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Part 3 of Have we been "dumbed down"?
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|What is a religion?
How does a "religion" differ from a cult, organization, social club, or business? For example, Scientology, the Mormons, and the Jehovah's Witnesses are considered as "religions" in America, but many people in Europe, consider them to be "cults". What about the television evangelists? Are they religious leaders, cult leaders, or con artists? If cults are bad, why don't we just prohibit them?
How can a philosophy have a leader?
Christians believe that they are following the philosophy of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, nothing Jesus said was documented while he was alive, so his philosophy must be interpreted from poorly translated versions of the Bible that were written long after his death.
The frustration of trying to interpret the various confusing Bibles has resulted in people gathering around self-appointed experts who claim to know what the Jesus meant. These people create "organized religions", or "churches". They become the dictator of the organization. They determine the philosophy of Jesus, and they suppress discussions. There is no free speech within an organized religion.
Organized religions are just intelligent cults
The difference between a cult and an organized religion is subtle; it is like the difference between a coloring book for children and a Time magazine. Adults consider coloring books to be simplistic entertainment for children. However, some of us consider a Time magazine to also be silly entertainment, with the addition of sexual titillation and anti-Muslim, pro-Israel propaganda.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series of articles, most people are ordinary, and a lot are dumb. There are also a lot of people with mental problems.
There is evidence that the Catholic Church has been infiltrated by Zionists. If the accusations are true, then instead of following the philosophy of Jesus, the Catholics are following "false prophets" who are trying to sabotage, manipulate, and destroy them. Didn't Jesus warn people about this problem?
"Organized science" is not much better than a cult
Most scientists are working for a company or government agency, and as a result there is pressure on them to distort their theories to fit their employer's desires. For example:
The scientists who work for companies that develop pesticides always discover that their pesticides are safe.
|The promises that Jesus will
return, and that technology will save us
Religious people and scientists share the attitude that peace and prosperity is just around the corner. The difference between these people is:Will fusion save us from our problems? Many religious people believe that the world's problems will soon be solved because Jesus will return.Consider the promise that fusion reactors will provide us with so much cheap energy that we will be able to clean up the environment, recycle our garbage, and build beautiful cities with beautiful gardens and wonderful trains.
If a group of scientists announced tomorrow that they figured out how to make low-cost fusion reactors, everybody would start the process of replacing existing power plants with fusion reactors. This would cause the price of electricity to drop, which in turn would cause the price of almost every product and service to drop.Don't wait for Jesus or technology to save us
Our problems are due to the crummy behavior of humans so the only way to eliminate the problems is to improve the behavior of humans.
|Big Bang and Creation; what
is the difference?
Some people complain that religion requires people have "faith" rather than use "logical thinking", but the Big Bang theory is just a variation of the Creation theory. The primary difference between these two theories is that the Creation theory claims that some god created the universe, whereas the Big Bang theory claims the universe spontaneously created itself. We should refer to the Big Bang theory as the Spontaneous Creation theory.
|Science cannot explain how life
Scientists assume that molecules in a pool of water happened to bump into each other in the proper manner to create a living creature. The only way they can explain such a miracle is through statistics. For example, if a monkey could press keys on a keyboard at random, and do it forever, eventually it would accidentally produce the document you are reading right now.
|Religion and science don't have
to be enemies
If there were no organized religions to encourage arrogance and hatred, and if scientists weren't under pressure to lie to us, then science and religion would be able to coexist, at least as of 2007.Who created God?
This is a question that schools try to avoid, but why shouldn't children be encouraged to think about this? Who is harmed by this question? Schools should prepare children for adulthood, not be frightened of organized religions.
The less we know, the more we think we know
The less we know about an issue, the more likely we are to assume we know a lot. We have to learn a certain amount about a subject before we realize that we don't know very much about it.Why is the universe so large?
To most of our ancestors, the "universe" consisted of whatever they could see with their eyes. The universe seemed very large to them, but when telescopes were created, people discovered that the universe was so big that it was beyond comprehension.
|Every galaxy has billions of stars.
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|There are also patches of colorful gases scattered around the universe.
|If God created these colorful nebula, who did he create them for? Until
recently, no human knew they existed, and even today most people have never
seen photographs of them. What is their purpose?
Most of the galaxies are so far away from the Earth that we can get
a good photo of only a tiny percentage of galaxies.
There appear to be trillions of galaxies, each with billions of stars. The quantity of stars, and the total amount of energy that they create, is staggering.Is the universe infinite in size?
