Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Evolutionary Donkey...

Further to my last blog, and indeed on the subject of evolution, i would like to further help those who feel it is necessary to disbelieve their own eyes, ears and sense of smell. Ok, the last bit was a joke, but so is the continued belief in creation, so if you can't beat 'em.... ;)

What i would first like to point out that evolution is not supported by proof, but as with many things we know to be true, it is supported by evidence. Mountains of it, in fact. This evidence supports the process of natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin so strongly, that it's impossible to say that, given the wealth of evidence, that creation could have occurred.

The first observation of Mr Darwin that led to his abstraction from the general consensus of the time was that mockingbirds from several of the geologically new Galapagos islands though of the same species, showed small changes in their appearance that clarified which island they lived upon. This, with other evidence, such as newly extinct animal bones, which shared armour with armadillos, and, again, slight differences in the shells of the same species of turtle, that the locals could identify again from which island they came, further illustrated that something was not quite as it had been understood to have occurred. When considering the platypus and marsupials, he commented that it was "as though two creators might have been working alongside each other".

This first and foremost showed the start of a trend that was to uncover the wealth of evidence I am now discussing. Answers to questions were now becoming obvious, questions surrounding various primitive bones and fossils that already at that time had been uncovered, not only those of Dinosaurs.

There are many many examples of transitional examples now in the fossil record, including large scale transitions such as from reptiles to birds and reptiles to mammals, and also intermediate intricate developments such as the many fossils of hominids and, as mentioned in my previous blog, horses and wolves to dogs. Fossils, though not proof, are good pieces of evidence since they are suggestive of what Darwin predicted and they confirm the theory much in the same way that the very same evidence disproves the idea of creation, which further supports the theory of evolution. This evidence allows the disbelief that all animals were created as they are today, originally.

Theists will find fault in transitional fossils in a number of ways. The will claim that a transitional fossil is not proof of a relationship since you can't prove it is an ancestor of any later organism, which is true to some degree, but since it is suggestive of an evolutionary relationship it is simply doing what science does rationally; dealing with supporting evidence rather than claiming proof. This argument from theists demonstrates a lack of understanding of how science works, whilst simultaneously showing their ignorant closed minds by failing to udnerstand how a theory can be shown to be accurate, whilst maintaining a completely unsubstantiated story of creation, without any supporting evidence. Beggars belief, eh?

Theists will also sometimes claim that transitional fossils are not transitional at all. For example, with archaeopteryx, some have claimed that it is a true bird, despite it's obvious relationship to reptiles, that modern birds do not possess. Archaeopteryx is as best transitional fossil example as can be seen with your own eyes, since it directly related to both reptiles and birds; having characteristics of two completely different species to itself, whilst not necessarily being a direct ancestor of either, since it might have been a branch of evolution that simply died out, similar to Neanderthals.

The direct misunderstanding of transitional fossils, coupled with their fear of displeasing their god, makes little room for debate since they are misinformed, or are simply not well read on the subject. My own personal experience also, is that theists will simply not take in what is right before their eyes since it will disagree with what they believe already, and completely have "faith" that what they think, or, sorry, are brainwashed with and since theists have an emotional involvement with what they have been told, they are not using their brains to maximum ability. Human brains thrive on flexibility; having a closed mind stifles your personal development since you fail to develop an understanding of something that already you have your stance upon, one that was given to you by someone who indoctrinated you into your beliefs.

Another misconception is that atheism and evolution is in the same league as one another. This is wrong. Atheist is a theological position on the existence, or at least, non-existence of a god. The latter is a field of scientific interest.

Further misconceptions regarding evolution is that theists often will say, sarcastically, "so you think that humans used to be monkeys"?

Laughable eh?

This only serves to further illustrate what i just said, a complete misunderstanding of evolution. The fossil record shows that we humans shared a common ancestor with some of the primates; the great apes. DNA supports this, with our closest extant relatives being Chimpanzees and Bonobos, Orang-Utans and Gorillas. Transitional forms support this. Just even looking at evidence available today supports this; our skeletons, our shared teeth formation, our brain size in relation to our bodies, our skulls, opposable thumbs. the fact we also have an appendix, though unused now in humans, that it is still used by our closest relatives because of their mostly herbivorous diets. Our chromosome (the organised structure of DNA and protein in all cells) sequence of 23 pairs, rather than 24 pairs as with the other primates, and the fact that humans show a fused second chromosome, which shows a link between us and the other great apes, since it is suggestive that we formerly had, also, 24 pairs. We retain the genetic code for "tails", which is seen in embryonic development, and indeed occurs naturally occasionally as an accident of nature. Primates also have slower development rates than other similar sized animals, depending for much longer upon their parents for successful survival to adulthood, and we all reach sexual maturity much later than most other similar sized mammals, but share longer lifespans also. Also many may life in solitude, male-female pairs, or in groups of socially dependent groups. Our shared ability to make use of tools. All the great apes practise homosexual behaviour commonly, and show remarkable similarities in their differentiation of temper, and emotional output, to humans.

All of this supports the "theory" of evolution, whilst, again, providing evidence against the theory of creation, as described in holy books of the many religions.

