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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