36 Questions for Atheists, really honest answer version

I realized I spent too much time and not enough snark on my last post, 36 Questions.   So, here is my really quick, brutally honest, take:

  1. Why is there something rather than nothing?

    Don’t know, don’t care.

  2. Is there any evidence that suggests the universe is eternal?

    Don’t know, don’t care.

  3. If not, why do Atheists hold onto the idea and say you have debunked the Kalam Cosmological Argument?

    Kalam is fucking stupid.

  4. If so, why do the vast majority of scientists reject this idea?

    Don’t know, don’t care.

  5. Why is the universe so fine-tuned?

    It’s not.

  6. If your answer is the multiverse, why is there no evidence for that theory?

    Don’t believe in multiverse, don’t care either.

  7. Is it possible that there is no natural explanation for the origin of life?

    No

  8. Where does consciousness come from?

    Don’t know, don’t care.

  9. Do you lack a belief that God exists or would you say that God does not exist?

    God does not exist.

  10. Do you lack a belief that Zeus exists, or do you believe that Zeus does not exist?

    Zeus does not exist.

  11. If you just lack a belief that Zeus exists, why are you centuries behind the rest of the world who say that Zeus doesn’t exist?

    Zeus does not exist.

  12. Do you act according to what you believe, or what you just lack a belief in?

    In what I believe in, the counter is fucking stupid.

  13. What evidence is there that Atheism corresponds with reality?

    Just look at this fucked up world and try to convince me this was made by a loving god.

  14. Is Atheism a worldview?

    No

  15. If not, what is your worldview?

    Humanism

  16. What would convince you that God exists?

    End all human suffering.

  17. Are you willing to follow the evidence, even if it leads to a different understanding of how the universe works?

    Yes

  18. If Jesus rose from the dead, would you become a Christian?

    No, humans don’t rise from the dead.

  19. If you wouldn’t become a Christian, why would you ever accept that he rose from the dead?

    Humans don’t rise from the dead.

  20. Why do Atheists keep insisting faith is blind trust, when that’s not what Christians or the Bible say?

    Faith is blind trust, if it had evidence, it wouldn’t be faith, but a justified belief.

  21. Why do you want material evidence for an immaterial God?

    That’s a dumb fucking question for a dumb fucking concept.

  22. Is there a purpose to life?

    No

  23. If there is, by what standard do you determine life has purpose?

    N/A

  24. If not, what is the point of listening to this video?

    This isn’t a video.

  25. Where does morality come from?

    Our brains

  26. How do you determine what is right and what is wrong?

    My brain

  27. When a lion kills a cub from another pride because that’s what natural selection has raised it to do, is that morally acceptable?

    Non human animals are amoral. Nonsense question.

  28. If evolution has put a sense of morality into us to help us survive, what makes our actions any better than any other animals actions?

    Evolution does not create morality, such a complex construct is not contained in our genes, passed on by memes instead.

  29. Is it morally acceptable for you kill a toddler because you can no longer financially support it?

    No, adoption exists.

  30. Is it morally acceptable to kill a fetus in the womb because you couldn’t financially support it?

    I have no opinion, since I am a man and can never have an abortion.

  31. Is it morally acceptable to kill a baby after it has been born?

    No, that’s murder.

  32. How can you morally differentiate between a baby in the womb at 6 months and a baby born prematurely at 6 months?

    No

  33. Who was Jesus?

    A fictional character

  34. Why did his disciples die saying that he rose from the dead?

    The disciples were also fictional characters and the resurrection is a fictional story.

  35. Why does the Bible keep lining up with archaeology?

    Bwahahahaaa  you have to be fucking kidding.

  36. Why do the three bloodiest regimes in History, (Mao’s China, Nazi Germany, and Stalin’s Russia) come from Atheistic ideas?

    Dishonest question, but here is my honest answer, I don’t fucking care.

36 questions, speed round

Ahh, yes, the tired trope of questions for atheists.  This is from https://adherentapologetics.com/2020/02/15/36-questions-for-atheists/

Yes, a lot of these are repeats, but I have not answered these ‘questions’ for a few years now, so here is my fresh take, post 2 family deaths and a global pandemic.

