God is good with slavery

God is good with slavery

I believe in design. One of the major lessons from social science is that we make decisions based on the environment that we are in. This means that given a particular environment, we have less free will than we would hope, but it also means that if we take design seriously, we can design the world in a way that is more compatible with our skills, and more likely to lead to better decisions. Every day I see many examples of human stupidity, but I have hope because our free will is in the design of the world we live in, and if we understand human nature better, and use this as a guiding principle for design, we can do much, much better.

We’re told that god is loving, and kind, and just, and intrinsically good; but when someone like myself points out the rather obvious and compelling evidence that god is cruel and unjust, because he visits suffering on innocent people, of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath, we’re told that god is mysterious….

And I want to suggest to you, it is not only tiresome when otherwise intelligent people speak this way, it is morally reprehensible. This kind of faith is really the perfection of narcissism. “God loves me, dontcha know. He cured me of my eczema. He makes me feel so good while singing in church, and just when we had given up hope, we found a banker who was willing to reduce my mother’s mortgage.”

Given all that this God of yours does NOT accomplish in the lives of others, given the misery that’s being imposed on some helpless child at this instant, this kind of faith is obscene. To think in this way is to fail to reason honestly, or to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings.

"Why can’t God just defeat the devil?" - Bill Maher

"Why can’t God just defeat the devil?" - Bill Maher

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy

Rebel

Rebel

GRRM is such a troll.

GRRM is such a troll.

I miss this show.

I miss this show.

….because I’m not a fucking idiot.

….because I’m not a fucking idiot.

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science (via Compound Interest)

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science (via Compound Interest)