Thought of the day

What we need to do to spur job growth – especially given the reports for August – is to give big corporations more money. I know what you’re saying, “But that’s retarded. They already have trillions of dollars on hand and they aren’t using it to hire anyone. At all. It’s the consumer who needs to be given more money. They will then go out and spend, thus giving businesses a reason to hire in the first place. And if you don’t believe me, just look at the fact that giving corporations more money has been a dismal economic failure for the past 10 years, save the times when we enjoyed a few bubbles.” To that I reply, let’s slash everything in the budget so that overall growth will immediately shrink.

Remind me again why we listen to a damn thing Republicans have to say?

Christian logic

Let me start out with the obvious first: The Bible bears no relation to any actual science. It is a wildly inaccurate account of nature, it has no evidence for any of its significant claims, and it offers zero methodology for determining what is true. That said, I have an analogy I would like to make.

Christians love to look at their cute little holy book and see how it matches up to the world. Sometimes they’ll find something – a battle here or a town there. They never uncover anything of significance – a large boat or a big ol’ tomb, for instance – but the trivial things they discover seem to be rather important to them. The reason is clear: Any confirmation of something in their particular, cultural book is seen as indicative of the truth of the fundamental claims they make (such as Jesus’ existence and divinity, two things for which there is no convincing evidence). This makes for yet another logical fallacy by Christians.

To put things in perspective, imagine taking a 19th century science text and seeing where it matches up today. Except instead of saying, “Okay, these few things are true, but we know where the book has things wrong”, suddenly we’re taking the book to be entirely true. “Well, we can confirm that 19th century scientists knew X, and well, X is actually true, therefore Y and Z must also be true.” The flaw in logic is obvious here. And this all must make one wonder: If the flaw is so obvious in one place, why is it not obvious when religion is involved?

I don’t think it’s too difficult to figure out why Christians are so willing to make an exception to logic: they have no evidence for any of their major claims. Zero. Zip. Zilch. The only option that leaves them is to support their silly beliefs by proxy. It’s just too bad for them they haven’t been very good at doing that either.

Full blown memories

You know the drill. Day 3, still moving across Shira Plateau.