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The Theory of Childhood

Posted in Humorous by Skepdude on September 8, 2008

The theory of childhood, also known as child origin, is a damnable, loathsome and indefensible lie. How can any thinking person suppose all humans used to be babies once?
There is no development path from babies to adults, no transitional forms between these two species. Show me even one baby with the head of a grown man on his body. Can you? No? Not even a bearded toddler? No adults with unfused skullbones, outside unfortunate disorders? Not even a tiny little newborn girl suddenly sprouting a respectable bosom? You can’t find them, because they don’t exist. There isn’t a single transitional form between children and adults, and you will never find one because the theory simply is an unscientific lie.

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Tooth or Consequences

Posted in The Rogues Gallery by Skepdude on September 8, 2008

My daughter, Rachel, who is 5 years old, lost her first baby tooth last night. It was a rather tender moment – she was giving me a hug goodnight as I was tucking her in to bed. During the hug, she pressed her head very firmly against mine, so much so that the force of my face up against hers actually sent the already loose lower right incisor free from the gum. I could actually hear the “crunching” sound of the tooth coming away from its socket, and I knew right away that the tooth popped out. The sight of blood coming from her mouth caused her to cry for a minute, but it was quickly replaced with pure elation and giddiness of this momentous occasion in the life of a 5 year old.

At this same moment came a time of pause and reflection on my part. Do I, a skeptical non-believer in non-science, willfully add to my daughters growing mental rolodex of fantasy creatures and characters by re-enforcing the idea that there is a “Tooth Fairy” that will come in the middle of the night tonight to take away the tooth and leave behind a gift?

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Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism

Posted in Neurologica by Skepdude on September 8, 2008

A new study published in PLOS One shows no association between the MMR vaccine and autism or the presence of measles virus in the gut of children with autism and GI symptoms. This is yet more evidence against the claim that the MMR vaccine is responsible for some autism cases. Of course, no one study can clearly settle a complex medical question. The entire literature must be taken as a whole, and when we do this it becomes clear that the evidence is strongly against any association between MMR and autism. This new study is an important addition, and strengthens this conclusion.

This study has some interesting features. The lead author is Mady Hornig – who (until this study) was one of the research darlings of the anti-vaccine crowd. It will be difficult for the anti-vaccinationists to dismiss this study as coming from a vested interest or someone with an agenda, as they have previously be extolling the virtues of this particular researcher. Further, in the press release we learn:

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Fundie Claim #16: Persecution, BAWWW!

Posted in Evolved and Rational, Uncategorized by Skepdude on September 8, 2008

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Fundie (actual quote): The act of atheism in defying Christianity proves that it recognizes Christianity as having a true God. There are thousands of religions, cultures, occult, and spiritual practices in this world that are doubtful to be true at all. Still, atheism goes against the presence of God, especially God in Christianity, way more strongly compare to its refutation against other religions in this world? Why is that so? Given an example of a second best student in class who only goes against the best student in class because he only recognizes the ability of the best student, and not the rest of the class, a similar pattern can be observed between Christianity and atheism. However, Christianity has already won through the blood of Jesus on the cross.

This statement makes no sense at all. Atheism is merely a lack of a belief in god/gods, and has nothing to do with specifically going against the Christian religion. Atheists are not defying Christianity or the Christian god, as you can’t defy something that you don’t believe exists in the first place. If someone does not believe in goblins, does that mean that the person is defying Goblinism? Since Christians do not believe in Shiva, does that mean that Christianity is defying Hinduism, thus recognizing Hinduism as the true religion?

Christians, what makes you think that Christianity is the true religion among the thousands of other religions known or once known to mankind? Are you really sure that your particular god is the one true god, and how do you know for a fact? Would you have been a fundie Christian if you were born in rural Afghanistan?

“When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” —Stephen Roberts

The assertion that atheists are all out to attack Christianity certainly fuels the pathetic Christian martyr complex, but rest assured that atheists are not going to call for Christians to be burnt at the stake anytime soon. We leave those sort of things to the butthurt theistards who resort to violence because they simply cannot rationally defend their faith.

Now, a Christian might wonder why the atheism-related posts on my blog are mostly (not all) centered around Christianity. The answer has nothing to do with going against the presence of the Christarded imaginary god, but simply due to the fact that Christianity is the religion that I am most familiar with and the one that I tend to come across in everyday life. I do not post about how Zeus does not exist because Zeus-believers are not the ones making shrill attacks on secular values or trying to destroy science and take us all back to the Dark Ages. If you want some examples of atheist resources that dismantle the arguments of other religions, Google has been invented. Use it.

Notice the interesting thing here: The Christard explicitly mentions atheism as a threat to Christianity, and not any other religions or occult practices. Again, the Christian argument can be flipped on its’ head to show the muddled contradictions that is often pervasive in fundie Christian reasoning.

As much as it may hurt Christian egos, Christianity is not the only or final threat to rationalism and reason. Christianity is not the only delusional belief system in the world. Christians, there is no need to get on your high horse and feed your persecution complex.

Also, exactly how has Christianity already ‘won’ through the blood of Jesus? If Christianity has already won, why was the fundie post needed in the first place? Why bother explaining why you picked Christianity over atheism if Christianity has already won, theistarded moron? Why even bother making a point?

tl;dr: The fundie argument is an EPIC FAILure.

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Married at 9, slain by parents at 17

Posted in Muslims Against Sharia by Skepdude on September 8, 2008


Pakistan

DESPAIR among human rights workers in Pakistan over a rash of so-called “honour killings” intensified yesterday when it was disclosed that a girl forced into marriage with a 45-year-old man at the age of nine had been killed by her parents because she asked for an annulment.

The girl, 17, who had been fighting a lonely but successful legal battle, was coming out of court in the Punjabi city of Sahiwal after being granted the annulment by a judge when she was surrounded by a group of men and shot in view of police.

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