Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

During my casual browsing through the ol’ interwebs, I came across a remarkable level of exceptionally daft blog entries here on WordPress. Now blog entries that are not exactly intellectual achievements are not exactly uncommon but the frequency of them on this particular day seemed quite odd. So this entry of mine is to merely showcase a handful of these rather silly entries and briefly explain why they are a clear waste of space. It may seem petty to do so but there is far too much idiocy in this world of ours, those who perpetuate it’s spread need to be pointed out and ridiculed.

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Net-Case: Nathan Gray

Posted: December 30, 2010 in Atheism, Evolution, Religion, Reviews, Science

The world is full of ignorant people. This is unfortunate and can only be combated through a decent education system and disparagement of the spreading of falsehoods. Sadly, a lot of people seem to revel in their own ignorance; arguing from a position of impotency and prejudice. These bastions of stupidity, to put it bluntly though it is not necessarily an entirely accurate term, must be showcased and thus corrected – and that is what I shall do here and now, with one entry from the blog of Nathan Gray ‘Othodoxy, among other things: a manifesto’.

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I have been known to watch some DVD movies in my time.  I have also been known to play some video/console/PC games occasionally.  I have, of late, been noticing a trend which seems to be slowly getting worse. Wondering what I could possibly be talking about? Read below the line…

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His morals start on your PC.

His morals start on your PC.

As I’ve previously touched on, the Australian Federal Government is currently going through the motions of trying to introduce mandatory internet filtering.  Despite various bodies who know better than the Minister for Communications Steven Conroy (such as system administrators, ISPs, tech savvy users, etc) saying that it is a pointless exercise that won’t actually do anything … well, Conroy and the Christian Lobby seem dead keen on getting it implemented anyhow.

SBS, a multicultural based television network in Australia, has a weekly show called Insight which is generally a good program to look at various current issues.  Last night they had a program on the subject, followed by a live chat with certain interested parties on their website.  That chat demonstrated two things:  First, the Insight chat software is really bad with posted comments not appearing or being delayed by many minutes.   Second, that Lyle Shelton of the Australia Christian Lobby really is a clueless idiot.

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creationismproofCreationists are an odd lot.  They tend to, generally speaking, range from the blissfully ignorant to those you could only label as outright insane. The Creation Evidence Museum Online website (which sports a really odd URL) seems to be a mix of ignorance and willful falsehoods, all while trying to sound scientific.  It brings up the same old long debunked creationist arguments (we’ll get to those later) and has fooled at last one person (a commenter on my own blog, no less).

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1187991808186I have, on occasion, noted how Atheists, Scientists and affiliated people can get fustrated with people who try to convince others of empirical findings/truth/whatever when it is clear that they have not done so much as the slightest independent research.  They attempt to argue from ignorance; thankfully only the already ignorant tend to believe it but it just goes to make an even bigger mess of ignorance which someone needs to clean up sooner or later.  To try to assist in this, I have often pointed out examples of ignorance and even created a page on this blog where common arguments based on ignorance are refuted.   Sadly the march of ignorance continues as can be found on the ‘Forever Christian‘ blog, most notably on it’s ‘25 Reasons to believe in god‘ page.

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rubbish1Over on the ABC.net.au website (which is generally a reasonably good news website) Greg Clarke, director of the ‘Centre for Public Christianity’ has posted an opinion pieces titled ‘The Struggle to Believe is not a Futile One‘ apparently in response to Atheism and the bus ads that have appeared in several countries.

I hold a completely opposite point of view; I hold that to believe in whatever type of supernatural deity you like is easy and certainly not a struggle.  By outlining this case, I’ll aim to respond to some of Clarke’s rather interesting takes on reality and belief.

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