Science Saved My Soul.

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Yes, many of those thinkers to whom I owe my mental freedom were religious, like Newton, a Christian, who believed God made the Earth but who then showed me why the Earth would have formed without a god's help. Or Plank and Schrodinger, two more Christians, who believed God ruled the Universe but showed me how God could not control a single electron. The discoveries these and many other people made, the laws they are famous for, are the very things that make gods getting humans pregnant, or angels whispering to prophets in caves, look infantile. I could never and would never question their intelligence. Their honesty and intellectual consistency are a different matter.



Weird…



I can stand on the shoulders of giants and see what even they seemingly could not.



I'm not against the Creator(s), if they exist, if they ever existed. I'm not against the search for the Creator(s). What blows MY mind is that people think religion has anything to do with it at all.

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  1. “I’m not against the Creator(s), if they exist, if they ever existed. I’m not against the search for the Creator(s). What blows MY mind is that people think religion has anything to do with it at all.”

    This is the crux of the matter for me, as well. Religious people seem unaware that they have 2 beliefs (not just 1):
    (1) belief in a god
    (2) belief that someone is god’s deputy, and knows all about god and what god wants. etc. Nothing makes me feel more hopeless about the human race (and I’m a very optimistic person).

    • In reply to #1 by Caper1:

      “I’m not against the Creator(s), if they exist, if they ever existed. I’m not against the search for the Creator(s). What blows MY mind is that people think religion has anything to do with it at all.”This is the crux of the matter for me, as well. Religious people seem unaware that they have 2 beliefs (not just 1): (1) belief in a god (2) belief that someone is god’s deputy, and knows all about god and what god wants. etc. Nothing makes me feel more hopeless about the human race (and I’m a very optimistic person).

      I agree.

      “Weird” sums it up for me.

      S G

      • In reply to #3 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

        In reply to #2 by sbooder:

        I think that was a bongo playing Richard Feynman at the end?

        Hilariously ambiguous sentence. Or maybe it’s just me and I need another shot of caffeine.

        Thank you for thinking it hilarious, but not really ambiguous. Richard Feynman was well known for his bongo playing even when he was working on the Manhattan Project.

        • In reply to #6 by sbooder:

          sbooder: “I think that was a bongo playing Richard Feynman at the end?”

          Sjoerd Westenborg: “Hilariously ambiguous sentence. Or maybe it’s just me and I need another shot of caffeine.”

          sbooder: “Thank you for thinking it hilarious, but not really ambiguous. [...]“

          I think Sjoerd Westemborg is noting that your wording makes it possible for one to see poor Prof. Feynman as the object being “played at the end” by some – presumably aggressive – “bongo.”

    • In reply to #2 by sbooder:

      I think that was a bongo playing Richard Feynman at the end? Very good, had not seen that before.

      Yup, that was Feynman.

      I seem to recall having seen this before.

      S G

    • You’re right he has failed to grasp the realities of smoking just as you have failed to grasp the meaning of cognitive dissonance. I very much doubt that he both knows smoking is bad for him but believes that it isn’t because of some other, perhaps mythical, reason.

      Just an addict, nothing to see here. He’s doing it despite his understanding not because he holds two contradictory views. Pity all theists weren’t as easy as addicts to cure.

      In reply to #4 by Stafford Gordon:

      Wonderful.

      And yet, although we are encouraged to face up to reality, unless I’m mistaken, he has failed to grasp the realities of smoking.

      Cognitive dissonance?

  2. <div>

    (The booming voice of god):
    “I am all powerful and all knowing and beyond description and vengeful and jealous and mysterious….etc….”

    (The small voice of the “faithful”):
    “Wow, now there’s something to worship”

    (The (artificially amplified) booming voice of the priest… cardinal… pope…. etc….):
    “I KNOW ALL ABOUT GOD AND HIS PLAN!!!”

    (The voice of the reasonable response):
    “Fuck you.”

    (The now louder voice of the “faithful”):
    “I will now worship the God AND the priest, cardinal…pope….etc…

    I, for my part in this dialogue, subscribe to the reasonable response.
    </div>

  3. Wow! I’ve seen a heap of great atheist content on Youtube lately. This wonderful and inspiring video deserves some kind of award. In fact, it’s time our community held a yearly award ceremony for such works, the media boost would be terrific for our cause, besides, these talented individuals and teams deserve wide secular recognition and thanks.

  4. “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. [laughs] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like [coughs] tears in rain. Time to die.”

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