Spam: it makes you think (aka I need a break from abortion posts)

Today’s life lesson from the spam filter:

Testing proves the presence, not the absence, of bugs.

Thanks, erectile-dysfunction-drug-peddling bot.

It’s the reason the classic Internet theists vs. atheists argument will simply never end.  You can’t “prove” God doesn’t exist.  You can probably establish that it’s highly unlikely, but people who have faith aren’t much swayed by “but consider how IMPROBABLE the existence of God would be!”  Heck, it only encourages some of them.

The flip side was summed up rather expertly by Douglas Adams:

“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”

“But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don’t. Q.E.D.”

“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

But this is the Internet.  It wouldn’t be the same without the pointless screaming matches.*


*Feel free to read into this what you will.



  1. Ari

    So, on my blog round catchup, this one caught my eye, because usually I agree with everything you say. 🙂 I’m sure you were talking about the usual internet screaming matches that are oh-so-useless, but…

    Skeptics don’t need to prove any God can’t exist. If they’re in it for the facts, they just need to prove the world is inconsistent with a given belief. (For example, intercessionary prayer has been proven pretty rigorously to not work, so if God exists, he doesn’t answer the phone)

    If they’re in it for the deconversions, they just need to evangelise critical thinking and let the brain do the rest of the work from there. 🙂