Richard Dawkins: The lucky ones (via ZEN PENCILS)
“Richard Dawkins (1941-) is the world’s most famous atheist, thanks to his best-selling book The God Delusion and his tireless work to promote secularism through media and public appearances.
Though he is probably more well-known today for his views on religion, Dawkins is first and foremost an evolutionary biologist.
He has dedicated his life to studying evolution and to him it must be so bleeding obvious, and so much more awe-inspiring and beautiful, that the complexity of life on Earth is thanks to Natural Selection rather than Intelligent Design.”
Cthulhu is so cool. i do love the tentacles.
Russell’s teapot (info wikipedia / deign via)
Russell’s teapot, sometimes called the celestial teapot or cosmic teapot, is an analogy first coined by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) to illustrate the idea that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims rather than shifting the burden of proof to others, specifically in the case of religion.
“Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of skeptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake.
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.
But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”
Bad Religion - Atheist Peace
The human capacity for self-delusion is boundless, and the effects of belief are overpowering.
Michael Shermer (via completeculture)
“Unanswered” by Dead-Logic
It’s Hug an Atheist Day - like the happiest day of the year!
…Until you realize, there’s no one to give you a hug.
Atheists Don’t Have No Songs
From the album Rare Bird Alert
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof