THE SKEPTIC ARENA



This web site is dedicated to the eradication of irrational thinking.
Rationalists are those, whose thinking is strictly guided by the laws of logic.
Rationalists only accept as true, that which has been proven to be true,
through the application of the scientific method.




Neo's Daily Blog


6/25/17


POLITICS

In the battle over Net Neutrality,
Plutocrats resort to their weapon of choice ...

money

That's one way to win the battle.
And they are well on their way ... to winning the war.


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RELIGION

Another Christian persecution myth goes down the drain:
Were Christians fed to the lions in the Coliseum?



They have as much evidence for that myth ...
as they do for all their others.


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SCIENCE

Evidence has been found for the closest encounter ever
between a star and our own solar system.

It occurred about 70,000 years ago


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6/24/17


POLITICS

RELIGION

Pascal's Wager

Pascal's Wager has arguably been Christianity's most powerful weapon
against any, who would dare to doubt.
Well, maybe the second most powerful ... behind execution.

For those who do dare to doubt, it is easy to see
that there are multiple logical flaws with Pascal's Wager.
I listed a couple in my book.

Here is another flaw that is rarely mentioned:



Usually, skeptics point out that Pascal's Wager fails
because one cannot know which religion to bet one's eternal soul on.
But even if we did grant that Christianity's God is the "One True Invisible Ghost,"
one still must make a second wager, and choose correctly,
the method that is most likely to save one's soul.
And with at least 81 choices ...

the odds are with the House


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SCIENCE

Classic Emails (3 pages)

What exactly is the Canadian Institute for Applied Astronomy?

It's a web site for astrology kooks


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6/23/17


POLITICS

SNOPES' credibility takes a hard blow to the midsection
after one of their fact-checkers writes one of the most biased reports ...

in internet history (click on picture)



For those of us who rely on sites like SNOPES to separate fact from fiction,
reading stuff like this is a bitter blow; which is why we need to nip it in the bud.
Allowing cancer to spread instead of fighting it ...

is how you end up with Donald Trump


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

Scientists develop a method to store data error-free ...

for a million years


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6/22/17


POLITICS

Nothing makes me madder than when I have to come to the defense
of either Trump, or Republicans in general.
But when I do, I take it out on those who put me in that position.
In this case, I'm talking about the Dumber-than-Dogshit Trump voters.

Trump and nearly all Republicans ran on the promise to repeal Obamacare.
They have been doing everything in their power to accomplish just that.
But their constituents are going nuts in town halls across the country.

Well, boo-hoo. What the Hell did you morons think they were going to do?
They are trying desperately to do exactly what they promised to do.
They are trying to accomplish exactly what "you people" told them
that you wanted them to do.

There was no "bait-and-switch."
Trump and the Republicans are trying to live up to their part of the bargain.
So where do their crazy supporters get off, trying to blame them
for doing exactly what they promised to do?

If this doesn't prove that Conservatives are "certifiable" ...

I don't know what does




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RELIGION

This Land Is Mine ... sung by Andy Williams (3:32)




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SCIENCE

6/21/17


POLITICS

The Republicans are NOT working on tax "reform."
They are working on a massive transfer of wealth
from the pockets of most Americans
into the off-shore bank accounts of the ultra-rich.

THIS ... would be tax reform

Every time America is compared to other advanced nations (in any category)
we come out looking like a pair of jeans that just got pulled from a wood chipper.
(However, there are 2 exceptions: nobody does Guns & Bibles ... like we do)


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

6/20/17


POLITICS

Some people will watch this video and wonder
how anyone this dishonest could get elected president of the United States.
But for me, the key scene comes at the very end (5:42)



During his campaign there was one thing Trump said, that was almost true:
he could shoot someone, right on 5th avenue ...

and not lose any voters

That may sound absurd, but if you recall, Trump got 46% of the popular vote.
Popularity polls after the first few months of his presidency were still close to 40%;
meaning that no matter what Trump does,
nor how often he exposes his own lies with his constant contradictions,
his supporters will remain loyal,
and will never, ever, admit that they had been fooled,
and that they are responsible for enabling
one of the greatest mistakes in America's history.

