Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Charles Darwin didn't want to talk about it but in a private letter two years before he died, he wrote "I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the son of God." The religious implications of evolution are obvious. Charles Darwin killed the god fantasy.

A Letter About Darwin’s Belief in God Just Sold for Nearly $200,000

Just 41 words long, it provides a missing link for historians who have long wondered what the naturalist thought about religion.

By Erin Blakemore
SMITHSONIAN.COM
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015



Old Letters

The idea of natural selection has caused religious debates since even before Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. Now, a letter penned by the father of evolution himself on his personal religious views has gained its own fame — the AFP reports that an 1880 letter by the naturalist just brought $197,000 at auction.

The note is just 41 words long, but that didn’t keep it from bringing in big bucks. The AFP reports that though Bonhams New York thought the letter would sell for between $70,000 and $90,000, it brought in a much higher price.

Darwin’s now-valuable note represents a missing link, so to speak, for historians who have long wondered what Darwin believed. It was written in response to a young barrister who asked about Darwin’s personal feelings about the New Testament. Such correspondence was familiar to Darwin — after all, his groundbreaking works on evolution created quite a stir.

As The Darwin Correspondence Project notes, Darwin’s published writings “are particularly reserved or altogether silent on religion.” In 1866, for example, he wrote that “my opinion is not worth more than that of any other man who has thought on such subjects.” But in 1880, two years before his death, Darwin broke his silence on religion. His reply:

Private
Nov. 24 1880
Dear Sir,
I am sorry to have to
inform you that I do
not believe in the Bible
as a divine revelation
& therefore not in Jesus
Christ as the son of God.
Yours faithfully
Ch. Darwin

Francis McDermott, who received Darwin’s letter, promised to keep it secret, and not publicize the famous scientists response. And he kept that promise. According to Fine Books and Collections, the 1880 letter, which set a world record price for Darwin letters, was “unknown to scholars for over 100 years.

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World Record for Charles Darwin Letter at Bonhams NY

A new world record at auction for a letter by Charles Darwin was set at Bonhams New York yesterday (21 September) at the History of Science and Technology sale. The highly personal and unusually pointed statement on Darwin’s lack of belief in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the son of God was sold for $197,000, (£127,000) having been estimated at $70,000-90,000 (£45,000-60,000).

Darwin’s letter is a reply to a young barrister named Francis McDermott who wrote on November 23, 1880 with a very unusual request: “…If I am to have pleasure in reading your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New Testament. My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to the question Do you believe in the New Testament...." McDermott continues by promising not to publicize Darwin's reply in the "theological papers".

Darwin responded the very next day:

"Private

Nov. 24 1880

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to have to

inform you that I do

not believe in the Bible

as a divine revelation

& therefore not in Jesus

Christ as the son of God.

Yours faithfully

Ch. Darwin"

McDermott was true to his word and this letter was unknown to scholars for over 100 years. The subject of Darwin’s religiosity had long been a cause of vehement debate. Darwin himself largely refrained from public comment, probably to respect the feelings of his friends and family. Just a month before penning this note, Darwin wrote to the prominent atheist Edward Aveling, "It has ... been always my object to avoid writing on religion, and I have confined myself to science.”

Commenting on the letter, Darwin’s great-great-grandson Matthew Chapman said, “You have to remember this was written two years before he died. You say what you mean. I don't think you are inclined to lie or showboat. You know you are facing death at that point and so I think this is a clear and honest expression of his atheism."

Darwin studied theology at Christ’s College, Cambridge at the suggestion of his father but preferred to spend his time collecting specimens with a select circle of naturalists. It was Darwin’s mentor John Henslow, a clergyman and a professor of Mineralogy at Cambridge, who nominated the 22-year old Darwin for the history-making voyage on the Beagle. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published in 1859 and it was then that Darwin’s faith in religion or lack thereof became the subject of public controversy. Darwin died in 1882, the greatest naturalist of his age. Rumors of a deathbed conversion were widely believed but firmly denied by his daughter.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Religious brainwashing.

"Were you brought up in a particular religion? Do you still believe that religion?"

Most people belong to the exact same religious cult their ancestors belonged to. That's the power of religious brainwashing.

I was a brainwashed Catholic. These days I'm a hardcore atheist and anti-theist.

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The ugly nuns kept repeating this same bullshit every day. Now I realize they were insane.

"Christ died for your sins."

"You must have faith."

"The Catholic Church is the one true religion."

Evolution makes Idiot America cry.



Only 8% of Jehovah's Witnesses accept evolution. I thought it was zero percent.

At their moronic anti-science anti-reality website https://www.jw.org/en/ they have about 20 pages about why evolution is wrong. They wrote a few things about natural selection which is the most important mechanism of evolution, but they obviously don't understand how it works. It doesn't matter because the fucktards who read their anti-science nonsense are too dense to realize they are being fed bullshit.