Neither science nor religion can explain whether the universe has a fixed size, or if it is infinite. Furthermore, neither possibility makes any sense.Is any human intelligent enough to understand the universe?
Each of us has limits on what we can do with our body and mind, and we should consider the possibility that even the most intelligent human is incapable of understanding what this universe is, and how it came into existence.
How do we know that the human mind is intelligent enough to understand the universe? For all we know, there are some aspects of this universe that are beyond the mental ability of every human.If there is a God, does he care what we think of him?
Religious beliefs have been changing continuously throughout history. Every religious person believes that he has the correct beliefs, but it's not possible for millions of conflicting religious beliefs to be correct.
|How can billions of dead people
live together in heaven?
Many of our ancestors assumed that heaven was in the clouds, and that thousands of dead people were living together in heaven.
That primitive concept of heaven doesn't make sense today because we know that the clouds are not solid objects, and there is nothing in them.The trillions of galaxies could be heaven
Many scientists believe that their research exposes religion as the nonsensical assumptions of ignorant people. Ironically, as of 2007, our scientific knowledge about the universe provides a more sensible explanation of what heaven is, thereby giving even more credibility to the concept of God and heaven. Specifically, the trillions of galaxies could be "heaven".The vast distances between solar systems may be to isolate us
Outer space is dangerous to both living creatures and inanimate objects because of the X-rays, gamma rays, atomic particles, and meteors. Satellites have short lifetimes in outer space because of the constant bombardment.Who will God select for heaven?
When we pick flowers to make bouquets for our home, we pick only a few of the flowers and leave the others outside to die. Perhaps God is doing the same with us. Perhaps he picks some of us for his bouquets and leaves the others to die on the earth.God may influence the earth only during times of trouble
After we create a garden, zoo, or terrarium, we let the animals and plants live as they please. We influence them only when we see problems developing.
There is a characteristic about our universe that can be stated in different ways:
Every creature interferes with the existence of other creatures No object can exist without adversely affecting other objects.Once you understand this concept, you'll understand:
Every animal eats other animals or plants. Large animals accidentally kill small plants and animals by stepping or sitting on them.Inanimate objects interfere with the existence of other items
This concept also applies to an inanimate objects. Inanimate objects interfere with one another. An object cannot exist without hurting another. Because of this, it is impossible for a museum to preserve an object forever.Life depends upon death
When a cat eats a mouse, the mouse dies, but the cat lives. When a piece of paper deteriorates, the paper is destroyed, but the carbon dioxide will be used by plants, and the other molecules become part of something else. There would be no life if there was no death; there would be no creation if there was no destruction.
|DNA is constantly deteriorating
DNA is a molecule inside our cells, but as soon as it is created, it begins to deteriorate. Unless you can understand this concept, you will not understand evolution.Why don't humans produce their own vitamin C?
Many animals produce their own vitamin C. Human bodies are capable of producing some amino acids and vitamins, but if you were a God, and you were designing humans, wouldn't you give humans the ability to produce all of the vitamins, amino acids, and other important molecules that we need to stay alive? In such a case, we would be able to eat whatever we wanted with no regard to its vitamin content. No human would ever die from scurvy or suffer from rickets. This would be especially useful in primitive societies that don't know what a vitamin is.Why do humans have an appendix?
Animals that are herbivores have a very large appendix, and it holds bacteria that digests cellulose. However, the appendix in humans doesn't seem to have any function. It often becomes infected during old age, and it can be removed without any apparent effect on our health, so it doesn't appear to serve any useful function to us.Why are our little toes so defective?
The little toe no longer needs to be functioning on a human, and as a result, defects in the chromosomes that produces it are starting to accumulate. The only way we can stop our little toe from becoming even more defective is if we restrict reproduction to the people with the better toes.Why do women menstruate?
Many people who believe that menstruation is unique to humans because we are special. However, menstruation is better explained as the side effect of an increasingly intelligent female who compensated for the accumulation of defects in her uterus.Why are human babies so helpless?
Most people assume that human babies are helpless because humans are special, but this is also the result of genetic deterioration.If something is functioning, it is vital to us
When some portion of our body is defective, such as our appendix, that means that there is not enough selective pressure on that item to remove the defects as fast as they occur. The opposite of this concept is also true. Specifically, if something is functioning properly, that means there must be significant selective pressure on that item.
|Euthanasia or suffering?
Natural selection has resulted in animals and humans that struggle to keep themselves and their children alive regardless of how hopeless their situation appears to be. This emotion helped people survive thousands of years ago, but today it's causing people to prolong their suffering.