Atheism is changing. Many people believe that an Atheist is someone who does not believe God exists. While some Atheists will make this claim, most Atheists, especially New Atheists will not make this claim even though they line up with that claim epistemologically. Most Atheists today will say that they, ‘just lack a belief’ in the existence of God. With that being said, here are 36 questions for Atheists.

A little rude, but, I am not a New Atheist, I have been an Atheist for 30 years.  I do not believe god/gods exist.

  1. Why is there something rather than nothing?

    Don’t know, don’t care.  Nothing is a nonsense concept. What does this have to do with god?

  2. Is there any evidence that suggests the universe is eternal?

    No, and there is no evidence of an eternal god(s) external to the universe.

  3. If not, why do Atheists hold onto the idea and say you have debunked the Kalam Cosmological Argument?

    The Kalam Cosmo blah blah blah is such a stupid argument I have debunked too many times.  It depends on causality, and even if I accepts all the claims it gets you no closer to any particular god.

  4. If so, why do the vast majority of scientists reject this idea?

    Reject what idea?  I hate indefinite pronouns.  Eternal universe?  The universe had a starting point, the cosmos may very well be eternal.  I am not a cosmologist, why are you expecting me to answer this question?  What does this have to do with god?

  5. Why is the universe so fine-tuned?

    Fine tuned for what?  Is a puddle fine tuned for the hole that it is in?  Fine tuning refers to the values humans assign to constants, they are descriptive, not prescriptive.  A great example is Pi, it describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and can only be one value.  Do you consider this fine tuning?

  6. If your answer is the multiverse, why is there no evidence for that theory?

    N/A  I do not believe in multiverse theory.

  7. Is it possible that there is no natural explanation for the origin of life?

    No

  8. Where does consciousness come from?

    It is a byproduct of the information processing of frontal and temporal lobes.

  9. Do you lack a belief that God exists or would you say that God does not exist?

    God(s) do no exist.  I am a hard 7 on the Dawkin’s scale.

  10. Do you lack a belief that Zeus exists, or do you believe that Zeus does not exist?

    Zeus does not exist.

  11. If you just lack a belief that Zeus exists, why are you centuries behind the rest of the world who say that Zeus doesn’t exist?

    No, Zeus does not exit.

  12. Do you act according to what you believe, or what you just lack a belief in?

    In what I believe.  Acting is a lack of belief is non-nonsensical.

  13. What evidence is there that Atheism corresponds with reality?

    We live in an indifferent world where humans have to come up with solutions to all of our problems.  Prayer does not work and we are battling a worldwide pandemic only humans can fix.

  14. Is Atheism a worldview?

    No, Humanism is.

  15. If not, what is your worldview?

    I am a Humanist, defined as an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.

  16. What would convince you that God exists?

    An immediate end to all human suffering.

  17. Are you willing to follow the evidence, even if it leads to a different understanding of how the universe works?

    Yes, but it needs to be strong evidence.

  18. If Jesus rose from the dead, would you become a Christian?

    No.

  19. If you wouldn’t become a Christian, why would you ever accept that he rose from the dead?

    No, humans don’t rise from the dead.

  20. Why do Atheists keep insisting faith is blind trust, when that’s not what Christians or the Bible say?

    You have not read the Bible.  It requires a lot of faith, included the concept that the Bible was inspired, not just a work of fiction.

  21. Why do you want material evidence for an immaterial God?

    There is no difference between an immaterial and imaginary god.  I want any evidence.  Cure an amputee, stop Covid-19, anything.

  22. Is there a purpose to life?

    No

  23. If there is, by what standard do you determine life has purpose?

    See 22.

  24. If not, what is the point of listening to this video?

    Umm, this isn’t a video.  What does the purpose of life have to do with listening to a video?

  25. Where does morality come from?

    Humans and culture determine morality, it is subjective.

  26. How do you determine what is right and what is wrong?

    How I was raised and the concept I want to help other members of my species.  Altruism is hard wired, not morality.

  27. When a lion kills a cub from another pride because that’s what natural selection has raised it to do, is that morally acceptable?

    Morality does not apply to animals.  It is a human concept.  Most animals are amoral creatures.

  28. If evolution has put a sense of morality into us to help us survive, what makes our actions any better than any other animals actions?

    We are not hard wired for morality, we did evolve altruism, which is required to live in complex societies.  Since we are thinking beings living in a culture, we call decide what is moral and what is not.