Here in Idiot America, we have hundreds (or probably thousands) of anti-evolution websites. These liars for Jeebus understand the religious implications of evolution and that's why they are in a war against it. Their websites have lots of dishonesty and lots of extreme stupid. Their goal is to make sure Americans will always be know-nothing morons.

One of my favorite books: Idiot America, How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles Pierce.

The religious implications of evolution.

Rational Wiki - Theistic evolution #Atheist_positions

Atheist accommodationists argue that spending time attacking theistic evolutionists is badly spent; firstly, because they are not actively trying to stifle science education, and secondly, because they do not necessarily deny all scientific facts, as young earth creationists must. This, say the accommodationists, means that they can be powerful allies in the fight against creationists, and that encouraging theistic evolution in religious circles, possibly along with the controversial NOMA principle that religion and science can meaningfully coexist, would be better in the long run than discounting theistic evolution altogether.

New Atheists, who are much less persuaded by NOMA arguments, maintain that supernatural explanations are simply wrong in principle and that trying to find common ground with holders of magical beliefs is a compromise which helps nobody.

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The "accommodationists" aka atheist wimps, think it's a good idea to suck up to morons who think supernatural magic is one of the mechanisms of evolution. That's ridiculous. There must be zero tolerance for bullshit in science.

I always tell these morons for Jeebus they can't stick Jeebus into science. That's not how the world works.

Why do Christian fucktards want to make magic a mechanism of evolution? It's because they don't want to admit their god fairy of the gaps has run out of hiding places.

I tell these Christians evolution requires zero magic. I also remind them the Magic Jeebus Man was a know-nothing creationist. I ask them why do you want to worship a dead moron?

If Christians were not so hard of thinking they would have thrown out their ridiculous cult a long time ago.

I never met a Christian who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

"First, you must get rid of the silly notion that Intelligent Design (ID) theory posits the existence of God or any supernatural entity."

BULLSHIT. You're a liar and you know it. The words "intelligent design" can mean only one thing: god-did-it. Be an uneducated moron if you want but you don't have to lie about it.

I asked "Why are Christians so gullible?" Somebody wrote an excellent answer.

"I don't really consider them as gullible. Irrational and not well informed is how I see many. There really is an illusion that a higher power could be involved. At a beginner's level of reasoning, there does appear to be support for the notion of a God. The primary problem that I see with theists in general is that there is a selfish motive for them wanting a particular God to exist or an irrational fear not to believe or God's going to get you. It is because of irrationality that they ignore better reasoning that supports that they are wrong. It is when an individual begins to actually want intellectual answers vs. emotional answers that they soon find themselves as ex-theists. I find ex-theists stories very interesting, where it is like a drunk sobering up and realizing the reality of it all."

-- Internet name: SBR32277

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I found some more quotes for my list of favorite quotes:

“Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.”
-- Gregory House, M.D. Season 4 Episode 2 The Right Stuff.

"It is difficult to free [slaves] from the chains they revere."
-- Voltaire

“If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence?
-- Sam Harris

If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?”
-- Sam Harris

Why do otherwise seemingly normal people look up to a mythology as if its real? They have even built buildings where many at a time can worship this mythical thing they made up. It makes no sense.
-- Terri Smith (comment at the Wall Street Journal).

This is what I wrote at the same Wall Street Journal article:

All religions are totally wrong. God fairies are impossible. The magical resurrection of Jesus never happened because it's impossible. Muhammad didn't split the moon in half because that's impossible.

In the 21st century, religion shouldn't be a subject. Science killed the childish god fantasy a long time ago. Mr. Barr didn't get the memo.

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A fucktard (aka Christian asshole) wrote this crybaby bullshit:

"There's something incredibly arrogant about telling other people God doesn't exist; as if you're privy to information that the rest of us aren't."

I repeatedly tried to write an answer until I got past the Wall Street Journal censorship software. I was finally able to write this:

"God is not real for the same reason the Easter Bunny is not real."

Christians are so fucking insane they think their childish fantasies are real. I never met a Christian who wasn't a fucking moron.

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I very much recommend this place: http://the-militant-atheist.org/evolution-deniers.html

And also this post I wrote 7 years ago: http://darwinkilledgod.blogspot.com/2012/12/evolution-deniers-deny-evolution.html

And also this post I wrote 6 years ago: http://darwinkilledgod.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-two-thousand-dead-genes-only-make.html

Loreena McKennitt - Dante's Prayer


"Dante's Prayer" When the dark wood fell before me And all the paths were overgrown When the priests of pride say there is no other way I tilled the sorrows of stone I did not believe because I could not see Though you came to me in the night When the dawn seemed forever lost You showed me your love in the light of the stars Cast your eyes on the ocean Cast your soul to the sea When the dark night seems endless Please remember me Then the mountain rose before me By the deep well of desire From the fountain of forgiveness Beyond the ice and fire Cast your eyes on the ocean Cast your soul to the sea When the dark night seems endless Please remember me Though we share this humble path, alone How fragile is the heart Oh give these clay feet wings to fly To touch the face of the stars Breathe life into this feeble heart Lift this mortal veil of fear Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears We'll rise above these earthly cares Cast your eyes on the ocean Cast your soul to the sea When the dark night seems endless Please remember me Please remember me Please remember me....

