YMMV: The O'Reilly Factor

  • Critical Research Failure: The infamous interview with David Silverman and follow up vlog, where Bill tried to argue that, because science can't explain the tides (it can) and moon (ditto) then God must exist to be able to do it. Even if his beliefs about scientific understanding were correct, the idea that unexplained phenomena can only be filled up by God - the so-called god-of-the-gaps argument - is one that actual religious theologians have long since abandoned as discredited.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: How wrong it is to use God as a stop-gap for the incompleteness of our knowledge. If in fact the frontiers of knowledge are being pushed further and further back...then God is being pushed back with them, and is therefore continually in retreat...God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved.
  • Memetic Mutation / Fountain of Memes: "FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE! WE'LL DO IT LIVE!" note