Why Humans Build Their Societies on Fault Lines in the Earth

I'm posting this again to emphasize what a great program it is. In this must see BBC video (total 60 minutes)...
Iain Stewart tells the epic story of how the planet has shaped our history. With spectacular images, surprising stories and a compelling narrative, the series discovers the central role played in human history by four different planetary forces.

Iain explores the relationship between the deep Earth and the development of human civilization. He visits an extraordinary crystal cave in Mexico, drops down a hole in the Iranian desert and crawls through seven-thousand-year-old tunnels in Israel.

His exploration reveals that throughout history, our ancestors were strangely drawn to fault lines, areas which connect the surface with the deep interior of the planet. These fault lines gave access to important resources, but also brought with them great danger.

You must check it out!

HT Atheist Media Blog
Now this was a great way for God to create, wasn't it? That human beings would be attracted to fault lines which brings them into harms way seems, well, both stupid and evil. But that's what believers call creation by an omniscient and omnibenelovent God--NOT!


Marc said...

Hey john, I know this has nothing to do with this post but here is something to consider in your up coming debate with Dinesh D'Souza

goprairie said...

I am sure they will say it is all part of that 'free will' thing that people chose to take the risk for the advantages. But why are there fault lines? Because continents are moving. Is there a way an earth could be designed with stable continents? Surely there must be some condition that would not require continental drift, and if so, why didn't God design our home that way? Or did he and someone (Satan?) wrecked it? Then why doesn't he fix it? These questions render God to be so stupid or so impotent as to be irrelevant to me. On another blog, a Christian commentor said that we should not argue the existance of God but the nature of God. I thought that was a stupid statement, but now I see validity to that. If we talk about the nature of a God that made our planet this way or allowed some devil to change it to this way and cannot fix it, that God IS stupid or impotent and therefore irrelevant and we don't NEED to prove existance or non-existance, because we have irrelevance.

Nick said...

The question of the relevancy of god needs more attention. Why do we care if there is a god or not? The bottom line is there is no behavior both consistent and effective that can be attributed to any of the possible manifestations of god raised in general discussion. Even if one were to worry about the possibility of being sentenced to an eternity of pain and suffering, the plain fact is there is no proof of the existence of a place of eternal and inescapable pain. Unless you believe hell's existence is proved by references in the bible. In that case, we have the classic case of a warden (god) believing that the jail he created is inescapable. If the being deposited in Hell is even remotely similar to the being I am on earth, then I will spend eternity escaping. If it is not, or has been changed significantly, it won't be me. In which case, I don't care.

Piratefish said...

This is unrelated john but just for comic relief check out this nonsense from the religious mindset, solar-powered bibles for Haiti:


It never ceases to amaze me how creative the god virus will exploit every opportunity to spread itself, I suppose it's also ipod ready. :)

Kilre said...

That was awesome. Geology never ceases to amaze me.

Kilre said...

Though now I have to say, for such a self-described "intelligent" species, we're pretty much shooting ourselves in the foot with every step.