Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Obama on NSA's Mass Blanket Surveillance

I'm not sure what bothers me more about this. The fact that this was done on such a mass scale or the fact that so many seem to just accept it.

"This (the Bush) administration also puts forth a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our constitution and our freedom. That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war.
No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are, and it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists.
The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whim of stubborn rulers and that justice is not arbitrary.
This (the Bush) administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. There are no shortcuts to protecting America.
" - Barack Obama, Back in 2007

"But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society." - Barack Obama, 2013 In response to The National Security Agency collecting the telephone records of millions of US citizens.

Despite the fourth amendment violation, many seem fine about this.



"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - The United States Constitution, Amendment IV

"If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both." - Ben Franklin



Further information:
NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic

Monday, June 10, 2013

Evolution Bomb

The "Evolution Bomb" is a compiled list of links to help education about evolution, provide evidence for evolution and help refute creationist claims. Originally it was just a list of links leading to talkorigins.org but has since been greatly expanded upon and organized. This post will be kept updated with the latest version of this list.

----Table of Context----
EB1: The Basics
EB2: Evidence & Observed Examples
- EB2a: Fossils/Transitional Forms
EB3: The Arguments (Fact & Fiction)
- EB3a: Mutation & Information
- EB3b: Chance & Probability
- EB3c: Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
- EB3d: Animals
- EB3e: Hominids
- EB3f: Dinosaurs
- EB3g: Paluxy
EB4: Creationist Credibility
EB5: Further Information
- EB5a: Debates
- EB5b: Transcripts & Publications
- EB5c: Responses
- EB5d: Reviews
EB6: Videos
- EB6a: By DonExodus2 (Lets Test Them, Proof of Evolution, How Evolution Works)
- EB6b: By cdk007 (Evidence for Evolution, Blind Watchmaker, Evolution of, How Evolution Causes an Increase, The Origin of, Must DENY)
- EB6c: By C0nc0rdance (Rebutting Brad Harrub)
- EB6d: 15 Questions for Evolutionists they cannot adequately answer (Answered)
- EB6e: By Best0fScience (Evolution Is Real Science, Facts Of Evolution, Mechanisms Of Evolution)
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EB1: The Basics
Evolution 101
Evolution FAQ
MODERN THEORIES OF EVOLUTION: Overview
A Brief History of Life
Evolution: Fact and Theory
Natural Selection: How Evolution Works
Mechanisms: the processes of Evolution
Evolution at different scales
THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

EB2: Evidence & Observed Examples
Evidence for Evolution
Plaigiarised Errors and Molecular Genetics
Examples of Evolution
29+ Cases for Macroevolution
Observed Instances of Speciation
Lizards Undergo Rapid Evolution After Introduction To A New Home
Evolution in Action: Lizard Moving From Eggs to Live David Birth
Evolution and Information: The Nylon Bug
Ring Species: Unusual Demonstrations of Speciation
EB2a: Fossils/Transitional Forms
Evolution and the Fossil Record
Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ
Evidence of Evolutionary Transitions
Arachaeopteryx: Answering the Challenge of the Fossil Record
All About Archaeopteryx
The Origin of Whales and the Power of Independent Evidence
Fossil Hominids: The Evidence for Evolution
Fossil Hominids: Lucy
Peking Man and Homo erectus
Evidence and the Cambrian Explosion
An Overview of Dinosaur Tracking
Dinosaur Footprints in Coal

EB3: The Arguments (Fact & Fiction)
Index to Creationist Claims
Five Major Misconceptions About Evolution
Darwin's Black Box: Irredicule Complexity or Irrepoducible Irreducibility?
Accuracy of Fossils and Dating Methods
Attributing False Attributes to Thermodynamics
Entropy, Disorder and Life
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Evolution and Probability
Ted Holden's Frequent Questions Answered
EB3a: Mutation & Information
Are Mutations Harmful?
The Evolution of Improved Fitness
Information Theory and Creationism: Spetner and Biological Information
EB3b: Chance & Probability
Examples of Random Probability
A Series Unlikely Events
Non-Random Probability
Genetic Algorithims and Evolutionary Computation
Digit Numbering and Limb Development
EB3c: Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
The 1st Falsehood of creationism: "evolution = atheism" (Video)
The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism: scriptures are the "Word of God" (Video)
The 3rd Foundational Falsehood of Creationism: human interpretation = absolute truth (Video)
The 4th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism: belief = knowledge (Video)
The 5th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution-ism" (part I) "Evolution = the religion of atheism" (Video)
The 6th falsehood of Creationism: "Evolution-ism" (Part II) "Evolution must explain the origin of life, the universe, and everything." (Video)
The 7th foundational falsehood of Creationism: "Evolution is random." (Video)
The 8th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Mutations are rare, harmful decreases in genetic information." (Video)
The 9th falsehood of Creationism: "No transitional species have ever been found." (Video)
The 10th falsehood of creationism: "The evolutionary ‘tree of life’ is nowhere implied either in the fossil record, nor in any aspect of biology." (Video)
The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Macroevolution has never been observed." (Video)
The 12th falsehood of Creationism: "Creation science" (Video)
The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution is a fraud!" (Video)
The 14th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Creation is evident" Part 1 (Video)
The 14th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Creation is evident" Part II (Video)
The 15th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution has never been proved. It’s still just a theory, not a fact." Part 1 (Video)
The 15th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution has never been proved. It’s still just a theory, not a fact." Part II (Video)
EB3d: Animals
Bombardier Beetles and the Argument of Design
The Bombardier Beetle Myth Exploded
Creationism and the Platypus
The Evolution of the Woodpecker's Tongue
Horse Evolution: Hyrocatherium and Hyrax
EB3e: Hominids
Creationist Arguments: The Monkey Quote
Creationist Arguments: Java Man
Creationist Arguments: Peking Man
Creationist Arguments: Neandertals
Creationists and Pithecanthropines
Lucy's Knee Joint
Images of Neandertals
EB3f: Dinosaurs
Dino Blood Redux
Ancient Molecules and Modern Myths
On Archaeopteryx, Astronomers and Forgery
Sauropods, Elephants, Weightlifters
Sea-Monster or Shark?
EB3g: Paluxy
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Do Human Tracks Occur in the Kayenta of Arizona?
The 'Burdick Print'
Geologic References in the Paluxy Controversy
On the Heels of Dinosaurs
A Tale of Two Teeth
The Taylor Site 'Man Tracks'
The Texas Dinosaur/'Man Track' Controversy

