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Jon Stewart channels Glenn Beck

Jon Stewart displays his mad skillz as an impressionist, practically channeling Glenn Beck in this Daily Show bit on Comedy Central bit last night.

Though I would never wish an appendicitis on anyone and hope Beck recovers fully, his on-screen persona is, in my opinion, worthy of mockery and derision… and Stewart nails it.

It’s a sign! …or not.

I was perusing all my blog RSS feeds in Google Reader when I happened to glance up to the page tab to see the count of unread blog posts. I found it amusing, so I thought I’d share.

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Red Meat (the comic)

Red Meat has a great strip today… one that hits home with folks who tend to reject irrational and superstitious claims.

Here’s the first panel… click to see the whole shebang.

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(thanks to PZ for the heads up)

Star Trek …and God?

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Ok, Ok… I know. You’re saying this time you’ve lost it. Hear me out. The theme of many of the articles that I have written has been that religion is most certainly a man made creation. I believe the evidence in biblical text, for me at least, is clear. The Christian God is a flawed God, particularly in the Old Testament. As I began thinking about how man went about to create a God, I tried to think about how modern day fictional writers would “create” a God. Star Trek came to mind. There are many episodes of the original Star Trek that dealt with God or God-like beings. I think it’s interesting as we look at some of these episodes, how man chose to portray a modern interpretation of what a God-like entity might be like.

Chronologically the first episode to portray a “God” was titled, Where No Man Has Gone Before. In short, a crewman on the Enterprise is the victim of an energy field that grants him exponentially stronger telepathic and telekinetic powers as the hours go by. After the accident he grows increasing intolerant of mankind’s comparative weakness. He begins to consider himself a God and many of his human foibles become accentuated by his new found powers. He begins to exhibit the same traits as many of those exhibited by the God of the old testament. He becomes, arrogant, cruel and tormenting. Kirk eventually “takes care of business” before his crewman’s abilities continue to grow beyond their ability to contain him. In this episode mankind is far too immature to deal with supernatural powers of this magnitude.

Interestingly, the beings in the next two episodes evolved into their powers over millions of years. The Metrons (Arena)  and the Organians (Errand of Mercy) were powerful beings who used their abilities to bring peace and end violence. With their powers they found there was no reason for the petty behavior they were at one time capable of. They had evolved beyond the need for vengeance or wrathful behavior, a lesson the Christian God never seemed to learn (particularly in the Old Testament).

Star Trek is also full of powerful beings that are not so nice, just like the Bible.

Wouldn’t a real God, logically act more like a being who is mature and peaceful? If God is all knowing and all powerful what would be the point of  putting people through sickness, infant death, war, pestilence, plague, blight, starvation, etc. I know, we shouldn’t ask what God’s purpose is right? Well… why? Why should it be considered impertinent to ask?  Why would God have given us brains if we were meant not to use them for problem solving?

Science fiction writers come in all shapes and sizes. Some like to write about mean spirited supernatural beings and some write about gentle and loving supernatural beings. That describes the writers of Star Trek, the Old Testament and the New Testament. All three works of fiction.

Atheist Gamers will get it…

I’m a fan of the game Portal from Valve Software and got the silly idea to re-do the Enrichment Center icon panel. If you haven’t played Portal, you won’t get it… probably.

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Reasonists

From Doonesbury. I found this amusing… and disturbingly accurate. It seems that the US is becoming closer and closer to being the country with the highest number of crackpots.

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Click for the full comic strip.

Satan is Everywhere – Outnumbered

I’ve seen a few phenomenal clips from this show and it seems that the writers (and the actors) are simply brilliant.

Almost Unbearable Irony

Craig and I just returned from a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The museum is an attempt to show that the bible is scientifically accurate when you read the book of Genesis in a completely literal way. Though the museum is physically amazing (clean, well built, very high quality, etc), it pretty much fails from the science aspect.

So it was to my great amusement that I found this t-shirt available… though I heard it was discontinued and this was on clearance for $9.00…

Creation Museum T-shirt - Science is Awesome!!!

Detailed write-ups (with pics!) will be forthcoming.

Woo by the ton!

Given that folks in the Skeptic, Science, and Atheist communities generally refer to new age healing, astrology, homeopathic “remedies,” and other spiritual-type wackiness as “woo,” I found this sign near my house very, very humorous.

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Woo for $299 a ton! That sounds like a great deal for the Discovery Institute… although, on second thought, they might be the suppliers.

On a side note, my 8-year-old daughter found the sign really funny, too, after I explained the “woo” bit. Now she laughs every time we drive by it.

I think maybe I’ll buy a $6.00 bag and see if it can do something about this problem I’ve been having with my aura…

Ricky Gervais: Darwin was wrong.

Since I haven’t been posting much lately, I thought I’d toss in a little bit of humor courtesy of Ricky Gervais. I just caught this on Unreasonable Faith and wanted to share because everyone can use some laughter to brighten up their day.