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Mon, Aug. 22nd, 2011, 12:24 am
Why Science...

In the end, we are left with only questions.

For the religious among humanity, the answers to these questions are assumptions of faith. Faith is, after all, defined as the believe in something for which there is no proof.

For those who do not ascribe to religious explanations of the existance of our universe and all it contains, we are left with the expectation of ever expanding understanding.

Religion is static and unquestioning. Science is dynamic and ever-questioning.

Here we find why one might choose science over religion... A point I feel must be made here, is one against this idea that the two can co-exist comfortably. The instant you suppose a truth because it is a matter of faith, you have entirely abandoned science and should no longer be taken seriously on any matter of importance. We are long past the time of religious scientists, who discovered the obvious truths about the spherical nature of the world, the orbital fashion of planetary (and pretty much all other stellar body) travel in the cosmos. We have arrived in a time where the honesty of science is being challenged by the dogma of religion. This is evident in the rididulous nature of debates on the studied and honest truth of evolution versus the entirely faith-based and heavily flawed concept of creationism.

Science tells you to explore. It tells you that the answer you have right now, might not be exactly perfect. However, it tells you that whatever this answer is, if it was arrived at by The Method, then at least it is honest and has some level of truth to it. These real truths lead to real understanding. General Relativity tells us a lot about gravity, but we still seek more knowledge. We perform such wonderful experiments that explore things such as dimensional interactivity. Religion has no need for these ideas. In religion all you need is god. Are you hungry? Cold? Suffering? God has a plan that includes this. So take comfort in that.


Science, in response to your hunger, says otherwise. Science says that it will (with the help of scientists of course, science is not exactly a living thing) explore your hunger and determine why it exists and seek potential solutions that fit the cause.

The problem here is not that science is inadequate to the task, but rather than science is not given the attention, resources, and understanding that will allow it to perform as the wonder that it is, for the entirety of the universe and of course humanity within that universe.

Currently, science is mostly relegated to the concepts of comfort, information, and entertainment. These are all worthy endeavors. However, at the least the first and last of those three can be handled by religious ideology. Heaven gives comfort and the spectacle of the church, for many, is rather entertaining. However, information is hardly the church's purvey. If anything, we have constant historical evidence to the contrary. Information is dangerous to dogmatic thinking. If you understand that you are an individual with your own nature-(not god)-given free will who has no fear of eternal hellfire, nor reward of eternal bliss... then perhaps you might decide to live your life with a greater purpose beyond that which has been dictated by really old and self-contradictory books. Then, the thinking through science and its method, might have a chance to bring great things to the world.

There have been recent attempts to make science noble and relevant again. These are things I applaud. The universe casts dice in the dark. We do not see the results of every roll, but we should strive to learn what we can. The fulfillment of that education of the human race can bring us out of what I view to be a current dark age of man. All of our technology and humanitarian ideas are but a drop in the bucket of potential knowledge. Something we choose to hold ourselves back from.

Science is not fashionable. Not like in the days of Carl Sagan, who took us to other worlds and allowed us to explore the universe both in our imaginations and in very real ways. NASA is a sad shell of what once brought us comfortable bedding, ear thermometers, scratch-resistant lenses, satellite communication, smoke detectors, safe roads, and battery operated tools (as well as popularizing velcro, teflon, and Tang).

It doesn't have to be like this, though. We don't have to be content with just slight upgrades to our computers and phones every couple of years. We don't have to be satiated by half-assed drugs that let people suffer longer with disease rather than cure them.

If we decide as a culture to embrace science and reject anything except progress as our only "dogma" then we have made the first step towards real progress for humanity. It is, honestly, inevitable. There will come a time where the last person on Earth considers theirself religious. I firmly believe this to be true. Just as there was a time where the status quo held that there were many gods followed by a time of a single god (though the nature of that god being debated and held as different by many religions), I believe that the future holds within it the truth of no need for a god.

We are intelligent, social, compassionate, responsible, and curious creatures. We need no one thing other than our genetically defined nature to assist us with living as the Homo sapiens species (with a second sapiens at the end there if you want to get into the idea of race... of which we all only have the one, shared among us).

