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


11/24/17


POLITICS

Isn't it great how all the jobs are just flowing back into America, just like Trump promised?

Show of hands ... how many of you believe that Facebook is a ...

German company?

And don't even get me started on the Free Speech issue.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"We were created in God's image "

Then how come we are not invisible?

Their argument has the facts completely backwards (as always).
Actually, God was created in our image ...




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SCIENCE

11/23/17


POLITICS

Trump's wolves continue to run amok.
Now they're stifling small businesses, specifically farmers ...

so Big Agriculture can get even richer

Nothing new to see here folks ... move along.

This is a perfect example of why you are all being fed
a steady diet of transgenders who need to use the bathroom and ...

puerile butt squeezers


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"The only way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ "

Not true. The "hydra" can live forever ... as long as it can outswim its predators.




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SCIENCE

An in-depth report on the pros and cons of ...

marijuana use


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11/22/17


POLITICS

Despite a gruesome, mounting death toll,
Tobacco Companies do everything in their power ...

to keep the profits rolling in ...

Replace the words "Tobacco Companies" with "Big Oil"
and it should become clear that the oil companies
have ripped the playbook right out of the hands of the tobacco industry.
No number of deaths will stop them from raking in profits
even while though know, full well, that they are destroying the planet.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
When they quote "any" scripture.

Reply: You want to quote scripture?

You must have suicidal tendencies.
You've only got 10% of the Bible that you can quote from (the 'safe' verses) ...

I've got the other 90%


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SCIENCE

11/21/17


POLITICS

RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"The Bible is not a book of fairy tales. "



So you actually believe in ...

Snakes that can talk? (Genesis 3:1)
Argumentative donkeys? (Numbers 22)
Firebreathing dragons with multiple heads? (Job 41)
Fiery flying serpents? (Isaiah 30:6)
People who can live inside of a fish? (Jonah 1:17)
Behemoths? (Job 40:15-24)
Cockatrices? (Isaiah 11:8, 59:5; Jeremiah 8:17)
Demons? (Luke 8:2)
Dragons? (Revelation 12:7-9)
Satyrs? (Isaiah 13:21; 34:14)
Unicorns? (Numbers 23:22, 24:8; Deuteronomy 33:17; Job 39:9-10; Psalms 22:21, 29:6, 92:10; etc)
You actually believe that the sun went backwards? (Isaiah 38:8)
You actually believe that the sun froze in the sky for an entire day? (Joshua 10:13)

You seriously believe in Zombies?
(apparently, this guy does)

Neither the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson nor the Brothers Grimm
could hold a candle to the fairy tales in the Bible;
not only in their absurdity, but also in their gruesomeness.




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SCIENCE

A huge new branch has been added to the Tree of Life




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11/20/17


POLITICS

Plutocrats kill their own people ...

for money

It's what they do - it's all they do.
And not one of them will ever lose a minute's sleep over it.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence "

Actually it IS evidence of absence
(it's just not 'proof' of absence)


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SCIENCE

The theory that any radiation is harmful has been debunked.

Medical imaging is safe for patients


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11/19/17


POLITICS

Our Founding Fathers tried to warn us about banks:

John Adams
Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity,
and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.
 ”

Thomas Jefferson
"I believe that banking institutions
are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy
that has set the government at defiance.
The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks
and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.
 "

James Madison
History records that the money changers
have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible
to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance.
 "

Unfortunately, their warnings fell upon deaf ears.
The Plutocrats will continue to control the masses
by convincing them not to heed the warnings
of those who are trying to help them.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"When Atheists reject religion, they too are making a claim:
a claim that there is no God.
 "

That assertion consists of two logical fallacies:
first, it builds a Straw Man (misrepresents the atheist position),
and second, it attempts to "Switch the Burden of Proof."

Watch this brilliant refutation by analogy (14:23) ...

Blades of Grass


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SCIENCE

What is the value of Pi?

It all depends on how you measure it (11:31)




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11/18/17


POLITICS

Killing their own people for profit; it's what Plutocrats do.

That is as true in Russia ... as it is in the United States

Mortality skyrockets as economic inequality increases.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"Jesus died for our sins "

That may be true. But according to Mark 14:35-36 ...

He didn't want to


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SCIENCE

11/17/17


POLITICS

Wherever criminals find themselves in trouble;
whether in the hot sands of Arizona or the faraway shores of China,
they know they can count on their president to come to the aid ...

of one of his own


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
The "Kalam" Cosmological Argument:
"everything has a cause "

Not only is that premise unproven,
but by claiming God has no cause ...
they disprove the existence of God.