EB4: Creationist Credibility
Creationist Whoppers
How Good are those Young Earth Arguments: A Close Look at Dr. Hovind's List of Young-Earth Arguments and Other Claims
A Matter of Degree: Carl Baugh's Alleged Credentials
Suspicious Creationist Credentials
A Creationist Exposed: Gish
The Creation Research Society's Creed
IRC Graduate School Catalogue and List of Publications

EB5: Further Information
A Phylogeny of Complete Genomes: Data Repository
The Tree of Life Web Project
Tree evolution
Explaining the Cambrian "Explosion" of Animals
BASIC POPULATION GENETICS
Jury-Rigged Design
Scientific Creationism and Error
Scientists Challenge Claim for 60,000 year old Mungo DNA
A Visit to the IRC Museum
EB5a: Debates
An Account of a Debate with a Creationist
Debate: Edwards vs. Aguillard
EB5b: Transcripts & Publications
An Account of the 1993 Creation Conference
Kansas Evolution Hearings
Publish or Perish: Some Published Works on Biochemical Evolution
EB5c: Responses
A Response to Ashby Camps 'Critique'
Response to Casey Luskin
A Response to Wayne Jackson
EB5d: Reviews
Review: Bones of Contention
A Review of IRC's Impact Article 151
A Review of NBC's 'The Mysterious Origins of Man'
Review: Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis
Review: The Image of God

EB6: Videos
6 -- Natural Selection Made Easy
7 -- The Theory of Evolution Made Easy
Ring species -- the abridged version
Lectures on Evolution
Richard Dawkins tackles the Bombardier Beetle
Coelacanth: The Strawman Creationist Argument
How To Shut Up Pesky Creationists
The truth about the Discovery Institute
Quest for Truth: Transitional Species
Beating Astronomical Odds
EB6a: By DonExodus2 (Lets Test Them, Proof of Evolution, How Evolution Works)
Lets Test Them: Evolution vs. Creationism
Irrefutable Proof of Evolution- Part 1 (mtDNA, ERVs, Fusion)
Proof of Evolution - Part 2 (Summation)
Proof of Evolution - Part 3 (Atavisms and Fossils- censored)
How Evolution Works- Introduction (Part I)
How Evolution Works- Forces (Part 2)
How Evolution Works Part 3- DNA
How Evolution Works Part 4- Mutations
How Evolution Works Part 5- Natural Selection
How Evolution Works 6- The Constraints of Evolution
How Evolution Works 7: Speciation
EB6b: By cdk007 (Evidence for Evolution, Blind Watchmaker, Evolution of, How Evolution Causes an Increase, The Origin of, Must DENY)
Evidence for Evolution, Part I
Evidence for Evolution, Part II
Evidence for Evolution, Part III
Evolution IS a Blind Watchmaker
The Evolution of the Flagellum
Evolution of the Bombardier Beetle
How Evolution Causes an Increase in Information, Part I
How Evolution Causes an Increase in Information, Part II
The Origin of Life - Abiogenesis - Dr. Jack Szostak
What Every Creationist Must DENY
EB6c: By C0nc0rdance (Rebutting Brad Harrub)
Rebutting Harrub: Evolution is just a Theory
Rebutting Harrub: Argument from Historical Scientists
Rebutting Harrub: Finches never produce rhinos or ferns
Rebutting Brad Harrub: Kettlewell's Peppered Moths
Rebutting Brad Harrub: Darwin was a racist
Rebutting Brad Harrub: Haeckel's Embryo Fraud
Rebutting Brad Harrub: Mutations produce nothing new
EB6d: 15 Questions for Evolutionists they cannot adequately answer (Answered)
Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 1 - Abiogenesis and the origins of DNA)
Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 2 - On Intelligent Design)
Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 3 - Multicellularity, Sex and Fossils)
Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 4 - Science, Application and Education)
EB6e: By Best0fScience (Evolution Is Real Science, Facts Of Evolution, Mechanisms Of Evolution)
Does The Evidence Support Evolution?
Vitamin C And Common Ancestry
Human Evolution: Are We Descended From Viruses?
Does The Fossil Record Support Evolution?
Evolution: Where Are The Transitional Forms?
Facts Of Evolution: Universal Common Descent
Facts Of Evolution: Good Design, Bad Design
Facts Of Evolution: Speciation And Extinction
Facts Of Evolution: How Fast Is Evolution?
Facts Of Evolution: What Can Embryos Tell Us About Evolution?
Facts Of Evolution: The Molecules Of Life
Molecular Evolution: Genes And Proteins
Facts Of Evolution: Retroviruses And Pseudogenes
Mechanisms Of Evolution: How Does Variety Arise?
Mechanisms Of Evolution: How Does Variety Give Rise To New Species?

