Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells, and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.
Unpopular Opinion #583
Women are just as shallow if not exponentially more so than men.
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
- Originally posted at Penelope Bagieu’s blog
"Water makes up 98% of the Earth’s volume." Haha, nope. The Earth’s voume is somewhere on the order of 1.08 trillion cubic km. The volume of all of earth’s oceans is around 1.3 billion cubic km. Seeing as that’s blatantly wrong, I’d like to know what kind of metric they’re using for “volume.” Surface volume? That doesn’t make much sense. Surface area? Then that number should be 71%. Please inform me.
Also, it’s terrible how the author of this comic just writes off that high school girl (regardless of how terrible her attitude is), as she honestly believes that life is wholly dependent on photosynthesis. It isn’t, at least not everywhere, and no, there isn’t light at the bottom of the ocean. I’ll clear that up.
There are these things called hydrothermal vents. They’re essentially cracks in the crust of the Earth where geothermally heated water flows. They’re commonly found near areas with volcanic activity. In areas with these hydrothermal vents, there are these incredible biologic communities with a density of organisms 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than that of the surrounding ocean floor. Many of these organisms depend on chemoautotrophic bacteria. What’s special about these guys is that they use a process called chemosynthesis, to use dissolved minerals in the hydrothermal water to produce organic material. Other organisms then feed off of this material (a good example would be giant tube worms), and the ecosystem is sustained.
Going back to the Giant Siphonophore, the distinction of “largest” depends on more factors than just length. It’s true that Praya dubia is the longest known organism, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to the 190,000 kilos of the Blue Whale.
The rest of it is true, no complaints. Bottom trawling is a horrible practice 95% of damage to seamount ecosystems was caused by it.
(I don’t think this comic’s intended audience was people with an interest in marine biology.)