Essay: Erasmus Darwin's unique dinner table

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One of the great mysteries of the history of evolutionists is what kind of saw evolutionist Erasmus Darwin used to cut a semi-circle in his dining table so that his enormous girth could be accommodated at meal times.[1] Why is it it that so many prominent evolutionists have been so bad at applied biology?[2][3][4]

The evolutionist Erasmus Darwin, who was Charles Darwin's grandfather, is believed to have influenced Charles Darwin as far as the development of Charles Darwin's evolutionary beliefs.[5]

Erasmus Darwin, like PZ Myers and a significant portion of the leadership of the New Atheist movement, was not particularly good at applied biology when it came to his own body (see also: Professor PZ Myers fails his applied biology course and New Atheism leadership's problem with excess weight).[6]

An article entitled Darwinism: it was all in the family declares concerning Erasmus Darwin:

His love of food (particularly fruits, sugar, cream and butter) was matched by his dislike of exercise, and by the age of 46 he had grown so corpulent that a semi-circle had to be cut out of his dining table to accommodate his girth at meal times.[7]

See also: Evolutionists who have had problems with being overweight and/or obese and Atheism and obesity


Erasmus Darwin was not very good at applied biology when it came to his own body

Erasmus Darwin was not very good at applied biology when it came to his own body.[8]

Physical and mental health related problems associated with obesity

Some of the medical conditions associated with obesity include: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, arthritis, cancer, sleep apnea, reproductive problems in women and varicose veins.[9] In addition, medical science research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.[10]

According to the Mayo Clinic some of the symptoms associated with obesity can include:

Medical science research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.[11]
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pain in your back or joints
  • Excessive sweating
  • Always feeling hot
  • Rashes or infection in folds of your skin
  • Feeling out of breath with minor exertion
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue

Obesity and Alzheimer's disease

A PET scan of the brain of an individual with Alzheimer's disease reveals a loss of function in the temporal lobe.

See also: Obesity and Alzheimer's disease

In 2005, WebMD published:

People with diabetes are at particularly high risk of Alzheimer's disease. But now there's strong evidence that people with high insulin levels -- long before they get diabetes -- already are on the road to Alzheimer's disease.

As the body becomes more and more overweight, it becomes more and more resistant to the blood-sugar-lowering effects of insulin. To counter this insulin resistance, the body keeps making more insulin...

Insulin Triggers Amyloid Buildup

High insulin levels are known to cause blood vessels to become inflamed....

One dangerous effect of this insulin-caused brain inflammation is increased brain levels of beta-amyloid. Beta-amyloid is the twisted protein that's the main ingredient in the sticky plaques that clog the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.

"What was striking was the magnitude of the effect," Craft tells WebMD. "Inflammation can be a result of amyloid elevations but can also create an environment in which amyloid is made more readily. Inflammation can be both the result and cause of amyloid production."[13]

A 2009 health report on a medical study indicated:

They compared the brain scan of 94 people in their 70s who were obese & overweight. They found that the obese had lost tissue in the frontal & temporal lobes areas critical for planning & memory. Declines were also seen in areas used for attention & executive functions, long term memory & movement

A neurologist Professor Paul Thompson said, “That's a big loss of tissue and it depletes your cognitive reserves, putting you at much greater risk of Alzheimer's and other diseases that attack the brain. But you can greatly reduce your risk for Alzheimer's if you can eat healthily and keep your weight under control.”M[14]

Health effects of Alzheimer's disease

See also: Effects of Alzheimer's disease on the brain

Alzheimer's disease is "characterised by loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebral cortex and certain subcortical regions. This loss results in gross atrophy of the affected regions, including degeneration in the temporal lobe and parietal lobe, and parts of the frontal cortex and cingulate gyrus.[15] Some of the primary symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are: memory problems, mood swings, emotional outbursts, brain stem damage which impairs function in the heart, lungs plus causes disruption of various other bodily processes.[16]

An abstract of the medical study entitled Measures to Assess the Noncognitive Symptoms of Dementia in the Primary Care Setting by Brent P. Forester, M.D. and Thomas E. Oxman, M.D. inidcated "Noncognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias include psychosis, mood disturbances, personality changes, agitation, aggression, pacing, wandering, altered sexual behavior, changed sleep patterns, and appetite disturbances. These noncognitive symptoms of dementia are common, disabling to both the patient and the caregiver, and costly."[17]

