God vs Science

God Vs Science

BLB on 05 Sep 2007

I welcome different perspectives and this is one just recently sent to me by a very close Christian friend… however, he knows I will have to comment on it! (read the comments below).

Thanks for sending this my way mcrom!



(a dialog between a professor and a student)

“Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

“You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”

“Yes sir,” the student says.

“So you believe in God?”


“Is God good?”

“Sure! God’s good.”

“Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?”


“Are you good or evil?”

“The Bible says I’m evil.”

The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considers for a moment. “Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?”

“Yes sir, I would.”

“So you’re good…!”

“I wouldn’t say that.”

“But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.”

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. “He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?”

The student remains silent.

“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

“Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?”

“Er…yes,” the student says.

“Is Satan good?”

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. “No.”

“Then where does Satan come from?”

The student falters. “From God”

“That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”


“So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

Again, the student has no answer. “Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”

The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.”

“So who created them?”

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. “Who created them?” There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. “Tell me,” he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.”

The old man stops pacing. “Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”

“No sir. I’ve never seen Him.”

“Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?”

“No, sir, I have not.”

“Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?”

“No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.”

“Yet you still believe in him?”


“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?”

“Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.”

“Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.”

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?”

“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”

“And is there such a thing as cold?”

“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”

“No sir, there isn’t.”

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.”

“Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.”

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?”

“Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t darkness?”

“You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.”

“In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?”

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?”

“Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. “Flawed? Can you explain how?”

“You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains. “You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.”

“It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.”

“Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?”

“If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.”

“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?”

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

“Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?”

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.”

The student looks around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter.

“Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.”

“So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?”

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. “I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.”

“Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,” the student continues. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”

Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

The professor sat down.

This students statements are true, can you or can you not make night darker?

Is it possible for it to get colder after absolute zero -458 degree’s F.

Can you feel,taste,see,hear,or smell your brain,


Rake file to generat fixtures.yaml file from sqlite

1. Create a rake file (fixtures.rake)
2. In rails project, get in the lib folder and create a folder name it task.
3. Keep the fixtures.rake inside that task folder
4. Copy the following and past it in

namespace :db do
  namespace :fixtures do
    desc 'Create YAML test fixtures from data in an existing database.  
    Defaults to development database.  Set RAILS_ENV to override.'
    task :dump => :environment do
      sql  = "SELECT * FROM %s"
      skip_tables = ["schema_info"]
      (ActiveRecord::Base.connection.tables - skip_tables).each do |table_name|
        i = "000"
        File.open("#{RAILS_ROOT}/spec/fixtures/#{table_name}.yml", 'w') do |file|
          data = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.select_all(sql % table_name)
          file.write data.inject({}) { |hash, record|
            hash["#{table_name}_#{i.succ!}"] = record

4. run rake

build gem from gemspec

1. create gemspec file name myrest.gemspect with the following content:

Gem::Specification.new do |s|
s.name = %q{myrest}
s.version = "0.0.1"
s.has_rdoc = true
s.required_ruby_version = ">= 1.8.7"
s.platform = "ruby"
s.require_paths = ["lib"]
s.required_rubygems_version = ">= 0"
s.author = "MyLabs"
s.email = %q{darren@yoolk.com}
s.extra_rdoc_files = ["README.rdoc"]
s.summary = %q{Gem for the rest}
s.homepage = %q{http://www.yoolk.com/}
s.description = %q{Allows differnt ruby applications to communicate via rest api}
s.files = ["lib/myrest.rb"]

2. open terminal and run

gem build myrest.gemspec
gem install myrest

Lazy loading with fat client

You might start cracking your head when building fat client application and it take you few minutes to finish loading files before you can see the page with some dom elements. There won’t be any more of that kind problem Lazy loading and dynamically loading file, I just read my co-workers’ blog with combination of lazy loading, now we can build our fat client application without concerning any more about the size it takes to loading. to see how can you build fat client and loading it efficiently, YUI is a good example. YUI itself build up with almost 40 mb, to loading it all at load time you can’t really imagine how long it take, especially with the slow internet connection, to solve this, YUI is consists of my sub independent component, which mean you can loading the file piece by piece and it still working with not mush dependencies to one another. but that alone won’t just help, we gotta find a smart way to loading the component only when we demand it. thus lazy loading and dynamically loading file will come in place.

