Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beyond Here Lies Nothing

Joe Chiarenzelli


The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.” Christopher Hitchens

I am not a religious man. Sure, my family tried to raise me as a religious individual, but I wore them down until they didn’t want to try anymore. Mind you, I wasn’t actively trying to resist the religious tradition they were trying to give me, I just seemed to be incompatible with it. When they would bring me into the church they would be forced to sit in the far back, so that my voice wouldn’t echo off the front wall and no one would have to hear, “Wait, wait, this guy lived inside a whale? How does that work? Wouldn’t he be digested? I thought whales ate plankton?” However, all my close friends were of a more religious bent. They were avid members of the youth group and sometimes I would tag along. From what I could gather through these small acts of reconnaissance, if you were under the age of eighteen, an ancillary part of your personal relationship with god was listening to a middle aged and overly sensitive bachelor play impoverished chords on a guitar while singing along and working on our various, macaroni, popsicle, or popcorn projects. But certainly none of this led to any anger towards the church or anything like that, just a sense that I would rather be home watching TV then listening to the aforementioned guitar playing.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Freedom Is Coming

Sean Ewart

Freedom is coming, its marching around the world.
Marked by the progress of education for boys and girls.
That's why they put education dead last,
And why the proletariat must fight back.
X knew that knowledge is key -
Without understanding we can't be free;
Fight a war but don't expect results
Unless the issue of understanding is resolved.
Even oppressed will elect oppression.
You see free election is a powerful weapon,
Used against the people when they know no better,
Don't know how to recognize stormy weather.
Yeah we're fucked from the first
If they with no morals are controlling the purse.
For the people the fact remains:
Those living in chains need more than 'change.'

Friday, November 11, 2011

On Intuition and Instinct

Sean Ewart

The word 'intuition' immediately brings to mind preconscious reasoning and the sort of near supernatural abilities often bragged about by fortune tellers and mediums – and mothers. Intuitive knowledge forms the basis of many of our most deeply held convictions; we know, intuitively, that there will be something on the other side of the door we are about to open. Intuitive knowledge really just means the things we know because we know them. We know there is something on the other side of our imagined door just because we know it. It is assumed information the value of which is to be determined based on our experience with it. I contend, however, that intuition is a misnomer. There is another word which I believe more aptly describes the phenomenon often labeled intuition: instinct.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creationism is the only Hope for America

A Satire

Sean Ewart

Creationism, the theory that the world was created by YAHWEH 6,000 years ago, has been thoroughly scrutinized and accepted by major players in the scientific field. Unlike theorists such as Einstein (who was Jewish, after all) and Dawkins (a Brit), real scientists the likes of Michael Behe have been taking the theory on its own terms, without the ill-intentions of the Christ-killers or secularism to blind them. Indeed, whereas the 'science' of the anti-christian Left has been quick to accept Evolution based on a few scattered bones and grand canyons (obviously the result of Noah's Flood), they have yet been able to prove either Evolution's validity or Creationism's falsity. Creationism has never been disproved, and yet there are those who want to keep it out of America's school system as 'bad science' – evidently the demonic is still alive and well in the New World.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Scientific Method and the Exploration of Truth

Sean Ewart

Part One: The Scientific Method and the Nature of Things

Religion and science were formally inseparable. The natural phenomenon observed by our ancient ancestors were ascribed to the various activities of the gods. Thunderstorms became the echos of divine battles, floods examples of god's wrath, dreams were the means by which man had contact with the supernatural. Religion, for most of humanity's existence, was science. Ancient mythology were scientific text books and the beliefs which lay within these often sordid stories were not just 'morality' tales but were tools of explanation.