If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

At last gleams of light have come, & I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable.

The quote in the title came from Charles Darwin in 1844, 15 years before he published his 1859 masterpiece, On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. He knew he was going to permanently change everything. He knew the world's religious idiots would complain about it. I wonder if he thought there would still be religious tards complaining about evolution in 2012.

The permanent change Darwin made in 1859 was it became impossible for an intelligent person to invoke a magical god for anything. Darwin didn't eliminate every gap for the god of the gaps, but he did kill the most important hiding place for every god ever invented, which is the explanation for the diversity of life. With one brilliant idea which he had spent his life finding evidence for, natural selection, he killed god.

More than 150 years later there are still people who didn't get the darwin killed god memo, but their children or grandchildren or more future generations will figure it out. It's pointless to believe in a god who never had anything to do, and Darwin demonstrated this beyond any doubt. Thousands of scientists who came after Darwin have been busy pounding nails into god's coffin. God is dead, dead, dead. Good riddance.

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