“What creationists believe about human origins we get from the Bible,” said David Menton an acclaimed anatomist and also a creationist. “The creation of the world takes place on page one of the Bible. If you throw out the first page of the Bible you might as well throw out the whole thing. If you can’t live with the first page then pitch out the remaining thousand pages.”

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These poor people try to read the bible as a factual report. Unfortunately, not only biology disagrees with the bible. So does about every other science. Think of god creating sun and moon (both referred to as “lights”, despite their obvious difference) after the earth is already in place. In the old testament, earth is thought of as flat. Even in the middle ages people knew better. There is just no way around the fact, that the old testament is the work of a primitive culture. The jewish people have come a long way since then, but some people still don’t get it.

It’s really easy to understand why religious arguments are fallacious. If you have seen this video, you will know why.

“Evolution is not politically correct, so of the very broad range of potential sexual behaviour, there is actually only one that is consistently associated with better physical and mental health and that is the one sexual behaviour that would be favoured by evolution. That is not accidental.”

That’s what a psychologist said who released a study, suggesting that safer sex is bad for your mental health.

Does that make sense? Could evolution work that way?

Of course not. Let’s think about it: What can be derived from evolution theory? “Survival of the fittest”, or something like that. In other words: People who like to have sex are likely to have more offspring and therefore have a greater chance to survive. That explains why nature loves sex. Let’s go to safer sex. People who like to have sex can have it now with a very low “risk” of pregnancy. I say “now”, although “condoms” (think of Casanova) have been around for quite some time now. But virtually no one used them and they were everything but safe until recently. They can’t have played any significant role in our evolution. What about other ways of “preventing” pregnancy? Well, you can pull it out before you shoot the load, but that isn’t really safe, either.

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Lately, I started gaming again and picked Return to Castle Wolfenstein. This is a really atmospheric shooter from 2001. Played in 1600 x 1200 (unfortunately you can’t choose wide screen formats) and with all graphics options set to the highest level, it still makes an impression.

In this game, the Nazis are experimenting with the occult and an american soldier has to stop them all alone. Sounds crazy, but it’s really fun to shoot all this terrifying Ubersoldaten and insane nazi henchmen. Only the evil Heinrich I. is a bit easy to kill.

I’m sure, if any of the rituals they use in this game would work, the Nazis would have summoned everything they could, so the game is pretty realistic in a way. Of course, this whole occult thing is plain bullshit and I hope no one took the game seriously… ;-)

One could criticize, that while the game certainly doesn’t support the nazi ideology, it somehow “supports” esotericism in the same way X-Files does: the occult rituals turn out to be quite real, but no one should know and the army keeps their findings secret. It’s the same narrative that is used in conspiracy theories. However, the plot is clearly a satire and much too ridiculous to be taken literally. I don’t think it supports critical thinking but it doesn’t seem to support the opposite, either. And in the end it’s just fun to play.

Hi folks, I’m a student of philosophy somewhere in Europe and I’m an atheist. Since I study philosophy, I’m not one of those “I don’t believe in god”-atheists, my standpoint is — surprise, surprise — philosophical: Since it doesn’t make sense to talk about non-physical entities (for everything that can be named an entity must also be describable by physics), the idea of a superior non-physical being called god is complete nonsense. I’m going to discuss this matter in more detail later, but I’ll also write here about all the other stuff I’m interested in. Stay tuned!

By the way: I’m not a native speaker and I’d be glad if you point out my mistakes!

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