The Pertinacity of the Asp

imgres.jpgGalileo, complaining about those people who refused to look through a telescope to see those things, such as the moons of Jupiter or sunspots moving across the face of the sun, referred to them as being “replete with the pertinacity of the asp.” Everyone knew that the sun revolved around the earth: it was proven scriptural science.

I recently read William T. Vollmann’s treatise, Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. In general it is a very readable presentation of some rather difficult concepts, both astronomical and mathematical. But truly it is far easier to understand and accept the unnecessary complexities of the scriptural world view than it is to accept that the world obeys the insights of scripture and not of science.

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FSMism For the True Believer

imageYou may have heard that a resident of one of the fine establishments for convicted criminals in Nebraska has had his religious freedom abridged by a U.S. District judge who ruled that Pastafarianism (also known as, and referred to in court documents, as FSMism) does not qualify for Constitutional protection.

In making his ruling,  John Gerrard provided an excellent summary of Pastafarianism for the unfamiliar:

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Naughty Bits, Lion Heads, and Brawndo

Adam-Eve-Michelangelo-L-1I have maintained for years that religious morals dictated that sex and naughty body parts should be hidden from view for the simple reason that sex and parts and bodily functions are too easily associated with the rest of the animal kingdom and if the human animal is actually a separate creation in the image of a god, then it’s best to cover-up any hints that man might be closer aligned with the animals of the world—the beings which we can see and touch—rather than to a primitive spirit—the being that no one has ever seen or touched outside of the fiction.

I continue to believe this. It’s like the christian scam that was implemented at the behest of the fish industry to refrain from eating meat on Fridays lest you be in violation of god’s law.

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