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."

-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

 

learn-a-little:

Petrified Lightning: Natural glass formed by lightning strikes is called fulgurite. It is created when a lightning strike hits a sandbank, blowing a super-heated hole right through it. This quickly cools into a beautiful glass. The name comes from Latin fulgur, or lightning.

(Image credit to flickr, Carion Mineraux, and Nature. Thanks Grandma.)

By the beard of Zeus!!

thereisnogod:

y10k:

God strikes the White House with lightning Sunday evening in response to President Obama failing to release any official Easter greeting to the American people.

Wow there is a god.  Weird.

Good thing science gave us the lightening rod, as to render “god’s wrath” useless.

thereisnogod:

y10k:

God strikes the White House with lightning Sunday evening in response to President Obama failing to release any official Easter greeting to the American people.

Wow there is a god.  Weird.

Good thing science gave us the lightening rod, as to render “god’s wrath” useless.

underthemountainbunker:

Meanwhile, in Japan
Shinmoedake began erupting on Wednesday.That’s lightening COMING OUT OF THE VOLCANO. More pics at the link.

underthemountainbunker:

Meanwhile, in Japan

Shinmoedake began erupting on Wednesday.That’s lightening COMING OUT OF THE VOLCANO. More pics at the link.