In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
Bonita Jackson, mother of NFL player and accused child abuser Adrian Peterson, in defense of her son’s alleged actions.
Why do I get the feeling that this is church influenced? This is the “spare the rod, spoil the child” school of thought. I beat you because I love you! It starts with parents engendering in their children this Sadomasochistic idea, which in turn leads to a culture of general domestic violence and its apologists.
If you’re taught to inflict physical pain on people “because you love them” is it any wonder that might lead to more child and spousal abuse??? This is cycle of violence of biblical proportions!
Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we’re frightened, the hair on our skin stands up, just like it did when we had fur. We are history! Everything we’ve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are.
I’m made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my ancestors. They’re in the way I look, in the colour of my hair. And I’m made up of everyone I’ve ever met who’s changed the way I think.
Bertrand Russell. 1952.
(Title: Is There a God)
James A. Baldwin
Neil deGrasse Tyson (via whats-out-there)
Carl Sagan, Cosmos (via whats-out-there)