Candide

catholic by birth; scientist by choice; sinner by merit. gaidhlig-speaking neuroscience student at oxford. likes to question everything! @di_macd

Just because God exist doesn’t make him right…

If the God of the Bible existed, I’d do my best to make him not exist.

If he knew everything and could do anything, I know I’d probably fail. But hey! Better to die than live under that kind of tyranny.

If he had the power to create me with the free will to defy him, he has the power to take that free will away. That’s a worthless form of free will!

If he was all-good and loved me, I still wouldn’t forgive him. Because, you know what, my mother loves me and would do anything in her power for me, but we still don’t let her have the power to do whatever she wants for me, do we? We value our independence!

A benevolent dictator is still a dictator.

I don’t believe in God, but let me tell you this, if a scientific experiment proves tomorrow that the God of the Bible is real, it doesn’t follow logically that I need to worship him. There’s truth in that adjective God-fearing. If God is real, I’d be really afraid, because no matter how good his intentions, no matter how much he loves me, that much power concentrated in one person can’t be good.

God is the ultimate police state. He see and hears everything. God is the perfect totalitarian. He has complete control.

What life would be worth living if it’s not your life to live? If your life is just in the hands of God?

If you can show me God exists, the first thing I’ll do is make the Case For Satan!

Confession. The first time I read Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) it took me til Lyra’s going to London to realize that this wasn’t the real Oxford after all. I was very very young, and wonderstruck by this magical university where everyone got to have their own talking animal. So I decided I was gonna go there!

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont’ just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”

—   Lyra Silvertongue on the diatomic nature of her love for Will. 

Paradise Lost Animated Short.

It’s such a beautiful poem.

A Mulefa. Despite how bizarre this thing looks, its a great example of evolutionary symbiosis. The mulefa benefits by using the seed pods as wheels, while the tree benefits as the mulefa wear the pods down til they break scattering their seed. Note that the world of the mulefa has roads made by volcanic lava flow - i.e. the symbiosis could only arise in that kind of environment, because wheels are only useful if they have something flat to roll on.
Examples of symbiosis in our world include:
- Humans and their stomach bacteria (or stomach bacteria and their humans!)
- Reef fish and their cleaner fish (or cleaner fish and their reef fish)
- Ants and their domesticated aphids (or aphids and their domesticated ants)
- Bees and their flowers. (or flowers and their bees)
- Eukaryotic cells and their mitochondria (or mitochondria and their eukaryotic cells)
- Paramecia and their cilia (or cilia and their paramecia)
- lichen!!!
Mulefa don’t seem so crazy after all…