Random stories

For three weeks I couldn’t run. My right knee had developed some pain that made walking a heavy task. No. I have not fallen recently. And when I fell the last time, it was my shoulder that took the hit, not my knees. Yesterday I ran for 4km and today I managed a 6km run and a 40 mile ride. So far the knee is not complaining.

I am yet to finish reading spillover. I think laziness caught up with me. But the question that lingers in my head is, with destruction of ecosystems and increased human and wildlife/animal interaction how will we cope with zoonotic diseases? How many of these viruses were accidentally created or released from a laboratory? What happens when a rogue agent takes control of a biosafety lab and releases its contents?

Are things back to normal where you are? Have the stay at home orders been lifted? Last I heard, the government has stopped bars and restaurants from selling alcohol but you can buy in the supermarket so it’s not all bad. I see some people in masks. Some don’t have.

It was a holiday here today. Eid, I think.

Have a pleasant weekend ahead.

Why do bicyclists insist on riding recreationally on roadways, risking their lives, when they could just as easily ride trails?

So here I was taking a walk through the Internet and found this question on quora. I guess this was asked by some one who thinks only cars have rights to public roads. I don’t even think it deserves a response.

Biking is a legitimate means of transport. Cyclists pay taxes that are used to build and maintain roads. Many times, cycling is efficient and quick way to get around. And if most drivers were not assholes, cycling would be the preferred option to get around.

And were asshole drivers like the one who asked this question more careful, cyclists would not be at risk.

Whereas some cyclists own cars, others don’t. To get to the trails, how would those without cars get there? Carry their bikes on their shoulders? Hire a cab?

Maybe assholes should not be on quora.

on moral philosophy

My ancestors didn’t leave behind a codified form of moral philosophy that we can quote like those works of individual philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and others I am too lazy to mention. But reading this article, it does seem to me that my ancestors were right. Sometimes I ask how could a few white men colonize my relatives? I think the grand parents owe us an explanation and an apology.

Happy week everyone

stories from the village

So I think my village physiotherapist did a better job on my many injuries following the accident than the physiotherapist who I paid loads in Nairobi did. In case you know anyone needing help with their joints following a fracture or a sprain, ask them to call me. I will get them help at less than 1/4 of the price they will pay anywhere.


My father thinks that my pace of 6.07min/km is slow and that he can run faster at his age. Consider me not amused ๐Ÿ™‚



If you thought 2020 was the worst year, then you have not heard of 536CE.

Have a great week, will ya.

Does science really disprove god

I know we are all tired of Covid19 news and or bike falls so we will do something different today. The author of this post says no but I want to argue that science doesn’t set out to prove or disprove god. The results from science studies only seem to make god unnecessary as a causative agent.

I want to begin by agreeing with the author that

None of the points Iโ€™ll make here is intended to provide absolute certainty; no amount of mere reasoning could do that โ€” whether for or against God

though I think this makes the case for god already weak from the beginning. For all that is claimed for god, the evidence for god should be such that there is little doubt of its existence. You know like the sun.

The author says next

[…]over the years Iโ€™ve gradually become more and more confident that belief in God best explains the most important aspects of our lives โ€” areas like science, morality, and meaning. Again, not 100 percent confidence, but much more than I think is warranted by the evidence for atheism.

and it is this evidence that we would want to consider in this post and see how it holds up. Maybe by the time we are done reading, Mary will be convinced to become a bible carrying, tithe paying evangelical :).

This

But hasnโ€™t science โ€” surely an impressive source for what we know โ€” shown that thereโ€™s no God, or at least that God is unlikely?

is a strawman.I don’t think this can be a scientific conclusion. Generally we know scientists to say their findings are provisional and can change depending on new evidence. Since there is no known way of studying existence of god (given gods belong to that class of beings that we only have claims of others for their existence) no scientist in their right mind would say my experiment proves there is no god.

Cosmologists have attempted to answer the question of how/where did the universe come to being and there answers I think, without a doubt, beat “and god said let there be“.

We are told, well science has explained much, but not given us ultimate answers. From the horse’s mouth pen

Suppose that all these theories are entirely true. Surely an all-powerful being like God could have made the universe using the very objects and workings described by these theories. If there were a God, he could have easily guided natural selection and made sure that there were the genetic variations needed for the right evolutionary paths. He also could have created an enormous number of universes by way of quantum fluctuations, making sure that at least one of these universes resulted in us. Thereโ€™s no necessary inconsistency between belief in God and our current scientific theories.

To which I respond that there is also no contradiction in arguing that the scientific explanations make god unnecessary.

At this point, I wonder why this author even set about to write this post. He writes,

These theories could never explain themselves, even in principle; thatโ€™s not in their job description. Scientific laws simply arenโ€™t in a position to answer โ€œWhy these laws?โ€ Moreover, our theories are about how the stuff of the universe behaves (whatever that stuff ultimately turns out to be), and not about the ultimate origin of the stuff itself.

which I think undermines the whole object of this thesis. If the conclusion is that science can’t tell us about the ultimate stuff, why then bother?

We are then asked

In any case, given all that we know today โ€” given what science has told us โ€” how can you be so confident about your atheism?

and my simple response is that all religions (that I am aware of) as far as I can tell have failed to demonstrate that their god is real, is necessary and that theirs is the right religion.

And finally Christianity and the bible make an appearance. I am surprised it took so long.

I wish I had more space and time (or spacetime) to discuss, but for now Iโ€™ll say this: the actual teachings and purpose of the Bible are more amenable to contemporary science than you might think.

Yeah. Like Jonah eating the fish, or the goats jumping over sticks and changing colour or Jesus walking on water. I know. I know. These are all compatible with the best science results we have from science. Who is to doubt.

And what good is an apologetics post with posing the question of meaning or morality?

One is the nature of morality. What would a purely human-grounded moral code imply for my everyday life if I took this idea seriously? Another is the meaning and purpose of life itself. Why get out of bed in the morning? Why choose the life goals I do, and why pursue the relationships I do, particularly if the universe and its contents (including us) are just going to end in what physicists call the โ€œheat deathโ€? And if this is the whole story, is that a problem?

Have a science-y day, won’t you?

 

What other corona viruses can tell us about covid19

Hope you friends have been well. There has been a dry spell of articles and posts this past week as your host was under the weather- a bad cold and bike injury. I seem to be getting better on both fronts.

I found this Article which I think is good.

They also say not to raise our hopes about a vaccine coming out soon. A safe vaccine is still months or years away.

Keep safe every one and have a pleasant weekend.