Another excerpt

Here’s another excerpt.  Again, thank you to everybody for being so forgiving with my inability to write things of substance this last week.  I’m working on ways to make it better.

…people do not send psychic messages to their friends, they dial their phone. People do not fly by telekinesis, we build airplanes. And sickness is fought by taking someone to a doctor to receive medicine based entirely in materialistic philosophy, rather than prayer (and when you do pray over sickness without recourse to medicine, people die). Reliance on the supernatural would have led us the way of the dodo ages ago. But reliance on materialism allows us to exchange emails.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Since you’re trying to make it better; inconsistent person:
    “People … they — people … we”
    Also, try plagiarizing something by Mark Twain. He could write fairly well.

    • baal

      Wow, you come off as insensitive.

  • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    I was debating this Mormon woman once about the veracity of science versus faith. I pointed out that all our advanced technology came from science, whether the scientists were theist/atheist. Her way of dismissing this was merely to assert that God downloaded that knowledge into their brains.

    With faith-based thinking, anything is possible!

    • kagekiri

      Yeah, that’s yet another example of “if it explains anything and everything, it predicts nothing” when it comes to world-views.

      Materialism/naturalism/induction could probably be overturned by ridiculous, non-causal things happening, or humanism negated by waking up and realizing everyone WAS a figment of your imagination and that human happiness was somehow bad.

      But religious views are like a thin film of scum over your eyeballs. They make you interpret the religion AS reality, and such views are almost totally un-falsifiable for their believers.

      Millions die? God did it (or allowed it because they deserved it)! Science and medicine? God did it! Miracles claimed by other religions? Demons/Satan did it! Prayers answered/unanswered? God answered!

      The gods of the gaps are stubborn mind-viruses.. If you define God as not failing, well yeah, he’ll never fail you, but only because you’ll assume the bad stuff is humans/Satan’s fault.

      Or, in other words, the God character has privatized the good in reality while socializing the blame for the bad, and Christians DEFEND his avoidance of responsibility for the bad, because they define God as perfect, and a perfect being wouldn’t do that…..

  • Buzz Saw

    I would just like to point out that dodos went extinct because of humans f&%$ing up their environment, not because they were necessarily stupid animals, as they are sometimes portrayed in pop culture.

    Now that I’ve vented a bit of my dislike for pop culture…carry on!

  • faehnrich

    I want to give you money for this book now.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … they dial their phones

    Not that anybody “dials” these days.

    Plus, what Reginald Selkirk says about consistency in # 1.

    /copyeditor mode

    • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

      There is a proofreader stage, where at the moment the purpose is to get the thoughts out.