Tuesday 1st of December 2020

and god created monkeys out of the same mindless matter...

monkeys

The first and most obvious gift the weekly church service gave me was boredom – and its child, imagination. Compelled into motionless silence for a full hour every week while the language and imagery of the mass washed over us, we children were forced to draw upon our own minds for amusement. The effect on me, I’m convinced, was to bring into being an expansive and sovereign inner world.

 

There was also something about the stillness and the absence of the parental gaze – ostensibly fixed on events at the altar – which allowed a feeling of supreme privacy. That small pocket of space between my seat, the kneeler and the back of the pew in front of me seemed an inviolately secluded world. When I recall the church, it’s not the altar and the priest I think of but the floorboards, the yellow woodgrain of the pews, the green baize carpet and the musty shadows beneath the seats, the lozenges of stained-glass light falling across my knuckles clasped in “prayer”. Of course everything about me was clearly visible to my parents or any other nearby adult the whole time, but it didn’t feel that way: I felt luxuriously invisible.

 

Paradoxically then, it was this stern constraint of time and space each week in church that allowed the blossoming of an inner freedom.


Read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/23/confessions-of-an-atheist-writer-charlotte-wood-on-catholicism-and-the-art-instinct


These recollections from Charlotte Wood, an Australian writer and atheist, are a bit of fresh air in a room full of religious farts. Old farts with their own website and constipated motions. Charlotte is of course more politely lyrical, I am not...

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Yes, now, we have a couple of “non-atheist” who discuss beliefs versus atheism. It’s painful and unfair. One is a mathematician, John Lennox, and the other one is an actor. Enter Hercules: 

Actor Kevin Sorbo is on a mission to prove that science and religion go hand-in-hand, with Sorbo teaming up with mathematician, philosopher and former Oxford professor John Lennox to "unpack theological and scientific proof of God" in the new film "Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science."


And while the veteran actor — known for his starring roles in "Hercules" and "God's Not Dead," among a plethora of other films and shows — has been diving into faith projects more in recent years, his faith roots run deep.


Read more:
https://www.christianpost.com/entertainment/actor-kevin-sorbo-on-atheism-and-the-science-of-god.html


Deep rooted faith does not make a truth, but an entrenched series of branching lies. Sciences and religions do not mix.

The arguments are always the same.

John Lennox, the mathematician, is a worry. He tells us without looking at it:

"Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter; or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second.”

Read more:
https://www.johnlennox.org/about

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This view by Lennox is heavily arrogant. He should loose weight (theologically speaking). What is intelligence? What is life? Isn’t life a certain organisation of mindless matter that gave rise to RNA and DNA in evolution? Or are we living on a planet where god-the-puppeteer is playing with the strings of several billions humans and several billions animals and several billion carrots? This does not make sense... 

Mindless matter can generate “intelligence”. This can easily be proven by people slowly sliding into dementia. Their intelligence is diminishing due to the slow disintegration of the organisation of mindless matter in their brains. Some people are born with less intelligence than others — or to say with less ability to comprehend or act according to the ability of the majority of people. Often these people are classed as dumb or “retarded” (obsolete). The action of “drugs” (consciousness and intelligence modifiers) on our ability to be less (or more) intelligent should give you an indication that matter, including dumb matter (“mindless matter” such as alcohol) can interfere with our level of imbecility.

Meanwhile. religious views or atheism has nothing to do with our compassion which is based on a humanitarian choice. Daily, our compassion is flaunted by our desires of greed, envy and even "justice" — fake justice with weird ways to apply laws that are flawed, like in the case of Julian Assange.

This is why the major religious nuts have inferred the existence of a soul, exclusive to humans, which is independent of intelligence (or mind). It's a neat trick. This is a stupid use of deceit, designed to make you feel part of an exclusive godly group. What rot. You still have to go to the crapper...

Has not god given some basic intelligence of choice to some species, like monkeys and dogs, but not to carrots? 

So what is science? As Bertolt Brecht told us in a simple phrase: “The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error…” 

John Lennox, I hope you understand this... Sciences and religions do not mix.

Why would god create an immense expanding universe, designed like a sloping electric billiard table with black holes, burning suns, electronic zappers and little levers that we control to a point by pressing buttons, with a speed limit? Ah I see, we have been given the "reason" that He (god is a male) needed some help to defeat “evil”. And WE’re the help. Goodness me! Are you kidding? We're idiots!

And not only this, should we behave badly — contrarily to His (god is a male) ten commandments, we’ll rot in hell for eternity. What a score! Why create us, sinners, in the first place, if He (god is a male) knows we’re going to spend that long with our arse on fire?

Religion is a trick of mind control, like Santa Claus… “Who’s been good, who’s been naughty, boys and girls?…” You believe in Santa Claus, don’t you Mr Lennox?

