Do you think people care about your tweets, Facebook posts, your Instagram posts or your meme re-blogging/posting? You cannot just change the world, you can change yourself, and after you’ve changed yourself, the world will decide if it wants to listen. As you attempt to change the world, either it will listen, or it will ignore you and tell you to fuck off. Then, of course, you die.
” Hi, my name is Richard S. H. Winklestein, and I’m a professor at Yurgenshack University. I have PhD’s in whocarestics, astrophysics and neuroscience. I’ve written several books, including Why You Should Listen, and I Know How The World Works. I’ve appeared on many television shows, including The Wankenarski Show, Wankenbacher Live, CNN, MSNBC, and Wankenstone TVmany times. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE DON’T JUST AGREE WITH ME! “
— Richard S. H. Winklestein
Am I saying that you can never change the world? No. I’m saying that you need many people listening, and in order to make that happen, you’ll have to give them an incentive, unless, of course, you possess the weapons to force them to listen and obey you, in which case this article would be titled ‘How To Be a Dictator.’
” all that matters is that your message is compatible with the listeners’ world views “
After you can get an audience, and you’ve convinced them that they should take you seriously, your message has to at least make sense in their eyes. It doesn’t matter if what you’re saying is or isn’t objective, logical, reasonable or even true; all that matters is that your message is compatible with the listeners’ world views. You’re, in some ways, providing a service to the listeners, and if you fuck up, the chances of them coming back for seconds is obviously diminished.
The overwhelming majority of people in the West believe that if one could only achieve the first step, which is to occupy a supposed ‘influential’ communicative or media platform, that this is all one needs in order to change minds. That somehow new beliefs can be imprinted, via the mere burning exposure of information, onto the conscious and unconscious mind. This common, and simplistic, belief is explained in more detail by something called the Mere Exposure Effect. However, the belief that new learning, brainwashing or subversion is done merely by exposure to information, is what I’ve coined the Mere Exposure Effect Fallacy.
” The Mere Exposure Effect is itself mere conjecture, because it presupposes the existence of poly-linear unconscious thought “
The Mere Exposure Effect is itself mere conjecture, because it presupposes the existence of poly-linear unconscious thought, or Freud’s unconsciousness theories, but without any empirical evidence to support it. I’ve explained why unconscious belief and/or desire contradict what we can demonstrate to be true about human psychology. [see The Mere Exposure Effect in The Godless Glossary]
Ethos and pathos, which I would argue are both inferior to and subsets of logos, are always overused by those attempting to brainwash their audiences with exposure techniques. You can’t have ethos or pathos without logos, but that’s another topic. You must introduce new facts that would work like updates to an audience’s operating system. Talking about your feelings is only one fact: your feelings. Trying to change how other people feel, without having a logical argument or without lying, is a silly challenge that I enjoy seeing some people fail at.
Again, to change minds, you will generally need three things: the platform, the credibility and the arguments which do not contradict the listeners’ own presupposed world views or perspectives.
I have given you the tools. Yet, you’ve almost certainly dismissed much of it already because it contradicts your own world view. But I already knew that would happen.
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1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. – contradiction to the part of the bible that says God is ‘no respecter’ of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” – Acts 10:34
Although God seeing one person as righteous and another as being non-righteous could explain this contradiction, there is still the matter of him drowning babies in the flood. Can a baby be unrighteous and deserving of such a fate?
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. – eat clean and lift.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. – For all the 9 or 10 thousand year old trees that still exist, you can now throw this baby out with the bath water. (old trees)
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. – No, because there was a game on, and Noah has cable T.V.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. – Again, heaven is mentioned as being physically ‘up’. From the surface of the spherical Earth, there is no objective ‘up’ or ‘down’. Genesis plainly suggests Earth to be flat.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. – And men, women, children, the elderly and every other animal is drowned.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; – should we guess the wives of Noah’s sons had no families of their own?
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. – Even Mount Everest, which is 5 & 1/2 miles high? That’s 5 & 1/2 miles of water which could have come from nowhere else but the opened floodgates of the firmament (or a mass of icy comets). Counter to common atheist arguments, there wouldn’t be an atmospheric pressure deficit on Noah’s ark, but rather a pressure surplus due to Earth’s uniformly high sea level. Earth is now larger and more massive, this will cause the ark and its passengers to weigh more. What would Earth’s mass really be if covered in 5+ extra miles of ocean water?
Of course, God will create a magic bubble around the ark, depressurizing it and making it lighter in weight. Also, God prevents the ark from tearing apart.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. – What?!
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. – If God made the garden a paradise, I guess there would be no bee stings, no bites, no animal attacks for Adam.
God creates lions, bears, alligators, why, so they can kill their prey but can’t kill Adam? If Adam cannot die, then lions either become tame around him, or the bites and scratches do nothing, or both. Adam can swim to the bottom of the ocean or climb Mount Everest as well I guess. Adam, though naked, was the world’s first Superman?
