Monthly Archives: October 2006

Student & Professor – A Conversation with sense

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of
His new students to stand and…..
Prof: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student : Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God
Didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student :Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student : No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student : From…God.. .
Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything.
Correct?
Student : Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student :Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?
Student : No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student : No , sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelled your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student : No sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness 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? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue
There is life and then there is 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?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelled it?…..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, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable. )

Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it, sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.
You know who this young man was?

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ALBERT EINSTEIN
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Tales from the Crypt

I’m now officially dead. And so from six feet under i’m going to relay to guys what happened in the last 24 hours of my “life”.

3:00PM I just came in from a get-together with my uncle in Morayta, Manila. I was supposed to meet Ralph there but my cellphone’s battery went off leaving me with nothing to contact Ralph with and so, i traipsed around Recto and Quiapo area alone for about an hour or so before finally relenting to my conscience that i better head back home to do the things that i have to do.

4:00 – 9:00pm after having snacks and lying low for a while, i got to do my laundry consisting of big bath towels, shirts, some shorts and some jackets. fate intervened and it rained for a while leaving me with no choice but to take a break. i resumed my laundry after the rain stopped around 6:30 and finally finished the shirts, shorts, and jackets around 9:00.

9:00 – 11:30 i had my dinner and since Nat sent me a message that she emailed me an MRF design, i crashed an internet cafe to download the said designs. i emailed them to my engineer friend who will be helping me with the technical study for our PA 143 feasibility study.

i slept until late 7am.

after waking up and doing my morning rituals. i slumped down on the computer chair and tried to pick up where i left off yesterday. but damn! the thesis files which i tirelessly worked on for the past few weeks cannot be read. (I originally worked on the laptop i borrowed from my uncle and saved all my working files on a dvd). my world crumbled.

it has been more than six hours since ground zero and i’m still dazed. the incident set me back by about a week and the semester is already ending around me.

so after having a new radical haircut, i plan to climb out of this hole i got myself into by trying to get a design for an mrf. but so far, no such luck. either its so complex that its not applicable to a Philippine barangay, it is just text.

so for posterity’s sake, here is a picture of me from below six feet.

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