Here's a bbcode friendly version you can copy and paste for use in forums in you own arguments.

----Table of Context----
EB1: The Basics
EB2: Evidence & Observed Examples
- EB2a: Fossils/Transitional Forms
EB3: The Arguments (Fact & Fiction)
- EB3a: Mutation & Information
- EB3b: Chance & Probability
- EB3c: Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
- EB3d: Animals
- EB3e: Hominids
- EB3f: Dinosaurs
- EB3g: Paluxy
EB4: Creationist Credibility
EB5: Further Information
- EB5a: Debates
- EB5b: Transcripts & Publications
- EB5c: Responses
- EB5d: Reviews
EB6: Videos
- EB6a: By DonExodus2 (Lets Test Them, Proof of Evolution, How Evolution Works)
- EB6b: By cdk007 (Evidence for Evolution, Blind Watchmaker, Evolution of, How Evolution Causes an Increase, The Origin of, Must DENY)
- EB6c: By C0nc0rdance (Rebutting Brad Harrub)
- EB6d: 15 Questions for Evolutionists they cannot adequately answer (Answered)
- EB6e: By Best0fScience (Evolution Is Real Science, Facts Of Evolution, Mechanisms Of Evolution)
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EB1: [b]The Basics[/b]
[url=http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/evo_02]Evolution 101[/url]
[url=http://anthro.palomar.edu/synthetic/synth_1.htm]MODERN THEORIES OF EVOLUTION: Overview[/url]
[url=http://www.dorak.info/evolution/life.html]A Brief History of Life[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/lenski.html]Evolution: Fact and Theory[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/futuyma.html]Natural Selection: How Evolution Works[/url]
[url=http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/evo_14]Mechanisms: the processes of Evolution[/url]
[url=http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/evoscales_01]Evolution at different scales[/url]
[url=http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?viewtype=text&itemID=F401&pageseq=1]THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES[/url]

EB2: [b]Evidence & Observed Examples[/b]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/evolution-research.html]Evidence for Evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/molgen/]Plaigiarised Errors and Molecular Genetics[/url]
[url=http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/search/topics.php?topic_id=20]Examples of Evolution.[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/comdesc/]29+ Cases for Macroevolution[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-speciation.html]Observed Instances of Speciation[/url]
[url=http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080417112433.htm]Lizards Undergo Rapid Evolution After Introduction To A New Home[/url]
[url=http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2010/09/100901-science-animals-evolution-australia-lizard-skink-live-birth-eggs]Evolution in Action: Lizard Moving From Eggs to Live Birth[/url]
[url=http://www.nmsr.org/nylon.htm]Evolution and Information: The Nylon Bug[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/irwin.html]Ring Species: Unusual Demonstrations of Speciation[/url]
EB2a: Fossils/Transitional Forms
[url=http://www.agiweb.org/news/evolution/index.html]Evolution and the Fossil Record[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-transitional.html]Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/benton2.html]Evidence of Evolutionary Transitions[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/archaeopteryx/challenge.html]Arachaeopteryx: Answering the Challenge of the Fossil Record[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/archaeopteryx/info.html]All About Archaeopteryx[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/features/whales/]The Origin of Whales and the Power of Independent Evidence[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/]Fossil Hominids: The Evidence for Evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/lucy.html]Fossil Hominids: Lucy[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/sinanth.html]Peking Man and Homo erectus[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/evidence_and_the_cambrian_explosion.html]Evidence and the Cambrian Explosion[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/ovrdino.html]An Overview of Dinosaur Tracking[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/coalprints.html]Dinosaur Footprints in Coal[/url]

