Archive for March, 2010
Recently the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, writer of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene and The Greatest Show on Earth, has been in Australia. Last Monday night he was on the ABC program Q and A, with a number of Australian guests (some more intelligent then others) each with religious faith of some kind. While Dawkins spoke with his usual skill and intelligence, there were many things he said that irked me, especially when he stated that faith had no positive psychological effects. But I’ll ignore most of these for the time being to focus on a moment when Dawkins revealed just how little about spirituality he actually knows. It starts at about 2:30 in this clip:
Here’s the transcript of what was said:
JACQUELINE NINIO: There’s an amazing Jewish philosopher who said the second you start to define God, you already limit God. God is un-understandable in some ways by humanity and so the second we try and grapple with it, we’re already limiting what God is. I think that there’s an unfolding understanding of God as you change and as the world changes and all we can do as human beings is to approach it from where we are and from our understanding and what we know in that moment.
TONY JONES: Now, before we come to our questioner down the front who had his hand up, Richard, do you regard that as just clever sophistry?
RICHARD DAWKINS: I was wondering what on earth it meant, I must say.
I wish Jacqueline Ninio, a Rabbi, wasn’t so easily intimidated by Dawkins and didn’t back down from what she said, since it was such a clear elucidation of what gaining an understanding of God is all about. The key statement Ninio says here is “The second you start to define God, you limit God”. This key point appears to have gone over the head of Dawkins, who nevertheless speaks as though he has a full understanding of religion.
I talked yesterday about edge researchers losing track of real evidence and believing in falsities. When it comes to investigating something like 2012, it’s hard to sort the garbage from the gold. One of the biggest fabrications comes in the form of Planet X, aka Nibiru, an asteroid or brown dwarf star five times the size of Earth that will hit on December 21, 2012.
Forgetting About Evidence
There are many internet forums discussing the nature of Planet X, but absolutely no real evidence available. This leads us to the question: Why do people still believe it?
The following can be guaranteed as true:
- No serious scientist has claimed that Planet X is real
- Many scientists claim that Planet X is a complete hoax
- Mayan predictions may indicate a massive event in 2012, but they do not predict the end of the world.
- Mayan descendants have stated the idea of 2012 being doomsday is ludicrous. They predict an age of enlightenment, not total destruction.
So both mainstream scientists and Mayan researchers say Planet X is a lie. Yet so many people have jumped on the Planet X bandwagon.
There is something strange that happens to allow people to believe in something like Planet X, and many other bizarre conspiracy theories. And yet, it remains a popular topic of discussion.
**UPDATE** Benjamin Fulford has made a response to the following article. It’s posted in full below.
There’s a danger anyone who looks into what I call “edge research” (Global conspiracies, UFO encounters, 2012 and the like) exposes themselves to. I’m not talking about anything otherworldly, but the more human problem of simply believing in things that are not true. When we acknowledge mainstream science and journalism are missing important details of the world (and speaking purely personally, there’s no doubt of that), there’s a risk of the floodgates opening, and our minds getting bombarded by a whole lot of misleading, false information that turns our critical minds into mush.
Investigating Benjamin Fulford
I remember first visiting the Project Camelot website and watching some of their interviews. One was with Benjamin Fulford, who was actually a former writer at Forbes magazine. He went from writing articles on the Japanese economy to far more bizarre news items involving the Illuminati, secret societies and those who rule the planet. The thing was that despite the bizarreness of what he was saying, Fulford could really speak well and seemed to know what he was talking about. So at first I was open-minded, and considered that what he said could be true.
Then I took a look at some of the other material he has on the net. Oh boy. One of Fulford’s claims to fame in the edge research world is his interview with David Rockefeller, who’s often cited by edge researchers as the leader of the Illuminati, a shape shifting reptilian and someone vying for world domination. In this interview, the seemingly intelligent Fulford of the Project Camelot interviews was gone. Now Fulford was manic, childish and generally impossible to take seriously. You can watch a bit of this “interview” here. The strange editing is the work of Fulford himself.
Beyond his strange way of acting, the claims he makes in his work are easy for the most casual of investigators to disprove, as so much of Fulford’s writing predicts extraordinary events occurring in the near future. He believed the entire American economy would crash on September 30th, 2009, and here’s something from one of his websites while Bush was still in office:
“If the sources are to be believed, U.S. President George Bush’s government will resign, before his term expires, and will be replaced by an interim regime headed by Al Gore. This will start a 2-3 year transition period during which suppressed technology, such as free energy, will be released and a new system for running the planet will be implemented, according to these two sources. “They [The illuminati] know their rule is ending but they do not want it to end in an ugly way,” the security police source says.” More >
While no one is certain what actual events will occur in 2012 (if any) there is a general consensus that it will involve a shift in consciousness. So what do we mean when we say this? Essentially, it’s about a change in the way we see the world, the way we perceive reality. So let’s forget about the possible physical effects of 2012, which could be argued to be revealing themselves in global warming and increased levels of natural disasters, and look at the psychic impacts that have begun to take hold.
Is 2012 happening now?
Let’s look at the evidence. Consider how our outlook in life, our consciousness, has changed over the last twenty or so years:
- The rise of the Internet: With the internet, you can now find the news you want, listen to the music you want, watch the movies you want and read the books you want. This in turn has caused…
- The development of niches: Consider the popularity of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Elvis Presley. Can you imagine a group or musician having that kind of success today? It’s impossible to get that many people to like one thing. Now if you like rock music, you might like metal or hardcore or punk. If you just like metal, you might only like thrash metal or speed metal, and on and on.
- Increased polarization of communities: Thanks to the media, we’re finding more and more reasons why we’re different from other people. The rich hate the poor, the whites hate the blacks, the Jews hate the Muslims and neighbours hate each other. The idea of something like a town hall meeting, or an idea of a coherent community in a local area seems quaint and almost laughable. The closest idea of community comes only from the internet, and even then it’s a pale mimic of what actual cultural interaction should be.