  29. Is it morally acceptable for you kill a toddler because you can no longer financially support it?

    Our current society considers this immoral, and I consider it immoral, they are a person.

  30. Is it morally acceptable to kill a fetus in the womb because you couldn’t financially support it?

    Most people, including me, find this moral.  A fetus is not a person.

  31. Is it morally acceptable to kill a baby after it has been born?

    Our current society considers this immoral, and I consider it immoral, they are a person.

  32. How can you morally differentiate between a baby in the womb at 6 months and a baby born prematurely at 6 months?

    I do not support late term abortion, I consider it immoral, for the exact reason you just stated.  There is no difference between the two.

  33. Who was Jesus?

    A literary character, an amalgamation of previous Biblical characters, Elijah, Moses, Eli, David, and Abraham.

  34. Why did his disciples die saying that he rose from the dead?

    There is no evidence of this happening, outside of the Bible.  The disciples were most likely literary characters as well.

  35. Why does the Bible keep lining up with archaeology?

    It does not line up.  Archeologists abandoned using the Bible decades ago.  Heck, look at a map and see the distance between Egypt and Israel.     It’s a 5 day walk, not a 40 year journey.

  36. Why do the three bloodiest regimes in History, (Mao’s China, Nazi Germany, and Stalin’s Russia) come from Atheistic ideas?

    Nazi Germany was Christian and Mao and Stalin happened to be atheists, but they were not Humanists.  Why did the crusades and inquisition happen?  Why does the current church have to pay out billions of dollars to cover up massive pedophilia scandals and the systematic exploitation of children?  Are these based on Christian ideas?

COVID-19

I am still kicking, I really miss the simple pleasure of browsing a store or shopping mall.  The simple pleasure of drinking a cup of overpriced coffee at Starbucks.  Now, more than ever, I know there is no god looking over us.  Mindless RNA has us all terrified, tens of thousands are already dead, and we don’t know how many more will die before this is all over, and no matter how much you pray, it will not be answered.

Moving forward

I have really been ignoring this site, after the 2 deaths last year, and my wife’s medical issues, I really came to realize one thing:

Religion is a bunch of horse shit.  All of it.  Every single religion is total garbage.  There is no god, reincarnation, spirits, ghosts, or souls.  The are all made up inventions to make people feel better.  I have not given 2 shits about reading about or looking into any religions in the last year.   There is no point, the are all lies, based on nothing.  I don’t expect to update this site unless I am incredibly bored.  I would rather take photos or play video games, or do something more meaningful than discuss how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.

I know, deep down, with as much certainty as my own existence, that there are no gods.

2 deaths

Where I have been. In case you haven’t noticed, I have not posted anything to this site since May 9th. On May 12, 2018, my mother in law, Judy died. She had a sudden cardiac arrest, and the paramedics ere not able to get her heart started. We rushed up to her home as quickly as possible, but she was already cold by the time we got toh ospital. The next day, had to make funeral arrangements.

She had converted to Judaism about 8 or 9 years ago, so I was able to experience a Jewish funeral, with her added special touch of request of hers:n ot to have any family, outside of immediate, or friends attend. There was no wake or visitation, just a brief viewing at the graveside. I have no way to convey how difficult it wasf orj ust 4 of us; father in law, wife, and 11 year old son. Lookingb ack, it was very selfish of her to deny friends and family thatf inal closure. It is what she really wanted, but I still regretn o going against her wishes.

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Death

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Deep Questions


This began as a script for a video I am making, but might as well post what I have so far.  I will post the video after I make it:

Theological questions:

Here is a little background, when I lost my faith, around the age of 16, I decided, quite suddenly, I was an atheist  I just could not believe anymore, no matter how hard I tried.  Little remnants of my past belief, in the case, Lutheranism, remained.  As the years went on, more and more of the vestigial parts of my believe fell away.  Belief in an after life, be it heaven or hell.  The concept of sin, original or otherwise and even if anything in the Bible ever happened, including the existence of a physical Jesus.