//Proxy object, which act as a ghost, it has reference to the real object
//When needed the real object is instantiated inside proxy
Proxy.ProxyImage = function(name){
	this.fileName = name;

	this.displayImage = function(){
		if(this.image == null) {
                    //Laod the javascript file on the fly
                    var jScript = document.createElement("script");
                    jScript.src = "RealImange.js";
                    jScript.type = "text/javascript";
                    this.image = new Proxy.RealImage(this.fileName); //load only on demand


Lazy Loading

You may experience working with active record or other ORM that make you realise the its cool feature with Lazy loading. Lazy loading provides you a way to load the data or object and its related objects only at the time you need it. It would be very handy to load all the related objects at the first loading since some of the data or objects you don’t really need it anyway. for further reading please loot at http://martinfowler.com/eaaCatalog/lazyLoad.html. There are three ways to implement lazy loading.

1. Lazy Initialization

With lazy initialization, the object to be lazily loaded is originally set to null, and every request for the object checks for null and creates it “on the fly” before returning it first.

 *	Implement lazy initialization for singleton
var Singleton = function(){
	//Object first is set to null
	var _uniqueInstance = null;
	return {
		//return an uniqInstance
		getInstance: function(){
			if(_uniqueInstance == null) _uniqueInstance = new Singleton();
			return _uniqueInstance;

2. Virtual Proxy

A virtual proxy is an object that “looks like” the object that is to be lazily loaded. Both the object and the proxy implement the same interface, with the proxy providing a wrapper that instantiates and initializes the object when one of its properties is accessed for the first time.

3. Ghost

A ghost is the object that is to be loaded in a partial state. It may only contain the object’s identifier, but it loads its own data the first time one of its properties is accessed. This specific implementation of the Proxy Design Pattern is called a Ghost.

For the Ghost pattern, there is an object that mirrors the real object with it public methods. the mirror object act just a stub with calls to our lazy load operation. When the real object is actually used, we’ll load the real object, replacing the mirror with the real one. Then we can call the same method again and referencing the real object that loaded.

To see how  really ghost work, I will be using YUI loader to demonstrate. YUI’s Loader Utility require few thing to be done in sequence to make it work properly. First We need to add the module’s information to the loader; tell the loader we require it; and then assign the callback to the loader’s onSuccess handler. In YUI, calling loader.insert() starts the loader, creating script nodes for all required modules and then calling the onSuccess callback when those nodes have completed. reference from http://www.digital-web.com/articles/improve_page_performance_with_lazy_loading/

var HelloWorld = {
  is_loaded: false,
  lazyLoad: function(callback) {
    var loader = new YAHOO.util.YUILoader();
      name: "helloworld",
      type: "js",
      fullpath: "yui_ex/helloworld.js"
    if (callback) {
      loader.onSuccess = callback;
  sayIt: function() {
    var args = arguments;
    HelloWorld.lazyLoad(function() { HelloWorld.sayIt.apply(HelloWorld, args); });

an other implementation of Virtual Proxy
//proxy name space
var Proxy = {};

//Real object, which normaly expesive or memory intensive to instantiate
Proxy.RealImage = function(fileName){
        var self = this;
        var _init = function(fileName){
	    self.fileName = fileName;
	//Private method, for loading operation
	var loadImageFromDisk = function(){
		alert('Loading ' + this.fileName);
	this.displayImage = function(){
		alert('Displaying ' + this.fileName);

//Proxy object, which act as a ghost, it has reference to the real object
//When needed the real object is instantiated inside proxy
Proxy.ProxyImage = function(name){
	this.fileName = name;
	this.displayImage = function(){
		if(this.image == null) {
                    this.image = new Proxy.RealImage(this.fileName); //load only on demand


//MyLab Area
var image1 = new Proxy.ProxyImage('MonkeyProgrammingJavascript');
var image2 = new Proxy.ProxyImage('MonkeySeeingProxy');
var image3 = new Proxy.ProxyImage('MokeySmile');

image1.displayImage(); //loading necessary
image2.displayImage(); //loading necessary
image1.displayImage(); //no loading, already loaded