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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Some New Books I'm Reading

One advantage of attending a religious university is that you can keep up to date pretty well on religious material and information. Since I'm curious about what the other side has to say about these matters, I recently bought two books from my school's book store that attempt to address atheist arguments. The two books are The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism, and Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God. I've not finished either book yet, but I have a few things to say about them.

In regards to The Godless Delusion, I am a little over half-way done with it, and I can confidently say that it is one of the absolute worst books I have ever read on the subject of religion and atheism. The authors of the book possess a profound ignorance of the issues regarding the debate over God's existence. The first 50 or so pages are devoted to essentially insulting atheists, demeaning them as godless twits who understand nothing. The book is filled with insults, bad arguments, quote-mining, fallacy-rich assertions, and unsupported claims. These are, of course, all hallmarks of bad scholarship, and it's puzzling to me how anyone can possibly take this book seriously. I debated over whether or not I should even include a link to this book's Amazon page, since I'm honestly not sure anyone should read this book for fear that it might poison your mind with bad information. But the way I see it, most atheists should be able to see through the garbage it spews out, and even more logically thinking theists should see through it also. What I expect (and really want) out of a book like this is a rational examination of atheist arguments so that we can all have a rational discussion. But you'll find none of that in this book.
 
As for Answering the New Atheism, I’m only a couple chapters in, but already I can see that this book thankfully contrasts strongly with the aforementioned book. This book appears well written, contains well-articulated arguments, and attempts to address atheist arguments in a more respectable way. While the authors of The Godless Delusion make it quite clear that they are preaching to the choir with their book, the authors of Answering the New Atheism are clearly trying to talk to atheists as well as theists. It’s a reasonable book that so far seems to make logical arguments against atheism. While I have already found several errors in the arguments presented in the book, I’m grateful that it at least presents its arguments rationally and respectfully, devoid of the snarky tone and loaded assertions found in The Godless Delusion. I plan on writing full reviews of both of these books when I have more time to do so (although others have already done so. See here and here for examples). At the very least, reading these two books provides a good lesson in contrasting good and bad scholarship.

A couple other books I’ve bought recently: I purchased Dr. Kenneth Miller’s book Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul. This is without a doubt the best book to give to any of your Christian friends who doubt evolution. I’ve already shown it to some of my Christian friends. ;) It will be interesting reading a Catholic Darwinist's take on the issue. I also bought J.K. Rowling’s newest book A Casual Vacancy. It’s her first book intended for adults, so I’m pretty excited to read it. I haven’t read a good novel in a while, and Rowling is one of my all time favorite authors, so it should be a good read.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Upcoming Interview on 9/11 Free Fall

I will be featured on the No Lies Radio show "9/11 Free Fall" this Thursday. Tune in to hear my discussion of Popular Mechanics' 2011 book and my response article "Debunking the REAL 9/11 Myths."


Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that physicist Dr. Crockett Grabbe’s ebook National Swindle of the World Trade Center is now available on Amazon.com. The book is 7 chapters long, roughly 113 pages in length, and delivers strong, responsible scientific evidence that the WTC buildings were brought down with explosives.

The bad news is that someone from the DEW crowd just had to show up and start trouble. After having written a review of Dr. Grabbe’s book, someone by the name of “Emmanuel Goldstein” posted a long negative 1-star review of the book. His criticism is common amongst DEW advocates; loaded assertions, baseless accusations, and outright falsities. I responded to his review in the comments, which unfortunately started a long and ultimately pointless debate. I asked this person many times to address the steel found at Ground Zero, but he did not. I find it funny how the DEW people are so keen on ignoring this point, which is the crux of their whole argument; that the steel from the Towers was “dustified.” I’ve had run-ins with DEW people before, and it never ends well. I always hope in vain that eventually I’ll manage to reach just one of them. But it becomes painfully obvious all the time that this is just wishful thinking on my part.
My advice to anyone who runs into people like this: just ignore them. That is, if you get into a discussion with one of these DEW people and they blatantly ignore the evidence you present, just end the discussion right then and there. If they’re going to ignore your arguments, then you have every reason to ignore them entirely. They have been conned by a failed engineer who has done nothing but harm the credibility of the 9/11 Truth Movement for the last half a decade. However, if on the off chance that a DEW advocate is willing to listen to valid criticisms of Judy Wood’s hypothesis, then by all means continue the discussion. I doubt you’ll find someone like that, but anything’s possible.
To see where my debate with Mr. “Goldstein” currently stands, follow this link. Please keep in mind that I have responded to every one of his points, whereas he has responded to hardly anything I’ve said. Instead of addressing me directly, he continues to rehash the same debunked points, and is also under the impression I’m YouTuber “exposethebunk.” Twice now I’ve had to inform him that is not me. Will he believe me eventually? I doubt it. If these people can look at the photographs of Ground Zero and still believe that the steel was “dustified,” then it’s hardly surprising that they would believe me to be somebody I’m not.
*UPDATE*
It's worse than I thought. I thought this person only became aware of me after I posted my response to his review. As it turns out, this man has been obsessed with me for months. That's right. This man has devoted his time to slandering little ol' me since at least two months ago. Here's just the comments from him I could find on this video:
 
 
I can think of no better response than this:


*UPDATE 2*

 And now we come to this:



 These people are pathetic.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

History Rewritten? Horus and the Twelve "Disciples"

A video I made a while back that exposes the deceptiveness of Zeitgeist debunker Chris White.


History Rewritten? Horus and the Twelve "Disciples" from StrangerThanFiction on Vimeo.

Further links (because unlike Chris, I have no problem providing sources for a video):

Thread on Chris's video: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=3868

My exposure of his dishonesty: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=23794#p23794

The figure is Horus, not Ra-Horakhty: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21145#p21145

Acharya's response to the claim the image is "cut off": freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21126#p21126

Complete image of the "24" and GodAlmighty's full quote: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21128#p21128

GodAlmighty's response to Chris: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=23796#p23796

Acharya did not omit the 12 female figures: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=23811#p23811

Voice of Reason's question for Chris: freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=23623#p23623