On Debating Non-Debatable Subjects: God, Creation, and Religion

creation

Last week, among a gathering of friends, we ended up debating for many hours, the subject of creation, religion, and god. It was a lively discussion to say the least, and one I was ill-equipped for, after drinking 10 glasses of wine, and on many occasions, found it difficult to articulate my proper thoughts, much as I imagine, did many of my friends. One rather large mistake we made, was not stipulating a suitable foundation to base our friendly discussion upon, which led to us going around in circles for far too long, as well as relying, far too much on our inter-cranial intuitions, thinking that because we can think certain things, that they must then be granted validity of truth, even in the face of objectivity and even when experimentation says that is not the case. But I want to express what foundation is required for this kind of discussion in order for it to be relevant, to others, as well as any future discussions I get into on the subject, and, somewhat selfishly, articulate my proper thoughts from last night.

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Twenty Random Facts

In anticipation for my book release at the end of this month. Here are twenty random, interesting facts.

  1. MSG is not actually bad for you
  2. The planet Saturn would float in water
  3. Each day, up to 150 species become extinct
  4. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in history
  5. Over 106 billion humans have walked the Earth
  6. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body
  7. Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions
  8. People have known the Earth was round for about 2,000 years, not 500 years
  9. You can survive for perhaps 15 to 30 seconds in space, provided your lungs are emptied of air
  10. There are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth
  11. The etymology of the word “dessert” is “to deserve,” so go ahead and eat that cup cake, you deserve it
  12. Knowledge is growing so fast that 90% of what we know in 50 years’ time will be discovered in those 50 years
  13. Hitler was not, in fact, an atheist, and actually thought Islam would be better suited to Germany than Christianity
  14. Adam and Eve did not in fact eat an apple in the Book of Genesis; in the English of King James, the world apple means fruit
  15. Both monkeys and humans evolved from a common ancestor 5 to 7 million years ago, not from monkeys themselves. That’s why monkeys are still here
  16. Your brain’s neurons fire simultaneously at the moment of death, activating every memory you ever had, which fades into a white light; it’s not heaven, it’s neurophysiology
  17. The normal matter of which we are made of, and all that we can see around us, only comprises 1% of the stuff in the Universe. The rest is dark matter and dark energy, and we have no idea what they are, only what some of their properties are
  18. The top five most common elements in the Universe are hydrogen, helium, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, in that order. The most common elements in your body are hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, also in that order
  19. Jesus isn’t actually the prophet that the Old Testament prophesied would come, as he didn’t fulfill the four prophecies required of that prophet, shown here in order: build the third temple; gather all Jews back to Israel; usher in world peace and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease; and unite humanity under one God, Yahweh. All four of which he did not achieve
  20. The matter in the universe is so thinly dispersed that the universe can be compared with a building twenty miles long, twenty miles wide, and twenty miles high, containing only a single grain of sand.