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The most important Christian virtue is to close one’s eyes and pretend not to notice.

  • They must ignore the 90% of the bible that counsels evil.
  • They must ignore the hundreds of commandments of the bible that they don’t feel like following.
  • They must ignore the fact there is no corroborating scientific or historical evidence the bible is true.
  • They must ignore all the evidence the bible is just a myth.
  • They must ignore all ancient documents and myths from which the bible was plagiarised.
  • They must pretend not to notice how the church exploits the poor and vulnerable.
  • They must pretend not to notice the sexual exploitation of children fundamental to the church.

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Money is for getting people to do things they would not otherwise do, an inducement, a bribe. The supreme court in its Citizens United decision ruled that corporate bribery of politicians with unlimited funds was legal. They claimed any limit on the amount was an infringement of free speech, a form of censorship. Freedom of speech guarantees you the right to speak your mind, not to an infinitely large megaphone that drowns out everyone else. An arbitrarily loud voice unfairly impinges on the right of others to free speech. They did not consider that. They conveniently refused to consider that the money was also a bribe. But of course they are as corrupt as George W. Bush who appointed John Roberts, the lead justice.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
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The Blind Watchmaker

A true watchmaker has foresight. He designs his cogs and springs and plans their interconnections with a future purpose in his mind’s eye. Natural selection, the blind unconscious automatic process, which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life has no purpose in mind. It has no mind, no mind’s eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the rôle of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.

~ Dr. Richard Dawkins (born: 1941-03-26 age: 73)The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

I have two problems with this analogy.

  1. Evolution does have a direction, and in that sense a purpose. It winnows out less adapted individuals. However, it cannot plot and plan for the future. It can’t think to come up with new designs; it can just stumble on them and adopt them.
  2. A blind watchmaker has all the foresight of a sighted one. The analogy you want is an incompetent watchmaker who designs by trial and error.

False Credit

When politicians take credit for a recovering economy, it is a bit like a fisherman taking credit for the tides. The only jobs they had anything to do with are government hires. Usually they fire people in a recession.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
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