EB3: [b]The Arguments (Fact & Fiction)[/b]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html]Index to Creationist Claims[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-misconceptions.html]Five Major Misconceptions About Evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/behe/review.html]Darwin's Black Box: Irredicule Complexity or Irrepoducible Irreducibility?[/url]
[url=http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/benton.html]Accuracy of Fossils and Dating Methods[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/thermo/creationism.html]Attributing False Attributes to Thermodynamics[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/thermo/entropy.html]Entropy, Disorder and Life[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/thermo/probability.html]The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Evolution and Probability[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/ted-qfa-reply.html]Ted Holden's Frequent Questions Answered[/url]
EB3a: Mutation & Information
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/mutations.html]Are Mutations Harmful?[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/fitness/]The Evolution of Improved Fitness[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/information/spetner.html]Information Theory and Creationism: Spetner and Biological Information[/url]
EB3b: Chance & Probability
[url=http://www.creationtheory.org/Probability/Page02.xhtml]Examples of Random Probability[/url]
[url=http://www.creationtheory.org/Probability/Page03.xhtml]A Series Unlikely Events[/url]
[url=http://www.creationtheory.org/Probability/Page04.xhtml]Non-Random Probability[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/genalg/genalg.html]Genetic Algorithims and Evolutionary Computation[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dinosaur/bird_and_frog_development.html]Digit Numbering and Limb Development[/url]
EB3c: Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/1stFFoC.html]The 1st Falsehood of creationism: "evolution = atheism"[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJX68ELbAY]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/2ndFFoC.html]The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism: scriptures are the "Word of God"[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrkjEgUDZA]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/3rdFFoC.html]The 3rd Foundational Falsehood of Creationism: human interpretation = absolute truth[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnj7PlqmJ5o]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/4thFFoC.html]The 4th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism: belief = knowledge[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80nhqGfN6t8]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/5thFFoC.html]The 5th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution-ism" (part I) "Evolution = the religion of atheism"[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzmbnxtnMB4]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/6thFFoC.html]The 6th falsehood of Creationism: "Evolution-ism" (Part II) "Evolution must explain the origin of life, the universe, and everything."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3k0dDFxkhM]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/7thFFoC.html]The 7th foundational falsehood of Creationism: "Evolution is random."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Q2Db17v5U]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/8thFFoC.html]The 8th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Mutations are rare, harmful decreases in genetic information."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU-7d06HJSs]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/9thFFoC.html]The 9th falsehood of Creationism: "No transitional species have ever been found."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfoje7jVJpU]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/10thFFoC.html]The 10th falsehood of creationism: "The evolutionary ‘tree of life’ is nowhere implied either in the fossil record, nor in any aspect of biology."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MXTBGcyNuc]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/11thFFoC.html]The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Macroevolution has never been observed."[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm277H3ot6Y]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/12thFFoC.html]The 12th falsehood of Creationism: "Creation science"[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TkY7HrJOhc]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/13thFFoC.html]The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution is a fraud!"[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myfifz3C0mI]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/14thFFoC.html]The 14th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Creation is evident" Part 1[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYsnVMjG4lk]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/14thFFoCPt2.html]The 14th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Creation is evident" Part II[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XHbRGiQccM]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/15thFFoCPt1.html]The 15th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution has never been proved. It’s still just a theory, not a fact." Part 1[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wv6kgjOEL0]Video[/url])
[url=http://darwinwasright.homestead.com/15thFFoCPt2.html]The 15th foundational falsehood of creationism: "Evolution has never been proved. It’s still just a theory, not a fact." Part II[/url] ([url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGmLDKQp_Qc]Video[/url])
EB3d: Animals
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/bombardier.html]Bombardier Beetles and the Argument of Design[/url]
[url=http://ncse.com/cej/2/1/bombardier-beetle-myth-exploded]The Bombardier Beetle Myth Exploded[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/platypus.html]Creationism and the Platypus[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/woodpecker/woodpecker.html]The Evolution of the Woodpecker's Tongue[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/horses/eohippus_hyrax.html]Horse Evolution: Hyrocatherium and Hyrax[/url]
EB3e: Hominids
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/monkeyquote.html]Creationist Arguments: The Monkey Quote[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_java.html]Creationist Arguments: Java Man[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_peking.html]Creationist Arguments: Peking Man[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_neands.html]Creationist Arguments: Neandertals[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/brace.html]Creationists and Pithecanthropines[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/knee-joint.html]Lucy's Knee Joint[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/savage.html]Images of Neandertals[/url]
EB3f: Dinosaurs
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dinosaur/flesh.html]Dino Blood Redux[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dinosaur/osteocalcin.html]Ancient Molecules and Modern Myths[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/archaeopteryx/forgery.html]On Archaeopteryx, Astronomers and Forgery[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/sauropods.html]Sauropods, Elephants, Weightlifters[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/plesios.html]Sea-Monster or Shark?[/url]
EB3g: Paluxy
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/dvsp.html]Dinosaur Valley State Park[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/arizon.html]Do Human Tracks Occur in the Kayenta of Arizona?[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/wilker5.html]The 'Burdick Print'[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/georef.html]Geologic References in the Paluxy Controversy[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/onheel.html]On the Heels of Dinosaurs[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/tooth.html]A Tale of Two Teeth[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/tsite.html]The Taylor Site 'Man Tracks'[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy.html]The Texas Dinosaur/'Man Track' Controversy[/url]

EB4: [b]Creationist Credibility[/b]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/icr-whoppers.html]Creationist Whoppers[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind/howgood-yea2.html]How Good are those Young Earth Arguments: A Close Look at Dr. Hovind's List of Young-Earth Arguments and Other Claims[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/degrees.html]A Matter of Degree: Carl Baugh's Alleged Credentials[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/credentials.html]Suspicious Creationist Credentials[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/gish-exposed.html]A Creationist Exposed: Gish[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/crs-creed.html]The Creation Research Society's Creed[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/icr-catalog.html]IRC Graduate School Catalogue and List of Publications[/url]

EB5: [b]Further Information[/b]
[url=http://www.bork.embl.de/tree_of_life/]A Phylogeny of Complete Genomes: Data Repository[/url]
[url=http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html]The Tree of Life Web Project[/url]
[url=http://www.rfs.org.uk/learning/tree-evolution]Tree evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.unm.edu/~PIBBS/CourseMaterials/SiBBs2008/Week11/Marshall2006.pdf]Explaining the Cambrian "Explosion" of Animals[/url]
[url=http://www.dorak.info/genetics/popgen.html]BASIC POPULATION GENETICS[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/jury-rigged.html]Jury-Rigged Design[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/cre-error.html]Scientific Creationism and Error[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/mungonhm.html]Scientists Challenge Claim for 60,000 year old Mungo DNA[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/icr-visit/linke.html]A Visit to the IRC Museum[/url]
EB5a: Debates
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/debate-rob-day.html]An Account of a Debate with a Creationist[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/edwards-v-aguillard/amicus1.html]Debate: Edwards vs. Aguillard[/url]
EB5b: Transcripts & Publications
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/creation-conference.html]An Account of the 1993 Creation Conference[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/kansas/kangaroo.html]Kansas Evolution Hearings[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/behe/publish.html]Publish or Perish: Some Published Works on Biochemical Evolution[/url]
EB5c: Responses
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/comdesc/camp.html]A Response to Ashby Camps 'Critique'[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/wells/luskin.html]Response to Casey Luskin[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/wjackson.html]A Response to Wayne Jackson[/url]
EB5d: Reviews
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_lubenow.html]Review: Bones of Contention[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/sor-ipub.html]A Review of IRC's Impact Article 151[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/nbc.html]A Review of NBC's 'The Mysterious Origins of Man'[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/oconnell_cg.html]Review: Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis[/url]
[url=http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/imageofgod.html]Review: The Image of God[/url]