Why Religion is Outdated in the 21st Century - Lawrence Krauss

This is a big problem in Idiot America. Lawrence Krauss: Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse.

Deers, cows, and horses.

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?” “Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly. “Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?” The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know shit?”

Christians are fucking idiots.

“Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.”

-- Isaac Asimov

The magical resurrection of the Magic Jeebus Man. It never happened because it's impossible, but two billion fucktards think this disgusting fantasy is real. How can so many people be so fucking insane?

Loreena McKennitt - Full circle


Stars were falling deep in the darkness As prayers rose softly, petals at dawn And as I listened, your voice seemed so clear So calmly you were calling your god Somewhere the sun rose, o'er dunes in the desert Such was the stillness, I ne'er felt before Was this the question, pulling, pulling, pulling you In your heart, in your soul, did you find peace there? Elsewhere a snowfall, the first in the winter Covered the ground as the bells filled the air You in your robes sang, calling, calling, calling him In your heart, in your soul, did you find peace there?

Loreena McKennitt - Penelope's Song


Now that the time has come Soon gone is the day There upon some distant shore You'll hear me say Long as the day in the summer time Deep as the wine dark sea I'll keep your heart with mine. Till you come to me. There like a bird I'd fly High through the air Reaching for the sun's full rays Only to find you there And in the night when our dreams are still Or when the wind calls free I'll keep your heart with mine Till you come to me Now that the time has come Soon gone is the day There upon some distant shore You'll hear me say Long as the day in the summer time Deep as the wine dark sea I'll keep your heart with mine. Till you come to me

I'm putting this here to remind me to study these chess games.

Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
Compiled by refutor
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Games from Irving Chernev's "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings"
The opening of a game is important - and hundreds of books are written on the opening. The opening leads to the midgame. The midgame is important - and hundreds of books are written on the midgame. The midgame leads to the endgame. The endgame is important - and *no books are written on the endgame*!
Yes, there are books, but they concern themselves with composed endings, or with theoretical (and for the most part artificial) positions. The composed endings are admittedly beautiful, but they are of limited value, as they have no relationship to practical play. Of the theoretical positions, many have their uses, but one must sift the wheat from the chaff. TO what use can we put such knowledge as the procedure for mating with a Knight and Bishop, or with the two Bishops, when an opportunity to do so may not occur in a lifetime? And why burden our minds with the manner of forcing mate with three knights (believe-it-or-not) or winning with four minor pieces against a Queen (sans Pans) when such positions as these have never yet been seen on land or sea? Capablanca himself says: "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before anything else; for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." There are no books on endings from real life, no books from the practices of masters in actual play, let alone from the practice of a single master. This fact alone is enough to justify this book of endings, selected from the tournament and match play of the greatest endgame virtuoso the world has ever seen - the immortal Capablanca. Here are wondrous endings to enchant the reader, endings of breathtaking artistry. Here are endings of astonishing accuracy, whose relentless logic will inspire the earnest student to emulate a similar technique - the technique of seeking a clear-cut, efficient win, instead of a display of fireworks. The games are given in full, in order to show how a slight advantage acquired in the early stages, is carried forward and exploited in the endgame. I have annotated the endings in detail (a consideration they have rarely received before) for the better appreciation of the fine points of Capablanca's play, and have given credit to those who have anticipated my findings.
-- Irving Chernev
Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 59 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs A Kreymborg, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Corzo / Blanco / Portela, 1910 
(B01) Scandinavian, 45 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1-0

Leonhardt vs Capablanca, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

L Carranza vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C46) Three Knights, 44 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 54 moves, 1-0

H Kline vs Capablanca, 1913  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

J Stapfer vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs F Beynon, 1913 
(B58) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Duras vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 75 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Teichmann, 1913 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Allies, 1913 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

Faehndrich / Kaufmann vs Reti / Capablanca, 1914 
(C11) French, 47 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1915 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs R T Black, 1916 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 63 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1916 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 83 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916  
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1918 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs B Kostic, 1919 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 86 moves, 1-0

B Kostic vs Capablanca, 1919 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Yates, 1919 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 61 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs A G Conde, 1919 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 46 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Allies, 1920 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

J S Morrison vs Capablanca, 1922  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Reti, 1924 
(C14) French, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs W P Shipley, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 34 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 37 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1-0

L Merenyi vs Capablanca, 1928 
(B27) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

J van den Bosch vs Capablanca, 1929 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

E Canal vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

K Havasi vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1929 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

Menchik vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Kevitz vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A12) English with b3, 40 moves, 0-1

Lisitsin vs Capablanca, 1935 
(A09) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(A12) English with b3, 54 moves, 1-0

Kan vs Capablanca, 1936 
(C25) Vienna, 56 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1936 
(B58) Sicilian, 54 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

Ilyin-Zhenevsky / Rabinovich vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 58 moves, 1-0

60 games