Now, i'll also just touch on the big bang. This also is a theory, partly based on fact. The fact that everything in the universe is observed to be moving further away (currently), supports the idea that everything must have been at one point condensed to a possible atom sized point, though this is remarkable to imagine, it is supported by evidence. Atheists, and evolutionists aren't strictly related to the big bang, but do obviously see the evidence to support it, they don't simply think everything came from nothing. There are many scientific theories on what came before the big bang too, for example string theory. Or Einstein's suggestion that the universe could possibly expand and subsequently shrink one another after each other. Of course, there are many of the religious who scoff at the idea that everything came from nothing.... Whilst accepting that their god did!?

Clearly what is most important in this discussion, is that the two theories that are possible, is creation and evolution. Since i have put forward some pieces of evidence for the former, i should like to offer some evidence for the latter, from a book, written by primitive idiots who felt it necessary to control the world, give answers to then unanswered questions, the bible.

God created the heavens and earth, that may or not have been flat at the time, he then made Adam from some dust, and his wife from his rib and they were so stupid that they had barely taken their first breath before they caused god to smite the whole of humanity to be born in a state of sin. I say god, since he also created the devil, and accordingly is ultimately responsible for the whole she-bang. God of course knowing everything knew this would all happen, and despite flooding the whole earth in order to start again, failed miserably in his divine plan, to be worshipped devoutly by everything and everyone. This worked for the churches marvellously of course, and clearly if genesis didn't exist, control might have been harder. Tadaaa.

In contrast to Darwin's theory, the above theory has no evidence to support it, apart from a book written by men, and of course faith.


That is all x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

A horse has always been a horse?

My dad, once again, has trifled with reality in a way unknown to us logical chaps....

On the discussion of evolution he has repeatedly stated, that "a horse has always been a horse", "a dog has always been a dog".

Not only does this clearly demonstrate his lack of understanding, but also his lack of independent enquiry, since, sadly, and it pains me to embarrass him, but a horse has not always been a horse.

Dogs most certainly have not always been dogs.

So, to clarify, and hopefully educate; Dogs as we know them now have not always been as they appear today. Strictly speaking, most breeds of dog today as we know them, and i'm talking pedigree, not Heinz Variety 57 examples, have only recently become pedigree over the last few hundred years.

The golden retriever for eg, only evolved at the end of the C19. they along with other dogs, in fact evolved due to domestication of Wolves. That is backed up with fossil record, and human detailed facts.

Horses, however had a more intricate evolution. According to, not theory, but fact: fossil records, horses are one of two extant sub-species of Wild Horse, that evolved from Hyracotherium, an extinct genus of small animals that lived in the wood lands of the northern hemispher during the early tertiary and early to mid Eocene Epoch period, approximately 55-45 Million years ago.

This is backed up with fossil record, and not as detailed by religious people who might suggest that as the great flood grew, those animals that were the strongest and biggest got higher in the mountains that hold the fossil record.

My question to those who deny evolution, regardless of their reason, is how can you deny evolution, regardless of your reason. It is evident, is backed up with reason logic and the world is riddled with fossils. You accept that dodo's became extinct, and mammoths? Why deny the rest?

You deny it simply because you live in fear of the second life you so desperately seek, the same one that is misguided and blinded by religious ignorance, the same one that makes you shamed by your own human nature, the same one that makes you lie to yourself.

As always, i maintain that you should spend less time worrying with fear about the life you seek after your death, one that still has yet proven to be true and spend more time learning about yourself, human nature whilst still actively alive. It's the best you can do, for yourself.

AND, i'm sorry, but horses haven't always been horses. They have only existed for a few million years, which is nothing compared to the many millions of years that dinosaurs dominated our planet, before we now have evolved to dominate it ourselves.

That is all x

Monday, 20 December 2010

Am I looking for god?

My dad has told me repeatedly recently that it's obvious to him (a Christian) that I'm "looking for god" and that he's confident i shall find him.

His idea that my active atheism is simply an expression of my search for god is quite an interesting one, i agree, but we all know just how closed minded religious folk are sometimes and surely it must ease his conscience for him to feel that his interpretation, once again, is righteous, as his ignorant interpretation of scripture always has done.

Now, about this god, previously, i have put it to my dad, in response, that he can guarantee with certainty that, should i ever find a god, he can be "quite sure that it will not be the Christian god of misery and submission, pain and torture, ignorance and bigotry, slavery, rape and famine; Jesus, who would rather shame gays than give an orphan a family, can literally go to hell"... But, i admit, upon reviewing the following evidence, it has come to my attention that perhaps i am looking for this god after all:

Christianity has been the backbone of ignorance for 2000 years, it serves only to control the lives of it's following by showering them with bigoted dogma, ignorance and petty cowardliness, and that's before we mention it's views on women, blacks, homosexuals and children. Further to this its' very basic claims, such as Adam and Eve being the first man, the great flood, Jesus Christ's miracles and others are simply not possible to be true given current scientific resources, fossils, transitional forms, logic, evidence and reason. Besides this, it has caused sadness upon pain upon famine upon war after one another and still today contributes to intolerance, racism, bigotry and homophobia across the world so that the very free will it claims to give it's followers is taken right from under their noses. You know, i could go on, but I'm convinced already.