So that lady who appears at the end of the video,
shows us the more serious problem that America has, than our nutjob president ...

our nutjob population


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RELIGION

The cancer of Fundamentalist Christianity spreads everywhere;
and you can't find safety from it, even in a McDonalds ... in China (3:34)




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SCIENCE

6/19/17


POLITICS

Motivated Ignorance ...

explained

I would take that excellent analysis one step further and add
that the mental disorder of being unwilling to admit they are wrong
is an even more powerful factor than motivated ignorance
because that explains why they refuse to change their beliefs
even when confronted with overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


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RELIGION

So what effect has Trump's election had
on evangelical proselytization in the military?

Glad you asked

The daily disasters that have struck America since Trump's election, are nothing ...

compared to what's coming


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SCIENCE

Scientists crack viral code




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6/18/17


POLITICS

The Plutocracy is not a single group of individuals.
It is an ever-changing conglomeration of groups
who work together to pillage the masses.
Nomi Prins exposes one of the most powerful groups within the Plutocracy ...

The Bankers




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RELIGION

Religious freedom

This quote is by Charles Napier,
Commander of the British army in India, in the early 1800's

"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well.
We also have a custom:
when men burn a woman alive,
we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them.
Build your funeral pyre;
beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows.
You may follow your custom.
And then we will follow ours.
"


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SCIENCE

Is this a ray of hope for evolution deniers?

Organism discovered that hasn't evolved in 2 billion years

Nah. Just another ... in a long line of neverending defeats.


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6/17/17


POLITICS

Texas continues to be a killing ground for anyone who is not a rich white guy ...

Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world

I suppose they could argue that they are just doing their part to fight ...

overpopulation


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RELIGION

Germany opens its first liberal mosque in Berlin

Can you imagine this happening in the 1930's during Hitler's reign?

Germany has come a long way since then.
The Muslim world needs to take notice.
This is how you do it.


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SCIENCE

6/16/17


POLITICS

RELIGION

Muslims scream bloody murder over billboard in Indiana



I sent these emails to some of the complainers

Yep - dead silence. Why?

Because the billboard was dead on


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SCIENCE

6/15/17


POLITICS

Congressman Steve Scalise in critical condition
after being shot on a baseball field


If you've always had difficulty understanding what people were talking about
when they used the word "karma" ...
this quote from the end of the article should clear that up for you:

"Scalise is also an outspoken supporter of
gun ownership rights under the Second Amendment.
During the 112th Congress, Scalise introduced
the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act,
which eases federal restrictions on interstate firearms purchases.
He also co-sponsored a bill to repeal the DC gun ban —
a law that was later overturned by the Supreme Court
and he sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,
which would allow national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders.
Scalise has earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.
"

That last line really says it all, doesn't it?

Now you'll never have a problem again, understanding the meaning of "karma."


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RELIGION

Have you ever considered that maybe the Bible is nothing more ...
than an alien IQ test?

Scenario

Thousands of years ago, alien explorers
decided to experiment on ancient humans
to see how advanced they were.

So they gave them a book filled with the most incredible stories
that defied all scientific laws and common sense,
contained fantastic mythical creatures,
and which featured an invisible ghost who was the most evil creature
that has ever been described in any human literature
from anywhere on the planet, at any time in history.

Knowing that if there were any rational people, they would likely reject this book,
the aliens added a threat so unimaginably horrible
that nothing could ever compare to the fear that it would instill.
Then they left, figuring that they would return in a few thousand years
and see how these semi-intelligent beings called humans had reacted to their book.

Now, imagine how our world might have evolved
without interference from those aliens.
By now, we would probably be exploring other star systems.

But as it turned out, the aliens had better hurry back ...
while there is still something to return to.


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SCIENCE

Scientists develop biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms




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6/14/17


POLITICS

I sent the following email to German Lopez,
(a resident race-baitor at VOX online)
His comments are in italics - my replies follow his comments:

"Real Time host Bill Maher, who is very much white,
on Friday crossed one of those lines that should never be crossed:
He dropped the N-word on live television.
"

German, if you want to have the mind of a little child, that is your right.
But don't try forcing your childish beliefs on the rest of us.
There are no such things as "Magic Words" too horrible to even utter.
To believe that there are, indicates that your intelligence is still mired in kindergarten.

Sasse said, “Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment:
'Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word? …
The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity.
It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it.’
"

Had he said that, then Bill Maher should have told him to grow up.
How can it be an attack on universal human dignity
when so many black people can't even finish a sentence without using it?
Are we going to have white-only and black-only words now?
(You know, just like we used to do with bathrooms and drinking fountains).

It is not an attack on human dignity unless it is used AS an attack on human dignity.
I see racism here, but it is not coming from Maher ... but from you, German.