I try not to spend too much time on religion, but it is such an interesting topic, especially considering in the unites states, over 70% of the people believe in something.  As I got older, I really wanted to understand what religion, particularly Christianity means.  In my exploration, I encountered a few intractable questions I have never seen a proper answer to:

Why would an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient god require, really, demand worship?  If I was all powerful and all knowing, why would I even care if one of my creations didn’t worship me?  In fact, this is more of a lack of character on a god’s part.  I create software and hardware all the time, but I don’t demand that my test systems worship me.  I don’t get angry that they don’t worship me.

The most common apologetic that I have encountered for this one is a circular argument, god demands worship because you should worship your god.

Why would a omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient god worry about its creations worry about worshiping other gods?  If you are the creator of the universe, you should be able to convince your creations pretty easily that you are real.  You would not worry about your creations worshiping a graven image.  If you are so real and powerful, why do even your chosen people wander away from you constantly?  A jealous god seems like a contradiction.  I have not seen an even half ass apologetic for this one.

The classic Euthyphro dilemma:  If something good because god demands it, or does does god command it because it is good? If it is the first part of the dilemma, good is subjective, it is the latter, good is external to god and we don’t need a god to know what is good or bad.  The most common apologetic for this is somehow worse that the original proposition. The apologetic says god is good by his nature and can not be bad.  Well, that makes god have less free will than us humans and still makes goodness an external proposition.  How did god get his good nature?  Can he not change his nature?  This would mean he is not a god.  It just makes the problem worse.

Why would a god get angry at his own creations, that did not have an understanding of good and evil, make an ethical decision that depends on the knowledge of good and evil?  Adam and Eve would not know what lying is, or if their actions would be good or evil.  If you were omniscient, you would know the creations that YOU made would make that decision.  Why did you make Satan?  Why did you put the tree in the garden?  I know the answer, this is just a silly story used to explain evil and why we have to farm and why women have hard pregnancies.  However, every apologetic for this story is just plain silly.

Why do you use “Objective Morality” as a proof of god?  It is nothing more than the Euthyphro dilemma with objective morality in the place of good.  How can morality be objective in any way?  Subjects, be it humans or god, are where morality comes from, so all morality has to be subjective.  Getting back to Euthyphro, You can restate the object morality claim as such: Is something moral because god commands it, or does god command it because it is moral?  Saying that god is the source of objective morality means you are just choosing the first horn of the dilemma, and you are back to subjective morality, or divine command theory.

How is eternal life possible?  Eternal life depends on there being an infinite reality, but that is not possible in this universe.  Nothing is infinite.  If we are resurrected, how does this work?  Wouldn’t our resurrected forms just be a duplicate or simulation of what we are?  It may have our memories, but it is not us.  What was us died when our brains died.  This problem exists with ANY kind of afterlife, be it heaven, hell, or some new age concept.  Why do we need eternal life?  Evolution and culture already figured out how to pass on what is essentially us, children.  They inherit our very DNA and we can pass down our values to them, to pass on to their children.  Our deaths are the price we pay to keep the species moving forward.

How do you know there is a soul? I don’t understand how brain/soul duality works.  I don’t even know how this is possible.  The brain thinks, that is its purpose, to process information from our senses and react accordingly to increase our chances of survival, as an individual and as a species.  If you damage your brain, your mind suffers.  I just watched my father die, trust me, once the brain is gone, that person is dead.  Where do souls come from?  How do the interact with the brain?  Why are they affected when you have brain damage?  When does the soul enter the developing fetus or child?  Is a soul an adult when it is created, or is it emergent?  The simpler answer is that should don’t exist.

Video!

Decided to try something new, after trying to read that Jordan Peterson book, I made a video!  I want to be your Atheist Dad, offering advice to you non-believers (or believers, if you like) that your dad never told you.  The language can get a little salty.  For this first vlog, I dive head first into Incels.  I will be your Anti-Peterson.

12 Rules

12 Rules

Trying something different, reading 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos by Jordan Peterson

I am 1 and a half chapters into the book and I wanted to jot down some notes and casual observations.  I really want to give this book a fair shake and I will only comment after I read each chapter, not during.  I want to read to understand, not read to respond.

Forward: Skipped, written by some religious nut, don’t care.