EB6: [b]Videos[/b]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_RXX7pntr8]6 -- Natural Selection Made Easy[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w57_P9DZJ4]7 -- The Theory of Evolution Made Easy[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb6Z6NVmLt8]Ring species -- the abridged version[/url]
[url=http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/evolution/lectures.html]Lectures on Evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi4OdrITkqY]Richard Dawkins tackles the Bombardier Beetle[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMa9icQlP-o]Coelacanth: The Strawman Creationist Argument[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK3O6KYPmEw]How To Shut Up Pesky Creationists[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPXURdaPMZY]The truth about the Discovery Institute[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbGDJknak9c]Quest for Truth: Transitional Species[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKPrBV_PCKs]Beating Astronomical Odds[/url]
EB6a: By DonExodus2 (Lets Test Them, Proof of Evolution, How Evolution Works)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V_2r2n4b5c]Lets Test Them: Evolution vs. Creationism[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1fGkFuHIu0]Irrefutable Proof of Evolution- Part 1 (mtDNA, ERVs, Fusion)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CvX_mD5weM]Proof of Evolution - Part 2 (Summation)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbI2diGTJFw]Proof of Evolution - Part 3 (Atavisms and Fossils- censored)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpNeGuuuvTY]How Evolution Works- Introduction (Part I)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtIQvkQWTZY]How Evolution Works- Forces (Part 2)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ17JKIBSS4]How Evolution Works Part 3- DNA[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFvK77Fsz8]How Evolution Works Part 4- Mutations[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL0tmb3Evhc]How Evolution Works Part 5- Natural Selection[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLtBLucfIrg]How Evolution Works 6- The Constraints of Evolution[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEGQu3cm3CE]How Evolution Works 7: Speciation[/url]
EB6b: By cdk007 (Evidence for Evolution, Blind Watchmaker, Evolution of, How Evolution Causes an Increase, The Origin of, Must DENY)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX_WH1bq5HQ]Evidence for Evolution, Part I[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_UFImmulY]Evidence for Evolution, Part II[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUxLR9hdorI]Evidence for Evolution, Part III[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcAq9bmCeR0]Evolution IS a Blind Watchmaker[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdwTwNPyR9w]The Evolution of the Flagellum[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUvLR2yyWuE]Evolution of the Bombardier Beetle[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I14KTshLUkg]How Evolution Causes an Increase in Information, Part I[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9u50wKDb_4]How Evolution Causes an Increase in Information, Part II[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6QYDdgP9eg]The Origin of Life - Abiogenesis - Dr. Jack Szostak[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nj587d5ies]What Every Creationist Must DENY[/url]
EB6c: By C0nc0rdance (Rebutting Brad Harrub)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCP0SimA-vA]Rebutting Harrub: Evolution is just a Theory[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFHmqZ9SkJI]Rebutting Harrub: Argument from Historical Scientists[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9-EqTOD5r4]Rebutting Harrub: Finches never produce rhinos or ferns[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s32JxSasThk]Rebutting Brad Harrub: Kettlewell's Peppered Moths[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHyvryycc6o]Rebutting Brad Harrub: Darwin was a racist[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaiPcZRqWms]Rebutting Brad Harrub: Haeckel's Embryo Fraud[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZJHBX7qUyo]Rebutting Brad Harrub: Mutations produce nothing new[/url]
EB6d: 15 Questions for Evolutionists they cannot adequately answer (Answered)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyYlzUfMAPw]Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 1 - Abiogenesis and the origins of DNA)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo2fgRL4dfs]Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 2 - On Intelligent Design)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_aDHGRSyk]Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 3 - Multicellularity, Sex and Fossils)[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rT5K1yFmy4]Answering the 15 Questions Pamphlet (Part 4 - Science, Application and Education)[/url]
EB6e: By Best0fScience (Evolution Is Real Science, Facts Of Evolution, Mechanisms Of Evolution)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1R8w_QEvEU]Does The Evidence Support Evolution?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF2N2lbb3dk]Vitamin C And Common Ancestry[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIsWZCSMSSs]Human Evolution: Are We Descended From Viruses?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWVoXZPOCGk]Does The Fossil Record Support Evolution?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfTbrHg8KGQ]Evolution: Where Are The Transitional Forms?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0UGpcea8Zg]Facts Of Evolution: Universal Common Descent[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mtr3Cum74A]Facts Of Evolution: Good Design, Bad Design[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5kumHLiK4A]Facts Of Evolution: Speciation And Extinction[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XgeSi1EGkU]Facts Of Evolution: How Fast Is Evolution?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAZmLYWEPGk]Facts Of Evolution: What Can Embryos Tell Us About Evolution?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvJFI3ChOUU]Facts Of Evolution: The Molecules Of Life[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA7BE3mEb64]Molecular Evolution: Genes And Proteins[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZvTmgCk1Lo]Facts Of Evolution: Retroviruses And Pseudogenes[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPCqYxB4d4]Mechanisms Of Evolution: How Does Variety Arise?[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcvWnsiQycc]Mechanisms Of Evolution: How Does Variety Give Rise To New Species?[/url]

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Evolution Quotes

"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity." - Richard Dawkins

"Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Evolution is a tinkerer." - Francois Jacob

"Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin: variation and selection." - Ernst Mayr

"It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." - Charles Darwin

Friday, April 5, 2013

Perspective

It's all in how you look at it.





