In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, 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

 

If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call into question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it – the life of that man is one long sin against mankind.

A.C. Grayling (via whats-out-there)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

René Descartes, d. 1650 (via whats-out-there)

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

Richard Feynman

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Have you been conditioned to believe…that to doubt the say-so of the religious with no evidence…is immoral?

It’s not just OK, it’s essential to progress. Truth is not threatened by inquiry.

confrontingbabble-on:

Have you been conditioned to believe…that to doubt the say-so of the religious with no evidence…is immoral?

It’s not just OK, it’s essential to progress. Truth is not threatened by inquiry.

I mean not to exhibit horror for the purpose of provoking revenge, but to awaken us from fatal and unmanly slumbers, that we may pursue determinately some fixed object.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

And I mean to exhibit skepticism for the same reason. Like ending the concept of monarchy (Paine’s cause), clearing the fog of superstition and finding the natural foundations must be a base goal of progressive society, I.e. One which is to move forward on the continuum of well being. As long as big decisions are being made for imaginary reasons we will hindered at the basic level of our cognitive abilities. It is indeed a fatal slumber; a tragic waste of our unique cognitive skills.

The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.

Vasudev (via felicefawn)

Exhibit one: Sarah Palin.

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Thomas got to finger the wounds and we have to take it on faith from old stories. Each generation is just expected to have even more faith than the one before it.

Thomas got to finger the wounds and we have to take it on faith from old stories. Each generation is just expected to have even more faith than the one before it.

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It would be better for us to have some doubts in an honest pursuit of truth, than it would be for us to be certain about something that was not true.

Daniel Wallace

Global Warming Denial Is Science-Proof

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This is a great article on understanding:

a) Climate change

b) The nature of science as a tool

c) The major malfunction with right-wing, anti-intellectual, climate change denier, asshats.

Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt

In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. He followed his father and grandfather into church leadership and finally became an “area authority” overseeing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout Europe.

When fellow believers in Sweden first began coming to him with information from the Internet that contradicted the church’s history and teachings, he dismissed it as “anti-Mormon propaganda,” the whisperings of Lucifer. He asked his superiors for help in responding to the members’ doubts, and when they seemed to only sidestep the questions, Mr. Mattsson began his own investigation.

But when he discovered credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble.

Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment among members who encountered information on the Internet that sabotaged what they were taught about their faith, according to interviews with dozens of Mormons and those who study the church…

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The Essential Atheist

1. The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a candle in the dark - Carl Sagan
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Audiobook

2. The Believing Brain, the evolution of superstition - Michael Shermer
iBooks
Lecture

3. The Age Of Reason - Thomas Paine
PDF
Audiobook

4. Why I Am Not A Christian - Bertrand Russell
Speech
Transcript

5. Why I’m Not a Muslim - Ibn Warraq
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Lecture

6. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
PDF
Documentary

7. God Is Not Great: how religion poisons everything - Christopher Hitchens
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8. Breaking The Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon - Daniel Dennett
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Lecture

9. The End Of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason - Sam Harris
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Lecture

10. Letter To A Christian Nation - Sam Harris
PDF
AudioBook

11. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea - Daniel Dennett
Essay
Lecture

12. Why People Believe Weird Things - Michael Shermer
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Lecture

13. Losing Faith in Faith: from preacher to atheist - Dan Barker
Book Excerpts
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14. The Portable Atheist - Christopher Hitchens
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15. Complete Works Of Robert Green Ingersoll
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16. The Moral Landscape: how science can determine human values - Sam Harris
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Lecture

17. A Universe From Nothing - Lawrence Krauss
iBooks
Lecture

18. The Greatest Show On Earth, the evidence for evolution - Richard Dawkins
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Lecture

19. Freewill: is Freewill just a persistent illusion? - Sam Harris
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20. God: The Failed Hypothesis - Victor Stenger
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21. The System of Nature - Baron Holbach
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