IFS 110 – Extremely Moderate ScienceGasm!

In this ScienceGasm episode, Pete and Jake elucidate on why moderate voices aren’t heard; hindsight bias; chemical castration for LGBTs; smoking is healthier than “gay lifestyle”; Chuck Norris is dumb; and much more. Enjoy!

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IFS 109 – Secular Woman and Atheism+

Kim Rippere from SecularWoman.org, Marty Pribble and Pete Darwin join us to talk evolution, thermodynamics and sexism and bullying in the atheist and skeptic community, and the advent of Atheism +. Enjoy.

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IFS 108 – ScienceGASM!

Time for a sciencegasm! eBay dumps magic, psychics and prayer; religion fires back on the god particle; the evolution of menopause; self awareness; climate vs weather; vaccines and autism “debate” ruining it for everyone; sharp rise in attacks on Christianity and; biblical park in Israel gets donkey Wi-Fi. Enjoy!

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IFS 105 – The Problem With All You Atheists…

A real Jurasic Park; Gore Vidal; Champagne; Atheist groups; Chik-Fil-A; Humans are hard-wired to “love thy neighbour”; and so much more!

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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True!

Guy P. Harrison, author of 3 books (all in Jake’s top 10 favorites), drops by to discuss his latest book, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True. CAUTION: BEWARE OF MINDGASMS!

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IFS 102 – Religion makes you fat!

Scalar radiation caused Tunguska; the 1860 evolution debate religion makes you fat; circumcision; Facebook for zombies; leap seconds and a whole bunch of other stuff!

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Prometheus/Anti-metheus…

Ok, so it’s important to note that, when it comes to movies, I’m a pretty cheap date. Superpowers, futuristic technology and explosions are good enough for me, and if there are lots of superpowers, lots of futuristic technology and lots of explosions, not only am I sold, but I may even cry tears of happiness.

Nonetheless, I was really looking forward to Prometheus, and not just because it was “this year’s must see sci-fi thriller”, but because it was being sold as a possible prequel to Alien.

I loved the Alien movie franchise as a teen. And Ripley. Mostly Ripley.

This wasn’t Alien.

Spoilers begin here.

Let me start by saying that this movie was visually stunning and the technology was just awesome. With that said, the characters and backstories were all shallow, choppy and underdeveloped. All, that is, except for that of David, the (to some extent) antagonist android. I’ll elucidate further on my attraction to David, but first I must lambast.

Lazy science!!!

A WHITE alien comes to Earth to either seed human life or all life? Really? If it’s all life, then why the hell was the alien able to breathe the atmosphere that – as it was established they required – without the single celled organisms that, billions of years ago, created the oxygen through metabolising the molecules in the atmosphere and oceans?

If it was only the humans they created, then why didn’t they make this more clear and why was it a White/Arian? In the real world, white skin was selected for when early humans migrated from the tropics of Africa into the higher latitudes in order to absorb more UV light in a shorter time, so that adequate amounts of Vitamin D could be produced. Dark skin is selected for in the tropics because the melanin that creates the dark colour filters out UV light, because too much UV creates skin cancer and too much Vitamin D is also bad.

I’m inclined to believe that it was the latter – i.e. that aliens just created humans – (the premise that the Prometheus travelled to this distant planet after early human cultures artistically depicted giant aliens pointing to the constellation they invariably travelled to), but even then, the alien apparently creates humanity and early humans carry some sort of memory of the giant alien and where it launched from, but later cultures don’t share this memory. Is that right?

Nonetheless, the theme of direct creationism, albeit via design, is implicit in the movie. As is the Judeo-Christian undertone of a benevolent creator who turns capricious and decides to kill everything for no reason. And speaking of Christian undertones, the captain of the ship who sacrifices himself on Christmas day to save humanity? C’mon!!

There were some really silly religiously motivated exchanges too (badly paraphrased):
“I guess you should throw away your cross.”
“Why?”
“Well, it’s obvious we weren’t created by gods.”
“But who created the engineers?”

And at the end, Elizabeth Shaw, after having seen her partner die; taught a voice controlled autonomous medical machine how to remove the alien from her abdominal cavity (and yanked out the umbilicus attached to her); gone back into the alien installation to meet the alien after having invasive surgery; escaped the alien and sprinted back to her ship; leaping across chasms, that would’ve torn her stapled stomach open, to tell the captain of the expedition team to destroy the alien ship; sprinting from the falling debris and rolling ship, which is seemingly intent on crushing her; narrowly making it back to the life-boat with 30 seconds of O2; narrowly escaping the squid monster and the alien, again; after all that, the thing that steels her resolve is her Christian cross… that David, for some unknowable reason, placed in his utility belt after changing into his environment suit.

Lastly, while I loved the technology, I do have a few niggling gripes; ion drives don’t travel faster than light, so the two year journey would’ve been immensely longer; the gravity on the ship had no observable explanation; the voice controlled autonomous medical pod was purchased by Meredith Vickers, a woman, but the pod was not configured for women; the flame thrower worked too efficiently for an atmosphere with four times the CO2 of Earth.

Awesome Android!!

