  Science demands proof.  Science is constantly skeptical.  Science is open to being proven wrong.  Science looks for the truth and is willing to change as new knowledge becomes available.  Faith, on the other hand, already has a truth and they are looking to make the science make it fit in for them.  That’s the reason that every time there is something that science doesn’t know, they shoe-horn Gawd in there.  Science is humble and open while faith is arrogant and blinded.  Faith tells you that there is a being who is all-powerful, loves you, has a plan for you (yet lets you have free will.  Fuck consistency) and has a place for you when you die that is so awesome (unless you don’t believe, in which case they say that the guy who God smote down is going to punish you for not believing in God.  That makes as much sense as the Riddler punishing you for not liking Batman) and you will be there forever.

The religious arrogance follows in the reactions to the debate.  Twitter was abuzz with people saying that they didn’t need evidence, they had faith and that Ken Ham was just the best for standing up to mean ol’ Bill Nye.  Part of me almost feels bad for Christians that this idiot is the best person they had to speak for them.

Until next time, a quote,

“You can’t observe the past? That’s all we do in astronomy, that’s what it is — looking at the past. By the way, you’re looking at the past right now. The speed of light bounces off of me and gets to your eyes. And I’m delighted to see that the people in the back of the room appear just that much younger than the people in the front.” -Bill Nye

Peace out,

Maverick

This Level of Anti-Science Advertising is Disgraceful! (A response to Toys “R” Us)

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while.  But I came across something today that just made me sick.  Now, I’m not one of these uber-PC liberals who thinks that everybody should never ruffle feathers.  I get that the world we live in is WAY more complicated than that.  However, there are times when I see something so pandered that it makes me think that America deserves to fall into the global disregard that we slowly are.

See, there is this new ad by Toys “R” Us (linked here) that has a bunch of kids get on a bus.  They think that they are going on a field trip to a place called the “Meet the Trees Foundation.”  An organization that is so boring that what class would actually go on a field trip there?  The kids are totally bored by what they can tell is going to be boring.  But instead, the man who is taking them there suddenly shows that he is a Toys “R” Us worker.  Yay!  All the kids go nuts, because he tells them that they get to go and play around in the store and get any toy they want.  The kids are happy because they get a free toy and I’m assuming a little pocket change for helping this company whore out its anti-science advertisement.  This ad, to me, says a lot of REALLY bad things.

The first is that science is boring, and kids should totally not care about it.  I remember being a kid.  I remember loving to learn about stuff.  At the age that these kids are, I remember me and my friends loving science.  We wanted to learn all we could about the world around us.  Which, by the way, is fucking normal!  Normal kids want to learn!  It’s part of growing up!  Something that Ritalin-riddled America and its desperate attempts to rob children of their childhood has forgotten.  America is now so scared of education and letting kids be kids that we are now doing everything we can to rob them of their chance to live a little.  Kids want to learn.  Kids do care.  As an environmental scientist said in the article linked above, the data has shown that kids do want to learn.

The next thing is that it promotes a kind of blind commercialism and consumerism.  I mean, sure, that’s the society we live in now.  Americans find it so fucking hard to think for themselves these days that whenever someone has a thought posed to them that they don’t immediately understand, we run to Google.  It’s like using these brain things we were born with is too much work.  Why think when the Internet can do the thinking for you?! 😀  Then there is the fact that ads like these are basically saying – the outdoors suck!  Go shopping instead!

The insult to science and science teachers also can’t go unnoticed.  The lack of respect for modern teachers is something that always grinds my gears.  The modern conservative talking point is that teachers are all over-paid and under-worked propaganda machines that are turning our youth into liberal demagogues!  When the truth is that teachers are actually over-worked and horrifically under-paid essential parts of American society that get so little respect that you have them having to apologize when parents are yelling at them for flunking their little dumb-shit kid who constantly acts up.  Back in my parent’s day, if a kid acted up, they got the ruler!  Or something close to that.  You didn’t fuck with teachers back then.  It was assumed that if your kid wasn’t measuring up, then it was your kid’s fault.  A good teacher would do their best to try and work with the kids, but in the end, they could only do so much.  There were only so many hours in the day.  Now, thanks to the god-awful self-esteem movement, if a kid’s feelings get hurt, it’s the teacher’s fault.  Because little Billy or Jane would NEVER be idiots, right?  So when we advertise that they are just as pathetic as the subject they teach, then it becomes pretty clear that we are insulting them and their profession even more.

The last thing I want to touch on is the offensive portrayal of nature.  At a time when 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is a real issue, that man is helping make worse, and we aren’t doing shit to change it, we are going to tell our kids – don’t pay attention to nature.  Who cares about it?!  It’s like the people who rule this country literally do not care that the world that we are leaving children will be shaped by what we teach them.  So you want to show kids that science and nature suck.  After all, who cares if the world turns into toxic sludge.  They have a new toy!

Oh yeah, and this ad also says something bad about field trips!  I remember some of the field trips I went on back in the day.  My favorite was going across the state to see the Alaska Sealife Center while it was still under construction.  I got to see how it functioned and how it was being built.  That was so cool!  It was a little kid, and it was awesome.  My old man thought it was awesome too.  He went with us on that trip.  This idea that all field trips are these boring wastes of time annoys me so much!

Look, I’m not some psychotic hippie who believes that the end of the world is around the corner.  But who among you can look me in the eye and say that the decisions we make now, and the priorities that we make today are not going to be relevant in future generations.  The climate is changing.  The youth are being robbed of their childhoods.  Worst of all of that, to me, is the fact that science education is so pathetic in this country.  We have the Christian-right, most of whom believe that evolution is a myth, climate change is just a “theory” and these teachers are all trying to turn their kids into atheist heathens who are going to burn in hell!  When the truth is that they are simply trying to teach them what’s real.  What is real based on VERIFIABLE FACT!  Not a book!  Not a myth that you choose to believe in because it makes YOU feel better!  Fact!  These people are woefully underpaid, overworked and get so little respect for it from the government and parents of stupid kids.  And American deserves to get left behind by the rest of the world in science and mathematics.  We are becoming dumber and dumber, because no one will champion intelligence.

Is this the kind of world that you all want for your children?  If so, when it all goes to shit, if you live to see that point, know this – it’s all on your heads.  Last I checked, there is no God, so he isn’t coming to save you all from the world you make.

Until next time, a quote,

“Now, speaking of parents and speaking of bullshit – two ideas that aren’t always mutually-exclusive, by the way – I’d like to mention a special kind of bullshit that has taken hold in this country in the last 30-40 years.  It’s a kind of bullshit that can only be called ‘child worship.'”  -George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick