White Coat Black Hat

English: Adderall

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I really enjoyed White Coat Black Hat.  It is a subtle reminder of why doctors prescribe certain medications and how they are manipulated by drug companies.

Scary insight into the way pharmaceutical companies market drugs.  From “Guinea Pigs” in foreign countries to right here in America, Big Pharma takes broad steps to test their drugs.  They “hire” thought leaders and physicians to ghost write favorable articles for publication in known medical journals.  They even create new journals to specifically publish the articles.  Pharma pays a lot of money to hire news that gets their drugs to market under patent so they can amass fortunes.  When lawsuits over the way the drugs got to market are finally resolved, the payout is minuscule as compared to the profit from the drugs.  That in combination to the health risks and failures that are related to the marketed drug.

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Tragedy Notwithstanding

Tim, a lot to respond to here. I will get back to you in more detail. Keep ‘em coming.

I suppose, like any good defense lawyer, you can try  to “poke holes” (claim inconsistencies, whatever) in the biblical account. But isn’t the slight inconsistencies what makes true factual testimony truthful? It would be far more suspicious of any accounts that detail everything in exact same detail. Like someone who sees different sides of a coin, they are describing what they saw. One saw “an angel” while another saw two angels. One described this, while the other described that because that is where his attention was focused. It is not a fatal inconsistency unless it is a material and direct contradiction (John said Jesus was crucified on the cross; Islam says they got Judas instead—do I need to point out which is more believable?? Especially since Mohammed wasn’t there and John was). What tools do you use to determine truth?? The same ones you tell a juror to use at trial.  Was the person in a position to observe and report what he saw? Is the Bible internally consistent. Is it externally consistent? Are their hostile sources that corroborate the biblical narrative? (e.g. the Babylonian Talmud says Jesus was a miracle worker but that he did miracles through deception and sorcery!! But it admits the miracles as undeniable.

Look, no amount of evidence is ever going to be good enough for those who view it with a jaundiced eye. I submit, that you have been far more effected by your tragedy than you can readily admit.

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Which Set of Beliefs?

Hi Tim….having read your passionate reply to Dan it occurred to me that our conflict is not with God, for on this we agree, he’s just not “here”…

the conflict is against those who purport to speak for god, be they clergy or learned seculars such as Dan…it all starts too with “definition”…before we can critique the words of the believer we must be clear of which (what?) deity they speak of…is it the involved deity of the three “great religions”…the spiritual source of life shared in Eastern thought…the long discredited gods of ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome

“definition” is very important…when Michelle Bachman jokes of god’s wrath emanating itself in the form of earthquakes and hurricanes, may we not question god’s manipulation of earth’s natural processes…do such questions challenge god’s existence or Bachman’s intelligence?…when Episcopal bishop’s debate god’s blessings of same-sex marriage, may we not question the conflicts contained in scripture?…do such questions challenge the existence of god or the individual “beliefs” of the bishops who impose those beliefs on their flock…

we waste our time trying to prove or disprove god’s existence, that battle cannot be won, or lost for that matter…but neither does it have any practical effect for our lives or those of our children, or grandchildren, in mine & Dan’s case…

what we must do is continue to challenge the “certainty of belief”…the notion that “law” comes from above, from the supernatural…that such “law” can be imposed on us by those who “possess the truth”…this questioning has moved the advance of civilization…this questioning has defeated the earth centered universe, witch burnings, blue laws…and it will continue to make way for a woman’s right to chose, a gay’s right to marry and humanity’s right to unimpeded stem cell research

superstitions come and go, just ask the priests of Egypt, of Greece, of Rome…some last longer than others, but most are steeped in the past…the world view of the “non-believer” is the future…it has always been…

Lou Siracusano

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Is Absence of Proof Proof of Absence? 1

Dialogue between Tim & Dan August 2011

Tim,

Of course God is “capable of making himself known.” Would you not agree that this is vastly different form “choosing to make himself known?” Why did God appear to Paul on the road to Damascus and not appear to Pontius Pilate? Pilate died in his sins, while Paul, a murderer of Christians gets a full pardon and becomes a “chosen vessel of the Lord.” God does as God sees fit and for his own purposes, as any earthly king would do only on a higher level. Let God be God. He is vastly more intelligent than all of us combined.

