If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Friday, June 10, 2011

Science is exciting. Religion is boring.

I finished reading Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne two years ago. Since then I frequently turn to some random page of the book looking for something interesting I may have forgotten about. I just found this paragraph which shows our evolution from ancient apes was not a big deal when compared to the development of some other species.

See page 51 of Why Evolution is True.

The evolution of whales from land animals was remarkably fast: most of the action took place within only 10 million years. That's not much longer than the time it took us to diverge from our common ancestors with chimpanzees, a transition that involved far less modification of the body. Still, adapting to life at sea did not require the evolution of any brand-new features--only modifications of old ones.

If I were to select a random paragraph from the Bible or any other "holy" book I would find only boring gibberish about a fantasy for idiots.

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