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“My life matters!” yelled the moskito

(Click to watch in a higher resolution. Link.)

(again, click to watch in a higher resolution. Link. Most of it is speculation and you can always quibble about the details, but the main point stands.)

(-ll-, link)

It is estimated that there are more than three times as many neurons in an adult human cerebral cortex alone than there are humans on Earth. The total number of neurons in the human brain is estimated at appr. 14 times the number of humans.

Between 50 and 70 billion cells die each day due to apoptosis in the average human adult (link). There are approximately ten times as many bacterial cells in the human flora of bacteria as there are human cells in the body (link). One might say ‘humans are complex creatures’ or one might say ‘humans are nothing special’. One might also be tempted to say something about the importance of any given individual alive here. Now combine the above with this (click to view in a higher res. – warning, it’s a very big file but you should open it anyway):

Stuff like this (once you start to think about it, you can come up with a lot of similar arguments) is part of the reason why I have great difficulty taking seriously any religious concept ‘explaining the universe’ that even mentions humans. Hell, it’s very hard to take seriously a God(TM) that’d even care about the Milky Way – there are more than 100 billion galaxies out there to choose from, and the Milky Way alone contains 400 billion stars. We don’t matter, a God that would care about what we do is too improbable for us to care about and a God like that raises way more questions than he/she/it answers. To use a God(TM) like that to answer any of the ‘fundamental questions’ is intellectually dishonest, because it’s the same thing as evading the questions entirely and just make up stuff that make us feel important. One of the first thoughts that crosses my mind when thinking about a God that actually cares about humans is ‘stamp collector’. One of the others is, as I’m sure you know, ‘evil bastard’.

May 16, 2010 - Posted by | astronomy, biology, knowledge sharing, personal, philosophy, random stuff, wikipedia

5 Comments »

  1. I’ve come to the conclusion – following the theodicee problem – that the only possible God is a cruel and inhumane one. Why else would he give us all these impossible desires, such limited reason and such a short life? The-counter argument that life’s inhumanity and cruelty is only a test and that a much better life awaits us, if we pass the test (do God’s will), really only proves my point. Why give us the free will to do bad things, if he is all-powerful? The only reason I can think of is vanity or maybe the sensibility of a neutral scientist making little experiments with us. But again, if he is omnipotent, why the need for experiments?

    Thanks for the illustrations. They boggle the mind.

    Comment by Whiteberg | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. The-counter argument that life’s inhumanity and cruelty is only a test and that a much better life awaits us, if we pass the test (do God’s will), really only proves my point.

    Yes it does. And re: the illustrations – Yes they do.

    I’ve met quite a few believers over the years (esp. in secondary school and HS) who somewow had gotten the idea that it was atheists like me that were narrow-minded. See that tiny, tiny dot on the last picture to the left? That’s where the illiterate desert-people that lived thousands of years ago came up with their stupid ideas. They thought that little dot was pretty much all there was. They thought Earth was at the center of the Universe! If I was God, I’d have made it pretty clear that I didn’t create humans in my own image. Humans are bloody stupid.

    Comment by US | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. “Thinking the Earth is round is preposterous. I can clearly see with my own eyes that it is flat!”
    - Desert Idiot.

    Comment by Whiteberg | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. Nice images. Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7xwu2i0mMU

    Comment by Lasse Birk Olesen | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. [...] you didn’t read this post (that is: looked closely at the images) back when I posted that, I suggest you start there. Now [...]

    Pingback by Cosmology revisited « Econstudentlog | June 12, 2011 | Reply


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