Point is, God’s ways are too high for us to comprehend. I could worship none other. Why would you?

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).”

I am not offended at all by your tone. I am here to try to point people to God. You cannot deny, however, the bitterness in your heart over what you have experienced–it is so obvious, like a juror that would be excused for cause–wine or no wine. I don’t pretend to know what you have experienced is like, my friend. But when difficulties in life arise (“in this world you will have trouble, ” said Jesus) why not run TO GOD rather than away from God??

Whatever you have experienced, whatever the bitter disappointments of life, God is good. Not only that but he makes all things right in his time. Why not position your selves on the right side of that instead of railing against God, a fight you cannot win? That is what the devil does except he has no choice; repentance is not available to him. But to us, it is freely given. God beckons you to come into the light. Why live in the darkness of your bitterness, nursing your misery?

As bad as it was to experience what many do experience in this life: loss of loved ones, painful diseases, financial disasters, broken promises, etc, is it not better to believe God’s promises that he will remake the world and right every wrong? Don’t you want to see your child again?

These are all things to consider, bro.

What you call “God’s games” may be nothing but your particular take on it, a lie of the devil which you bought, meant to keep you in the bondage of bitterness and sin. Try to see it in a different light. Open your heart to God and stop blaming him.

On Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM, Tim Titolo wrote:

Dan

I respectfully disagree.  The God you are speaking of is capable of making himself known to us.  Why would he play this game of giving his creation too little to really know him?  The premise that he is so much greater than us I understand.  He certainly must be.  But to hide himself from us based on the rouse that we must accept him on “faith” is a little too much for me to accept.  I would not want my children to accept me having never met me or having me TALK to them.  Children deserve to know their parents and God wants to experiment with us (according to your view) to see if we will abide in non-intelligence when it comes to him.  Why?  I know that you feel he does not owe me and explanation.  But I think a loving and caring father (God) would not play these games.  You are satisfied playing them.  I am not.

And far too often “God” plays these games with completely unimaginable suffering that we are supposed to somehow muddle through and give him GLORY for.  Why?  At least answer Job’s question instead of taking a pompous attitude of Greatness as an answer.  I want there to be a God but he hides himself to well for me to accept the premise that I should abandon my intellect to follow him.  So until he shows me, yea proves to me that he is GOD, I feel more comfortable in believing “shit happens” God or no God.  And it does.

Pray all you want, my son died 17 years ago.  Pray as you will, God’s VOICE is never heard.  Feeling shit in my “heart,” which is not where you feel it since it is in your brain, is not good enough for me.  It is for you for you since have succumbed to the numbing faith God COMMANDS of you.  Believe all you want and you make nothing of an argument since you rely on the very sources I doubt and can prove are contradictory.  God, a good God, would understand my limitations and help me through them.  This he has never done.  Only those schooled in religion as youths can discount the logic of believing in a GOD that won’t and has never showed himself.

Don’t you think the jews are foolish believing in the myths they perpetuate.  Or how about the Mormons and their God?  As Lou and I have been discussing, Who speaks for God?  YOU?  If that is true then please let me come and live in grace in your house.  Problem is I do not believe you or anyone speaks for God except God and he is…well just not here.

Be well my brother and please write again.

Timothy R. Titolo

Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2011 7:42 PM

To: Tim Titolo
Subject: Re: Absence of Proof, Proof of absence?

Tim

You have based all of your rejection of God on this very flawed argument:
” I revert to my hope that God would not want his creation, men and women, to blindly believe in something they cannot verify with the intelligence he gave them or the science he allowed folks like Galileo to reach life-changing conclusions about.  Our menial brain (on some other level because the brain is one of the most fascinating aspects of life – without it these conversations would make no sense and we would not be having them; while we ran around in loin cloth looking for food, shelter and, probably, woman.) “

Essentially, you have come to the conclusion, that for you to accept God, that you would think that God is required to reveal himself in a way to you that is 1) to you liking, 2) completely understandable and rational and 3) specific to you in such a way that you would be able to understand him. Your assumption is that because he gave you some intelligence that God is required to reduce himself to your (man’s) level so that you can completely grasp him and interact with him without any mystery or “lack of verification.” God is somehow required to VERIFY (your word) himself to you. OK, I get it.

I am sorry that I cannot meet those criteria in our discussions. I just ask you to question your own premise.

