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Isaac Asimov’s “The Threat of Creationism”

I came across this awesomely comprehensive article on evolution and creationism by one of the stellar figures of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. This is one of the best articles I have read on this topic.

Read it at: http://evolutionism.blogspot.com/2007/04/threat-of-creationism.html

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About the “Holy Bible”

 

One of my favorite bloggers, Poch Suzara (http://thoughtstoprovokeyourthoughts.blogspot.com/) writes about the holy bible:

So you are proud of yourself as a bible reader and believer? You should, in fact, be ashamed of yourself. Our corrupt and rotten officials in the government are also proud they are readers and believers of the bible. So are most of the criminals in jail.
For my part, I am grateful. The bible is the only book I have read over and over again that inspired me to become an atheist. Indeed, if I never seriously read the bible from cover to cover, I probably would still be a religious moron today.
Oh yes, my dear reader. I dare you to read your bible. Seriously. Judiciously. Critically. Any of the 48 different versions of the bible sold in bookstores today. You might begin to understand how much of the hate and violence and wars in our world come from stupid messages from the stupid bible. — Poch Suzara

As for me, I have stopped reading the bible when I was 19. After studying comparative vertebrate anatomy, human evolution and Carl Sagan’s “The Dragons of Eden: Evolution of Human Intelligence”, I have joyfully and blissfully stopped believing in the Judeo-Christian God.

Wishlist for My Own Funeral

The news articles on the recent maritime tragedy that killed 800 people last week brought me to tears and some introspection. First, it made me wish that all those people who died with the ill fated M/V Princess of the Sea lived at least a happy life. That despite how unexpectedly tragic their life ended, I hoped they were able to live it without any regrets.

Now, this makes me think about my own life and my funeral rites that I’d like to be observed should I find myself luckier than the victims of this tragedy whose bodies are still being searched by authorities.

Here are some things that I’d like to be done on my own funeral:

  1. No religious ceremonies. No public expression of prayers. I’d like my life to be a testament of the truths that I am grounded in. Let other people know that I am not looking forward to any second life after my death. I am dead. Period.
  2. Yoga Classes. I’d like my friends in yoga to contribute a class or perhaps a meditation moment for all the visitors. A good life is anchored on a healthy mind and body. I’d like people to remember me for that.
  3. Film Showing. I’d like all the films that I have written and the films that I may direct in the future be shown.
  4. Poetry reading. I hope some of my poems be read.
  5. Musical Requirements. Please play Madonna’s “Ray of Light” and the only song that I have written “Awit Para kay Antonio”. DON”T ever play sad, god-worshiping music on my rites.
  6. If speeches be made at any time, People don’t need to talk about how good I was to them. Had I been good to you, just keep it in your heart. I don’t want any melodramatic lines. What I’d like is for people to talk about the “unpopular” things that my life has stood for: human evolution, rationalism, positive atheism and sexual diversity.
  7. And should my boyfriend be still alive by then, I’d like him to sing a song for everyone.

How about you? Have you thought of your wishlist for your own funeral?

Goodness Does Not Come from the Heavens

I am currently reading Michel Onfray’s “Atheist Manifesto” (The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam).

And there’s one idea that I find quite striking. Goodness does not come from the heavens.

Allow me to paraphrase this unconvenitionally beautiful insight from Onfray. Goodness is a choice made by men. It is not a divine distant gift from up above. It is a decision that all men can create in his effort to provide happiness to other people. It is borne from our effort to to create a more liveable world to live in.

On peace of mind and rationality

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French philosopher Michel Onfray wrote that for many people they prefer “faith that brings peace of mind than the rationality that brings worry”.

 I choose rationality over faith.

 And for my “peace of mind” requirements, there’s always yoga to turn to.

 Namaste!