There were dinosaurs in Noah's Ark

No,  no. Of course there were no dinosaurs in Noah’s Ark, but we’ll get to that.

I find it irritating interesting that Religious Fundamentalists attempt to discredit science and put forth the Bible as absolute fact, as if the Bible were a History book instead of a piece of bull*** literature, which is what it really is.

They even go as far as to make up numbers and events, and depict them as if they were facts to feed the children with,  like this website that could possibly increase your blood pressure and make your brain explode. They actually say that there were some dinosaurs in said ark… somehow. No, I’m not kidding.

I know, right?

Some of the narratives found in the bible are just that, boring narratives, but for far fetched stories, Noah’s Ark and the biblical flood is by far one of the most implausible. Well, putting aside the rising-from-the-death stories, that is. Okay, that’s material for another post.

Let’s analyze these facts:

According to the Bible, “The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.”  The Egyptian cubit, which Genesis’ author Moses would have been familiar with, is just over 20 inches. Using this, the Ark would have measured a little over 500 feet long, 84 feet wide and 50 feet tall.  This is smaller than an average Cruise ship.

Since, according to the Fundamentalists, there are no new species here on Earth since the flood, it would have had to shelter over 10,980 mammals, not including humans or marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, over 16,450 reptiles, over 13,190 amphibians, over 20,000 birds, and over 1,800,000 insects, if he marched them in two by two as told by the Bible. So, the size of the Ark itself when compared to its cargo just doesn’t add up. Do we even need to go through the amount of food needed to feed so many creatures for a 40 day ‘cruise’?  The numbers may vary a little bit depending on the different sources (so these are kinda ballpark figures, as there isn’t a consensus on the number of species), but not as much as to make this story any less absurd.

Since the Bible states that “the Mountains were covered”, it is safe to assume that the water rose at least 5,000 feet. In order to do this in 40 full 24 hour periods, it would have to rain 5.2 feet an hour! That’s over an inch per minute, every minute for every hour for 40 full days. Now this is based on 5,000 feet of flooding, but if we take the Bible absolutely literally, then the water covered all of the mountains, including Everest at 29,029 feet which would be over 30 feet of rain an hour! So, the amount of rain needed to flood the Earth in only 40 days and 40 nights, not even close to possible!

Since with the exception of humans, waterborne mammals and fish, only two of each species survived, the lack of genetic diversity would have spelled the doom for every species on the Ark, yet the world is full of life today. There’s a good reason you are not allowed to procreate with your sibling(s), and it’s not just a moral reason! This applies to almost all species, not just humans.

Marsupials are only found in Australia, Penguins are only found in Antartica, Polar bears are only found in the Artic Circle, all places that Noah never even heard of, so how did he collect these species and then put them back in their respective environments?

The answer is simple — he didn’t. The entire story is pure nonsense. So if you can believe the Biblical Flood actually happened, and there was in fact such a ship, why not throw in a few dinosaurs too, right?

If this one story from the inerrant ‘Word of God’ is false, who is to say which parts are true and which parts are not?

The bible is a work of men, thus it is just as flawed as its authors.

Astronomy Picture of the Day | A rose made of galaxies

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.


Don't hide behind the black hole!

Ok, no, that’s not the title of this video, but I think it’s pretty funny and totally related to the topic.

The universe is noisy. There, that’s more appropriate.

We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack — a sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space. (Black holes, for instance, bang on spacetime like a drum.) An accessible and mind-expanding soundwalk through the universe.

Pasted Praise

This “parable against persecution” was a favorite of Benjamin Franklin, who would sometimes pretend to recite it out of a Bible as “the 51st chapter of Genesis.” He wrote that “the remarks of the Scripturians upon it … were sometimes very diverting”:

1. And it came to pass after these things, that Abraham sat in the door of his tent, about the going down of the sun.

2. And behold a man, bowed with age, came from the way of the wilderness, leaning on a staff.

3. And Abraham arose and met him, and said unto him, ‘Turn in, I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night, and thou shalt arise early on the morrow, and go on thy way.’

4. But the man said, ‘Nay, for I will abide under this tree.’

5. And Abraham pressed him greatly; so he turned, and they went into the tent; and Abraham baked unleavened bread, and they did eat.

6. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, ‘Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, creator of heaven and earth?’

7. And the man answered and said, ‘I do not worship the God thou speakest of; neither do I call upon his name; for I have made to myself a God, which abideth alway in mine house, and provideth me with all things.’

8. And Abraham’s zeal was kindled against the man; and he arose, and fell upon him, and drove him forth with blows into the wilderness.

9. And at midnight God called unto Abraham, saying, ‘Abraham, where is the stranger?’

10. And Abraham answered and said, ‘Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name; therefore have I driven him out from before my face into the wilderness.’

11. And God said, ‘Have I borne with him these hundred ninety and eight years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me; and couldst not thou, that art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night?’

12. And Abraham said, ‘Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot against his servant; lo, I have sinned; forgive me, I pray thee.’

13. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him, and returned with him to his tent; and when he had entreated him kindly, he sent him away on the morrow with gifts.

14. And God spake again unto Abraham, saying, ‘For this thy sin shall thy seed be afflicted four hundred years in a strange land;

15. ‘But for thy repentance will I deliver them; and they shall come forth with power, and with gladness of heart, and with much substance.’

(In reality it’s thought to have originated with the Persian poet Saadi.)