Most heresies start with the assumption or the falsehood that God is less than he really is or is in some way obligated to do such and such. I think if you step back and consider God to be some infinitely vast and powerful super-being that boggles the mind and is limitless in every way that you may have a better chance at seeing how silly it is to impose ANY of our value judgements on him.

I don’t think I could respect or worship a “god” that was so easily predictable and quantifiable. Neither could you, if you really think about it.

On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Tim Titolo  wrote:

Hi Dan

I read the piece from you friend about student Einstein.  The point, I got, is that scientific dualistic perspective blinds scientists/atheists from asking the right question?  It is funny because I was just having a though about that last night.  I get my epiphanies in the shower, on the toilet, and in early morning hours walking the dog (places the stress of the legal word is off-limits).  Here is a statement I would like your commentary on:

The absence of proof is not proof of absence.  I know this is not an original thought, though having an original thought would be novel  (Ecclesiastes).  But a believer has no proof, as your Einstein email articulates, of God, Jesus, etc.  All he has is faith.  And faith is belief in the unseen.  I revert to my hope that God would not want his creation, men and women, to blindly believe in something they cannot verify with the intelligence he gave them or the science he allowed folks like Galileo to reach life-changing conclusions about.  Our menial brain (on some other level because the brain is one of the most fascinating aspects of life – without it these conversations would make no sense and we would not be having them; while we ran around in loin cloth looking for food, shelter and, probably, woman.)

So is the absence of proof (replaced by faith) proof of the absence of God?  Somewhat.   You have to admit, it gets closer than you would like it to.  God gave us logic – you agree?  God gave us penicillin – agree?  Should we discriminate between God’s gifts to accept and practice?  Are Christian Scientists rational when they forego medical treatment in favor of prayer?  It is logical that man wants and even needs immortality.  The religious structures of the world see the afterlife utilizing faith, not reason and logic.  But wait – remember I am not an atheist.

But I did have a very personal experience at the age of 8 (and this is kind of private so do not disseminate).  Age 8, I think young age qualifies in Judaic and Christian faiths to be too young to be accountable.  (Bring the little children unto me)  At that age I went to Sunday School and Church everyday – Pentecostal Assembly of God.  I was nearly killed in truck versus car crash.  I was the front seat passenger in the car, went through the windshield and scraped along pavement for 30 yards on the left side of my face.  My only recollection was being awake briefly (seconds) after traveling 30 years on my face and feeling like I had a 1000 knives in me (today I have scars where the glass embedded itself into me.)  I spent the next 2 weeks in a coma.  Death was probable, walking not likely (my whole left side was paralyzed for months.)  I remember coming to a few times, not knowing I was in a hospital bed, how I got there, or if I would ever see my parents again.  I clearly remember that fear and empty threats I made to the hospital staff, “the bad guys,” of my eventual escape.  I remember once almost making it over the crib-like-barred railing in my escape attempt before a nurse grabbed and put me back.  Next they put what Looked to me like a fish net over the top so I could not climb out.  Suffice it to say when I was lucid I terrified.  I was in and out of consciousness for 2 weeks after being unconscious for two weeks.  I had no visions of a tunnel, previously deceased family, friends, Jesus, a bright light, or any of the things that go with near-death experience.  Did not happen – now I get a pass to heaven for only being 8, plus I was as good a Christian boy as one could be, albeit with flaws. But I believed Jesus died for my sins and that I was saved.

Why did I get no proof, evidence, personal experience of God?  Even after that experience, I returned to the 3rd grade and suppose the rest of my elementary teachers knew about my accident.  Neurology was in the cave man stage in 1970.   My coordination on the left side on body slowly returned – I play guitar – YEA!  I excelled at all school subjects – save math.  I stood out as one of, if not the smartest kid in elementary and junior high school.  Was that a response to the prayer everyone was doing for me in rehabilitation?   Was that God saying, “I see you my child, and like Job I will restore you to better that your previous station in life?  I would LIKE to think so, but frankly just do not.