According to the Center for Neuro Skills:

Kolb & Wishaw (1990) have identified eight principle symptoms of temporal lobe damage: 1) disturbance of auditory sensation and perception, 2) disturbance of selective attention of auditory and visual input, 3) disorders of visual perception, 4) impaired organization and categorization of verbal material, 5) disturbance of language comprehension, 6) impaired long-term memory, 7) altered personality and affective behavior, 8) altered sexual behavior.[18]

Obesity, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and prevention

For more information please see: Alzheimer's disease and prevention

Weili Xu, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, declared: "Our results contribute to the growing evidence that controlling body weight or losing weight in middle age could reduce your risk of dementia".[19]

For more information see: Alzheimer's disease and prevention

See also

Don't miss these pictures with captions!

Nate Phelps spoke at the 2009 American Atheists convention.[20]

(photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement), Title: Nate Phelps AAC00 (a very brave man)
Kim Il Sung was a communist dictator and an obese atheist who died of a heart attack.[21] Kimchi is one of the world's most healthiest foods and very popular among Koreans.[22] Unfortunately, for Kim II Song, he ate too much of it.

See: More kimchi please

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When PZ Myers attended the atheist convention in Australia, he was quite disappointed that he could not find any Bob's Big Boy restaurants in Australia. He does appear to be quite jolly though that he did manage to find a pub offering ale that tasted great, but was not necessarily less filling.

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The Christian Vox Day has challenged atheist PZ Myers to a debate, but PZ Myers has yet to agree to debate (Dr. Myers is quite aware he would lose such a debate). However, the current consensus within the scientific community is that Vox Day can do many more sit-ups than PZ Myers.
Did PZ Myers' ascent and descent of the triceratops at the Creation Museum really prove that pigs cannot fly?

Please see: PZ Myers embarrasses himself at the Creation Museum

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Because obese atheist pet owners are such poor role models, tragically their pets often become obese too.

In addition, when an obese atheists is confronted by spouse or family member concerning their obesity, they often point to their obese pet and say "Everybody is doing it."

Please see: Obese atheist pet owners

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The perverse and cruel French atheist Marquis de Sade laced candy with a substance that made people very sick. There was no shortage of candy in the de Sade house. The Marque de Sade developed a considerable problem with obesity during his life.[23]
The Barna Group found concerning atheism and morality that those who hold to the worldviews of atheism or agnosticism in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: illegal drug use; excessive drinking; sexual relationships outside of marriage; abortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage; obscene language; gambling; pornography and obscene sexual behavior; and engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality.[24]

Of course, once sly marketers in Las Vegas found out that many atheists love gambling they promptly installed elaborate desert stations at their casino buffets. Casino buffets are often referred to as "Obese atheists heaven".

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Scholars debate whether the philosopher David Hume was an atheist or agnostic. There is broad agreement among historians though that Mr. Hume was not fond of vigorous exercise and dieting.
Ken Ham often yodels when climbing up and down the triceratops at the Creation Museum and he also yodels when engaging in mountain climbing. To the best of Conservapedia's knowledge, the corpulent PZ Myers does not engage in mountain climbing.

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Besides being a lover of atheistic Communism, Chairman Mao Zedong was also quite fond of all you can eat Chinese buffets. Unfortunately, for the Chinese people the atheistic political philosophy of communism didn't prove to be very good at providing food for the Chinese citizenry and many people needlessly starved as a result.
Atheists commonly reject the existence of the devil and the devil takes great delight in inciting atheists to gluttony. The popular Christian YouTube producer shockofgod has pointed out that although atheists often criticize the God of the Bible, atheists never criticize the devil because they don't want to criticize their father.

"My dear brethren, do not ever forget, when you hear the progress of lights praised, that the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!" - Charles Baudelaire, The Generous Gambler

"While working your hardest, quite rightly, on other fronts, you must not neglect a little quiet infiltration in respect of gluttony...Males are best turned into gluttons with the help of their vanity. They ought to be made to think themselves very knowing about food, to pique themselves on having found the only restaurant in the town where steaks are really "properly" cooked." - the demonic character Screwtape in C.S. Lewis's, Screwtape Letters[25]


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