...and both are true.

We are the Universe

"The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth - the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years- they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

"We are the Universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out." - Delenn, Babylon 5

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Homosexuality

Homosexuality is the emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction to members of the same sex. Sexual orientation is not black and white but sits on a spectrum. For example let's say we have a scale ranging from 1-10. 1 could represent extreme heterosexuality, having interest in only the opposite sex. While 10 could represent extreme homosexuality, having interest in only the same sex. It's likely most don't sit at either of these extremes but would be more like a 3 or 8. Of course this example still pales to the complexity of human sexually, under representing the reality of the situation.

Acceptance
Homosexuality has both been accepted and condemned in different cultures through out history. At one time homosexuality was regarded as a mental illness. While this classification of homosexuality being a sickness has carried with a long held stigma, (something that the American Psychological Association has worked for decades to change.) this ruling was considered a progressive step at the time, as a person who was mentally ill was less culpable than a sinner or criminal.

In the modern era Western society has become increasingly more accepting of homosexuals. Though there is still much work to be done to achieve equality for the LGBT community. Asian and Africa has shown the least amount of acceptance. Same-sex relations are illegal in places like Uganda where they have gone as far as to introduce an anti-gay bill dubbed the "Kill the Gays bill" in which "aggravated homosexuality" would warrant the death penalty. Overall about 1/4 of all countries in the world list homosexuality as a crime.

Gay Marriage
In the USA gay marriage is only legal in a hand full of states. Though acceptance of it has increased over the years. Some claim that gay marriage is an attempt at special rights an that homosexuals are already free to marry so long as it's with that of the opposite sex. This argument fails to realize that homosexuals are looking to be allowed to marry and spend their life, including all legal benefits afforded to a couple (about 1,100 benefits) with the person they love. Which would be someone of the same sex. This is something a heterosexual couple receives that a homosexual couples does not. It's a request that love not be bound to gender roles and that legal rights reflect that.

A common argument against gay marriage is that the marriage doesn't last long. This however is not true. Research into the matter indicates that gay relationships are just as stable and perhaps even more so in long term situations. "There is considerable evidence that both lesbians and gay men want to be in strong, committed relationships [and] are successful in creating these partnerships, despite difficulties created by social prejudice, stigma, and the lack of legal recognition for same-sex relationships in most parts of the U.S.," - Anne Peplau (UCLA psychologist)
Another accusation against gay marriage is that marriage is a religious institute. This fails to recognize all the non religious legal benefits (again about 1,100 benefits) that are at the focal point of gaining equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals.

Some will argue that a traditional marriage has always been between a man and a woman. There have been homosexual marriages in other cultures through out history. What is and is not allowed can be different and has changed.


Another snarky counter to arguments against gay marriage.


Religion
The major religions of the world have generally viewed homosexuality negatively. Though this varies greatly between different religions and denominations. The current Catholic pope (Pope Francis I) has stated that homosexuals should be treated with respect, though has also called homosexuality immoral and has actively opposed same-sex marriage. The Christian Bible and Judaisms Torah (Old Testament) clearly denounces homosexuality. One of the most well known examples being Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.". One of the more well known religiously driven anti-gay groups is the Westboro Baptist Church, who make statements such as "God hates fags". While this group may be a poor representation of Christian views as a whole, they do seem to provide a magnifying glass on the negative homosexual views Christianity can hold. While most Christians hold a negative view of homosexuality to one degree or another some Christians believe that homosexual behavior is not inherently sinful. This view within Christianity seems to be gaining popularity in recent years.

Islam views homosexuality as a natural temptation but a transgression to act on. Most major Muslim countries have prison sentences for homosexual acts. Some even have the death penalty. Iraq has no criminal code dealing with homosexuality but does have death squads operating in the country killing gays. Non have anti-discrimination laws.

Biology
Biologically, sexual orientation isn't so much the result of having a "gay gene/s", but the result of epigenetics, genetic markers that determine how genes are expressed. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara (Their Study) have determined that sex specific epi-marks from father to daughter and mother to son that are usually "erased" before being passed on escape erasure. "Transmission of sexually antagonistic epi-marks between generations is the most plausible evolutionary mechanism of the phenomenon of human homosexuality,".

Hormones being introduced or deprived at certain stages of development in the womb also plays a role in gene expression. This link can be observed in how birth order can increase the odds of a boy being gay by 33%. As the mother has children her body will begin to develop H-Y antibodies which can inhibit the masculinisation of the brain. These changes in gene expression effect the sexual dimorphism of the brain resulting in areas of the brain that regulate sexual behavior being more feminine in homosexual men and more masculine in homosexual women. (A difference in hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men)
Covariations with the respective amygdala seed region in heterosexual men (HeM), heterosexual women (HeW), homosexual men (HoM) and homosexual women (HoW).

(Credit: Image courtesy of National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (copyright 2008).)

There are a number of arguments put forth by those who oppose homosexuality.

"It's Wrong"
Such a statement usually stems from either homophobia, religious views or both. The question to ask here is what makes it wrong? Things aren't wrong by virtue. Generally what we think of as wrong is something harmful done without consent.