Then we’re asked to “believe” in a guy who was nailed to a cross in order to redeem our naughty original sin, whatever this is, while the guy who betrayed him, Judas, regrets his betrayal and commits suicide. But the whole caper of the crucifixion would not work without Judas’ betrayal… Only dumb people are prepared to believe this silly stuff, the script of which would not pass the editors of Midsummer Murders. 
The whole caper is designed to control people in a social environment, through brainwashing. Meanwhile, we have to sort out our own incomplete nature. Our incomplete nature is not a sin, but it should allow for the blossoming of an inner freedom, personally within the reach of a beneficial social construct, without destroying the planet — which is on the cards, if we carry on as is.

So two religious dudes discuss atheism. This is unfair on atheists. We don’t have the opportunity to show our relative reasoning, while the “religious guys" are doing it on our behalf in a very slanted and loaded manner to suit their delusion. 

We are told that John Lennox debated Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” in the University of Alabama (2007) and on “Has Science buried God?” in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of “Is God Great?” (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of “Is there a God?” (Melbourne, 2011). Furthermore, he has participated in public discussions on similar topics with many other academics on campuses around the world.

John Lennox has been a very busy boy, polluting the space between the ears of gullible students with crap. Lennox may be intelligent enough to do wonders with mathematical equations, but on theology and sciences, he stinks like a rotten pile of compost and I am too kind.

He has written copious amount of stuff trying to marry sciences an religion — on the interface between science, philosophy and theology. These include God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?(2009), God and Stephen Hawking, a response to The Grand Design (2011), Gunning for God, on the new atheism (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World, on the first chapters of Genesis (2011). He has also written a number of books exploring biblical themes, including Against the Flow (2015), on the topic of Daniel, Determined to Believe? (2017), on the the subject of free will and God’s sovereignty, Joseph (2019), on the story in Genesis, and the ‘Key Bible Concepts’ series, co–written with David Gooding (in the 1990s). His most recent titles are Have no Fear (2018), on evangelism today, Can Science Explain Everything? (2019), on the relationship between science and Christianity, and the six–part ‘Quest for Reality and Significance’ series co–written by David Gooding (2018–9). Furthermore, in addition to over seventy published mathematical papers, he is the co–author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.

So far none of those books by John Lennox make any sense, because there is no sense in religious beliefs. As Gus Leonisky might have said, Lennox is a bore — a deceitful bore unless he is an ignorant bore… He is an unintelligent bore on a subject he froth a lot about (he's worried he might not go to heaven if he does not proselytise) but has no real fix on the enormity of his delusion. The question is not “can science explain everything” but why “is religion an infinite error” (and will the believers understand this?)?
Meanwhile, Hercules was a fictional character in the same vein as god has been, since a few someones, often calling themselves prophets, priests and kings, tried to put a semblance of social order in an unruly mob of warriors, young ones and peasants, while making sure women were inferior slaves of the system, with a semblance of respect. The monkeys make as much sense.


GL.
Fierce atheist.

jesus used by busy mums, as a baby sitter...

“A particularly annoying one is that atheism is smug or arrogant. What can be more arrogant than believing that the same God who didn’t stop the holocaust will help you pass your driving test?”

 

                                  Ricky Gervais

 

 

 

Gus Leonisky is a fierce atheist.

of mindless molecules that change our behaviour...


Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. His research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig holds a Bachelor’s in Science from MIT, a Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University. Medical College, and a Master’s of Studies in Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.Dr. Lustig has fostered a global discussion of metabolic health and nutrition, exposing some of the leading myths that underlie the current pandemic of diet-related disease. He believes the food business, by pushing processed food loaded with sugar, has hacked our bodies and minds to pursue pleasure instead of happiness; fostering today’s epidemics of addiction and depression. Yet by focusing on real food, we can beat the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease.

Read more:https://robertlustig.com

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This is interesting… Lustig's view is that Dopamine controls “pleasure’ leading to addiction by over-excitement of neurons, leading to the death of neurons, leading to seeking more drugs to achieve the same level of pleasure — while Serotonin leads to happiness, with no damaging effect. His view also mentions that Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Wall Street and Washington DC, are designed to encourage addiction (Dopamine based short-lived pleasure) and not happiness (long-lived state of mind). 

Beyond this, there an element of the mind which has been used by religious organisation, governments and the Mafia: Fear. And Dopamine is useful when we're not in danger anymore. Gus thinks that governments’ psychologists, very well atune to the system of brainwashing, will transfer the use of “your dopamine” to enjoy pleasure, away from solving your trauma of fear. Overall, governments don’t want you to be happy. If you’re happy YOU DON’T NEED THE GOVERNMENTS, you don’t need gambling, you don’t need wants to buy something all the time...