You are the racist

But that is what we have come to expect from ... The Regressive Left


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

The title sounds like Astrology nonsense,
but it is actually some pretty good science:

Solar activity at birth predicted infant survival and women's fertility


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6/13/17


POLITICS

This is why we can't have nice things America

And this is just one lucky success story.
Imagine how much is really going on that we'll never know about.


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RELIGION

New video game: ProphetQuest (6:00)




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SCIENCE

Twinkle, twinkle little star (2:09)




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6/12/17


POLITICS

And while everyone is being distracted by Trump's antics,
Republicans continue working away furiously
on the only thing that really matters to them ...

money


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RELIGION

When Ghost Worshipers first got to the moon ... what's the first thing they did?

Proselytize



Fortunately, their preaching failed
as their religion continued to fade into oblivion over the following decades.

(Can you figure out why they stopped reciting creation verses after day 3?)

It's because on Day 1 God created light, while on Day 4 God created ... the sun.


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SCIENCE

6/11/17


POLITICS

Some  Republicans are fed up with the blatant lies (2:27)

Joe Scarborough

The question is:
Why the hell aren't other Republicans fed up with all the lies?
The fact that most are not, tells you how difficult
the task that lies before us ... really is.

We are battling people, for whom truth has no value.
Since trying to reason with such people won't work,
and since violence is not an option in a civilized society,
that means we have to determine how these people can be removed
from positions of authority where they are doing incalculable harm.


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

Basic atomic theory: how atoms bond (2:23)




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6/10/17


POLITICS

In his interview with Megyn Kelly, Putin said ...

"Have you all lost your senses over there?"

I wish that Kelly had the courage to answer that question the way I would have ...

"Well Vladi, nearly half of America's voters
actually thought Trump was presidential material.
So I think that pretty much answers your question."


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RELIGION

"You have to believe ancient desert shepherds because we do."

Every Christian argument boils down to that statement ...
everything else is a distraction.


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SCIENCE

All aboard the International Space Station
for a 41-second flight at night
down the coast of Italy and over to the Nile River in Egypt.




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6/9/17


POLITICS

Comey took action that became one of the factors in the election of Donald Trump.
Maybe now, he finally realizes that his action may have been a big mistake,
not only for America, but for him personally as well.
I think Mr. Comey now understands the term "buyer's remorse"
in the same way as tens of millions of Republican voters
who are going to lose their health care.

Comey's testimony begins

Is there anything this president has ever touched ...

that hasn't  turned to shit?


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RELIGION

Soren Kierkegaard wrote:

There are two ways to be fooled.
One is to believe what isn't true;
the other is to refuse to believe what is true.


Where does that leave evolution deniers?

They nailed foolishness ...

from both sides


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SCIENCE

Classic Emails

N.Y. Times writer believes people with pedophilia ...

have no choice

I sent her this response (2 pages)


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6/8/17

POLITICS

How far will a rotten apple fall from the tree?

You decide


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RELIGION

The Story of Salvation
by The Thinking Atheist (Seth Andrews)

"An omnipotent God chooses not to use His power to simply forgive humankind,
but instead implements a solution which requires
that He impregnate a teen girl in order to give birth to Himself
so He can have Himself slaughtered to save human beings from the Hell that He created.
He then decides to communicate His scheme through conflicting accounts
penned decades later by anonymous authors
and subjectively handed down by flawed translators
who can't even agree on the interpretation of the virgin.
"

Think about that one


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SCIENCE

The evolutionary beginning of modern humans
"may be" much earlier than we thought ...

over 300,000 years ago


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6/7/17

Trump's Paris Climate Change exit will greatly hurt our armed forces worldwide



Making America Great Again ...

for the rich


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6/7/17

"An agnostic is simply an atheist ... with a wife and kids."

That doesn't tell you all that much about atheists;
but it does tell you everything you need to know about ...

Conservative Christians


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6/6/17



This statement was made on the floor of the U.S. senate in 1850
by Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America:

Slavery was established by decree of almighty God ...
It is sanctioned in the Bible, in both testaments, from Genesis to Revelation ....
"

Well Mr. Davis, I'm afraid I have some rather bad news for you:
it has been disestablished by decree of "We the people."
And if you think that's bad, you wouldn't even believe
how many other biblically-sanctioned religious freedoms we've retracted ...

since the day you were mercifully fed to the worms


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6/6/17

The theory that high oxygen levels were responsible for gigantism in dinosaurs ...

seems highly unlikely now


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6/5/17

Republican attacks on free speech pick up steam ...

