Thursday, August 2, 2007

Theme of the day: Don't fuck with science.

The theme of today's posts seemed to be how religion interacts, and tries to disrupt, science. You can have your religion, that is all fine and dandy, but do not try to make it more "real" by attacking science.

The wonderful thing about science is its willingness to be wrong. I have worked within the scientific community for a few years now and see how it all works. In our text books as children we read about certain scientific things and they are presented as "This is the way it is." Then as we get into high school and college we discover that most everything we learn is marked as a THEORY. Whenever such a theory gets enough scientific evidence, and backing from the rest of the scientific community it gets shown to the public. Until enough evidence is gained, the theory is battled, tested countless times, ripped to shred by editors, and built back up by researchers. In science, if you have an idea, you back it up with readily testable proofs. This is the opposite in religion. In religion, there is one idea, and one proof, which is completely untestable. We could prove a scientific theory wrong and present a better idea, but you will be burned at the stake if you try to prove religion wrong.

Going back to a quote I used in an earlier post, "Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."

Dear Religion: Thanks for making America look like a joke

A really cool BBC documentary. Talks about the war on science spearheaded by the theory of intelligent design. Such a crock of shit. Makes Americans look like dumb yokels. Thanks a lot ignorant religious nuts.

Link to Part One:

Link to Part Two:

Link to Part Three:

First Time I Have Enjoyed Penn and Teller

Two really interesting videos by Penn and Teller. The first is all about how the bible is flawed. The second is about how Mother Teresa actually spent all the charitable donations she received. Some interesting stuff. I'm not going to stand 100% behind it, because Penn and Teller aren't exactly religious scholars, but its still interesting.

Mother Teresa: