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4.25.2010

Stephen Hawking on Alien "Conquistadors"

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Stephen Hawking says that if aliens ever came to Earth, they would wreak havoc, and we should avoid them.

I think he's a bit negative on that. Then again, if humans ever found an alien world, we'd probably screw it up just like we screw up everything else. So I guess I can kind of see his point.

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4.20.2010

420 is Cool (but not because of smoking or legalizing weed...) - Debunking 420 Myths

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I am often amazed by how willing people are to suspend disbelief in a myth.

Today is April 20, 2010 (a.k.a. 4/20).

The date is honored by many habitual marijuana smokers as a sort of "holiday" - a reason to smoke or otherwise consume marijuana (as if a rationale were needed...). It has since come to represent activism aimed at legalizing "weed" as well.

An urban mythology has sprung up around the number 420 and its association with marijuana use (principally marijuana smoking). As with most valued mythologies, there is a strong willingness of "believers" to avoid facts contrary to their beliefs.

Not that there is anything wrong with having a date to celebrate the consumption of marijuana, per se. Although I quit smoking weed after college years ago (as most people do...), I advocate its use and decriminalization on rational, scientific grounds.

You see, reality waits for no man or woman, and it doesn't care what you believe or how far into the sand or up your ass you would like to stick your head. Therefore, truth seeking should trump all else for rational people, pot smokers or otherwise.

I'm alarmed that there are not more hoax busters out there. I don't consider myself a credible debunker of urban hoaxes, but even my half-assed perusal of the available facts yielded much valuable information.

Here are some basic facts I found.

1. 420 is NOT the police dispatch code for ANY crime, much less drug crimes. (REFERENCE)
2. 420 is NOT the California penal code for marijuana use. Section 420 of the California penal code deals with obstructing entry onto public lands. (REFERENCE)
3. April 20 is NOT the date of death for Jimi Hendrix (Sept 18), Jim Morrison (July 3), or Janis Joplin (Oct 4). (REFERENCE)
4. April 20 (1889) IS Adolf Hitler's birthday. (REFERENCE)
5. April 20 IS the date of the Columbine CO school shootings. (REFERENCE)
6. 420 IS the sum of four consecutive prime numbers (101, 103, 107, and 109). (REFERENCE)
7. 420 IS the smallest number divisible by ALL the digits 1 through 7. (REFERENCE)

Humans seem to have this hard wired penchant for clinging to ritualistic beliefs, even in the face of contradicting facts (or they willfully avoid said facts). It must have had a protective function for uniting early humans together against common foes, but it often seems absurd in the modern age.

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Antares Autotune Pitch Correction Software Rules - Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking

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Hey there!

Enjoy this video, shared with me by my buddy Jim. It features Carl "Cosmos" Sagan, one of my teen idols (Hey, I was a science geek!), and Stephen Hawking.



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4.19.2010

Atheism is the Great Equalizer

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There is a good reason why atheists are generally more peaceful than other people.

Atheists realize something important.

When you take mythical deities out of the equation, atheism is the great equalizer. We are all the same under atheism.

Different religions have different views about how to live life and more importantly how to achieve a good afterlife. They get mad at the other religions that try to tell them something different. This other news creates a cognitive dissonance, best resolved by shutting up the arguments you don't want to hear or burying your head in the sand.

But with atheism, everyone is in the same boat. That's just reality, and it waits for no man or woman, no matter how badly you try and avoid it. You live, you die.

This applies to everyone under atheism: This is the only life there is. There is no afterlife. So you'd better make the most of this life. You'd also better respect everyone else's right to maximize their potential in this life by helping people when you can.

If everyone just followed this simple atheistic belief system, the world would be Utopia.

It is only the belief in God and mythical deities that prevents our return to the Garden, because everyone is so busy trying to live like it says to in whatever Good Book they ascribe to, and silencing contrasting views (including atheism) through various violent and ignorant means.

Isn't that ironic?

4.13.2010

The Ocean (atheist band?) - Origin of Species

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Thanks to PZ Myers for uncovering this gem...

If you like this video, please spread the word VIRALLY by sharing this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqrKJTN6G5Y



LYRICS (since you probably can't understand them either...such evolutionarily advanced vocal chords!)

The Origin of Species

Yes, it's quite hard to believe
That we all come from the same seed:
The scrub, the cockroach and the human being
It's hard to see how the perfection of complex organs was achieved without an engineer

But all you see is the human eye
On top of the mountain peak, so high
A steep wall of rock
Impossible to climb
Our imagination is left behind

But there is a gentle slope on the backside
And even worms have simple eyes
That help them distinguish darkness from light

Our brains are accustomed to the scope of a lifetime
We will never be able to see how the sluggish vessel of evolution
Is slowly creeping up the hill
Uphill

There's no other solution
There's no other solution
There's no alternative to the theory of evolution

4.08.2010

Sunshiny Satanism

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Well, this is simply delightful...

Behemoth-Demigod (Radio Disney Version)

4.04.2010

Atheist Universe - Ask Zombie Jesus, "When's Easter?"

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Easter doesn't really mean much to an atheist like me, except that it is cool to imagine what it was like to encounter the undead zombie Jesus, arisen from the grave. That might be the first documented account of zombie-ism in the Western world. But I don't think it is. Zombie Jesus was based on an earlier mythical being, if memory serves. At least it serves well enough to avoid going and looking it up, because it just isn't that important.

Speaking of mythologies, it never hurts to revisit one of the greatest battles between good and evil ever cinematically rendered. Let us meditate...



What are the most played Easter party games? Anyone?