Public lecture: Middlesex University, Tuesday 13th May at 4pm Continue reading “A cognitive theory of religion”
I initially did not know how I was going to write this post given the controversial nature of the subject matter. One thing is for certain I am not going to take a position on Shale Gas Drilling aka Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking” in this post. I am sure there are subscribers to this site who are passionately against it, those that are for it, and those that have no opinion due to a lack of scientific knowledge (I place myself in the latter camp). I do not wish to raise that controversy and if you want to discuss the merits or lack of them for fracking there are other websites and forums to comment on; this is a site about Atheism after all!
What this post is about is a rather unhelpful (or more accurately useless) contribution by the Church of England’s Diocese of Blackburn in the current debate over fracking. What they have said is that fracking “damages God’s creation” As reported on the BBC website. No science, no links to peer reviewed research just a statment that humans should not sacrifice the environment for profit. Whilst I might agree with some of the sentiment, invoking the “guy in the sky” to build your argument on is unhelpful at best, ridiculous at worst. But it gets worse, after a summary of what fracking is the Diocese’s document goes on to say:
“Any consideration of the pros and cons of an issue like ‘fracking’ has to be viewed in the context of global climate change, which itself cannot be ignored by Christians, as it raises questions of justice, fairness, provision, stewardship and love for God, his creation and his creatures, including our global human neighbours.”
And it goes on:
“The time we spend thinking, praying and acting now to protect our drinking water, and the rest of God’s glorious creation cannot compare with the time succeeding generations could potentially spend trying to make good what will likely happen if we in the church remain uninformed and silent.”
If there is an answer to whether fracking is damaging to the environment or not, what the effects on the environment might be and the risk benefit analysis of whether or not that risk is worth taking is purely a scientific question. It is science that will answer it, not the CofE making these pronoucements invoking a deity as an excuse. There is no stewardship of any gods, we are not a creation of any gods and prayer will do nothing to “protect drinking water” if drinking water needs protecting from this procedure.
Leave it to the scientists to answer these questions!
An unknown matter within evolutionary biology (one of the “gaps” if you will), the question of why insects that are poor mimics of more dangerous creatures still avoid getting eaten despite their poor mimicry has been answered.
It was answered by a group of Canadian scientists. Please click here for the full story from the BBC…
…oh and ***SPOILER ALERT*** – God done it is NOT the answer!
It has been confirmed from a build up of evidence that a section of the human X chromosome derives from interbreeding with Neanderthals.
Not so very long ago, we shared this planet with several other species of human, all of them clever, resourceful and excellent hunters, so why did only Homo sapiens survive?
Some evidence has been revealed that the larger mammalian brain evolved as a result of the development of the sense of smell.
… yet more evidence for evolution and the eventual development of our own brains!
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has confirmed that which we all knew, Heaven is a “fairy story”, for those who are afraid of the dark!
I could have told you that and I don’t even have a PhD!
…but I always said that chap was intelligent!
One of my favourite comebacks that I read on a blog recently was when an atheistic scientist was talking to a creationist and the creationist stated “I don’t come from no monkey (sic)!” the scientist said, “Actually I’m going further back and showing you that you are descended from a fish!”
According to him Humanity is not a product of evolution…which is random…
Firstly we ARE undoubtably the product of evolution, the random mutation of genetic material and it’s non-random survival of the resulting phenotypes.
Maybe he should stick to what he is good at, hiding paedophile priests justified by divine authority to protect his own power?
Is the daffodil’s trumpet a newly evolved flower part?
More clues and evidence for evolution, but far more pretty!