My dad is right, it is the Christian god that i want to find after all.... To give him a well deserved smack in the face!

That's all for now x

Coming out!

Telling the world that you are gay is one of the most dreadful thoughts you will have as a teenager, young adult, married man, father or even pensioner, yet why is it that humanity has it such that we even have to?

Straight people don't have any extra pressure upon their true nature when considering revealing it to others, they're in the lucky boat of being one of those that's considered normal!

It seems to me though that, unbeknown to anyone still in the closet, actually coming out isn't all that bad or in fact the hardest part of it, it is coming out to "yourself" that is indeed the hardest part of this phenomenon and this in itself should be considered a victory once you have done it.

Face it, you've spent so many years trapped in a society full of ignorance and bigotry, that you have pushed away from your own true nature so far that you may have even considered ending your own life because of it, i know i did for many years, but once you start smiling at the fact that you are LGBT, and you don't necessarily have to be part of its' community to enjoy it, you will have found your first victory.

You 1 Society 0

You've opened up the door to eternal happiness, inner peace and self respect; closing the door to lacking self esteem, inner turmoil and submission to others' petty ignorances. Well done!

Oh and then look in the mirror, cos OH MY GOD you are beautiful, and you just might notice it moreso now, after you've done the aformentioned hard part, coming out to yourself!

Friday, 22 October 2010

My friend Lynsey works in the national physics laboratory, holding degrees in maths and physics. Today, she sent me this....

Hi John, thought you'd be interested in the following:

The temperature of heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is the Bible:

Isaiah 30:26 "Moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold as the light of seven days"

Thus, heaven receives from the moon as much radiation as the earth does from the sun, and in addition seven times seven (forty nine) times as much as the earth does from the sun, or fifty times in all. The light we receive from the moon is one ten-thousandth of the light we receive from the sun, so we can ignore that. With these data we can compute the temperature of heaven: The radiation falling on heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation. In other words, heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann fourth power law for radiation

(H/E)4 = 50

where E is the absolute temperature of the earth, 300°K (273+27). This gives H the absolute temperature of heaven, as 798° absolute (525°C).

The exact temperature of hell cannot be computed but it must be less than 444.6°C, the temperature at which brimstone or sulfur changes from a liquid to a gas.

Revelations 21:8:" But the fearful and unbelieving... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."

A lake of molten brimstone [sulfur] means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, which is 444.6°C. (Above that point, it would be a vapor, not a lake.)

We have then, temperature of heaven, 525°C (977°F). Temperature of hell, less than (445°F). Therefore heaven over twice as hot as hell.


Given this scientific proof based on the bible, I have to say i'm rather glad then that i'm a sinner who won't repent after all, what say you?

John (and Lynsey)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Ignorance of blame!

Questions: Why is it that some people can not do the following?

Take blame? Be grateful? Thank someone? Be pleased for others' happiness? Say sorry?

I find often amongst, luckily not in those in whom i put my closest trust as friends, but sometimes in the outer circle, and often in simply other people who i encounter that they can have one or two of the above, in my view, negative and discourteous qualities.

Sharing in the pleasure of the people you consider in your life should be something done with enthusiasm and excitement, even if slightly exaggerated to your real feeling. As such, the same should be said for saying sorry, admitting when you're wrong, or in order to be grateful for help, advice, or gifts given to you. People are stubborn with some emotions and prefer to lock them away rather than open up their hearts. I admit i think some people, including me, are too "heart on sleeve" with certain folks, i personally don't know what makes me the way I am, I'm still studying my life degree... But i feel sadness when I don't see the good qualities I know that I have. We all have things about ourselves that we would change I bet, I know I wish I could stop being over dramatic when I'm drunk for eg, but really, it doesn't take a lot at all to exhibit the qualities I'm talking of above and i think that those who choose not to, and it is a choice, really are missing out on the feelings you get by actually embracing the above.

The selfishness of human nature is something that is somewhat inborn i feel and subsequently nurtured away from, it seems that some people haven't quite been nurtured in the right manner.

That is all for now :D

Thursday, 15 July 2010


So, my friend tonight told me she has a health issue that, without indiscretion, wasn't particularly personal, but her options regarding what to do with her situation are limited, due to her being american and subsequently lives under america's way of life. This, compared to where i live, is something that is completely out of our societies expected "norm"... to be worried about health, YES, but not at all financially. We have the NHS. We know that our government will fix us using every avenue possible and we will not be asked to pay a penny towards it (though contributions are taken from wages, these are minimal) This is something we take for granted. It has such an impact on us that we don't realise, until you hear of someone you care about who has something that would be fixed here for free, but can be a financial, and with that further stressful, concern, just how lucky we are.

My friend said that the reason there is no NHS could be linked to insurance....

The more i thought about it, this is now obvious, and as we now have private insurance here also, in fact with many well paid common working class jobs, private health cover comes as standard with your salary package....

I just wonder how long it will be before we no longer have the peace of mind that my friend across the waters currently doesn't enjoy!

Get well soon friend! x