Net Neutrality (like Healthcare) to be demolished

Bend over America and grab your ankles. You asked for this ...

And now you are getting it in spades


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6/4/17

"Trying to defend Christianity is like playing poker with a mirror behind your back.
You've been dealt a losing hand.
You know you are bluffing - and everyone can see in the mirror that you are bluffing.
The only thing left to be determined is ...

how much are you going to lose?"

neo
2008


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6/4/17

Move over meteor theory and make room to share the spotlight with another theory.
Evidence suggests that eruptions that lasted a million years
were also responsible for the extinction event 66 million years ago.




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6/3/17

The Jobs Report for May, 2017 is in



The misleading headline should read that since Trump took office
job gains have slowed by over 30% compared to the past year.
But the bigger news, buried within the story,
is that Job Participation is at its lowest level since the 1970's.


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6/3/17

Scientists discover a fish that lives below 8,000 meters
(a new world record)

Watch it swim (3:00)


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6/2/17

After a violent racist nutjob killed two good Samaritans
who were trying to protect the two Muslim girls he was harassing,
The Muslim community of Portland raised a half million dollars ...

for the funerals and medical expenses of the victims


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6/1/17

This month's podcast:

The Monty Hall Problem solved by Bayes' Theorem

Watch (4:53)
OR
Read (3 pages)



5/31/17

Governor Chris Christie refuses to protect children
from abominable religious practices.

And this guy wanted to be our president

Republicans will sacrifice their own people:
the poor, the sick, the elderly, and even their own children,
in an effort to maintain the support of Conservative Christians
(Conservative Christians are "Old Testament" Christians)


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5/31/17

This double-arm amputee is not someone ...

whom you would want to armwrestle (4:32)


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5/30/17



Homosexuality has been found in more than a thousand species.

Homosexual hate has only been found ...

in one


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5/30/17

Yes, it's that time again ...
time to check your gag reflex to make sure it is working properly.

Tapeworms


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5/29/17

Another voter suppression law bites the dust

I got this from the comments following the story:

"This is not about voter ID.
It's about voter suppression which Republicans have taken to a new level.
For years, black congregations would vote together after Sunday services.
To stop that, NC did away with Sunday voting.
Many minorities were taking mass transportation to vote.
To stop that, Republicans moved the voting away from transportation lines (buses/trains).
Most minority voters voted before work.
To stop that, Republicans did away with early voting.
Older residents got robo calls telling them the voting location had suddenly changed.
No, it had not.
Other calls told them the dates had changed.
No, it had not.
College kids were voting on campus.
So Republicans stopped on campus voting
and also told them they could not use their college IDs to vote anymore.
We have all seen the photos of long lines stretched around the block, waiting to vote.
That's because other locations with shade were closed during the elections.
Older residents who were waiting and waiting
sometimes had someone step in for them so they could sit and rest.
Nope ... Republicans said no-can-do. They said that could cause fights.
And on and on and on.
"


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5/29/17

It appears as though the theory
that comets brought water to the early Earth

is unlikely to be true


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5/28/17

What does religion have in common with drug lords and Plutocrats?

For every dollar you give them,
they throw back a shiny nickel
and then strut around trumpeting their generosity,
and point out that without them -
you wouldn't have that shiny nickel.

What you need to realize is, that without them ...

you would still have the dollar


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5/27/17

No sound in space?

Before buying into that claim, you might want to listen to this recording
made by Voyager 1 as it travelled into interstellar space (1:02)




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5/27/17

One of the most important goals of any Fascist government ...

is to gain control over the media

You did this to yourselves, America


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5/27/17

The most abundant mineral on Earth
accounts for 38% of our planet's volume ...

and now we have a name for it


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5/26/17

Christian Conservatives look at scientific discoveries
in the opposite way that rational people look at them:
they see every achievement as proof that science had been "wrong."

Well technically speaking, science is always wrong ...
but not in the same way that the Ghost Worshipers mean wrong.

When science makes a discovery, it's like adding another digit to pi:
sure the previous number for pi was wrong, and so is the new number;
it will always be wrong, but ...

Every discovery science makes, like every digit that gets added to pi,
brings humanity closer to the truth.


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5/26/17

And the discoveries of science just keep getting weirder and weirder

Evolution ... in reverse


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