April 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
I just watched this, fitna the movie. I thought I’d see what the fuzz was all about for myself, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish watching it after suddenly the movie claims that “the netherlands is under a spell of islam”.
The netherlands is one of europes most racist countries. They aren’t really under any spell but a racist one. I am not at all amazed that the movie comes from there.
But, besides that, when I watched [the first half] of Fitna, I have to admit I wasn’t surprised. It was a bunch of clips with hardcore muslims and islamists over and over again saying that all infidels must die and that they are going to take over the world, and that was about it. Some dead bodies too.
But in every group, there is this extremist part, amongst almost all religions and amongst many political groups. You can’t single out muslims and tell everyone that them taking over the world is bad and horrible if you don’t do the same with, for example, nazis or other fascist groups, or communists. Kill all the infidels is something all this groups could scream.
Also, if the “muslim world, as people tend to call it, would “rise” and try to “strike the infidels down”, I’m pretty sure that there would be mass destruction and war even in their own countries.
And somewhere around here, I realize that the abrahamic religions wants this war. Since it forebodes the coming of christ or equivalent. Oh well, I’ll just go and prepare to die then.
Short note: A friend from random african country just told me that finally being black isn’t the lowest of the low anymore, now, at the bottom of the food chain, is arabs, when you are looking for jobs for example. Glad to here that being black isn’t the worst you can be anymore, but sad to hear that all arabs have to suffer because of a stupid few.
February 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
I’m watching beyond belief, the forth session. Scary enough 98% of people think they are more intelligent than the average. “Which means that 50% are delusional about their own stupidity” to paraphrace Ramachandran.
He is by the way my new hero, hilariously cynical humour. Why haven’t I heard about him before?
Later in the same episode: Christian with freakishly bad haircut talking about meditating while going through emotional bumpiness and getting a vision “directed at him”. I’m gonna be bold here and state that very few people have visions that are meant for someone else.
“Yeah, I had this vision yesterday while I was praying, but I don’t think it was for me, the neighbour must have had an epiphany at the same time, you know, that stuff can be contaigious sometimes.”
“No, you know, I saw these bunnies and then some words, I think that vision was for my daughter, our names are similar, so maybe it got sent to the wrong person”
Also, I don’t get it why people can’t just except that their minds thinks up a lot of weird things, and some of it will feel like somebody else thought it for you. Normally I would have explained it with the fact that the subconsious stores a lot of knowledge and associations that we in our normal state of mind can’t get to, and under certain circumstances like extra stress etc, we are more bound to let down that wall between the senses and let some other things then normal logic through (yah, notice how very seldom someone has a vision when NOT under stress. “Oh, I was feeling completely ok with everything and was happy in an average way. And then I had a vision, without any hightened sense of awareness.”), but after watching so much talks about neuroscience, I don’t dare even trying to explain anything anymore. I think it was something about isolating different parts of the brain and constructing islands of activity to create that feeling of that it isn’t your own thoughts, I think…
Later again, I read a it about the myth of the hymen in human females. Yeah, go with you and read about it, because it is a myth, the notion that this would be something covering the vaginal opening. It’s a fold of mucous membrane at the most, if it at all should count as a separate part of female genitalia, and if the female is properly aroused before penetration, it will not restrict it, cause pain or bleed.
It’s a fake body part, made up as a way of controling female sexuality. Lovely.
“In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, medical researchers have used the presence of the hymen, or lack thereof, as founding evidence of physical diseases such as “womb-fury“. If not cured, womb-fury would, according to these early doctors, result in death. The cure, naturally enough, was marriage, since a woman could then go about having sexual intercourse on a “normal” schedule that would stop womb-fury from killing her, hence opening her hymen.” /wikipedia on hymen.
January 24, 2009 § Leave a comment
.. to Sam Harris: Letter to a christian nation.
I’d like to say that atheists are humble. Humble since they assume that they are not the ones who has to answer. Most of us leaves answering the big questions to the big minds, like Hawkins and his pals. But I can’t claim to be humble. I’m humble when staring into the abyss of possibilities that is the universe, but I’m everything but humble as a person. My bad. Still, this has nothing to do with my atheism. I happen to be a person too, quite arrogant and aggressive even at times. But please, do show me a hardcore religious who isn’t just that.
The freedom of thought, religion and speech does not give you the freedom to be an idiot.
One thing though. There is one problem with atheism vs religion is that atheism is mostly found amongst highly educated or intellectuals, in societies with a functioning and equal system, with fair amount of gender equality and so on. In wealthy enviroments. Can you see what I see? It is the possibility of a new class war. Elitistic atheists (like me) might very well only conjur up underdog feelings amongst the religious. I can’t solve this. But, I can give a suggestion. Let’s not preach for the poor. Let’s put up proper systems for education instead and teach things that are rational. And then, when we all had an equal chance to make up our mind, then, then we can take this discussion again.
I promise you, that the few religious people who would be left, wont be the sharpest tools in the drawer.