Overture: So pretentious of a naming, I had to skip

Chapter 1, Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters, obvious self help drivel, somehow more lobsters.  Jesus, man, enough with the fucking lobsters. Verbose does not begin to describe the writing style.  You could cut 90% of the chapter and still convey the same information. His writing style is very jarring.  There are copious run-on sentences and and a pseudo intellectual style, immediately followed by simple, almost child like, sentence structure and vocabulary.  My impression is that this book was written for readers with limited education.  The peppering of simple sentences allows a less educated reader to follow along and believe they can comprehend his dreadful intellectual style.

Speaking of intellectuals, if you do have some higher education under your belt, which includes several writing classes, this book is very difficult to slog though.  As I mentioned before, run-on sentences are the rule, not the exception. He uses complicated words when simpler would do.  I am legitimately confused by his level of cognitive dissonance  In one section there are Bible quotes, the next going into the evolution of brain function over hundreds of millions of years.  I forgot to mention; at the end of several pages of evolutionary history is a childish Bible reading.  Pure Sunday school type reading, Genesis, Exodus, etc. with no real vigor and again, cognitive dissonance.  You can’t call it a book of myths and stories and then proclaim God scrambled our languages when the Tower of Babel fell.

Much like the Bible, this book beats you into submission with the repetition of metaphors.  The concepts are very simple, yet Dr. Peterson decides to provide up to NINE different examples to reiterate a simple point over and over and over and over and over and over.

I have to write as part of my job, I am an engineer, and part of being an engineer is writing procedures and reports.  Part of those reports are endnotes and references.  A little bit of free advice here:  Do not cite a source which does not apply to your statement.  I checked several of your sources and they either were not applicable or contradicted what you said.  A few were legitimate, but many were not.  I think the end notes were included to somehow convince the casual reader that there was a level of intellectual vigor went into compiling this book.  I was surprised to actually check the sources (why include them if you didn’t want to me check them?) and they often led to contradictions or a misrepresentation of what the original source was trying to convey.

This first chapter felt like an entire book.  A book to convey 2 simple pieces of self help.  Spoilers here: 1. Wake up at the same time every morning and eat a high protein and fat breakfast.  2. Stand up straight with your shoulders back and stand with confidence.  Fake it till you make it.  Yes, I know there is extensive research into acting a way will actually make you feel that way.  In case you were looking for something deeper, that’s it.  Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and stand up straight.

One last thing, LOBSTERS ARE FUCKING LOBSTERS.  They don’t have a brain, no less a brain that can melt (!)  Yes, he claims lobsters have brains and some sort of complex social system.  They can’t, they only have 800,00 neurons or so.  It’s a stupid analogy.  Who gives a shit if they have serotonin?  They are mostly water as well. So what?

Chapter 2:

Ugh, fuck, I thought the first chapter was bad.  About 20,000 rambling words on the Genesis story of Adam and Eve, from what I can tell, was completely pulled out of his ass.  In case you didn’t know, the entire story of Adam and Eve and the Serpent is one chapter of Genesis, in this case, Chapter 3.  This entire byzantine chapter is based on one man’s interpretation of 740 words.  The entire story of Adam and Eve is 740 words.  Entire books have been written, by far better authors, about 740 words.  I had to skim most of this chapter.  I don’t give two shits about Adam and Eve.  It’s a child’s story, total Sunday School stuff.  I wish Peterson would dive into more difficult parts of the Bible, if he continues to use the Bible as a primary source.  One other point, if you want me to take you seriously, don’t use a fucking emoticon.  He really uses a 🙂 in this stupid chapter.

Spoilers:  The last half page is devoted to the meat of the chapter, which is more or less the title “Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible For Helping”.  That’s it, just follow that advice.  Nothing wrong with that, but the arguments are weak and have surprisingly little to do with the other 95% of this rambling chapter about Adam and Eve.

Chapter 3:

That’s it, I’m done, I can’t stand any more of this drivel.  As soon as you tell me, as an atheist, that I don’t know what I believe, and I am not really an atheist, I am done with you.  No more.

This was the most soul crushing, depressing book I have ever encountered.  The tone is incredibly negative, especially considering this IS A SELF HELP BOOK!!!!!  I skimmed through random parts of the book, and every passage is terrible.  Quoting HITLER and mass murders.  I just can’t do it.  I was getting depressed reading this book and I had to stop.  I don’t have his negative view of the world and hatred of humans that Peterson has.  It is an unreadable book, full of outdated information, childish Bible interpretations, and mundane advice.  I hate this book and will never finish it.