Bafflingly inane post at Biologic Institute

Courtesy of the excellent Sensuous Curmudgeon (Discovery Institute: What Are They Thinking?), here is a bafflingly inane  page at the Biologic Institute.  It quotes Douglas Adams famously taking the piss out of the anthropic principle (and effectively creationism, including intelligent design creationism). It’s actually a quotation from an eulogy delivered by Richard Dawkins in 2001 (see also Positive Atheism’s Douglas Adams quotations).

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in; fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well! It must have been made to have me in it!”

The Biologic Institute follows this quotation with this one-liner:

Well, if a puddle actually woke up and thought anything, it would be entitled to that opinion.

Remember, the Biologic Institute is supposed to be the powerhouse of Intelligent Design creationist research.

Jesus App banned from iPhone

Apple have earned themselves a bit of a reputation for banning applications written for their (admittedly gorgeous) iPhone  and iPod Touch.  Usually these seem to be banned on the grounds of bad taste. And who could argue that the iBoobs app could be considered offensive?  Just in case my gentle readers are of sensitive disposition, I’ve placed the iBoobs video below the fold… Continue reading “Jesus App banned from iPhone”

Elephant wings and religious belief

PZ Myers (Pharyngula) has an amusing story (Elephants’ wings) parodying religious belief, in which elephant wings are just not visible because of quantum effects,  Definitely worth a read.

Mind you, clearly the “Elephant Wing” belief system has its prophet – check out this artwork by Roger Dean for an Osibisa album…

…and, no, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Osibisa – such things were a bit forbidden in the white heat of punk!

The History of Everything

This blog is entitled “Wonderful Life” mostly because I find the world around me wonderful, in part because of what we do know of its origins, but also because of what we don’t (yet) know.  I don’t need to have any invisible creator to have instigated, directed or interfered in any way in the origins of life.  I noticed that PZ Myers of Pharyngula has posted this diagram (God’s timeline) of the history of the Universe (seen from a human perspective), comparing the scientific and creationist explanations: Continue reading “The History of Everything”