Let us climb out of our current dark age into a second golden age, without the burning of our knowledge by fearful clergy led by some new Theophilus... which religious will always have utility to create again and again.

Medicine, travel, agriculture, environmentalism... peace. These are the outputs of science, as long as we embrace it, for lack of a better term, in good faith.

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2011, 10:38 pm
Really?!

Holy crap I'm posting to my Live Journal again!

Mostly, this is a test. I'm wondering who all will get an email saying that 'someone you are following has posted to their journal' or however that works.

I suppose I should have something to say, then, if I am luring people back here for a moment.

I've been busting my ass for over a year now, trying to find work. It is a daunting, difficult, energy-sucking, life killing effort. In particular, this last month has seen epic levels of effort from me, compared to before at least.

Here's to hoping something comes my way soon. Because a little beyond soon, it will be too late.

-Eric

Thu, May. 31st, 2007, 04:59 am
My Celebrity Look Alikes... apparently...

Mon, Jan. 16th, 2006, 04:28 pm
Small hands... smell like cabbage...

You scored as Theater. You should be a Theater major! Like a bohemian actress, you are seasoned and confident and not afraid to express yourself!

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Theater

100%

English

92%

Journalism

83%

Dance

75%

Anthropology

67%

Psychology

58%

Linguistics

58%

Art

58%

Philosophy

50%

Sociology

50%

Chemistry

50%

Mathematics

50%

Engineering

33%

Biology

33%

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Mon, Jan. 16th, 2006, 04:18 pm
Liars

What have we learned
If liars can't believe
Cold, faithless, and obscene
Desire justifies means
Higher than our kind
We're liars anyway
All that I could find
Stolen back today

If you can break down the day
Can't you see that there is a way
When you pull on all the wires
All that we have been, are liars
So bring the justice back
The forgotten can't attack
Like a plague unleash the fears
Spread the lies throughout the years

What can we ever know
If I fall to far below
Dreams justify means
Hot, bloody, and redeemed
Lower than your kind
We're liars again
Nothing you can find
Given back a friend

Bring me back home...
Let me live pretend...
Lie to me again

Bring me back young...
Let me live pretend...
Lie to me again...

Mon, Jan. 16th, 2006, 01:31 pm
Some of my life in review.

I was talking to some folks today in a text medium. People were talking about siblings that died young. I thought of my brother Russell, and the floodgates of typing opened. I got to the point where I realized I was just depressing people. So I'm going to put it all here, and they can read if they want, rather than having it forceably inflicted on them. In this chat setting I am 'Jamethon'.

From My point of view. Not happy. Don't read if you don't want to know.Collapse )

Tue, Nov. 1st, 2005, 06:01 pm
Cause... why not?

LiveJournal Username
Spaceship Name
Spaceship Size
How is the spaceship piloted?
How is the spaceship powered?
What's the upholstery like on the seats?
How do you see outside the spaceship?
What's the spaceship's primary purpose?
What's the Captain's catchphrase?
Main Weapon System:Shredder Cannon
Main Defensive System:Emergency Teleporter
Chance of catastrophic failure at critical moments
38%
Voice of the ship's computer:bftreeclimber
Finds mandatory uniform unflattering:tangledpuppet
Looks sexy in mandatory uniform:ginkage
Ripped sleeves off mandatory uniform:caredhel
Spends an unhealthy amount of time in the weapons locker:caredhel
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Wed, Oct. 12th, 2005, 01:21 pm
Humor much?

the Prankster

(42% dark, 30% spontaneous, 31% vulgar)

your humor style:
CLEAN | COMPLEX | LIGHT


Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You're not pretentious, but you're not into what some would call 'low humor' either. You'll laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer something clever to something moist.

You probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways, yours is the most entertaining type of humor because it's smart without being mean-spirited.

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Thu, Aug. 4th, 2005, 12:01 am
Some links to me...

My MySpace site.
Some poetry. Why not?

Wed, May. 18th, 2005, 09:03 pm
Random Application

So, I often get bored and write applications for GarouMUSH that I'll never use. This is one of them... just felt like posting it. Not even the best one, probably not all that great in general. But thats the point, I think. Just felt like it. Enjoy?

Click here for spammy application goodness.Collapse )

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