While the crew were in their deep sleep, David learned the root of all human languages, taught himself basketball and how to comb his hair like Laurence Olivier. His philosophically charged wit and snark make him my favourite character by a very wide margin, even despite his homicidal tendencies.

My three favourite exchanges in the film were all due to this completely relatable character.

Third favourite: old looking Guy Pearce is attacked by the “engineer” and is dying, says, “there’s nothing”, to which David replies, “I know, have a nice journey.”

Second favourite: Holloway tells David that he doesn’t need to breathe, so wearing an environment suit would be pointless. David responds by saying that humans made him this way (i.e. restrained him to such a frame) because they’re fickle and scared of things that are more capable/better than themselves. As such, he must wear the environment suit so as to maintain the illusion that he is not a trillion times more awesome… even though he is.

Favourite: Holloway is drunk and dishevelled at the pool table and David enters to antagonise him and dose him with the “weaponised evolution.” In this exchange David is curious why Holloway is so disappointed at not being able to meet the “engineers.”

David: “Why did you make me?”
Holloway: “Because we could.”

David then, covertly, asks Holloway whether he was expecting a different answer to the same question. David then tells Holloway that he knows his creators and is pretty unimpressed.

So, what more can I say?

The film was pretty darn enjoyable, albeit fairly frustrating in parts. I dare say that if I had only a limited understanding of the biological evolution, and they’d spent more time working on the plot and storyline and less time working in out-of-place sex scenes and vagina-aliens, I would’ve been singing their praises.

I did leave the film feeling a little disappointed, but I am buoyed by the possibility of a sequel where David and Elizabeth Shaw hunt down the aliens to find out WTF they were thinking. Hell, it may even be a great opportunity to answer the questions raised by the lazy science in this movie.

IFS 99 – Catharsis and Hysteria!

Jenny McCarthy, Chuck Norris, crusaders, Vandals, Romney’s daddy is an illegal imigrant, Southern Belles are homophobic, goblins in Zimbabwe and climate denial not rooted in science illiteracy, just rooted in general. Enjoy.

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NY Schools to ban teaching of Dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists

The New York City Department of Education has been infected with a new, highly deadly, antimoronic-resistant strain of the political correctness bug.

 

Effective immediately, any term that might offend any religious group has been banned from tests administered to students by the city.

 

It includes anything pertaining to literally anything prior to when creationists believe the earth was created. That means all teaching on climate modelling, geography, most of physics, most of chemistry, all of biology and human movement, all of cultural and sociology studies – basically all of the subjects that make school fun and interesting – are out.

 

Also outlawed are any mentions of the term ‘birthday’ (Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in them), voting (also a no-no for J-Dubs), dancing and Halloween (due to their supposedly ‘Pagan origin’), also class identifying terms like ‘poverty’ or ‘wealth’, and ‘scary’ subjects like terrorism, disease or divorce.

 

While not explicitly stated on any of the source articles, I’d assume they’re also removing several colours from the spectrum of visible light, to avoid offending anyone with colour-blindness. They should also ban books, because this might offend anyone with a learning disability.

 

All students should also have plastic and orthopaedic surgery so that everyone is of a single homogenous phenotype. Thus no one will be taller or shorter than anyone else, all will have the same bone structure and skin, eye and hair colour, no one girl will be more perky than anyone else and to ensure that there is no bullying disparity, all students should be punched in the face at the beginning of school – this should also help making students complicit enough in learning the anachronism of creation.

 

In New York City, political correctness has apparently ceased being about preventing the marginalised from being intentionally targeted, and become a way to ensure that these children are completely unprepared for tertiary study. This is an attempt at homogeny and mediocrity.

 

“But it’s only in tests!”

 

Indeed, it is only in tests, but examinations are structured to test your attentiveness throughout the semester. If you fail the exam, it is due to a lack of understanding of the curriculum; thus you are tested on what you are taught and taught what you are tested on.

 

So writing this off as a benign act to prevent people from ‘freaking-out’ during testing is inappropriate. If you deny evolution and you’re in a biology class, you’ll fail; to pass on the basis that certain questions are withheld, is like drinking water, but telling everyone it’s vodka and acting drunk. If you don’t want to be taught things that contravene or contradict YOUR reality, be home schooled.

 

Here are a couple of ImaginaryFriendsShow.com preferred headlines for you:

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; all animals displaying 10k years of domestication to be culled immediately.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; assassination of students with IQ above 80 to follow.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; schools to also remove all ‘sharp things’ from cafeterias.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; all Hindu’s to be reprimanded for ‘cosmic egg’ belief.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; Buddha statues and texts to be destroyed for reincarnation belief.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; Ray Comfort to be made king.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; Geography classes to be changed to ‘Flat Earth’ class.

 

NY Schools to ban teaching of dinosaurs to avoid upsetting creationists; unicorns to be officially recognised as real animal.

 

Source.

Atheism and Depression – Causation? Correlation?

Join Jake, Jerry DeWitt, from RecoveringFromReligion.org, and Pete Darwin for a ScienceGasm episode looking at the corollaries between atheism and depression, and what we can learn from religion. Atheist existentialism: http://goo.gl/SaKkE. Vote for us: http://bit.ly/Ajrl3r.

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.