"It's Gross"
Often when pressed why homosexuality is wrong this is one of the reasons given. Just because someone finds something personally displeasing doesn't mean others do and is no reason to not allow others to participate in such things. not to mention this argument just comes off as seeming rather childish.

"It's a Sin"
Another retreat of why homosexuality is wrong is to cite religious reasons. (For example the anti-gay slogan "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve") Depending on the religion and denomination This may or may not be the case. However not everyone is of the same religion and someone should not force their religious views on another person. If someone is gay and follows a religion that does not accept homosexuality, it's worth questioning why follow a religion that doesn't accept the way you are. It would be like being in a relationship with someone who doesn't like who you are and expects you to change to accommodate their desires. If you're not homosexual and if we assume that your religion is correct, you are concerning yourself with someone else's sins that have no affect on you. Ultimately why should two people loving each other be a sin at all?

"It's Unnatural"
Something is generally considered unnatural when it doesn't occur in nature, but as a product of human design/choice. However homosexuality has been observed in nature. Nearly 1,500 animals have been observed engaging in homosexual acts with 500 being well documented. We can also see that it's natural in that it's part of the biology of the person. The way the genes are expressed and how the brain is structured are the causes of sexual orientation.
Of course this argument that it's wrong because it's unnatural can be countered by simply pointing out all the unnatural things we commonly include in our daily lives.

"The Parts Don't Fit"
This argument deals with anatomy. Claiming that male and female genitals are made for each other and using them any other way is unnatural/immoral. This often goes along with the argument that gay men just have anal sex.

The male and female genitalia aren't made for each other. In fact there is great variation between individuals, size and shape doesn't always match up between male and female genitalia. As for use, there is no right or wrong way to have sex. What matters is that all parties involved are enjoying the experience and are consenting.

Also just because someone has a penis doesn't mean they wish to penetrate anything with it. There are more ways than that to have sexual contact with another person. Even if everything always perfectly matched up, using one's body on another consenting individual in another way does not make it wrong, unnatural or immoral.

"Homosexuals Can't have Children"
Not only is this argument used for why it should be considered wrong but it's also used as an argument against gay marriage. Being homosexual does not in any way make a person sterile. There is nothing stopping a homosexual couple from seeking other means of procreating other than having sex with their partner. They could use artificial insemination or a surrogate instead. In places that allow it they can also adopt. This argument also ignores the fact that there are sterile heterosexual couples who don't face such persecution of not being able to have children and are still allowed to marry. Pointing out this fact will often be attempted to be counter by saying that a heterosexual couple still has the chance of procreating. This however again ignores the point that there are some who truly aren't capable at all. Finally this ignores that having children is not a requirement to having a partner or getting married. In a world that is facing overpopulation it could even be a good thing to have couples that aren't reproducing.

"Homosexuality is a Choice"
Sexual orientation is the result of biology. This has been shown with the studies into epigenetics and how the brain is structured. A simple experiment anyone can run can also help determine whether sexual orientation is a choice or not. Simply make the choice to be attracted to a different sex yourself. If it works you can always choose to go back. It's also often suggested that it's a choice because we are free to choose to act on how we feel. This of course has no consequence to one's sexual preferences, it doesn't change how they actually feel. Even if it was a choice, this does not make it wrong. One should be free to make such choices for themselves. Just as a person should be free to choose what religion they wish to follow, if any.

"Homosexuality is a Disease/Disorder"
The definition of disease is "a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms" - Marriam Websters Dictionary.
A psychological/mental disorder, is a pattern of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple areas of life and generally create distress for the person experiencing these symptoms.

A homosexual is perfectly capable of functioning and living a normal productive life. Their sexual orientation does not impede or impair their life. As such it can't be classified as an illness. Any distress a homosexual faces is from others intolerance and nonacceptance than from them being homosexual.

Ford and Beach (1951) reported that homosexual behavior of some sort was considered normal and socially acceptable for at least some individuals in 64% of the 76 societies in their sample; in the remaining societies, adult homosexual activity was reported to be totally absent, rare, or carried on only in secrecy.

Hooker administered three projective tests (the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test [TAT], and Make-A-Picture-Story [MAPS] Test) to 30 homosexual males and 30 heterosexual males recruited through community organizations. The two groups were matched for age, IQ, and education. None of the men were in therapy at the time of the study.
Unaware of each subject's sexual orientation, two independent Rorschach experts evaluated the men's overall adjustment using a 5-point scale. They classified two-thirds of the heterosexuals and two-thirds of the homosexuals in the three highest categories of adjustment. When asked to identify which Rorschach protocols were obtained from homosexuals, the experts could not distinguish respondents' sexual orientation at a level better than chance. (Facts About Homosexuality and Mental Health)
"Homosexuality in and of itself is unrelated to psychological disturbance or maladjustment. Homosexuals as a group are not more psychologically disturbed on account of their homosexuality" - Gonsiorek (1982)
Empirical evidence does not support that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

"AIDS, Gay Disease"
It's common for anti-gay rhetoric to claim that AIDS is a "gay disease". This stems from a misconception that AIDS only infects homosexuals, or at least to imply this. This is also used to at least is meant to imply that homosexuals are sexual deviants. These misconceptions likely stem from real statistics that place homosexual men as having the highest rate of contracting HIV/AIDS. This creates a false correlation that engaging in homosexual acts results in contracting AIDS. This often hand waves the fact that anyone can contract the disease. Also geographically sexual intercourse of this nature doesn't always account for the largest group. Most of the newly registered HIV cases in Russia and Europe were among heterosexuals. This also ignores the fact that homosexual women are among the lowest group to contract the disease, demonstrating that homosexuality has nothing to do with contracting the disease. Contracting the disease is not the result of homosexuality but from having unprotected sex and engaging in other activities that result in fluid transfers. This also does not indicate sexual deviance. The spread of the disease in mass does not require sexual promiscuity and it would be a false assumption that it did.