Is the absence of proof (of faith) proof of the absence of God?  Jury is out on that as far as I am concerned.  Theodicy and suffering while living in the earthly garden of Eden, now corrupted and looking more and more like a landfill, with all the misery that exists so randomly in the world, pushes the human brain (Heart, Soul) toward confabulating a faith concept that helps justify the local, national, global and personal affairs of the population.  Are we “hardwired” to have faith – is that God’s gift of salvation?  We are the most evolved being (frontal lobe wise).  Why and what are our responsibilities, if any, to lower forms of life?  And what is another more advanced form comes from within the universe to earth.  How would that affect our understanding of things like truth and knowledge?

Well enough for now – I meant to give a 3 sentence response and look what happened.

Timothy R. Titolo

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Bones of Barbary Coast

This is the third book in the series by Daniel Hecht.  The first and second, City of Masks and Land of Echoes introduced Creitia Black – Cree – a paranormal investigator with certain special qualities that enable her to sense oddities of nature.

The Bones of Barbary Coast occurs in San Francisco where Uncle Bert, a retiring detective, is trying to solve one last big crime surrounding the bones found in a house being refurbished by new owners.  The bones are strange and reveal a misshapen creature with werewolf characteristics.  He calls in Cree for assistance.

The story jumps from present date to the 1800s and back to serve up the plot of how the bones came to be in the house and what the creature of the bones was.  The date skipping is interesting.  Hecht provides adequate detail and character development to create likable protagonists and antagonist.  The only thing is that you really do not know who is the protagonist until the end.  Even then it is not clear.

Hecht ends his books with adequate mystique and then continues a few chapters to tie up loose ends and leave the reader satisfied with the state of things.

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Absence of Proof is Not Proof of Absence

Absence of Proof is Not Proof of Absence

Hi Dan

I read the piece from you friend about student Einstein.  The point, I got, is that scientific dualistic perspective blinds scientists/atheists from asking the right question?  It is funny because I was just having a though about that last night.  I get epiphanies in early morning hours walking the dog (places the stress of the legal word is off-limits).

Here is a statement I would like your commentary on: The absence of proof is not proof of absence.

I know this is not an original thought, though having an original thought would be novel  (Ecclesiastes).  But a believer has no proof, as your Einstein-email articulates, of God, Jesus, etc.  All he has is faith.  And faith is belief in the unseen.  I revert to my
hope that God would not want his creation, men and women, to blindly believe in
something they cannot verify with the intelligence he gave them or the science
he allowed folks like Galileo to reach life-changing conclusions about.  Our menial brain (on some other level because the brain is one of the most fascinating aspects of life – without it these conversations would make no sense and we would not be having them; while we ran around in loin cloth looking for food, shelter and, probably, woman.)

So is the absence of proof (replaced by faith) proof of the absence of God?  Somewhat.
You have to admit, it gets closer than you would like it to.  God gave us logic – you agree?  God gave us penicillin – agree?  Should we discriminate which of God’s gifts to accept and practice?  Are Christian Scientists rational when they forego medical treatment in favor of prayer?  It is logical that man wants and even needs immortality.  The religious structures of the world see the afterlife utilizing faith, not reason and logic.

But wait – remember I am not an atheist.  I am agnostic.

I had a very personal experience at the age of 8.  Age 8, I think ‘young age” qualifies in Judaical and Christian faiths to be too young to be accountable.  (Bring the little children unto me)  At that age I went to Sunday School and Church every week – Pentecostal Assembly of God.

I was nearly killed in truck versus car crash.  I was in the front passenger seat  in the car,
went through the windshield and scraped along pavement for 30 yards on the left
side of my face.  My only recollection was being awake briefly (seconds) after traveling 30 years on my face and feeling like I had a 1000 knives in me (today I have scars where the glass I went through embedded itself into me.)  I spent the next 2 weeks in a coma.  Death was probable, walking not likely (my whole left side was paralyzed for months.)  I remember coming to a few times, not knowing I was in a hospital bed, how I got there, or if I would ever see my parents again.  I clearly remember that fear and
empty threats I made to the hospital staff, “the bad guys,” of my eventual
“escape.”  I remember once almost making it over the crib-like-barred railing in my escape attempt before a nurse grabbed me and put me back.  Next they put what looked to me like a fish net over the top so I could not climb out.  Suffice it to say; when I was lucid I was
terrified.

I was in and out of consciousness for 2 weeks after being unconscious for two weeks.  I had no visions of a tunnel, previously deceased family, friends, Jesus, a bright light, or any of the things that go with near-death experience.  Did not happen.  Now I get a pass to heaven for only being 8, plus I was as good a Christian boy as one could be, albeit with flaws. But I believed Jesus died for my sins and that I was saved.

