Sunday, 25 April 2021

Malevolent Designer News - Another Win for Science?

The life cycle of malaria parasites. A mosquito causes an infection by a bite. First, sporozoites enter the bloodstream, and migrate to the liver. They infect liver cells, where they multiply into merozoites, rupture the liver cells, and return to the bloodstream. The merozoites infect red blood cells, where they develop into ring forms, trophozoites and schizonts that in turn produce further merozoites. Sexual forms are also produced, which, if taken up by a mosquito, infect the insect and continue the life cycle.

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New vaccine success for Oxford is truly remarkable | Kenan Malik - The Guardian

News today of a major breakthrough by medical science in its search for a treatment/cure for malaria which Intelligent [sic] Design advocates believe was created by their putative designer deity to kill around 430,000 people a year, mostly children.

Scientists at Oxford's Jenner Institute have announced the results of a clinical trial of their anti-malarial vaccine, R21, in Burkino Faso, which has shown it to be 77% effective.

One of the problems facing those humanitarian scientists seeking to eradicate malaria, is the complexity of the life-cycle of the organisms that cause it. From the Medicins Sans Frontier website:
Malaria is a deadly disease carried by Anopheles mosquitoes. Every year, it kills around 430,000 people and infects more than 200 million. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite malaria mortality rates falling by 25 percent since 2000, a child in Africa still dies every two minutes from malaria. Malaria is most common in poor, deprived areas. In many cases, the disease itself is the cause of such poverty: it causes havoc on a socioeconomic level as patients are often bedridden and incapable of carrying out usual daily tasks, resulting in burdens on households and health services, and ultimately considerable losses to income in malaria-endemic countries. This suffering and loss of life are tragically unnecessary because malaria is mostly preventable, detectable and treatable. While ninety percent of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is present in nearly every tropical area where MSF works: from Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to Cambodia and Myanmar.

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Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted from person to person by the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These mosquitoes usually bite from around dusk to dawn. Once transferred to the human body, the infection travels to the liver where it multiplies and then enters the red blood cells. Inside the red blood cells, the parasites rapidly multiply until they burst, releasing even more parasites into the bloodstream. There are four main species of the malaria parasite: Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale. P. falciparum is the leading cause of severe clinical malaria and death.
The malaria parasites are a special favourite of Creationists because their evolution of resistance to the anti-malarial drugs currently being used was the subject of a book by Michael J Behe in which he famously misused basic probability theory to try to show Creationism's putative intelligent [sic] designer must have designed it because it was 'irreducibly complex', so must have arisen in a single event. This attempted deception was exposed by Kenneth R. Miller who showed that evolution by natural selection in a large population is more than capable of explaining it.

Behe had hoped to get away with the pretence, aimed at his mostly scientifically illiterate Creationist dupes, that a series of highly unlikely events would have to occur together, or in a fixed sequence, in the same cell - something no serious evolutionary biologist would ever propose. Miller showed how it could easily have arisen by accumulating small changes across a population, with several possible pathways and in no pre-requisite order, just as the TOE says evolution works.

Apart from being the leading Creationist who single-handedly invented the notion of irreducible complexity as part of the Discovery Institute's 'Wedge' Strategy for subverting the US Constitution as a prelude to establishing a fundamentalist, Taliban-style, self-appointing theocracy in the USA, and became a millionaire on the proceeds, Michael J Behe is perhaps best known as the bumbling incompetent whose inept advocacy for Creationism lost them several court cases in which they had hoped to bamboozle American courts into allowing the Intelligent Design Hoax to be inflicted on vulnerable children at tax-payers' expense in American public schools, in contravention of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

But anyway, the malaria parasites are till lauded as a fantastic creations of this putative Intelligent [sic] Designer by dedicated Creationists, apparently oblivious of the fact that it creates the impression of their favourite deity as a malevolent sadist who creates organisms to randomly kill children, incapacitate adults and inflict poverty on much of the under-developed world, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Apparently the fear of offending it is preventing many Creationists from telling the truth about their putative creator god and accepting that natursl processes are perfectly capable of creating biodiversity. Childhood indoctrination has muh to answer for.

It will be interesting to see how Creationists react to news that medical science could have achieved a significant victory over their putative god, just as it did by eradicating smallpox and with its recent development of a range of highly effective vaccines against the SARS-Cov-2 virus currently killing millions world-wide and wrecking the economies of even advanced countries.


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  1. Mosquitoes torture and kill both man and beast since the time of the dinosaurs. They are found in nearly every type of climate and in nearly every type of environment. The closer to the equator one travels the worse it gets but mosquitoes also abound in continental climates with a cold winter season. They abound even within the very cold northern US States and southern Canada. It's nearly impossible to avoid them. Here where I live there's a cold winter season. Mosquito season was from May to October or 6 months of the year, which is bad enough. But in recent years these pests have been adapting to the cold. They are now around for some 9 to 10 months of the year. We suffer from intense cold, and from intense heat, and we suffer from mosquitoes, ticks, earwigs, tube web spiders, yellowsac spiders, woodlouse spiders, and a variety of flies. I can't even imagine how horrifying it must be for those who live in equatorial, tropical, and subtropical locations where venomous spiders, scorpions, venomous snakes, centipedes, mosquitoes, and flies abound.
    Mosquitoes make life hell with their itchy bites and the diseases they cause. These pests were created to torture the creation. The creator has an INFINITE number of horrors to torture and kill his creation with. Millions of years of suffering, death, and extinctions from Nature alone. Cruel, sadistic, heartless, malevolent bastard, maniac, cretin and idiot is the creator. He has no conscience whatsoever. I cannot for the life of me, understand how anyone can call this a being of love and mercy when much of Nature illustrates exactly the opposite of love and mercy. Mosquitoes are one of the primary reasons why the world is a hellhole and horror movie ruled by the Devil and not by a loving God.