Animals do not appear designed, rather they appear adapted to either attack or avoid each other. Some animals have sharp teeth and claws for a reason, and if you’re a creationist, it’s because Yahweh intended for them to live in a world meant for cruelty, NOT paradise.
You see, Yahweh planned the fall of man scenario; he lustfully anticipated it. If the bible were true, and there was no sin punishment, people would STILL be wondering why Yahweh is so cruel to animals and insects, forcing them to be killed, kill or be eaten alive in the wild. I can’t imagine Yahweh designing wolves, vultures and hyenas as vegans. If Yahweh created wildlife for survival, it’s because he anticipated “the fall”. Moving on…
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. – Remember, the bible doesn’t know about germs or bacteria. Allegory or not, there is no excuse for forgetting the microscopic which do not all “creepeth upon the earth”. God never was science literate.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.– One could say that this is a contradiction, as it states here that God created man and woman first, then restates the creation of woman later. I’ll have to look into it.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.– Sounds like God is advocating a vegan diet.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.– We now see that Adam and Eve existed on the sixth day. The elaboration of or contradictory creation of Eve is a well-known issue for Genesis. Not looking good Yahweh.
Genesis Chapter 2 (KJV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. – I can concede that Genesis chapter 1 used ‘heaven’ and ‘heavens’ interchangeably, however, there is still no mention of other planets, celestial bodies or galaxies. The term ‘heavens’, used here in Genesis 2:1 doesn’t seem to indicate many physical objects in or beyond the sky, but rather seems merely aesthetic.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. – Again, God needs to rest after making everything in the solar system, yet, he can make all the galaxies in the universe in just one day. When you compare the two, this would be insane if you’re taking the term ‘rest’ literally. If there’s nothing God can’t do, then certainly fatigue is one of them.
Not a big deal?? According to http://www.physics.org/ there are “at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe.”
Our insignificant galaxy is a mere “120,000 light-years across” (universetoday.com). That means that light would take 120,000 years to travel from one end to the other. Light travels so fast, 670 million mph, in fact, that light “could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second” (space.com)
Why is this important? A typical galaxy, like ours, has hundreds of billions of stars (NASA). That’s one hundred billion galaxies, that we know of, typically with over 100 billion stars, all created in one day, for the purpose of lighting up our nights and helping us farm! Yahweh doesn’t get tired after creating endless galaxies, but gets tired after creating the solar system?! We have methods of understanding our universe, and God is, shall we say, many light-years behind science.
http://www.esa.int/ estimates that there are over 1021 , or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (sextillion) stars in the observable universe. That’s perhaps one sextillion solar systems, as a star will attract gas and dust to orbit it. Also, the sun is an example of an “average” star, but is about one million times bigger than Earth. Imagine a universe containing so much mass and energy, wasted on Iron Age peasants as harvest indicators. Peasants who wouldn’t ever know what a galaxy, star or planet was. It sure takes a lot of “faith” to be an atheist.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. – Work hard and then rest, because even God needs a breather. Yeah right. I think God worked himself to death, literally, that’s why there are no more miracles.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. – I thought God made man already. hmmm
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. – Even if one conceded this point to be a re-telling of man’s creation, just more detailed this time, why the confusing chronology?
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.– Paradise, think again, tend to your garden boy!
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. – Yes, put the good and evil tree in the garden. Foreknowing of the suffering and pain it will certainly cause, doesn’t matter, that’s God’s plan.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; – ?
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. – ?
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. – ?
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. – “Worketh man! What? Did you really think paradise would be ‘paradise’?! Silly Adam.” – God
It seems as though God hadn’t the slightest intention for man to stay on and enjoy life on Earth. That the purpose of all earthly life was to toil and seek the afterlife. The story of Adam and Eve, as you will see, is the perfect example of unfairness and immorality. Keep reading and I will explain.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. – The first time God said, “do what I say, or I will punish and spite you to no end, never forgiving you or your offspring!”. The most important thing to God is that you take him very, very seriously, no matter what.
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. – There should be a sports bar named An Help Meet.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. – If Yahweh were a real thing, he would only want ignorant believers. I guess God brought forth wombats, kangaroos, elephants, naked mole rats, fish from the bottom of the ocean, turtles from the Galapagos Islands, gorillas etc, you get the picture, to come and be named by Adam. No, not likely. What submarine or Skype call did God use to bring every creature to Adam? Did this naming session take place over years (before the an help meet)?
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. – Adam longed for an help meet for help for his unhelped meat (I couldn’t resist).
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; – For God could not therefore create Eve out of the ground separately from Adam, no, she must be made of his very flesh, a twin? I’m guessing she shares his DNA extracted from the rib. And all this time we thought Adam and Eve’s children were the first incestuous breeders, Adam and Eve were twin sister and brother. It sure takes a lot of “faith” to be an atheist, huh Frank Turek? (I’ve tweeted this post to you)
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. – And if Adam had a mirror he’d have said, “She sure looks like me with boobs!”
