-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
A Very Secular Seasons Greetings from Your Wetware Hacker
Google is teaming up with Craig Venter (of human genome mapping fame) to use Google’s vast computing power to help unlock biology’s mysteries and to create a new Google super human, who will automatically be Adwords/ Adsense aware, and have all Google advertising catered for their specific super-human needs.
According to Venter:
‘‘Working with Google, we are trying to generate a gene catalog to characterize all the genes on the planet and understand their evolutionary development.’’
What he forgot to mention to Boston.com, where we found this story, is what Google plans to do with this technology, which a Google insider told us was part of the plan for Google world domination.
“Why stop at the internet when you can control the human race” said the insider. “Imagine being able to provide a search engine that can not only catalog all of humanity, but also make a genetically superior world as well”.
Google was unavailable for comment.
Question of the Day: Why am I so offended by the very idea of religion?
There are, of course, thousands of practical instances in which faith and organized religion are detrimental for our society. But instead of continuing to dwell on these, I will attempt to describe my personal philosophy, to explain the great offense I feel when someone claims to know the truth; to know God, to know The Answer. I will attempt to explain why it hurts, why there is an inevitable crumbling of society, a devaluing of all that is decent, and why problems occur when the value of truth is reduced to nothing; denigrated to myths and stories, when fairy tales are revered enough to kill for, and to die for.
There is something wrong when the truth can be so easily dismissed in favor of an easy explanation, when the most important thing we can ever hope to know, the very truth of our existence, is convoluted and ignored. There is no concern, in a mind where religion reigns, for ever actually finding out, actually really knowing, actually confirming the truth. In a society where the easy way out is not only accepted, but worshipped, there will be no truth. Never will religion lead to a real answer, a tangible answer, a legitimate understanding. Never will mankind find the answer if they are convinced they already know.
“There is no god higher than truth.” -Gandhi
“The gift of truth excels all other gifts.” -Buddha
The truth is that we don’t know the truth, and people need to stop pretending. And start trying.
"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
We need less emotion and more thought."