As medical technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, this situation will reach incredible levels of absurdity. For example, we can already keep a person's body alive after his brain has died, and eventually we will be able to affordably keep a body alive even after the liver and other internal organs have died.
|Why don't human embryos look
like miniature humans?
If you were God, wouldn't you design a human embryo to look like a human? After a human egg was fertilized, wouldn't you have the egg divide up into cells that immediately take on a human shape?
However, a fertilized egg develops into a hollow ball of cells, which then becomes a fish-like creature, complete with a tail. An amazing aspect of life is that almost every creature looks identical at this particular stage of development.
After a while the tail disappears, and the creature starts looking like an animal that lives on land. Eventually it starts to resemble human.How could male and females develop?
The very first creatures would have reproduced when pieces of themselves broke off, similar to the way yeast reproduces. However, these early creatures were very crude, so occasionally fragments would break off that didn't have the necessary material to survive, and occasionally fragments would break off that were missing half of their genetic material.Why do men have nipples?
Men have nipples because there is only one blueprint for every animal. That blueprint contains both male and female organs.Why are sexual disorders so common?
We think of male and female as being completely separate creatures, but there is only one human. The difference between a male and female is subtle. As a result, the slightest genetic mistake can cause a male to become feminine, or a female to become masculine. There are also people born with both sexual organs (hermaphrodites).Identical twins; a boy and girl
Because there is only one blueprint for a human, it is theoretically possible to have identical twins in which one is female and one is male. This may never happen in real life, but if we had the technology, we could take a fertilized egg that is supposed to be a male, split it so that it becomes identical twins, and then replace one of the Y-chromosomes with a second copy of the X-chromosome. This would be a great way to determine the differences between males and females.
|Females prefer dominant males
Individual animals are in competition with other animals, and groups of animals are in competition with other groups. The struggle for competition has caused many animals to form hierarchies. The leader of a group of animals doesn't make any significant decisions for the other animals. Rather, the main purpose of the hierarchy is to determine which of the males reproduces the most often.Natural selection favors honest animals
If an inferior male animal were to cheat the simplistic process that they use to determine dominance, such as by sabotaging the dominant male by biting one of eyes while he sleeps, then the sickly male would end up getting the females, and eventually it would cause the destruction of the entire group.Why do we visualize God as an older man?
We have no evidence that there is a God, and if there is a God, there is no indication that he is male or female, or that he looks like a human, or that there is only one god. However, religious people tend to assume that there is only one God, and that he is a man, and that he is an older man, not a young man.
|The most advanced and less essential
qualities deteriorate first
There is constant deterioration of DNA. However, some of the deterioration is not critical. For example, if a defect occurs in the chromosomes that cause skin pigment, the result might be freckles, or a skin blemish.Eventually no woman will be able to give birth
Humans are the only animal that suffers during birth, but it's not because humans are special, or because the human brain is so large. It's because for thousands of years it has no longer mattered if birth is painful. The other women offer assistance in helping the baby come out, and if the woman suffers from the birth, other people will help feed and care for her. Eventually every woman will require a Cesarean operation.Eventually everybody will be stinky and filthy
Animals don't have to wash themselves. Their body is capable of keeping itself reasonably clean. There are still some humans who have pleasant body odors, but the development of baths, perfumes, and other technology has been allowing people with stinky bodies to successfully attract a spouse. Eventually all humans will be so stinky and have such repulsive skin that they will have to take frequent showers and use lots of creams, perfumes, and cosmetics to mask their defects.Humans will degrade into childlike retards
Children are irresponsible. They have no idea where their food comes from, and they have no concern about the future. During our teenage years our personality changes and we start to become responsible and self-sufficient.Humans are becoming psychotic
People with strange personalities were not very successful thousands of years ago. Today it doesn't make much difference if a person is capable of forming stable relationships, or whether he enjoys life. All sorts of strange and psychotic people are successfully reproducing. Some of them are reproducing more than normal people because they have many different spouses.Technology requires humans take over from nature
The competition for survival kept human DNA in good working condition all throughout history. Our ancestors produced more babies than could possibly survive, so the children with the worst genetic qualities died before they became adults. Of the children who survived to adulthood, those with the most serious mental and physical problems were the least successful at attracting a spouse and raising children. Nature was cruel, but there was no other option in that era.Cry all you want, but tears won't change anything
Technology is bringing the human race into a new era whether we like it or not. The animal-like behavior that was acceptable for thousands of years is now destroying us. Humans must start the process of restricting reproduction.