"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Sunday, July 13, 2014
A previous version of this blog was vaporized by Google after a lunatic Christian asshole complained about it. I was able to save some of it including these videos.
Here's a list of YouTube videos I like. Some of these videos have nothing to do with the purpose of this blog, but I will put them on this list anyway for your entertainment (that would be the one or two people who actually look at this blog).
This list of YouTube videos will be updated frequently in the future.
On 9/11/2001 it became disgraceful to be religious. Christians, Muslims, and Jews should be ashamed of themselves, but they don't care how many innocent people have to be sacrificed for their idiotic childish fantasies.
Leonard Slatkin Conducts the BBC Orchestra on September 15 2001 in honor of those who lost their lives a few days prior.
I loved the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off because it was excellent and because I lived most of my life in Chicago and I graduated from the same high school that was in the movie, Glenbrook North in Northbrook, Illinois, which by the way is one of the best high schools in America. Also, I used to swim at the Lake Michigan beach in Glencoe, Illinois, which was in the movie. When the movie was being made, I remember seeing the sign "Save Ferris" on the Northbrook water tower.
Looking up these videos made me homesick for my Chicago. The winter weather there is horrible, it's fair to call most of theChicago population "assholes", the crime is out of control, the traffic is awful, their Lake Michigan is warm enough to swim in only two months of the year, but I miss Chicago terribly. TheLoop, the elevated trains, the subways, the restaurants representing virtually every country in the world, the miles of beaches, Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field who haven't won the World Series since 1908, the superior grocery stores and other shopping, my Naprapath who could always fix my back in one visit no matter how badly I fucked it up, the museums (they got the best T-Rex in the world, her name is Sue), I miss all of it.
In the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off there was an extremely boring high school teacher, so boring that he was funny, and the actor's name was Ben Stein. He had a very small part in the movie but I enjoyed it very much. Many years later I found out that Ben Stein, the idiot teacher in the movie, is an actual idiot in real life. He was the main person in the boring awful anti-science propaganda movie called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Thousands of Christians think this dishonest movie has some value, proving that Christians are fucking idiots.
The best music in that movie was when they were at Chicago's Art Museum. Here's several videos of the same beautiful music.
The dishonest retarded asshole creationists of the Christian Discovery Institute pretend that when they call magic "design" it becomes a scientific idea instead of a childish religious belief. In this video a British comedian ridicules the idiot Christians who call themselves intelligent design creationists:
Do not bother watching this video. I put it here for myself, because this is something I can do where I work, and I want to impress somebody who thinks it's a big deal to fold an American flag properly.
This is one of the best videos about Human Chromosome Two. It's less than 9 minutes long. This evidence for evolution is, by itself, enough to call evolution a fact, but of course there's a few tons more evidence from several branches of science. If only Christians were not so fucking stupid and so afraid of learning anything. This video alone should be enough make a normal person accept evolutionary biology and throw out the Christian death cult, but of course there's nothing normal about Christian assholes.
No shit. This video explains the obvious. The only reason I put this video here, is because retarded Christians, who don't know what they're talking about, are constantly explaining similar DNA sequences by invoking a common magic fairy, as if they know more about molecular biology than all the world's molecular biologists.
This 10 minute video is excellent for two reasons. The music is the last movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and the video is about the development of the first simple living cells almost four billion years ago. Please notice that the scientists who have made tremendous progress in this branch of science do not invoke any magic god fairies. A few million retarded Christian assholes think they can hide their MAGIC-FAIRY-OF-THE-GAPS here, which proves that if everyone was a Christian we would still be living in the Dark Ages.
Christians, you're just going to have to grow up and admit your fairy has run out of hiding places. Of course you fucking idiots will never do that. You will throw out all of science before you throw out your dead Jeebus.
It's been 55 years since the Miller-Urey Experiment, and science has made enormous progress on solving the origin of life. This video summarizes one of the best leading models. Yes there are others. Science may never know exactly how life DID start, but we will know many ways how life COULD start. Don't be fooled by creationist arguments as even a minimal understanding of biology and chemistry is enough to realize they have no clue what they are talking about.
A few years later I heard it again on Chicago radio station WFMT. Still not knowing what this music was, I called WFMT, waited for the person to read the 5PM news, and then asked her what the music was and how to spell it.
Many years later I heard this music again being played on a piano at the outdoor part of Chicago's Heartland Cafe.
I discovered classical music in the United States Army. I was drafted during the Vietnam War, but managed to get a job in a office building in Alexandria, Virginia as a computer programmer and I also worked at the Pentagon. Another soldier who had recently graduated from Harvard had me listen to Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1.
Richard Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world.
He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Here Richard Feynman talks about the Jeebus-god-man idea:
I can't believe the special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large because they seem to be too simple, too local, too provincial. The earth, he came to the earth, one of the aspects of god came to the earth mind you, and look at what's out there. It isn't in proportion.
