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April fools: It’s Atheist Day! – Atheism Evolution

by | Mar 20, 2022

You know how Google has its daily doodle… Well, for no good reason, I was browsing through them, and April Fools popped up. So, as I was looking into the origins of this day, Atheist Day came up (I can’t believe that I didn’t have this date circled on my calendar). Anyways, I said to myself, there goes another internet hoax, kind of like the Nigerian diplomas scam… But no! There really is an Atheist Day (even if it did actually start as a hoax). When you think about it, it is pretty fitting for it to be on the same day as April Fools. 

To be fair, it is now celebrated on March 23rd, and they (atheists celebrating it) even have their own logo for it: a green painted contour. The green symbol is supposed to represent symmetry, peace, and harmony. Moreover, the zero look symbolizes the absence of the belief in God. To me, it just looks like a big hole, just like the holes found in their beliefs and theories.

The AAI (Atheist Alliance International) advances that Atheist Day is a day to celebrate reason and evidence above faith. What they lack to underline is that reason and evidence are flawed without proper interpretation, and selectively picking data and ignoring others. What is needed is needed is truth. So, let’s use evidence and reason to poke a few holes in Atheism.

Wait, we already did, a couple months back; but let’s keep doing it, but on a founding scientific principle of Atheism: Evolution. This “scientific” theory (and I do underline THEORY) in the cornerstone of negating the presence of a Creator (i.e. God). But before we get started, I’ll just put something forward: If I believe in creation, I cannot, without any doubt, disprove evolution as a mechanism. Just as someone who believes in evolution as a natural adaptation, cannot, without any doubt, disprove the presence of a Creator as a cause. However, we’ll be dismanteling the theory of evolution anyways.

And just before starting, I want to do this on a purely scientific side, not a philosophical side, but with science. And not just biology, because a lot of biologists overlook the chemical implications of DNA. And that is where the proof lies.

In any venture, time is key. Now let’s apply this to the development of the human being. If a bodily function does not develop at its due chronological state; the living being may not turn out so alive or at least not turn out to be the expected being. 

We know that there are chemical signals that induce or repress DNA expression and some of these signals only appear, or are activated, at a specific time in one’s life; puberty, for instance. 

Now, if we were to study DNA expression within a newly adolescent teen, we would find a stunning rise in DNA activity due to growth, sexual maturity, and hormonal production. Yet, puberty is only a side note when it comes to the development that goes on in the womb. 

For so long, it has been taught that most of your DNA is useless since it does not code for anything; junk DNA as it has been called. However, more and more, we discover that a lot of it (over 80%) has an essential role in regulation, reconnaissance, and defense. Where I am going with this is to find out what is DNA’s impact on timing? The single most important stage of development is in your mom’s belly. Therefore, it would only be logical that DNA expression would be at an all-time summit. And those same strands (maybe a good chunk of those strands) would only be useful for one specific, yet critical, time of one’s life. And even though that use is single, it remains nonetheless existential and an integral part of one’s genome to be passed from generation to generation. 

The ‘’how to study this’’ is way out of my league and it might involve great ethical questions if it comes to studies on the foetus. I know that there are studies done with amniotic liquid in predicting birth defects and the gender of the newborn just weeks into pregnancy. I just truly wish that this line of thinking would be pursued to find out the real extent of the information used within our DNA; not just leftover garbage of test-evolution. 

Now, as it goes for why we have a good percentage of our genetic makeup similar to other living creatures, that might be in part because of our bodily mechanisms and not only our traits. For instance, mammals have more in common with one another than with reptiles. Plus, the same kinds of organs work generally the same way in a similar environment; it is not like there are billions of ways to the function of a lung (regardless of a few differences). 

Another argument is that DNA is degenerate. What I mean is that there is a degeneration in the genetic code; meaning, there are sequences that code for the same amino acid. 

Let’s start by following Biology 101. DNA is the building block of life, right? Not exactly, simplistically, it is a blueprint. Amino acids, which in turn form proteins, are the real bricks. DNA has four letters attributed to its code: A (Adenine), T (Thymine), C (Cytosine), and G (Guanine). Three of these letters must be placed in sequence to attract a messenger (mRNA) complimentary to it; this forms a message strand, which in turn will code for amino acids. The amino acids keep on coming; a chain of amino acids turns into protein; proteins form cells, living organisms…etc. The only difference is that the messengers have U (Uracil) instead of T (Thymine) For instance, UGG codes for the amino acid Tryptophan, AUG codes for Methionine. Three slots with four possible letters (4 x 4 x 4) give 64 possibilities. 

Now, this is where evolution jumps the rails. With 64 possibilities, only 21 amino acids exist. So, there must be three-letter sequences that code for nothing, right? No, that’s the thing! They all code for something, but some are redundant. For instance, CGA, CGC, CGG, and CGU all code for Arginine. The same goes for most amino acids. 

What is even more astonishing is that there is only one sequence that signals the beginning of transcription (AUG, which is the amino acid Methionine); yet, three sequences end transcription (UAG, UGA, UAA). So, if there is a mutation in the start sequence, the protein will not be transcribed; however, if there is a mutation in the end sequence (second or third base), you still have three chances of ending the transcription without error. 

If evolution happens because of mutation, it should be the other way around and our genetic code would not be redundant in order to augment the evolutionary possibilities.Next week, In Sha Allah, I will tell you the most amazing bedtime story.

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

When I mean bad, I mean something that everyone will agree to as fundamentally wrong. I don’t mean what is acceptable to modern standards, but fundamentally evil. Not only there is no evil within what is ordained, but it can only be depicted as righteous and good when looked at as a whole. Here are some Islamic principles that are listed in the Quran:

Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”

And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.

And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 151-153)

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 90)

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] – then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

Surah Al-Isra (17 – 23-39)

Most of the accusations come from people who do not agree with the standard of morality or virtue that is ordained in Islam. For instance, the Hijab for women; not being allowed to have a sip of wine or not even having a girlfriend… These practices have become customary in “modern” civilizations, yet they are considered illicit in Islam. Society is always faced with dumbing down standards and laws to curtail the desires of the majority. But the fundamental question remains; what makes it right now but made it wrong before (and vice versa)? This type of thinking induces decadence. Virtues and morals become trivial, unattainable utopias, unrealistic… mockeries.

This was the same discourse used by the people of Lot thousands of years ago when they wanted him and his family out of their city.

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

Surah Al-Aaraf (7 – 82)

Wow! Accused of being too pure… It’s like someone who says: “Ah! He gets on my nerves because he is too polite.” or: “look at her; she thinks she is so superior! She doesn’t even want to dress like us.” and the classic: “Look at that geek; he thinks that his A+ is going to stop him from that face pounding.” What is it that makes that person’s conduct wrong in the first place; what did he do to deserve this reprimand? Is it high self-esteem (or lack of it)? Is it because a person is different (where his difference is not accepted)? Is it because of jealousy (or more likely envy)?

It is sad to see that we have reached a point where righteous conduct is ridiculed and marginalized. Someone who gives his seat on the bus is looked at awkwardly; a student who says Mam and Sir is called a suck-up; a 16-year-old virgin is made fun of. But, as we have seen, this attitude has been present for millennia, all depending on the context and stage in which a society is to be found.

But in the end…

And it will be said to those who feared Allah, “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous –

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 30)

Faith

the process of belief