Believing in Elves but not in Fairies


The (at the time of this writing still) mystifying disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has, among the myriad terrestrial theories that have been floated, prompted speculation that supernatural forces may have yoinked the Boeing 777 and eloigned it to otherworldly spheres.

Of course, a dearth of earthly explanations regarding a particular puzzle invariably results in our emancipation from constraints upon conventional reasoning. Once human thinking has departed the box and ventured into the realm of the Continue reading “Believing in Elves but not in Fairies”

The Creation Conundrum

What good is the grandest hypothesis if it raises the exact same question it professes to answer?

Replacing one mystery with an equivalent mystery does nothing in the way of solving the mystery. Doing so merely reärranges the deck chairs on a sinking vessel, and it leaves us just as smart as we were before, except that our mystery now resides over there instead of over here.

Religious people often scold atheists for “having no answer” regarding the mystery of origin.

That’s right. Atheists have no answer.

But neither do the religious, for how in the world is positing a creative entity while leaving its origin unexplained supposed to Continue reading “The Creation Conundrum”

Watchmakers All the Way Down

A body with a fractured calvarium is found lying face-down on the sidewalk.

The coroner explains that the victim was smashed over the head with a blunt object from behind.

No witnesses, no murder weapon, no footprints, no fingerprints, and no DNA other than the victim’s, who, by all accounts, had no enemies.

Tough filbert to crack.

Neither Sherlock Holmes nor Inspector Columbo are available to investigate, and the standard-issue law enforcement professionals are stumped.

At long last, the search for the killer is Continue reading “Watchmakers All the Way Down”