This is the way dopamine works against lingering fear:
Moving on from negative experiences requires identifying when it is no longer appropriate to be fearful. Understanding the neurobiology of fear is important for disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder. Dopamine neurons originating in the brainstem (the ventral tegmental area) release dopamine in limbic (i.e. emotional) regions of the brain and are involved in signalling when outcomes are better than expected. Therefore, these neurons may be involved in transitioning from ‘fear responding’ to ‘safety’. This week in Nature Communications Luo and colleagues investigate how midbrain dopamine neurons are involved in extinguishing fear responses.
Meanwhile, the least serotonin (happiness) you have, the “happier the governments”...

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See also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/35987

Note: The nerve cell, made up of its axonal appendage and major dendrites, is variously referred to as the 'neuron' or 'neurone'. The reason for preferring one spelling over the other is usually assumed to reflect American (neuron) versus British (neurone) use of the English language

santa on the vaccine sauce...

Officials scrap plan to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access


A federal health agency on Friday nixed a plan by a Trump administration official to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access in exchange for their participation in a controversial federal public service campaign, a new report said.

Under the Santa plan, drawn up by Michael Caputo, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, the St. Nick lookalikes would have promoted the benefits of a coronavirus vaccine at rollout events in dozens of cities, according to phone recordings obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Ric Erwin, the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, told the newspaper that Caputo outlined the plan to him on a late August phone call.

 

Read more:

https://nypost.com/2020/10/26/plan-to-give-santa-claus-performers-early-covid-19-vaccine-scrapped/

 

 

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in gus's garden...

evolution2

 


more weirdoes in gus's garden...

butterfly

 

butterfly2

 

fly

 

metamorphosis

 

See: Papillo Ageus...

more little beast of nature...

centipede

Centipede and snail...

 

Graphium sarpedon

Graphium sarpedon — Blue Triangle Butterfly

 

ants

ants on a bromeliad flower...

believing in god should be a crime...

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, has hit out at Emmanuel Macron over his recent remarks about Islam, branding them “stupid” and asking why it was “OK” to insult the Prophet Mohammed but illegal to doubt the Holocaust.

Khamenei became the latest Muslim leader to express his outrage at Western perceptions of Islam in a war of words that erupted in the wake of the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty in Paris on October 16. 

The Iranian leader's attack on Macron came amid renewed tension between France and other Arab nations, with satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a cartoon on the front page of its Wednesday edition. Erdogan had lambasted the outlet for its republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Depictions of the prophet are considered blasphemous by devout Muslims. Macron has defended the publication of the Prophet Mohammed cartoons as freedom of speech.

In a statement addressed to “young French people” on Wednesday, Khamenei said: “Ask your President why he supports insulting God's Messenger in the name of freedom of expression.”

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/504847-mohammed-cartoons-france-khamenei/

 

 

Believing in god should be a crime against common sense and a sin against reality... Yes, Charlie Hebdo is crass, vulgar and shocking. But these are the same values adopted by religions under the coating of do-gooding for humanity. With an iron-fisted psychological brainwashing that would make Paul Joseph Goebbels envious — and temporal punishment for lapsing into atheism (or simple disbelief) — they control power and enslave people AGAINST THE REALITY of sciences, especially the understanding of life and its evolution. The Abrahamic religions, especially Islam, are the pits of ignorance while professing knowledge. 

 

Please believe what you want, but leave satire, as crass, vulgar and shocking as it is, ALONE... And learn something useful, like secularity...   

 

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feeling solidarity...

A powerful earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Greece on Friday, killing at least 14 people and leaving more than 400 injured.
The earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea, rattling areas of western Turkey and several eastern Greek islands, as well as the capital Athens. Tremors were also felt in Bulgaria.
Turkey's disaster authority said the earthquake's magnitude was 6.6, while the US Geological Survey placed its magnitude higher at 7.0.
The Turkish agency put Turkey's death toll alone at 12, with 419 injured.

https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-and-greece-hit-by-severe-earthquake/a-55447143

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If I was a god-fearing religious nut, I would blame our sins for this. God is punishing us for not being religiously nutty enough. 

If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would blame the Russians for whatever, as the US always so. Or I would blame Charlie Hebdo for being earth-shatteringly blaspheming (see: not clever, but pressing the right buttons...). 

But the reality is that the planet is a small ball of stuff on fire with a very thin crust on top, formed about 4.5 billion years ago and there are spots where the plates of this crust crack, meet under pressure and will rattle. Watch for the next earthquake, possibly in California... or Japan... or Indonesia... or...

Science is what is important to know. It won’t stop earthquakes, but it will prevent us making “an infinite error”. So, we feel solidarity for the people who have suffered from this natural occurrence. 

Yet we cannot accept some of the delusive actions of wars, the devious political schemes and the hatred rising from religious beliefs which have no bearing on reality, except on our delusions.

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gus's fuse box explodes... sorry...