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.

"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."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

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.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

What Makes Something Right or Wrong? | Narrated by Stephen Fry | That’s Humanism!

explore-blog:

10 timeless commandments from Bertrand Russell.



1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

explore-blog:

10 timeless commandments from Bertrand Russell.

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

(Source: explore-blog)

Tennessee approves bill to allow displays of Ten Commandments

abaldwin360:

generalbriefing:

sarahlee310:

The state Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to a bill allowing local governments to erect monuments or displays of the Ten Commandments, along with such other “historically significant documents” as the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence and the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.

The bill was among 10 that the Senate passed collectively on a single 30-0 vote as part of the “consent calendar” of relatively noncontroversial bills, without debate.

The House had unanimously approved the legislation on March 19.

The bill’s preamble says that such documents “are treasures that should be displayed proudly and resolutely in public buildings and on public grounds.” The bill says the documents may be displayed in public buildings and on public grounds in the form of “statues, monuments, memorials, tablets, or any other display that respects the dignity and solemnity of such documents.”

Unbelievable.  Except it is Tennessee, so it isn’t…

Appearently, Tennessee wasn’t paying attention when Kentucky and Alabama did this a few years ago :/

If they didn’t keep pulling this shit, how else are they going to feel persecuted.

Who pays the court costs for this shit when they pull it anyway? I’m willing to bet the taxpayers do, which is funny since it’s probably the same people screaming about their precious tax money going to “poor lazy people.”

yobaba: 10 'commandments' for anyone with a brain:

yobaba:

The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband partner or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

~Bertrand Russell

(Source: twentytwowords.com)

christinsanity:

He is indeed.

He’s at least saying that he knows we humans have a tendency to invent them. Coincidence? It’s like Tyler Durdan saying, thou shalt have no other schizo-personalities before me.

christinsanity:

He is indeed.

He’s at least saying that he knows we humans have a tendency to invent them. Coincidence? It’s like Tyler Durdan saying, thou shalt have no other schizo-personalities before me.

friendlyatheist:

anotheratheist:


If you really wanted to improve the well being of a bunch of bronze-age people, this would be near the top of my list. Wash the bacteria off your hands, don’t ingest them, live longer and sick less often. Soap, it’s going to save lives.

Nah. Let’s tell them to stone gays! And have slaves! And that adultery is punishable by death.
-FA

The Book tells you how to trim a dick but not how to avoid/cure infections.

friendlyatheist:

anotheratheist:

If you really wanted to improve the well being of a bunch of bronze-age people, this would be near the top of my list. Wash the bacteria off your hands, don’t ingest them, live longer and sick less often. Soap, it’s going to save lives.

Nah. Let’s tell them to stone gays! And have slaves! And that adultery is punishable by death.

-FA

The Book tells you how to trim a dick but not how to avoid/cure infections.

Pre-Moses morality, The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Long before Moses people people knew not to do certain things:
No killing
No stealing
No adultery
No lying

It even seems that the Israelites watered down existing morality in order to make room for some monotheistic rules. So instead of, for instance, protecting children, they went with rules like “take no god before me” kinds of things.

The oath of Osiris, that every dead soul was supposed to take before getting access to the afterlife:

I have not reviled the God.
I have not laid violent hands on an orphan.
I have not done what the God abominates …
I have not killed; I have not turned anyone over to a killer.
I have not caused anyone’s suffering … I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste.
I have not increased nor diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm; I have not encroached upon the fields.
I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.
I have not taken milk from a child’s mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage …
I have not stopped (the flow of) water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.
I have not quenched a fire in its time …
I have not kept cattle away from the God’s property. I have not blocked the God at his processions.

Alan Dershowitz takes Mike Huckabee to school comparing the bible and the US constitution. Amazing how little huckster knows about his own religion while asserting such mocking superiority.

Age of Reason: The Paradoxical Commandments (Do It Anyway)

ageofreason:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.


The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.