Monthly Archives: April 2016

Boyfriends should feel insecure around “God”

A.k.a. that nagging feeling of inadequacy before God

Consider the consequences of if enough people really believed in the flying spaghetti monster to make it a real religion. Can you imagine how bent up and insecure men would get when their gf confessed to having a tentacle fetish?

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“Sorry honey, I love you but if god would take me, I’d rather be fucked by his superior body.”

…which is how Jesus was conceived. You know Jesus and Mary imagery can be very sexual too. Jesus sculptures especially tend to be half naked as he writhes on the cross. I wonder how often chaste priests have intrusive thoughts while cleaning it, or the “virgin Mary” statue. Certainly in a pagan religion there would be nothing preventing you from fantasizing about having sex with Apollo or Aphrodite. Who is to say that there still isn’t an element of that desire, embedded deep in the consciousness of Christians when they pray to their eternal soul mate & master in heaven? Lucifer is practically a sex symbol in movies too.

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God’s bill of rights? -thread

What sort of freedoms does your religion give you? Logically, is there a Christian bill of rights to prevent God from taking your wife as his own, taking your soul, and turning you into his eternal menial mind slave on a whim?

What would God’s bill of rights look like? The only eternal rights he has promised in governance that I can think of is:

1st amendment: I won’t flood the whole Earth again (genocide by fire at Sodom is still ok though.)

Beyond that everything is decided on a case by case basis and subject to revision at any time. Even Satan’s right to live on Earth is not an eternal promise.

Continue reading God’s bill of rights? -thread

How Creative Writing Led Me to Atheism

I think you would have to be schizophrenic and suffer confirmation bias to believe in a god of your own creation. For me, a major stepping stone towards Atheism, was when I wrote a story about a hero, who became more powerful as I kept writing due to “power creep.” Did you know that in the beginning Superman could only lift cars and jump high and far, but later he could lift skyscrapers, and had the ability to fly? Well, my chunibyou capeshit character became OP too. (You know, the way Yahweh probably started as a sky God and then became the lord of everything on Earth.)

Gradually I started comparing my character to Yahweh, realized to my shock that I would rather worship my character than the capricious  God who indirectly murdered everyone in the Book of Job. At least my character was charismatic, sexy, humane, and had a more consistent moral compass. If I had to choose to worship a God without evidence, I’d choose the one I had designed myself.

Someday I would like to know how many Sci-fi/Fantasy authors deconverted largely due to writing? I haven’t read of anyone else doing so.

Anyway, the possible interpretations multiplied in my writing in the way theology develops – I realized I had created a theology with a pantheon of “Gods.” I had to introduce a villain as an antagonist, and he promptly became like Satan – a mechanism for explaining why my hero didn’t have the power to fix everything, and why there were problems in the world. (Unlike Satan, he had good intentions though, so I guess my story was more sophisticated than the bible.)

I began to suspect the bible was little more than a collection of highly-polished fan-fictions based on some ancient folklore. That’s how my research into religion began. Sometimes I wonder if I wouldn’t have figured out it was BS if I hadn’t written the story. Supposing I had been a wage slave after High School, with less hours for thinking about my writing? (It’s not a comforting thought, and another reason I don’t like low minimum wages. Surely that increases the religiosity in the poorer countries….)

You don’t have to be a writer to read enough and come to the same conclusions though. A study showed that the whether a child was brought up with religion makes it easier or harder for them to tell if a story is fictional.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cogs.12138/abstract

 (So remember kids, only read the bible, keep your thoughts on God and don’t get distracted with aliens, wizards and vampires in young adult novels. Pay no attention to the literary conveniences and tropes in the bible which would indicate the story was shaped by a master creator, who does not necessarily have to be God.)

 

Transgendered Restrooms are a Spook

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So North and South Carolina are creating laws to keep transgendered from using the woman’s bathroom. Arguments from transgendered: we don’t want to be harassed in the men’s bathroom. Arguments from most women: We don’t want to be raped by men pretending to be transgendered.

Doesn’t this sound like a spook? I see no logical reason why we can’t we all use the same bathrooms? Yeah it might seem weird, but you’d rapidly become accustomed to the sound of the other sex pissing next to you, or grooming in the mirror. Think about how much money we could save too on fewer toilets – you wouldn’t have one bathroom with a long line while the other was short due to poor planning or cyclical gender imbalances at a convention.