Why did I get no proof, evidence, personal experience of God?  Even after that experience, I returned to the 3rd grade class late in the year.  I suppose the rest of
my elementary school teachers knew about my accident.  My parents and doctors were all monitoring my recovery and performance.  However neurology was in the cave man stage in 1970.   My coordination on the left side on body slowly returned – I learned how to play guitar and drums – YEA!  I excelled at all school subjects – save math.   I stood out as one of, if not the smartest kid in elementary and junior high school.

Was that a response to the prayer everyone was doing for me in rehabilitation?   Was that God saying, “I see you my child, and, like Job, I will restore you to better than your previous station in life?  I would LIKE to think so, but frankly just do not.

Is the absence of proof (of faith) proof of the absence of God?
Jury is still out on that as far as I am concerned.  Theodicy and suffering while living in the
earthly garden of Eden, now corrupted and looking more and more like a landfill,
with all the misery that exists so randomly in the world, pushes the human brain (“Heart,” “Soul”) toward confabulating a faith concept that helps justify the local, national, global and personal affairs of the population.  Are we “hardwired” to have faith – is that
God’s gift of salvation?  We are the most evolved being of the animal species (or God’s creation) frontal lobe wise.  Why and what are our responsibilities, if any, to lower forms of life?  And what if another more advanced form comes from out in the universe to earth?  How would that affect our understanding of things like truth and knowledge?

Well enough for now – I meant to
give a 3 sentence response and look what happened.

Tim Titolo

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Why Science Has A Problem With Religion

Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

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 Why Science Has A Problem With Religion“Let me explain the problem science has with  religion.”  Take 5 minutes and learn who the student was.The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one
of his new students to stand.
‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’
‘Yes sir,’ the student says.
‘So you believe in God?’
‘Absolutely ‘
‘Is God good?’
‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’
‘Yes’
‘Are you good or evil?’
‘The Bible says I’m evil.’
The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment.
‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can
cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’

‘Yes sir, I would.’
‘So you’re good…!’
‘I wouldn’t say that.’

‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most
of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does
he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to
Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?’

The student remains silent. ‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He
takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to
relax. ‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’

‘Er..yes,’ the student says.

‘Is Satan good?’

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one.. ‘No.’

‘Then where does Satan come from?’

The student falters. ‘From God’

‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this
world?’
‘Yes, sir.’

‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’

‘Yes’
‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that
our works define who we are, then God is evil.’
Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’

The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’

‘So who created them ?’

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.
‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’
he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’

The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’

‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’
‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

‘No, sir, I have not.’

‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have
you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’

‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

‘Yet you still believe in him?’

‘Yes’

‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn’t exist… What do you say to that, son?’
‘Nothing,’ the student replies.. ‘I only have my faith.’

‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has
with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own.
‘Professor, is there such thing as heat? ‘

‘ Yes.

‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

‘No sir, there isn’t.’

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room
suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. ‘You can have
lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white
heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We
can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any
further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be
able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is
susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes
a body or matter have or transmit energy.. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the
total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe
the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal
units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the
absence of it.

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.

‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t
darkness?’
‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing
light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called
darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality,
darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker,
wouldn’t you?’
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a
good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’

‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start
with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you
explain how?’

‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains.. ‘You
argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God.
You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’ ‘It uses electricity and
magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view
death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot
exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the
absence of it.’ ‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they
evolved from a monkey?’

‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of
course I do.’

‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where
the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot
even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching
your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has
subsided. ‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other
student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’ The student looks around
the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s
brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter. ‘Is there anyone here who has
ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or
smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so.. So, according
to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science
says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’ ‘So if science says
you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face
unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I
Guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’

‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’
the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’ Now
uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it Everyday.
It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in The multitude
of crime and violence everywhere in the world.. These manifestations are
nothing else but evil.’

To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does
not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.. It is just like
darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of
God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man
does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes
when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’

The professor sat down.

THE END – but read on

If you read it all the way through and had a smile on your face when you
finished, mail to your friends and family with the title ‘God vs. Science’

PS: The student was Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein wrote a book titled ‘God vs. Science’ in 1921…..

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