Humor – I’m Sorry, I’m not Taking Evidence Today (YouTube)

Well, on this fine Friday, a bit of humor. This video clip was inspired by a friend that emailed me, explaining (among other things) that he didn’t trouble himself about scientific evidences for evolutionary origins because he’s not an empiricist, and doesn’t want to live in a world defined by empiricism. So, evidence isn’t high on the priority list, because evidence-based knowledge is, well… a sort of take or leave thing.

I really wish that denying the empirical was a valid option; that would sure be convenient. This is entirely untenable, obviously: the Bible itself supports the validity of empirical knowledge in both Testaments, the message was being typed from an electronic device of wonder, logical premises require external validation, etc. But some positions just don’t deserve a deconstruction, not where humor can cut to the chase.

It reminded me so much of Brian Regan’s lampoon of politicians. Consider the video below, but substitute the words: “I’m sorry, I’m not taking evidence today.

Cheers!

(NOTE: video is set to play from 34:20 to 35:39. Timings sometimes do not work correctly in IE. Recommend using Firefox)

Solipsism – an Illustrated Definition (YouTube)

Some readers have been intrigued by my use of the word solipsism. What does it mean? Well, we could go by the Dictionary.com definition, but that’s a little on the boring side:

Solipsism – an extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

I’m afraid that I would never have called my faith a solipsism. Isn’t Christianity all about dying to self? Yes, in many ways. And no, in so very many others. I submit the following “illustrated definition” for consideration. Caricatures can be instructive, and they can cause us to rethink things to which we are blinded by familiarity:

I’d have to say that I’m guilty of all these things. The retrospective has been a hard swallow.

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Ref: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist

 

Humor: The Onion on the “Intelligent Falling” Controversy

The guys at the Onion are so thorough in their lampoons, I just had to share:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/evangelical-scientists-refute-gravity-with-new-int,1778/#

The controversy:

Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held “theory of gravity” is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

The credentials:

…Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

The failure of secular science:

… there are many phenomena that cannot be explained by secular gravity alone, including such mysteries as how angels fly, how Jesus ascended into Heaven, and how Satan fell when cast out of Paradise.

Teaching the controversy:

They insist they are not asking that the theory of gravity be banned from schools, but only that students be offered both sides of the issue “so they can make an informed decision.”

A must read, it just keeps going, and going, and going… 🙂

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