Facebook on science vs. religion

July 11, 2014 • 9:53 am

I didn’t realize that there was a site called “Lamebook,” which publishes funny things people put on Facebook. (I’m assuming it’s real, since they redact the names.)  And by “funny,” I mean unintentionally funny. Given the fact that this is America, and people are constantly spewing their merest thoughts into the ether, there’s bound to be some good stuff out there. (I participate minimally on Facebook, just for lack of time).

Reader Lauren sent me this funny exchange (the humor here is intentional) on a matter of our common interest:

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As Stephen Hawking said, “Science wins because it works.”

Which reminds me of a joke, one I’ve probably told before:

An American minister goes to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem and is astounded to see in one enclosure a lion and a lamb. Unable to contain himself, he rushes to the director’s office. “I must tell you how wonderful this is,” he exclaims. “Here we are in this violent, hate-filled land, yet I see, as the Biblical prophecy of Isaiah has it, a lion and a lamb lying down together. How do you do it?”

The director shrugs. “Easy. Every morning we toss in another lamb.”

21 thoughts on “Facebook on science vs. religion

    1. If Woody Allen jokes are still allowed there’s always the classic,
      ‘And the lion shall lie down with the lamb but the lamb won’t get much sleep.’

  1. “…working together?”


    The image I have in my mind is one person working diligently to complete a project while a second person lounges nearby, sipping a lemonade. When the first person, sweaty and tired, completes the project, the second person jumps up and shouts “we did it!”

    1. I imagine it more as the one person works diligently while the other prays for success, throws coins in the fountain and wishes, rubs ointment on themselves, wears lucky clothing, blesses the blueprints, chants a spell over their lunch, and sings uplifting songs. Then they jump up and shout “we did it!”

      1. No– more like the other person nags the scientist, tells the him what to do, gets upset at his findings, tells him he has left out important stuff (but not telling him what stuff), and tries to keep the findings from being taught accurately in schools, but THEN jumps up and down and says his faith is responsible for the rise of science and all its successes.

      2. Too faithful to the religious person’s actual behavior. They would wouldn’t get the joke; they’d say “exactly – look how I helped!”

        My reductio highlights the uselessness of all that baloney you listed.

  2. After posting, I decided to poke around a bit and see if they do post fake stuff on Lamebook. I found this: http://bustedlikeapiggybank.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/lamebook-fake/

    The first comment links to the screenshot that’s supposedly the original thread and it appears as though Lamebook actually changed one of the posts to make it funny. To save you time, in the last post in the thread, it appears she originally said “your anniversary” and Lamebook changed it to “our anniversary” to make it seem like she was saying she was disappointed to be in her current relationship. Not sure how valid this is or if it’s just a rare occurrence.

  3. The “I can has cheezburger” site has “lolcats” (Yes, I visit it regularly, especially when I need a cute kitty fix) and “Failbook” which posts the good, the bad and the stupid Facebook posts.
    It also has a “School of Fail” site which actually is not about schools or failures, but real neat science tidbits.

  4. There was a Nat. Geo. article last month about black holes. Here’s what one reader’s response was.
    Michael Finkel’s article was thought provoking. However, as a Christian, I felt that some of his ideas left me hanging. In the section about black holes being “basically time machines,” he writes “it’s possible that to give birth to a new universe you first need to take a bunch of matter from an existing universe, crunch it down, and seal it off.” For a mere “you” to do this of course would be impossible, but if the name of God, our Divine Creator, were entered into the article at this point science makes sense! The Bible does not contradict science but clarifies it.

    There you have it folks. Americans hard in thought.

    1. As they say on SLashdot,

      Americans hard of thought.

      FTFY(Fixed [That || Typo] For You)

    2. Don’t any of these people EVER stop to wonder why God would make black holes or even galaxies composed of billions and trillions of stars, about whose existence we weren’t even aware until after the 1920’s? I mean, it’s not like they were even used for “signs and wonders” if we didn’t know they existed for most of human history (or, if you prefer, 5,900 of the 6,000 years since the universe was created).
      Someone who could write that comment, while possibly science minded, thinks like a three year old who believes the whole world and everyone in it revolves around them – naive, self-centered and obliviously clueless.

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