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  2. There are so many scourges in Nature volumes and reams could be written about it. The human body itself is extremely flawed and defective. Tooth decay, heart disease, stroke, aneurysm, meningitis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimers, blindness, deafness, mental retardation, insanity, birth defects, miscarriages, and biological deformities and freaks where a person's face and body resembles something out of a horror movie. This is all evidence for stupid design and malevolent design.
    Execrement, mold, mildew, grime, scum, vermin, intense cold, intense heat, overpopulation, starvation, dehydration, pestilence, drought, famine, flooding, predation, violence, suffocation, drowning, pollution all contribute to making life the hellhole that it is. Diseases and parasites are arguably the cruelest forms of torture Nature has to make life miserable.
    Other insect pests which are evidence for malevolent design are Bed bugs, midges, horse flies, and Assassin Bugs. Assassin Bugs are predatory and venomous, and certain species attack warm blooded animals and humans, and spread diseases such as Chagas disease.
    Horrors such as the Brazilian Wandering spider and the Sydney Funnelweb spider are bad tempered and their venoms cause serious pain and serious sickness. The sinister Chinese Earth Tiger Tarantula is bad tempered and its venom causes agonizing pain and serious sickness, and can kill a human baby and can kill any small animal. Certain tropical Tarantulas cause agonizing local pain, nausea, vomiting, muscular cramps, and spasms.
    Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, vog, acid rain, hailstones, lightning strikes and tornadoes make the world a scarier and more dangerous place. The entire planet is filled with hazards.
    Much of humanity and much of the animal kingdom are meat eaters. That means theres violence, carnage, killing everywhere all the time. The entire world is a slaughterhouse. Fearsome predatory monsters such as Sharks, Crocodiles, Giant Squid, and Giant Octopus exist, and unidentified animals in lakes and oceans exist called Lake Serpents and Sea Serpents such as the Lau, the Lukwata, and Ogopogo. All are potential man killers and man eaters, and all are potential hazards to our livestock and to our pets.
    In Florida and the Evergaldes, monstrous Pythons have escaped and established themselves from Asia. These giant constricting snakes are killing and eating the native Florida wildlife and killing and eating pets and livestock. Pythons, Boas, and Anacondas strangle their victims to death, a very painful and horrible way to die. Theres no way an omni benevolent being would create such monsters. No way, no how.
    The mosquitoes are winning the war. When the creator puts his mind to inflict suffering theres just no stopping him. The creator is a cruel, heartless, malevolent sadist who has no conscience. Its unfit to worship.

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  3. Creationists and Fundamentalists continue to invoke Original Sin or The Fall of Adam and Eve to explain and justify all Natural evils and all Human evils, Moral evils, and sins. I pointed out before that this is a myth and unrealistic as well as cruel and unfair. Really preacher? So the world lost paradise and gained a hell just because two ancient humans ate a forbidden fruit? Does this make sense? The fact is the world never really was a paradise but was always the troubled, dangerous place thats so familiar to us. Predation, violence, killing, death, diseases, parasites, venoms, poisons, intense cold, intense heat, hurricanes, tsunamis, extinctions were all present millions of years before Adam and Eve and millions of years before even Hominids existed. And before there were any complex sentient life forms, planet earth was an unbreathable, suffocating, toxic hellish inferno with boiling mud pools, carbon monoxide, sulfur, methane, and ammonia. The temperature was thousands of degrees hot. This period of earth time is the Precambrian era. The world was?a nightmare and hellhole right from the getgo, 4.6 billion years ago. Its not so much a Paradise Lost, but its a Paradise That Never Was.
    Religious folks say that God punishes us with mosquitoes, ticks, diseases, tsunamis etc etc because of human sin. But wait. Yes humans are sinful and evil, but there are more merciful, more humane, more intelligent, more constructive, and more rational ways to punish human sin than by inflicting us with cancer, tooth decay, heart disease, malaria, and tsunamis.
    Malaria, cancer, heart disease, centipedes, jellyfish, and tsunamis are all incredibly cruel and inhumane ways to punish human sin. It should also be pointed out that as evil as humans are we do not have total free will. Nature and nurture also dictates and determines human behavior whether bad or good, and one cannot escape Nature and one cannot escape one's nurture. And if Adam and Eve corrupted all future unborn humans, which is very unfair and stupid to allow, that leaves less room for free will, and if Satan and demons corrupt and influence human behavior, that leaves less room for free will.
    It should also be pointed out that the suffering and death of animals and our beloved pets is most unfair. They dont deserve it at all. Punishing good, innocent animals is just reckless cruelty. It doesnt make any sense at all.
    I have pointed out elsewhere that this God cannot see sin in His monstrously cruel, inhumane, disgusting, sadistic, diabolical, fiendish punishments. Horrors such as cancer, malaria, ebola are no longer just punishments, but ABUSE. His punishments are cruelty, sadism, and abuse on steroids.
    Yes humans are evil and sinful but whose fault is that? Why conduct such a dangerous experiment with Adam and Eve? Why have Adam and Eve's sin spread to all future unborn humans? Why allow a talking, tempting snake and a lurking Satan in the Garden of Eden? Thats stupid and irresponsible. The creation was set up to be screwed and ruined.

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