Or just make bathrooms unisex? This archaic separation is now as arbitrary as white and black bathrooms. Or is it that women want to preserve their special muh privileges, and to be able to tell a guy you don’t belong here. Who can use a male toilet? Kids of either gender, transgenders, and women who say the line is too long, the toilet is broken, or they want to give their bf a bj in a stall. I think women are more likely to throw a fuss if a man uses a toilet than the reverse.

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“No fun allowed.”

Why do you use citations?

Question: Why do you use citations?

Answer: They show you’ve done research; they prevent misunderstandings by keep thinking people on the same page; they provide reading material, demonstrations and examples that can be used as evidence; they elevate a discussion by encouraging people to read more before spouting their mouth on things they know nothing about. Suffice to say that better debates have them.  I cannot assume everyone I meet has read what I have, and it’s easier to provide a link to some sources. I usually prefer to leave posts that are rich in information that can be called out (except when my opponent is a lazy idiot.)

 

I don’t try to hide what I’ve read unlike someone who only wants to persuade, because if I’ve inadvertently made errors I want someone to find them rather than to be convinced by a bad argument. Scholars, professionals, priests and lawyers can’t argue formally without citations to their scriptures. They’re also fun to use, unless you want a rigid forum for pure thought. Citations are a sign of a formal debate and let people contradict each other on material grounds by providing evidence, which makes it more obvious when someone’s events and facts are wrong.
I’ll give a favorable shout out to anyone who occasionally provides examples and references, while entering the litigation game with links when there was a point of contention. I prefer a debate where someone understands a subject and has read enough of his position to provide examples and can make a case that requires fact checking, unlike with someone whose opening post is so fallacious that you can usually defeat it with logic without even checking what he is talking about. Many people have become used to making stupid arguments and not being challenged. They’re not used to actually providing evidence and litigating of the relevant points in an opposing argument, but if you can’t show your work you can’t prove it, and if you can’t prove it then you don’t know it.

Religion is a pill for derealization syndrome

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I know some Atheists are seduced into reverting to prayer and Theism. But does it really feel better to be responsible for your life when it’d be so much fun to see your life as a predetermined film, or some cosmic test?

Religion allows someone to play make-believe when the truth is too hard to bear. It allows someone who was crippled by wolves to pretend that supernatural forces have conspired to put him in the center of a bildungsroman genre film in which he is fated to be tested before an audience. This lets the religious float through life with a form of depersonalization derealization syndrome, thinking about themselves in the 3rd person to better understand how god must see them, while they neglect reality and only care about the invisible things that are happening. Religion is a placebo treatment for certain debilitating symptoms that can lead to suicide, (but read the warning because the drug can have harmful side-effects.)

I suppose in saying this I might be reverting to my original position when I was more of an Agnostic Atheist and less of an Anti-Theist. At that time I thought religion would inevitably give way to rationality eventually, (because how could people turn away from the truth?) At the time I was still considering embracing a different theology, and I thought that perhaps fiction did work better for some people, particularly if they were so weak-minded that they needed it. Of course, that was before I was aware of how much harm religion has done, and has the potential to cause.

Most likely I’ll toggle between these positions throughout my life. Ursula le guin said she is not a truth-seeker (which makes sense as she is a fantasy writer and will appropriate whatever lie works to spice up the worlds she builds), but then she ruins it by saying she thinks there are multiple truths. A vague thing to say…A cowardly thing really – I’m sure there are objective truths even if they’re hard to find, even in a chaotic universe chance itself is an objective truth.

But she might be right that there are other things worth focusing on. With that in mind, perhaps I can pay less attention to the religon debates and live a more worthwhile life. I can return to enjoying the serene (which I wrongly used to call spirituality), and live quietly without the arguments that people like Hitchkens will do for me. After all, I might be living at the apex of rationality, and it might be inevitable that a worse religion will undo all the progress we’ve made in this century at some later point. In that case, I’d have wasted a lot of my life, the only one that subjectively matters, for a future generation that doesn’t care one bit about me or my struggles.