Lenticular clouds over Mount Fuji, Japan. These are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, usually perpendicular to the direction of the wind.
Oh okay, let me take a minute to dissect your infantile and prepubescent claim that there’s some greater being that “intelligently designed” the “wonderful universe” we are in. First of all, I could make the argument short by simply pointing out the fact that you, miss, have not even a single shred of observational or empirical evidence to support your puny claim. Really, that’s honestly all I would need to shut you up about creation this or creation that bullshit. If your conjecture cannot be systematically backed up or refuted by testable experiments or observations, then you do not get to partake in this scientific discussion. You can leave my blog. Thanks, but no thanks.
Haha, but let’s not end the fun there, shall we? Here is why I think you are wrong and needs to go pick up a book and educate yourself:
You live in this universe, believing that it is perfect, right? That we are perfect creatures, we are so lucky with our “perfectly placed atoms and DNA” and beautiful blades of grass—right? Ok, but why do we die? Why do we get sick? Have cancer? Why do we hurt? Why isn’t a blade of grass invincible to the force of nature? Why do trees fall? And children cry? Why would we have to suffer when this marvelous wholesome wonderful universe was made just for us —by the almighty powerful one?
The answer is because it isn’t perfect. You clearly haven’t gotten a single clue about perfection. We are processes, and we are always changing. Believe it or not, you will die one day, and whether or not you reproduce, you are part of the process. Your children will either be naturally selected for, or your lack of children will mean that you were naturally selected against. Organisms that will roam the earth millennia after you will be far more adaptive and fitting to their environment than you will ever be. You are not perfection. You are an erosion, waiting to decay back into the very chemistry that you came from. Do not come to me and suggest that just because science isn’t magic, that you can make a nonsense claim.
Additionally, science had never made a assertion that we are soulless. Science never claim to be able to recreate a planet, a human, a tree, whatever have you. Science is a tool that is used to explain the truth of the universe. It isn’t kind or friendly. It isn’t apologetic. It isn’t there to help you cope with your discontent with how the world works. Science doesn’t owe you anything.
Please don’t barge in here and belittle the very thing that’s allowing you to write this message and send it to this blog. If you have any idea how science has impacted your life, you will know to better learn how to properly treat it with care and assessment. Just as it is important to give yourself the room to try to understand that rejection of a premise does not mean the acceptance of an alternative explanation.
I hate this argument used for creation. Things are not perfect. 99% of the species that have ever existed are extinct because they were not perfect and could no longer adapt to their environment. While scientists may not understand exactly how life started and can’t recreate life in the lab, that does NOT prove some supernatural being must have created life. It simply means we do not understand it fully yet. While life is an unlikely occurrence, this is a giant universe and unlikely things happen all the time.
The universe is under no requirement to make sense to us. It is amazing that we are able to use science as a tool to observe and understand it, however that too is not an explanation for an intelligent design.
We have an extremely deep understanding of our universe for how young our species is in its sophisticated use of the scientific method. We are just now becoming technologically able to probe deeper into understanding our world and universe and yet have only had this technology that has allowed us to discover so much for a short while given the age of Homo-Sapiens alone. A VERY short amount of time.
Finally, science does not declare anything on faith or the meaning of life. The scientific method is used to understand how things work and it is up to each of us individually to interpret how that will affect our own meaning of life and world views. Many like me will interpret the things we currently know to believe that there does not need to be a God for us, life, or the universe to exist. Many many others however believe the opposite. However, the argument that everything “appears” to be perfect and that human beings have not achieved amazing powers through the scientific method is such an ignorant and erroneous statement that I consider it to be one of the worst arguments for intelligent design. It shows you have looked almost nothing into the world of science at all and have taken this argument simply from millions of other ignorant people who fail to even try just a little bit to understand the world they live in before making such an absolute statement that belittles science and encourages blind ignorance.
PS: The big bang was NOT that big, it DIDNT bang, and it most certainly was NOT an explosion.
A great way to get people to learn about science is by mocking them and generally treating them as though they are stupid. People really respond well to that.
Also, who says something greater can’t exist? Just because we haven’t been able to test or measure it doesn’t mean we completely rule out the possibility that, at some point in time, science is capable of discovering it. We didn’t rule out the possibility of atoms just because we hadn’t yet discovered their existence. Who knows if there’s a God or not. Who knows if there are more dimensions than the four we know. Who knows if there’s a cure for cancer. Just because we yet to figure shit out doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
This is my one problem with people who blow their load over science: they too easily forget that the mission of science is to unlock the mysteries of the universe, whatever they might be. That is it. Science’s job is to learn how everything works, it’s the philosopher’s job to to figure out what it all means. What if in a hundred years we have the knowledge and technical ability to discover some proof that reincarnation happens, or we go to a higher dimension, or we go to a different universe, or it’s an eternal dirt nap after we die. Maybe there is a grand overseer, maybe there isn’t. Maybe there is grand meaning, maybe we exist in a meaningless void. Maybe there is something greater to our interactions, maybe we’re nothing but chemical reactions and evolution. Just because we don’t know something doesn’t mean it can’t and doesn’t exist. That is ignorance of another form.
I do not dispute any answer science has given us. I do not dispute hard facts, mathematics, and evidence. But there is so much about the universe we do not yet know that it is ridiculous to think that some sort of overseer, or life after death, or higher plain, or greater existence, or whatever is out of the question. Hell, reality could all be taking place inside a hologram for all we know.
Do I think any one religion is right? No. It’s silly, to me anyway, to think that we could possibly know such specific details without having facts. The notion of very specific sins, and divinely inspired scriptures, and prophets, and a god that is constantly watching and controlling and judging us is pretty specific to not have some facts to back it up. But the general idea of something higher than us, the idea that there is greater meaning, the idea that there is something after this life, who the fuck knows if that does or doesn’t exist? Before the discovery of the atom, we didn’t have a fucking clue if it existed or not.
Stop vomiting the soundbites and talking points of individuals and realize science is more than Carl Sagan, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Dawkins. It’s the process by which we learn the mysteries of existence and reality, not the process by which we make people feel dumb, or a process by which we make ourselves feel better than everyone else by knowing more about it, or the process by which we discount theories of the things that which we do not yet know.
Leave science to scientists, religion to theologians, and the connection or possible meaning and implications of it all to philosophers.
Groping back to bed after a pissI part thick curtains, and am startled byThe rapid clouds, the moon’s cleanliness.Four o’clock: wedge-shadowed gardens lieUnder a cavernous, a wind-picked sky.There’s something laughable about this,The way the moon dashes through clouds that blow…