Friday, January 7, 2011

Americans Low On Science, High on God

Fox News Bill O'Reilly doesn't know where ocean tides come from. Last night, he stated that God must exist because, "Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that!"

Stephen Colbert takes the time to mock and refute this in his video here:
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Stephen also takes the time to teach us where ocean tides actually DO come from (AKA the Moon's gravity). Which is good because, how many Americans actually know where tides DO come from? If Bill O Reily can claim that "YOU can't explain that" it means that he thinks most Americans really don't know anything about gravity or the moon AND that he can use that ignorance to his advantage. I learned all that moon/tide nonsense in 7th-grade science, so I'm kind of scared to think that this knowledge is utterly absent from a large percent of our country.

Well, I guess you really have two kinds of Americans here. Ones who know science, and ones who have blissful ignorance tied to faith in God. Certainly Bill O'Reily is leading Americans to become the later, but he isn't alone with states like Indiana and Texas changing their school policies to include more censorship, and more focus on the benefits of God.

But hey, isn't faith better than a little useless science trivia? I may know where the tides come from, but how has that really improved my life?


  1. In a book entitled "Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment," author Phil Zuckerman argues that the least religious countries in the world are the ones with the greatest degree of social equality. Karl Marx said it best: "Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo."

    - Rodolfo

  2. The video isn't working. It must be god putting you in your place. I'm taking it as a sign that I need to go to church and give them all my money.

  3. I just tested the video and it works right now...I hope you get to watch it Grant, its pretty funny. Then again, I am biased because I <3 Stephen Colbert.

  4. Explain the validity of god's existence with "because there are things that cannot be explained otherwise". Brilliant! I mean brilliant example next time when I need to explain what tautology means. ;-)