The Danger of Religious Thinking: American "Treatment" of Addiction
Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy... Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
[T]he Bible describes a God who watches over one tiny world a few thousand years old. I look out there and see a universe of hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars... I mean burn me for a heretic, but your God seems awfully small. --Ellie Arroway, in Sagan's Contact
Baloney Detection Kit
- (Page long excerpt from The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)
Quote of the Day - Orthodoxy and the Suppression of Ideas
The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
Quote of the Day: Science Vs. Religion
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
What Kind of Atheist am I?
- In which I mention Sagan's role in my becoming an atheist.
Somehow I've never mentioned my favorite Sagan quote, which actually comes from his wife. When asked, "Didn't he want to believe?" she answered, "He didn't want to believe. He wanted to know."