Meanwhile the best mirror Adam has is his reflection in the water, man will have to invent everything on his own, starting with the names of every species of animal on the planet (or “kind”). Oh wait, too bad Adam never wrote these names down, in fact, we’re still discovering new species all the time (pardon me, re-discovering them). Thanks a lot Adam.
A New York Times article (link here) states there are as many as 8.7 million species on the planet (plus or minus 1.3 million). But how many “kinds”? Ray Comfort would argue that evolution isn’t true because we don’t see one species morphing into another every 5 years, however, there IS evidence of animals which have great difficulty successfully mating with and producing offspring with each other. It’s called a speciation event. (more on speciation: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_42)
It’s possible for a lion and tiger to mate and produce offspring, with the offspring being called a liger. That’s not a joke. I promise to come back and blog about ligers, speciation and evolution in the future. I’ll post a link here.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. – You are therefore unequally yoked my son, unless you marry your twin sister. – God
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. – And Adam & Eve were both the first incestuous, unmarried, cohabitating, nudist, libertarian, virgin, illiterate, camping, twin couple on the planet. Also, at what point were they actually “married” (“the man and his wife”)?
I’m silently struggling to keep my “faith” in atheism strong. I don’t know if it’s because of the prayers, or this dang ol book! Haha, “science”, who needs it?! To be an atheist takes so much faith and rebellion after all.
As for Frank Turek, author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”, that’s a total straw man of the atheist position, I’m not sure you realize it. To believe in something invisible, THAT takes faith.
I hope there are Christians reading this, and I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! Come back next week for more Genesis.
Free will as endowed by an omnipotent being is illogical. However, monotheists like Christians and Muslims don’t fully understand logic, so they continue to argue that free will justifies the unfairness and suffering we find in our world.
– by @GodsAutopsyCom
God, free will and power…
If your god has ‘all power’ and/or ‘omnipotence’, it is therefore logically impossible for it to give away any of that power and remain omnipotent. To the best of my understanding, an omnipotent god cannot share a reality with other potent beings (beings who can choose freely). Omniscience is also a subset of omnipotence, as the power to do all things contains the power to know all things.
Can you ever do a thing that God doesn’t allow?
If a sentient being can make a decision independent of his creator, then the being is, by definition, somewhat autonomous. If a being can really be autonomous, then he can possibly surprise or otherwise disrupt the plans or will of his master. If God can do absolutely anything, then he cannot possibly be surprised, interrupted, overpowered or otherwise made to do anything he doesn’t want to do. So the idea that a god could dislike or fight evil (or fight anything) is impossible. All events in the universe must therefore be part of or subject to the omnipotent creator’s will and wishes. Every rape, every murder, every stoning and every disease are all part of his plan, all approved by and enjoyed by the god who cannot be forced to do anything he doesn’t want to do. If there is an omnipotent god, then every evil act is just God doing evil to himself for personal amusement.
Monotheist v.s. an Atheist:
Monotheist: But God loved us so much that he suffers for us, he willingly suffers
Atheist: Why would god suffer for human pain and disease if he could bypass mortality and create man in paradise?
Monotheist: Because he wants to give us free will to choose violence and evil for ourselves.
Atheist: He knows what we will choose, therefore he could stop us anytime. If God knows the script, it’s as if he wrote it, we can’t deviate from it, therefore our actions are not our own, we would be puppets.
Monotheist: No, because God gives us the choice to choose him on our own, and then let’s us into heaven because of that choice.
Atheist: But, I don’t believe in him, so how can I choose?
Monotheist: Everybody believes in him! / You’re in denial! / You’ll get the chance to choose after you’re dead! / Just use Pascal’s wager!
Atheist: I can’t actually live by Pascal’s wager if I don’t believe in it.
Monotheist: Yes, you can, you have no choice, don’t gamble. You’ll be sorry if you take the chance. After all, if you reject God, he will punish you for eternity.
Atheist: I must choose option 1: worship God for eternity, or option 2: suffer for eternity. I’m incapable of choosing option 2 because the perfect torture for eternity is in fact perfectly horrible. Lesser torture would be to worship a God I don’t respect. Both are torture! Option 1 is impossible to turn down. Looks like there’s no free will after all.
Failed Arguments for God – Rebuttal to William Lane Craig’s Top 5 Reasons to Believe
last updated 2015/7/24
William Lane Craig is respected in the Christian Apologetics community and is well known to anyone who follows debates on the existence of a god. Here are his top 5 arguments and my annotations to them in red.
1.) The Cosmological Argument from Contingency
1. “Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause.” Premise one may already be an assertion. It may be a false dichotomy which states that everything that exists must have either come into existence by an external force/cause, or it exists through the very necessity of its own nature.