Re: 10 Questions for Atheists

Uploaded by lewiseu on 01.01.2010

Salutations Youtubes
This is a video response to 'MuslimView' and his video '10 Questions for Atheists'
Question 1: Why Atheists usually blame religious people?
Well, that entirely depends on what you're being blamed for, or, if you're being blamed
for anything at all. It's understandable for the religious to be
blamed for things that they are directly responsible for.
And, it's sort of understandable for them being blamed for the things that their religion
is responsible for. But, I don't know about other Atheists, but I don't personally blame
the religious because I burnt my toast or because I stubbed a toe.
I place blame, usually, at the feet of those responsible.
Question 2: Who created the universe? That, ultimately, begs the question, since
it makes the presumption that there was a creator of the universe at all, and, atheists
obviously don't believe such.
There are a few commonly accepted ideas behind the creation of the universe, first, that
the universe has always existed in some form or another, second, that the universe simply
banged into existence with no cause, and third, that the universe was the result of some sort
of collision between membranes as explained by M-Theory.
Whether any of those are right, or not, is another question. And even if something did
create the universe, that doesn't mean it's necessarily your god.
Question 3: Why the design of creation is very complicated?
Indeed, why is that? If there were a god, and that god was truly all powerful, then
why did such an entity have to make such a large, expansive, and for the most part, empty
universe just for the existence of the human race?
Why is the universe so complex, when god could have just made the universe small and simple.
Indeed, god could have even made a universe in which there were no overall physical laws,
and, instead, he could pull all of those strings, what with him being omnipotent and all.
This question, at least to me, is a good argument against god, not for it.
Question 4: Whats the purpose of life? Aside from the biological and genetic imperitive
to procreate, there is no, ultimate 'higher' (as in, rational, intellectual, creative,
or simply, 'human') purpose to life.
Question 5: Why does humanity have a desire to worship someone?
I don't really think that humanity has a specific desire to worship someone, more, we have a
desire to know the world we live in, to answer questions, and such like.
God, or Gods were invented to explain how and/or why things happen, and since most of
those things are or were more powerful than we are, they're called god, or gods, and,
for the same reason, we would naturally tend to worship them, in the same way now, where
many people worship the rich, famous and powerful.
Question 6: Why we were given mind and intelligence? Again, this begs the question, making the
presumption that something gave us our mind and intellect in the first place.
Our mind and, by extension, our intelligence, is an emergent property of the brain.
As has been explained by many others, the Mind and Brain are one and the same. Any physiological
changes to the brain, say, brain damage, for example, changes the persons 'mind' as it
were, it can erase years of memory, it can change their personality.
Imbibing chemicals, even, changes 'the mind', drinking alcohol, for example, lowers inhibitions,
reduces the 'intelligence', can make some more, or less violent.
If the mind, and our intelligence were truly seperate from us, then they would not be affected
regardless of the physical state of the brain.
Question 7: Where does all of the incredibly complex information come from that is stored
within DNA? Based on a rudimentary google search, the
Human Genome is about 3 Gigabases long, which apparently translates to about 750 megabytes
of data (the source is in the side bar). This is far and away, lots of or incredibly
complex information. Furthermore, it's estimated that as much as
97% of our DNA is what's called 'Junk DNA', in that, it has no known use in describing
the cells that make us (however, they might have a use in making those cells).
That means that as little as 22.5Mb can be used to genetically describe a person.
To answer your question, evolution is where the information came from. Species develop
mutations beneficial to their survival, over time, a significant group of the species has
that trait, and then their decendents have other beneficial mutations, and over a sometimes
significant amount of time, an entirely new species is born, and a lot of 'new' information
is made.
Question 8: Why is there a good side in our nature?
If you're asking why we have 'morals', then the reason why is, because, humans are a social
species, it is beneficial for us to develop traits that support such.
We instinctually know not cause harm to others because we know that doing so is detrimental
to our survivability. Hence, over time, those who are more 'moral' as we'd call it, were
more likely to survive because they were more likely to hold a group together.
Since we're the decendents of those survivors, we'd more likely share the same psychological
Question 9: Are we responsible on our deeds? I don't believe that we have free will, for
the most part, I'm rather deterministic, though, of course, since I accept quantum physics,
I also accept that things aren't as rigid as determinism would allow.
Even so, we are all responsible for our deeds. Put it another way, is it the bullet that's
responsible for killing a person, or the person holding the gun?
I'd argue that it's both.
Question 10: Who created the cause? Once again, this begs the question.
It could quite easily have been a what instead of a who, for example, if there were a universe
making machine there'd be no place for a who. Likewise, if the colliding membranes of M-Theory
is correct, there'd not be a who, but a what.
Even if there was a who, that created 'the first cause', that just shifts the question
back a step. As in, who or what created the thing that
created the first cause? And again, even if there was a creator, that
does not mean that this creator is your god, or even that it's a god at all.
Anyway, those are the questions I hope this sufficiently answered your questions, and,
I'll talk to you later youtube.