If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

From May 1859, the origin of the Origin of Species, it was impossible for an intelligent person to be religious.

David Horton from Australia is brilliant. So brilliant that I have to admit you're wasting your time here because your time would be better spent reading David Horton's excellent posts.

A curious thing about creationists. I try to study the minds of these strange people, who still, 150 years after Alfred Wallace, retain the primitive mindset of the eighteenth century when people thought that animal species, including the naked ape, had been created, each in its own place, by a finger-pointing white-bearded figure in the sky. It is as if we still had, living among us, people who believed in phlogiston, or humors, or the heart as the seat of emotions; a glimpse back into a distant past of primitive ideas about the world around us.

So I study them, much as a time traveler visiting the Dark Ages might, or a traveler to the deepest Amazon finding a previously uncontacted tribe.

And in the case of creationists, these strange throwbacks living still among us, I try to see the world through their eyes, wonder what strange shadows that imperfect organ is throwing on to the retina of these good simple people as they struggle to come to grips with the realities of several hundred years of scientific advances.

The rest of it is here.

This is also excellent: And I marvel again at the creationists and their stupidity which has such strong foundations in infinite ignorance.

This is what my blog is all about: From May 1859, the origin of the Origin of Species, it was impossible for an intelligent person to be religious.

More from David Horton can be found here, here, and here.

http://davidhortonsblog.com/

http://davidhortonsblog.com/darwin/ (33 posts)

http://davidhortonsblog.com/atheism/ (52 posts)

Normal people, also known as atheists, should be allowed to bypass airport security.

Chimp business

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