What’s the point of it all?

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

God is the correct answer to a silly question.

Xenocrates

This fantastic sight wasn’t created. It evolved that way. The NGC 1672 Spiral Galaxy © Hubble Telescope.

A young woman confronted me recently about my last post. She was angry at me because it made sense. All her life, even though she doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion, she still wanted to believe that somewhere out there, there was something more than the life that we have. Apparently she was dissatisfied with how her life turned out and hoped that there was something more. So I conceded that yes, there is something more, but it is probably not spiritual. She was furious: “Why not?” She prodded. “How else can we explain our existence if there isn’t some grand purpose to it?” This post is my answer to her question.

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The Higgs Boson: Why the ‘God’ Particle won’t quell Religion

July 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Now that we’ve found the creator in a laboratory, can we stop believing in this religious nonsense?

Xenocrates

Unless you were living under a rock for the last 72 hours, it is inescapable that you’ve heard the news. Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have finally discovered the particle that for the last 38 years has been theorized as being responsible for conferring mass to subatomic particles. In layman’s terms, it is the particle that is responsible for the creation of the universe. So that ultimately begs a very crucial question: Now that we’ve found the universe’s creator in a laboratory, can we stop believing in this religious nonsense?

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The Imminent Death of the BlackBerry

June 30, 2012 1 comment

Simple minds are amused by simple things.

Xenocrates

Umm… aren’t these all basically the same device?

While I always understood the appeal of having a smart phone, I never understood the appeal of having a BlackBerry when smarter smartphones exist. While I totally understood why RIM’s BlackBerry devices got so popular, I never quite got why RIM’s BlackBerry devices stayed so popular for so long. It should come as no surprise that the most overrated things are enjoyed by the most underwhelming people. Yet, now that RIM’s demise is imminent, I can’t help but be genuinely surprised that anyone is actually surprised RIM is about to tank.

No, really; you didn’t see that coming?

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Humanity is still a Primitive Species

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

For all our technological advancement, we are still little more than apes with tools.

Xenocrates

This is what we would look like to an advanced extra-terrestrial civilization.

You may have looked around yourself lately and thought how magnificent it is to be alive during the time that you are, especially with all of our technological advancements. And yet, if there exists a civilization advanced enough to cross the galaxy to meet us, all of this would be worthless. Why? Because we are still quite a primitive species and I’m about to tell you how.

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10 Stupid Things You Do Everyday

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Common sense is an oxymoron

Xenocrates

Feeling Stupid

How smart do you think you really are? If I asked you if you had common sense, how would you answer? Some of you might think that you’re pretty intelligent. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are even some of you who think that you have above average intelligence. If you ever thought this to yourself, then I’m going to prove to you that this is probably not accurate.

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The Incredible Avengers

May 13, 2012 2 comments

Marvel’s Avengers is what every summer blockbuster aspires to be — the perfect popcorn epic.

Xenocrates

The AvengersThis is, by all means, the new gold standard in summer blockbuster entertainment.

If you’ve read my blog, you know I don’t stop to review movies unless they have some kind of cultural significance. The last time I did that was to expose why people instinctively gravitate towards an obnoxious waste of film such as Transformers 3 that does away with story telling for big, loud, expensive, set pieces. However, Avengers is not such a movie. It is a genre defining epic that does the impossible: tell an outlandish, implausible tale with spectacular cohesion and believability. This is the movie Transformers 3 should have been and here’s why:

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Debunking Conspiracy Theories

April 15, 2012 3 comments

For conspiracy theorists, truth is less about fact and more about what they want to believe.

Xenocrates

Conspiracy theories are bad for you

I believe that extra terrestrials probably exist. I just don’t believe any of them have ever been here. I believe that 9/11 was an inside job — inside Al Quaeda, that is. I believe the global warming hoax is… well… a hoax. I believe J.F.K. was assassinated by an American — just not one working for the CIA. I believe NASA’s moon landings were faked for the HBO specials in 2001, but not in 1969. I believe that the world will end in 2012 for somebody, but the rest of us will be fine. Conspiracy Theories are utter nonsense, and I am about to demonstrate why.

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