Some more quotes from Richard Feynman on doubt, uncertainty and religion:
Start out understanding religion by saying everything is possibly wrong. As soon as you do that you start sliding down an edge which is hard to recover from.
I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.
All Muslims are scum. If Muslims who call themselves moderate (as if being an idiot is moderate) had any moral values at all, they would throw out their suicide-bomber religion. This British guy (Pat Condell) shares my contempt for Muslims.
Desert science and put the creationists in charge and we will be in the dark ages again within 50 yrs.
This woman is entirely serious when she says 'the bible is one of the most advanced science books around'.
The footage is a compilation of the scientific achievements of science and primary credit goes to those who figured out how to make the things in this video happen.
Clips include: Mandelbrot fractal High resolution medical scanners and imaging technology Hubble image of M42 (orion nebula) The evolution of whales (animation Carl Buell (Te Papa), slides Kevin Padian) DNA replicase Protein synthesis Metabolic pathways The Large Hadron Collider Tectonic History Glacial Timelapse Simulation of tsunamis And a variety of NASA/ESA space probes, notably including The Space Shuttle, Saturn 5 Mars Pathfinder Launch Deep Impact (Temple 1)
Music Toccata in D, Bach Performed Vanessa Mae
Part of this priceless video is an animation of the transition from land animals to whales, for which science has a complete fossil record (so fuck you creationists).
This is the best YouTube video I have ever seen. Countless scientific achievements are crammed into four minutes, and the music is excellent.
Everyone on earth must watch this video. Even you shit-for-brains creationist assholes should watch it.
By the way creationists, if you ever get tired of being abused by normal people who point at you and laugh, all you got to do is grow up, educate yourselves, and face facts. Don't be afraid. Reality won't bite you.
It's really amazing to watch. The humans don't even come close.
I remember reading why chimpanzee apes have a better short term memory than human apes, but I forget the whole thing, perhaps because I'm just a human. Or perhaps it's because I'm getting old. I heard that the 2nd thing that goes is memory. I forget what the 1st thing is.
The lady speaking in the video incorrectly calls chimpanzees "monkeys" but they are apes. Perhaps she forgot that.
Why do chimpanzee apes have a better short term memory than human apes?
I just did something a lazy Christian would never do, because they have no curiosity about anything. I looked it up.
Natural selection selects for advantages that keep a creature alive. Advantages accumulate and spread throughout a population.
But what happens when an evolved trait no longer becomes necessary? For example when one lineage of fishes winds up in a cave in total darkness. Then seeing becomes useless. If a mutation makes eyesight worse, that fish still survives because it can't see anyway. Since better eyesight is not selected for by natural selection, mutations that make eyesight worse accumulate, and eventually this lineage of fish becomes completely blind.
Perhaps our ancient pre-human ancestors needed a strong short term memory to survive, and so this advantage was selected for. Our ancient ape ancestors who had a better memory were more likely to survive long enough to reproduce and their genes were passed on to the next generation, and eventually spread throughout the population.
But then something happened that made an excellent short term memory less important. According to this BBC News article a scientist said "These studies tell us that elaborate short-term memory skills may have had a much more salient function in early humans than is present in modern humans, perhaps due to our increasing reliance on language-based memory skills."
Our increasing reliance on language-based memory skills meant that a superior short-term memory became less necessary and so this advantage was not selected for, just like better eyesight was not selected for a lineage of fish that lived in completely dark caves.
Readers of this blog may have noticed I don't have a very high opinion of the stupid assholes who work for the anti-science Christian creationist organization called the Christian Discovery Institute. They also may have noticed I have an exceptionally strong contempt for Stephen Meyer, the idiot Christians love because he tells them exactly what they want to hear - that supernatural magic can be disguised to look like science.
If I remember correctly, I have in the past suggested that Stephen Meyer of the Christian Creationist Discovery Institute should be hunted down, tortured, and executed, because he's causing more harm to this country than the 9/11 terrorists.
That's illegal of course, but it's exactly what the fucking asshole Stephen Meyer deserves.
The question "Is intelligent design science?" is a stupid question. Intelligent design = magic, and of course magic isn't science. Even a five year old could figure that out.
But Meyer is too fucking stupid to understand magic is not science, or perhaps he knows that, but he just pretends magic is science because that's what his drooling customers pay him to say.
The stupid question "Is intelligent design magic a scientific idea?" is not worth answering but this video which politely ridicules the retarded Stephen Meyer, answers the question anyway.
Evolution has tons of gun evidence. Here's some smoking gun evidence for the obvious fact that the retarded assholes of the Christian Creationist Discovery Institute are lying when they say intelligent design creationism is not creationism. It turns out intelligent design is EXACTLY the same as the bullshit in Genesis in the Christian Bible.
We are here to call out Ben Stein and his ludicrous ideas that are the spotlight of his new movie Expelled, about Intelligent Design. Expelled is a manipulation of lies that repackages religious creationism as Intelligent Design and teaches it as science in public schools. We must stand up to keep religion out of our public schools' science education.