They are then forced to try to salvage their sinking argument
by resorting to the logical fallacy of 'Special Pleading'.

Game ... Set ... and Match.


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SCIENCE

11/16/17


POLITICS

Even Republicans know that Trump is mentally unstable and dangerous
and are calling for limits on the president's ability to launch nuclear weapons.

As it stands now, Trump could launch a nuclear strike as easily as posting a Tweet


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RELIGION

The U.S. continues to go it alone against the rest of the world.
This time, American Catholic Bishops elect a Trump-like leader ...

another slap in the face of Pope Francis

American Conservatives hate Pope Francis because he follows the teachings of Jesus Christ
and the only person Conservative Catholics hate more than Pope Francis ... is Jesus Christ.


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SCIENCE

11/15/17


POLITICS

Would you like to learn how money is created?
Would you like to learn how Congress gets money from the Treasury?
Would you like to learn about exponential growth?
Well, if you invest the time to watch this video (56:25) ...

you won't be disappointed


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"There are no contradictions in the Bible."

Here's what you do:
Quote a particularly horrifying Bible verse (they're not hard to find).
They will then provide the contradiction for you
(does it get any better than that?)

Actually it can:
after they provide the contradiction, accuse them of blasphemy.

The picture below was recovered from the Pacific Ocean
after it was spotted dropping from the sky.
It appears as though someone in Heaven had a hidden cellphone camera,
and was lucky enough to be present when Jesus got called on the carpet
over all the contradictions in the Bible.



A note found with the picture stated
that The Old Man seemed particularly pissed off, over Jesus telling people:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said,
An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, that ....
"

That's where the note ended.
It is unknown what punishment The Old Man may have given to His Son.
But we all remember what He did to Jesus ... the last time He got pissed.


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SCIENCE

Cannabis: no evidence that it provides the benefits claimed by its proponents ...

and plenty of evidence that its adverse effects are real and serious

People will believe what they want to believe
and will disregard evidence to the contrary (confirmation bias).
Thankfully, for those of us who prefer truth and reality ...

there is science


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11/14/17


POLITICS

Before the Tea Party took control of the government
how did many top Republicans feel about Global Warming?

Yeah ... I was surprised too (10:58)

Notice how Republicans started changing their tune
after the Big Oil money started rolling in
following the Citizens United ruling in 2010?


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"God is beyond comprehension "

And yet, they miraculously find
that they are  able to comprehend God ... when defending Him.

But I will tell you what I don't comprehend about their God ...

how He could create a world like this

If this world we live in were created - then it could only have been done so ...

by an evil monster




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SCIENCE

Try to think "big."
I mean "really" big.
No, I mean "really, really" big.
Now, multiply that times a trillion.

The Dipole Repeller (4:23)

We are being pulled towards The Great Attractor, which itself,
is being pulled towards The Shapley Supercluster.


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11/13/17


POLITICS

A scientific explanation for the increase of storm severity caused by ...

climate change


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"I didn't come from no monkey! "

It's actually a lot worse than that


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SCIENCE

Major evolutionary transitions (9:03)

Trigger Warning:
For you Conservative Christians who have not yet been able
to reconcile science with your bizarre religious beliefs,
you may want to come back after the video ends.
(give it about 10 minutes just to be on the safe side)
Suggested activities during your break time include praying
or throwing darts at pictures of gay people.




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11/12/17


POLITICS

Guns and Bibles



"... those who are more involved in congregations
are less likely to own handguns,
but those with conservative theological beliefs
are more likely to do so ....
"

This study gives us a little better understanding of what makes these nutjobs tick.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"The Christian God is the intelligent designer of all things "

Well, if that's true, then I think God has some explaining to do.




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SCIENCE

CRISPR



Science ... beating the snot out of the gods for about 500 years now


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11/11/17


POLITICS

I rail against the Plutocracy as often as I can in an attempt to warn people,
who humanity's true enemies really are.
Plutocrats have been destroying civilizations, retarding advancement,
and killing humans since we first transitioned from hunter-gatherers
until the present time, not just in America, but in every society on Earth.

China is no exception. They now need umbrellas for protection ...

when it snows

Like American Plutocrats, they have no intention of reducing profits.
That's why their people have to walk around
wearing surgical masks and carrying umbrellas.


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RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"The beautiful design of our world proves there is an intelligent designer."  (4:58)




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SCIENCE