Gay Conversion Therapy
Conversion therapy ties into the beliefs of homosexuality being a choice and/or illness. Non of the accredited psychological associations condone the use of conversion therapy or regard it as affective in any way. It's in fact regarded as being psychologically harmful. Conversion therapy can also be financially harmful as the cost can be in the thousand and all out of pocket. To make it even more questionable is that no two ex-gay ministry use the same methods. The ministries them self don't claim to change a persons inner sexual desire, only their conduct. There are also many who later recant being converted, also referred to as ex-ex-gays.
Let's hear from people who have been through conversion therapy first hand.




Homosexuals and Children
A number of arguments are brought up against homosexuals having or even being around children.

One claims states that most gays are pedophiles. The truth of the matter is that the majority of pedophiles are heterosexual males. One survey of 269 cases of molestation had only 2 out of the 269 involving the offender being someone who was gay. (Conducted by Carole Jenny of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1994)

Many fear that children raised by homosexuals will be turned into or raised to be homosexuals themselves. This argument stems from the belief that homosexuality is a choice, which is false. As shown sexual orientation is based in biology. It's not something that can be learned. This also ignores that it's overwhelmingly heterosexual couples giving birth and raising children who are homosexual.

Many who oppose gay marriage think that a homosexual couple wouldn't make as good parents as a heterosexual couple would. The reasoning is often because it's thought that it requires both a male and female to properly raise a child. That the children will be left maladjusted. This argument ignores all the single parents who do just fine raising children. All indication between hetero and homosexual couples show no significant difference in behavior of their children.
We can see first hand just how "maladjusted" children raised by homosexual couples are.



Many concern themselves that the children of gay couples will have to face persecution from their peers and cite this as a reason why homosexuals shouldn't raise children. This if anything is an argument that blames the victim. We should be teaching our children tolerance of differences between people so that there is no issue among peers. (Something that is also often apposed.)

"Why Can't They Keep it to Themselves"
This is usually put forth by those who find homosexuality "gross". Often they will cite homosexual couples hugging and/or kissing in a public place or the existence of gay pride parades. There seems to be no real issue with heterosexual couples showing some level of affection for one another in public so there should be no issue with homosexual couples doing the same.

The start of the gay rights movement was the result of police raids on a gay bar (Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village NY) in 1969. The first parade to publicly demonstrate that homosexuals, transgenders and the like were not sexual deviants. Today the more festive parades are held in more accepting cities. With these, though festive and more celebratory, they still provide education from various LGBT institutions. Even the most festive will usually provide remembrances of AIDS victims and anti-LGBT violence. Some such festive parades have even been funded by government and corporate sponsors, becoming a tourist attraction generating revenue for the city they are held in.

Originally it was intended to be a non-confrontational, educational way of dealing with a homophobic society that didn't accept them. Today in places where it has become more accepted it's like a carnival with Mardi-Gras like characteristics, but still keeps the educational aspect. Gay pride parades not only serve to celebrate and promote positive feeling in homosexuals for being who they are, but to also demonstrate for equal rights. This allows the issues to be put to the forefront.

Gay Agenda
The term "gay agenda" is often used as a sort of scare tactic. Often mentioned without getting to much into exactly what it is. It plays an almost conspiratorial role against homosexuals and anyone who supports them. It was first used in 1992 by a conservative Christian group, referring to is as the "hidden gay agenda". The term is thrown out whenever attempts are made to change government policies to achieve equal rights, protect civil rights for people in the LGBT community, introduce anti-bullying legislation to protect minors who may be LGBT or have family who are, and more. It's also used to suggest an alleged goal to "recruit" people into a homosexual lifestyle.
The truth is the only "agenda" is equality.

Denying homosexuals the same rights or treating them differently leaves this being rather hypocritical, as the person doing so is now pushing their views, their "agenda" on the LGBT community.

Conclusion
The arguments against homosexuality are fallacious, based on a dislike, hatred and/or fear of those who are different. There may be a fear that with equality it may lead to the shoe being placed on the other foot. That the person doing the hate will be hated. But if you are against homosexuals, do try to place yourself in their shoes.

- What do you think caused your heterosexuality?
- When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual?
- Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase you may grow out of?
- Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?
- If you have never slept with a person of the same sex, is it possible that all you need is a good Gay lover?
- Do your parents know that you are straight? Do your friends and/or roommate(s) know? How did they react?
- Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can't you just be who you are and keep quiet?
- Why do heterosexuals put so much emphasis on sex?
- Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into their lifestyle?
- A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers?
- Just what do men and women do in bed together? How can they truly know how to please each other, being so anatomically different?
- With all the societal support marriage receives, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals?
- Statistics show that lesbians have the lowest incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. Is it really safe for a woman to maintain a heterosexual lifestyle and run the risk of disease and pregnancy?
- How can you become a whole person if you limit yourself to compulsive, elusive heterosexuality?
- Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?
- Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective? Don't you feel s/he might be inclined to influence you in the direction of his/her own leanings?
- There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you to change if you really want to. Have you considered trying aversion therapy?
- Would you want your child to be heterosexual, knowing the problems that s/he would face?

And think, is this what you want to do to someone else?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Why I am no longer a Christian by Evid3nc3

If you're questioning your beliefs or not. If you're atheist or not. I would recommend watching this video.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams