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, May 29, 2013

Why would the world be a much better place if everyone was an atheist?

I asked this question at Yahoo Answers.

This would be my answer: There would much less violence, no suicide bombings, much less stupidity, no more brainwashing of children, no more harassment of biology teachers, no more wasted lives, and human progress would be unlimited.

Here's some of the best answers:

Why would the world be a much better place if everyone was an atheist?

Because religion is generally dangerous and damaging.
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It teaches people not to doubt, not to question, not to seek knowledge, but to be credulous and complacent and to accept as reality what can not even be shown to actually exist. That's damaging to the human intellect and retards the progress of humanity.
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Because existence would be viewed from a FACTUAL perspective by 100% of people.
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"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities". - Voltaire
That's why.
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It actually doesn't matter what they believe as much as how they behave. If people behaved as atheists then the world would improve because science and technology would get the funding church use to build buildings and live lavish lifestyles. Also many of the prejudices of theists would be gone making the world a happier place for everyone whereas theists usually only want to make themselves happy and force their views on others trough violence and legislation.
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Because we don't kill/torrure/maim/rape/ostracize/hate people based on Bronze Age superstitions.
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All gods are just mythologies. If we have evidence for something we should embrace it, not run from it or pretend it doesn't exist. We should value the truth no matter how uncomfortable it seems.
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It would remove one very large basis for discrimination and hate: that of differing religious views and trying to impose them and their mandated acts, dress codes, oppressive demands and restrictions on others.
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Because there will not be people killing others for not being 'the chosen race' or for worshiping the 'wrong god'
everyone will also be pursuing knowledge instead of being held back by thinking 'god diddit'

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