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You should need a permit to be so stupid…

Posted in Happy Jihads House of Pancakes by Skepdude on February 18, 2009

Ray Comfort…whatta guy! I swear, he’s a virtuoso of goof. This came through Howse’s website. It’s called: “The Evolution of the Egg: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups.” In this, he…redefines…oh, man it’s just dumb:

So which came first, the chicken or the egg? For those who believe the Bible, it was the chicken, and the first egg came some time later.

No. There is a correct answer here, and it will be right whether one takes the Bible literally, takes the Bible with a grain of salt, or takes the Bible out back to the pond and drowns it. There is an objective reality with which we have to deal. Just saying.

However, it’s not so simple among the Genesis-less generation. Did the first chicken come from the first egg, or was it the chicken that first laid the first egg? Long ago, even Aristotle (384-322 BC) spoke of the egg dilemma. He philosophized: “For there could not have been a first egg to give a beginning to birds, or there should have been a first bird which gave a beginning to eggs; for a bird comes from an egg.”

Aristotle was so stoned.

Let’s get into a little philosophical talk ourselves.

Oh, dear God, no. Hold on. I’m getting my shotgun.

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Unbelievable stupidity of the day-Boy marries dog to ward off wild animals

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 18, 2009

Just when you think you’ve heard them all, just when you think we have hit rock bottom as a species this story comes along and the bottom goes further and further away from our feet.

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – An infant boy was married off to his neighbors’ dog in eastern India by villagers, who said it will stop the groom from being killed by wild animals, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

“We performed the marriage because it will overcome any curse that might fall on the child as well on us,” the boy’s father, Sanarumala Munda, was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

The dog belongs to the groom’s neighbors and was set free to roam around the area after the ceremony. No dowry was exchanged, the witness said, and the boy will still be able to marry a human bride in the future without filing for divorce.

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Charles Darwin Tagged You in a Note on Facebook: The evolutionary roots of Facebook’s “25 Things” craze

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 18, 2009

[Originally posted at: Slate]

Last week, I enlisted Slate readers to help divine how Facebook’s “25 Random Things About Me” trend got started. More than 3,000 of you responded, answering queries on when you first saw a “25 Things” note, when you were first tagged, and when (if ever) you wrote your own note. On one level, the survey was a failure: I had hoped to find the trend’s Patient Zero, but there’s likely no single person who conceived of this scheme. But the absence of a singular “25 Things” creator reveals something much more interesting: Facebook organisms are not created by intelligent design. They evolve.

The idea that culture spreads in biological ways has been around for a while. Richard Dawkins coined the term meme in 1976’s The Selfish Gene to describe how ideas propagate according to evolutionary principles of mutation and selection. A quantitative study of the “25 Things” letter seems to ratify that.

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Important Studies page updated

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 18, 2009

A recent commenter on my entry about the “vaccines causes autism” crowd’s disregard for any contradictory evidence, complained that the research that absolves vaccines as a cause of autism just has not been done. Which obviously prompted me to update my new “Important Studies” page which honestly I have been neglecting to populate with studies, mostly due to lack of time. Nevertheless, for the above mentioned commenters pleasure I have linked to two studies that provide evidence against the vaccines-autism link, inlcuding of course the big daddy, the danish study of 500,000+ children and the MMR vaccine. Please send me links to studies via e-mail, as that makes it a little easier for me to update the page and make it an important resource for skeptics.

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calling all boss haters

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 18, 2009

[Originally posted at: Weird Things]

Do you think that your boss doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Does it seem that the only reason that he’s boss is because he talks a big game and people without any other ideas listen to him with little regard to the facts? And does your boss seem to think he’s great despite his seemingly obvious short-fallings? Well, science says that you’re probably right in your assessment much of the time. As it turns out, being a boss often means that you just have to confidently talk like one and managers tend to hold an overinflated opinion of themselves and their performance.

The evidence? A study by social psychologists at the University of California not only confirms the axiom that talking like a leader makes you seem like one in people’s eyes, but proves that the more dominating your personality, the easier it is to get away with incompetence. By taking a group of people and presenting them with challenges, the researchers tried to evaluate what makes someone a leader. The study’s participants generally tended to assign leadership roles and favorable ratings to people who spoke the most and seemed the most confident with little regard for the quality of their answers and suggestions.

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