What’s The Matter?

How Much Does it Matter?

Society For the Preservation of Matter

It’s a rather tiny amount of ‘ordinary matter”‘ that actually consists of everything we’d normally associate with being “everything” there is in the universe. Point zero three percent to be exact.  We know absolutely nothing about the ninety six percent of “something else” which dominates our universe yet leaves no trace.

Michio Kaku readily concedes that we don’t even have a full picture of the diminutive .03% speck of matter we can detect and examine.  The knowledge we glean in the atomic world comes at a huge price and destroys the very type of matter we need to survive, the abundance of which is admitted to be in exceedingly short supply by the very people who want to go on annihilating as much of it as they can!!

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Gaming the Gamergate GangSistas

Appended to add: I am not for harassing or raping anyone and if you’re doing that you’re no friend of mine. That said, for all the ongoing and constant rapity rape rape rape  claims and overly sensitive threat assessment tactics from the delicate flowers of gamer feminism (or atheismplus) I’ve yet to see one actual police report in support (evidence?).  If there was one police report or actual attempted rape for every 50,000 words spewed by these WATB, it would be a different story.  I’m just dam tried of their grabbing the stage and using it to promote self serving balderdash.

Yesterday I reposted a comment on my blog that I had dropped on a website trumpeting an ability to mock and track the “new” misogyny!  I used the opportunity to express my thoughts on (the ginned up) “gamer gate” controversy.  It was received with the usual (expected) mix of ad hominem malarky and knee-jerk bile.  What the replies lacked in total were any honest attempts at refuting the issues I leveled. There were plenty of feminist keyboard warriors who found the time to partake in my metaphorical stoning while simultaneously love bombing each other. This is a technique borrowed from religious cults and bolsters the mind-lock within the clammy confines of their heavily bunkered internet silos.  

It’s not like I don’t have other things to tend to, but I do find the Gamergate brouhaha to be at least as interesting a time-waster as FarmVille or Bejeweled.  It’s “CoffeeGate” all over again.  Get out the porn and potato chips.  This is going to be another doozy.

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Friday’s Feud

Krauss V Craig

Every generation deserves their own version of the Scopes monkey trial.  This is probably the best we’re ever going to get in our generation.

Setting the Stage

If you haven’t seen this Vimeo of Lawrence Krauss and William Lane Craig you’re really missing out.  It’s another one of those “Does God Exist” style debates (Spoiler alert: He’s still incommunicado).  I know.  I can hear you all sigh.  …..not another one of those….  Hear me out!   It lacks the faux intellectual suck-upitude present in most of these types of debates.  Krauss brings a deserved wickedness to the mix that has been sorely lacking since Hitch passed.

This event is sponsored by a Bible Forum with an audience I expect is heavily stacked in favor of religious leaning viewpoints.  You can skip the first 23 minutes to get directly to Krauss’ opening and bypass the long intro.

William Milquetoast Craig

If you’re an atheist of any intellectual rigor at all, you’re already recoiling in horror at the thought of listening through the tortured rhetorical apologetic sophistry that is William Lane Craig (Skip over his soliloquey to get to coffee table format immediately after).  On the other hand, seeing Krauss expand his role into the empty shoes left by Christopher Hitchens is a refreshing respite from his many Universe from Nothing videos of late.  Krauss is clearly not confounded by fools nor suffering them gladly, a trait he shares in common with the late Mr. Hitchens.

Lawrence Krauss

While Krauss is clearly lacking when compared to the linguistic facility of Hitchens, he is decidedly less restrained than the oft too-clever Hitchens and entirely more surefooted in matters pertaining to science and religion.  Krauss does borrow from Hitchens in this debate, tossing in a Mother Teresa bit related to the Catholic vexation on suffering as a means to salvation.  I felt that Craig got away on that, brushing it off much more easily than he would have if Hitchens had been there.

Krauss had clearly sharpened his knives against Craig before entering this debate.  He did the best take-down of fundamentalist quote mining in recent memory.  He was clearly angry at the misrepresentations being peddled by Craig and others of his ilk.  Seeing his unrestrained disgust with Craig was worth the price of free admission.  Somebody needs to do what Krauss is doing and he obviously likes to travel more than I do, so more power to him.

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Everything From Nothing

I’m posting this today as a tribute to Lawrence Krauss and  Richard Dawkins.  Besides appearing together in this video, they have both been slapped around pretty hard by the American Girlyban.  So far they’ve managed to cover-up the abuse with make-up, but I don’t know how much longer that’s gonna work out.

Krauss, like Dawkins, has rankled the delicate sensibilities of the American Girlyban community.  Anti-Janist responses from the Girlyban were equally vile towards Lawrence Krauss back then, as they are against Richard Dawkins today.

Shortly after posting her blog entry railing against Krauss’s defense of his friend, Watson’s rabid supporters filled the Skepchick echo chamber, calling him a “contemptible hypocrite”, not a “true” skeptic, and even implying that Krauss himself was a “sex offender”.

Mr. Krauss’ ‘offense’?  Speaking up for an old friend who was attempting to defend himself against criminal charges.  Lawrence Krauss actually thought his friend deserved a day in court before being convicted.  That alone, was enough for the issuance of a fatwa against Mr. Krauss from the Girlyban contingent.  I’m convinced Krauss only escaped burning at the stake by the lack of Girlyban experience in chopping wood and building a fire.    Either that, or they all got distracted braiding each others hair and just lost interest.

A sense of community, and support for long established friends, is obviously a foreign concept to these girls.  I take great pleasure in knowing, that even on their otherwise carefree hair-braid nights, they’ve all got to be a little nervous turning their backs to one another.  After all, it’s unlikely that every demonically-seeded female ends up becoming an ironic victim of a lightning strike.

The ongoing and disgusting attempts by the Skepchick Feminist Gestapo, to vilify some of the greatest minds in our organization is truly craptacular.  My apologies to any offended former Gestapo.

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