Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10 Atheist Quotes Demolished

Atheists are very fond of quoting their leaders.Their quotes are taken as absolute truths,without question and regurgitated verbatim in discussions.I will attempt to analyze some of the more well known quotes to see if it adheres to logic and/or validated by scientific evidence.

1.Sam Harris:"There is no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable"
This quote is used in response to the connection between Communism and Atheism  in a futile attempt to disjoin the two.In other words,Communists were not true Atheists because they were not reasonable enough.Besides the No true Scotsman logical fallacy at play, Harris is forgetting that Communism did not magically appear out of nowhere.It is a deliberate,purposive and systematic Atheist invention,and its ramifications proved without a doubt that Atheists can be as unreasonable as they can be brutal.

2.Christopher Hitchens:"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence"
Also known as Hitchen's Razor.It is not one of the recognized principles of logic,it's only an Atheist principle which fails prima facie because it violates its own condition by failing to present evidence for its supposed truth yet demands evidence from others.Besides failing to meet its own criteria and being a paradox,Hitchen's Razor is also a tu quoque fallacy."I don't need evidence because you also don't have evidence" is what Hitchen's Razor is protesting.

3.Patton Oswald:"...Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: “That is fucking stupid..."
Not only has Oswald exposed his inability to use logic but also his poor grasp of the English language.To acknowledge someone's belief and then to disparage it, is a contradiction.Both cannot be true simultaneously.
The dictionary defines acknowledgement as accepting something as valid.Yet this Atheist insults and rejects something he has already recognized as truth.Where is the logic in that?

4.Richard Dawkins:There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. ... you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?”
 There are a number of similar gambits on the web by other Atheists such as Russell's teapot,Sagan's dragon,Flying Spaghetti Monster,Bigfoot,etc. They all serve the same purpose and that is to make the theist's position seem as ridiculous as possible,and by contrast the Atheist's position will appear to be the more reasonable one.Instead of using rational argumentation,the Atheist resorts to Weak Analogies, False Comparisons and Straw Men to reach his objective.
Here's why Analogies and Comparisons are not substitutes for evidence and good reasoning:
(i) Analogies can only help to make one's point easier to understand,beyond that they hold no explanatory power nor evidence.
(ii)Comparisons are supposed to highlight the similarities between subjects.In the case of God and Russell's Teapot,it is only that both are not proven under laboratory conditions,beyond that they have no similarities.Comparisons and analogies are always false,some fail sooner than others.To insist that God (a non-physical being) must be proven to be physical using instrumentation that are meant for material purposes only,is committing a Category Error Fallacy
 (iii) By using ridiculous analogies and comparisons,the Atheist is attempting to make the opposition's argument easier to attack and is therefore guilty of attacking a Straw Man,since there are more plausible arguments available to defend the belief in God.

5.Sam Harris: "Atheism is a religion just like not collecting stamps is a hobby"
Atheists are not without beliefs,in fact they are dogmatic about their fasle beliefs and erect monuments to commemorate them.They prosyletize,write anti-religious books,hold conferences across the globe and even hold award ceremonies.The same can't be said for non-stamp collecting.Are there any non-stamp collecting monuments,award ceremonies or summer camps?And do non-stamp collectors try to rid the world of stamp collecting?Like all analogies this one is false too and fails right at the get go.

6.Carl Sagan:"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"
First of all,there's no scientific evidence nor principle of logic that supports this claim.So it is self-refuting.Secondly,the term "extraordinary" is subjective.What seems ordinary to one may seem extraordinary to the next. Lastly,this is also a tool for Atheists to freely raise the bar at anytime their standards have been met and state;"well that evidence was not extraordinary enough for me" or "I'm not convinced yet". So it is merely a shady tactic where the exact standard of evidence has not been stated

7.Delos B Mckown:“The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.” 
This quote is not very specific,the assertion is broad so I have little choice but to interpret it literally and I'm justified in doing so, since Atheists tend to interpret Theist terminologies literally.
According to the literal interpretation of this quote gravity,electromagnetic,weak and strong nuclear forces do not exist because they're invisible.Now the Atheist will object and say they're still detectable.Sure,but the quote should have specified that only  both invisible and detectable forces are excluded.Let's go another step further.Then there are other invisible particles such as axions,squarks and photinos at the subatomic level which are neither detectable nor visible.As well as the "very special" type of Dark Matter,known as Cold Dark Matter, it's invisible,undetected,unknown and its prediction of hundreds of tiny satellite galaxies surrounding big galaxies are inaccurate.Yet physicists believe they exist because they have good reason to.
Likewise, people believe in God,soul,afterlife,etc. because they have very good personal reasons to believe them,despite being invisible and not physically demonstrable.

8.Gustaf Lindborg:"The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail."
There are a number of variations implying the same thing - Theists waste their time praying instead of performing action.It's of course based on a caricture of prayer,which Atheists deliberately misconstrue.
To an Atheist prayer is a substitute for action.To the Theist,prayer is aligning one's thoughts and will with the Highest Good.Prayer and meditation is helpful for distinguishing moral action from impulsive action.
Atheists would have us believe that prayer incapacitates people,when in fact it motivates and inspires right moral action that may otherwise have been action based on mere instinct or emotion.

9.Ernest Hemingway:"All thinking men are atheists"
(All P's are Q's)  It's a categorical assertion and the first premise of an Universal Syllogism or Predicate Instantiation,of which the second premise and conclusion are missing.The presupposition is ; No Theists are thinking men.Hemingway asserts that all members of subset P are members of set Q ,but failed to demonstrate that with a complete deductive argument,so it is both invalid and unsound.
In Math and Logic,to disprove a universal statement it's enough to find one counter example.One particular case contradicting the statement falsifies it.So here's about twenty counter examples of  thinking Theists:
Max Planck                                                 Nicholas Copernicus
George Lemaitre                                          Galileo Galilei
Gregor Mendel                                            Rene Descartes
William Thomson Kelvin                              Sir Isaac Newton
Michael Faraday                                         William of Ockham
Brian Josephson                                          Gottfried Leibniz
Robert Boyle                                              Antoine Lavoisier
Blaise Pascal                                               Thomas Bayes
Sir Francis Bacon                                        Louis Pasteur
Johannes Kepler                                          Joseph Murray

10.Victor Stenger:"Science flies men to the moon, religion flies men into buildings.” 
Stenger's lumping of all religions on equal footing is dishonest,false and an attempt to smear other religions with the crimes perpetrated by muslims.Islam's conjunction with terrorism is endemic only to that particular religion.No other Theist group in the history of aviation has ever flown an aircraft into a building as an act of religious extremism,except muslims.The Apollo 11 crew of 1969 that saw the first men on the moon consisted of three believers in God (two Christian Theists and one Deist).Buzz Aldrin performed a communion prayer from the New Testament with his crew prior to stepping out of the lunar module.Yet the intention to use the spacecraft as a weapon of mass destruction never crossed any of the astronauts minds.The same applies to the inventors of the first successful airplane.The Wright Brothers were sons of a Bishop and were nominal Protestants themselves,often involved in religious activities but were never inspired to fly their inventions into buildings.