Full transcript after the jump, thanks to Marilove!
Last year this time, I made a few videos addressing the most common emails I receive, mostly about my Blasphemy Challenge video, which was just a thirty second long clip of me saying I don’t believe in a Christian god.Â Kind of silly but for some reason it’s the most watched video on my channel I think, and has inspired the most ridiculous responses.
So, one video in particular, I address the problem of anecdotes.Â So many people write in hoping to convince me that their god is real by using anecdotes.
And I said look, it doesn’t work, here’s why: I can offer an anecdote in response, and nobody’s made any progress, no one has learned anything.
And in response to that, illusionistdave wrote:
It is logical that when my doctor said I had the worst case of staph and pneumonia in my blood he’d ever seen and that I might [sic] nightÂ live through the night much less the week that I should have died, and yet I did not and survived without ANY permanent damage. I’m not saying God did it, I’m saying you can’t always rely on logic.
Ok Dave, you see, what you just wrote, that’s an anecdote.Â You posted that right below the video where I say please don’t send me any anecdotes, because they don’t work.Â And, in particular, it’s a really bad anecdote.Â You’re trying to prove you shouldn’t rely on logic?
I mean, if you were going to tell an anecdote on that, it should be something like:Â It would be logical not to point a gun at my head and pull the trigger, in a game of Russian Roulette, but I’ve decided to do it anyway, and I pulled the trigger, and the bullet just barely missed my brain, and doctors performed surgery and saved my life, and at the same time they opened up my brain, and saw that there was a tumor was there.Â If I hadn’t shot my head then they might not have found the tumor, and therefore I’ve saved my own life, thanks to ignoring logic.
Now THAT! that would be a good anecdote against logic.Â That would be — well, not convincing, I wouldn’t say it would be convincing, because it would still be pretty stupid.Â But it would at least be a little closer to something that might be a little convincing.
But to say you almost died from a staph infection but you didn’t … I mean, you got lucky.Â There, that’s my explanation.Â You go lucky, like a lot of people.Â And it’s not even like you eschewed logic in order to survive.Â You just sat there.Â You just sat there and lived.Â Being illogical didn’t help you live.Â It just helped you post a ridiculous, stupid anecdote to my video.
So please, please people, learn from Dave and don’t post stupid anecdotes anymore.Â It’s not convincing and I’m just going to make fun of you.
Dave also wrote:
Also you jump to WAY too many conclusions about what Christians believe. Ever think it’s the general message one should pay attention to? That we need to abide by the golden rule, which is found in all major relgions with a little bit of different wording?Â Think about that.
Rebecca:Â Okay. I’ve thought about it.Â Great. The video didn’t have anything to do with that.Â I was addressing specific emails from people trying to save my soul.Â They weren’t e-mailing me about “the general message” — whatever that is.Â To them the general message is that I’m evil and going to hell, and that freaks them out.
The Golden Rule?Â It’s got its problems, it doesn’t really make sense.Â Technically I don’t want to be treated the way you want to be treated.Â Because for all I know, you like to incorporate, I don’t know, rabbits and large cucumbers into your sex life.Â Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, but it’s not really my thing so I’d prefer it if you didn’t help me out with that.
But I get your point, the message about loving and all that.Â I mean, that’s a great message, and if you ignore 90% of what’s in the bible, which is mostly just begatting and destruction and murder, then yeah, it’s a wonderful message.Â And I wish more people would give up dogma and give up their religion and just get down with the whole lovin’ everybody.Â Be a humanist.Â Being a humanist is cool:Â That means you like humans.Â You gotta like humans, and they are a good thing to believe in.Â Even if the evidence isn’t all there, even if it feels sometimes like most humans are posting stupid messages to your YouTube page, you can still have faith that they’ll be a little smarter next time, and will learn to think for themselves.
In fact, a new research study just came out, showing that a record number of people in the United States consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or just don’t ascribe to any religion at all.Â 25%!Â One out of four.Â That’s mega-cool.Â I really hope more people that continue that trend.Â And it is something that appears to be rising, because I think it was something like 16% for baby boomers, and less than 20% for generation X.Â 25% of people born after 1980 aren’t religious.Â Awesome!
So Dave, the point you were trying to make failed miserably, but good try.Â No … what am I saying.Â Dave, it was a terrible try.Â Try harder next time.Â Thanks.