Thursday, February 01, 2007

Apathy Jack writes:

Olthwaite, did you know about this? Someone tell Litterick.

Now the only argument is which one of you gets to wear it on your chest and become Captain Atheist!

Contest for Brain Stab readers: What would Captain Atheist's youthful sidekick be called?

19 comments:

Hewligan said...

"Beagle, the Boy Evolutionary Biologist"

HORansome said...

If there is one thing I dislike more than a theist then it is an atheist. I mean really; people act as if atheism is the default position on these matters when its quite clearly agnosticism. Give me Capt'n Agnostic; he'll whack the crap out of Mr. Atheism and Father Theism.

RSJS said...

To blazes with Cap'n Agnostic, he has no faith...

I think the soon-to-be-sodomised sidekick should be "Spaghetti Boy, the flying noodle". And his wonder-dog, Darwin.

Or how about "Unproven Theory Lad"?

Anonymous said...

Sure, Agnosticism is the most logically defensible position, but Atheism is just so much fun :)

A youthful sidekick, you say?
How about the decrepit 'Fossil' Attenborough, a man whose advanced years are -inexplicably- completely incomprehensible to Captain Atheist's foes, who perceive him as sprightly and earnest.

Josh said...

Cap'n Atheist and his mysterious companion, The Panda's Thumb! I can see the costume now and it is The Future.

That's a fucking awful atheist logo, though. We need competition - who's seen the Richard Dawkins/Buck Rogers episode of South Park?

That Morthos Stare said...

Deism is much more fun than Atheism; atheists and theists have no idea how to respond to deist claims. Hours of fun. Hours and hours and hours.

Of course, being hit in the face hurts quite a lot.

Hewligan said...

Bah, agnosticism. Just indecisiveness, if you ask me.

HORansome said...

It's only indecisiveness if you have good grounds for deciding either way, which in the atheism/theism debate you don't.

Hewligan said...

Depends on what you call good grounds.

If you mean somehow absolutely proving the existence or lack thereof or God, then you'd have a point - but that's a pretty awkward philosophy to go through life on.

If, on the other hand, you consider that, based on the available evidence, one possibility is as absurdly unlikely as the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, then not only should you call it, but it's pretty obvious which way to go.

Still, I'm sure that won't stop any of the theists out there from clutching at the straw that says: "You can't actually prove the non-existence of God."

HORansome said...

Gentlemen, that's what we call a False Dilemma and a Strawman Argument all rolled into one. Well done, Mr. Hewligan. Fallacy College awaits your application.

Hewligan said...

And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids.

Blair said...

An atheist superhero? Isn't that quite literally a contradiction in terms? Just saying...

Josh said...

Where's the contradiction? Are you saying all superheroes get their powers from Jesus? Hell, the X-Men are all about evolution - how secular is that?

Hewligan said...

I'm not sure Blair doesn't have a point.

I mean, the whole superhero deal is very [i]American[/i]. And they are a coountry that seems to be very much about the whole God thing. I mean, I certainly can't think of a superhero that was explicitly an atheist well, except for The Question, who was an Objectivist (and by implication an atheist) superhero.

Even amongst the X-Mean - at one point Nightcrawler became a priest, and others amongst them were quite devout Christians.

Maybe the iea of an atheist superhero is a contradiction in terms. I'm not saying it's definitely that way, I'm just saying I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

HORansome said...

No, you are missing the point entirely. Superheroes aren't solely, by definition, supernatural entities (in fact, most of them are preternatural) and even if they are supernatural entities, the supernatural doesn't imply the existence of a god (or gods) it just implies the existence of another level of nature (to whit, supernature).

HORansome said...

On second thoughts, make my claim 'most' into 'many.' I don't really read all that much superhero stuff and so am probably wrong on that inductive inference.

Hewligan said...

Nah, you were definitely right the first time. The overwhelming majority of superheroes would be preternatural. Very few of them are supernatural.

Paul said...

I am sorry I could not get here earlier, but I was busy fighting whirling dervishes in Turkmenistan.

I for one think it perfectly logical to be an Atheist superhero. Folk like Batman are no different from the rest of us, except they have a grudge and lots of money to spend on cool gadgets. The superheroes with preternatural powers, such as Spiderman, usually got them from accidents with nuclear power; as the American Atheists remind us, Atoms are our friends; but we should play with them carefully.

Eric Olthwaite said...

Paul's wearing it. I'm not touching it, I'll look like Tom cruise. Since elder Paul will be "Captain Atheist" I guess I will be "his youthful sidekick Eric Olthwaite".

And no-one better make a gay analogy just because Robin was gay.It looks like the atheistmobile will have to be a green 1995 Toyota Corolla.