12th February 2008

“I do not believe in any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.”

Charles Darwin1809 – 1882

5 Responses to “12th February 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    “There are some downsides to facing the truth. That ticket to eternity which faith offers is revoked. However, even this has a positive side. If there is no afterlife, life on Earth is all the more sacred. With eternity denied to us by our mortality, the value of every breath we take is amplified. Each millisecond of our lives is rendered that much more beautiful by virtue of the inevitable end that hangs over it.” (Joe Vance, The Post Online) May 2006

    “Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist.” Epicurus 341 – 270 BC

    “Life is a sexually transmitted condition which is 100% fatal.”

  2. Critic Says:

    …death, is nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist.

    Thank you Terrance. I am reminded again how much I like Epicurus’ way of thinking. The simple facts are those that the religionists fight so hard to deny.

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    An Open Letter to Mr. Charles Darwin
    On the occasion of Darwin Day, 12 February.

    Dear Charles
    We appreciate so much the marvels that the application of your able brain revealed to the world in the course of your masterful analyses and syntheses of the natural and life sciences in the nineteenth century. You were so ahead of your time that we realize how the theocratic ambiance of authority that surrounded you made it all extremely difficult. You were brought up a Christian, and went to Cambridge to “take holy orders”—but you had already been developing the scientific skills that ultimately would lead you to learning the truths about the world of nature all about you. Combined with simultaneous advances in knowledge of geological processes and archaeological discoveries concerning humanity, you and Alfred Russell Wallace ingeniously discovered the origin of species and presented the evidence in the face of a world of Christian criticism.
    But you succeeded, and those clever enough to understand continue to applaud your work one and a half centuries later. Many hundreds of thousands of scientists have proved you right.
    Unfortunately—and this is to the great shame of the human race—there continue to be vocal (some of them fanatical), feeble-minded disbelievers and charlatans all about us. The average intelligence of the human race is so poor that not enough people are able to benefit from the high-level education needed for a full and proper understanding of your great work. The stupidities of creationism have even made a partial comeback, especially in the USA (of all places) and the lands occupied by fundamentalist Catholics, Jews and submitting Muslims.
    I have written a short essay “The Antiquity of Man: The Intellectual Shock of the Mid-nineteenth Century” which I offered in appreciation to a rationalist web site for Darwin Day a couple of years ago. I know that you cannot read it, because you and I and all my freethinking friends know there is no afterlife, that there are no demons and no gods except those that “fools and fanatics” choose to lock into their heads. But if you could read it, I think you would have approved.

    http://www.mukto-mona.com/Special_Event_/Darwin_day/2007/terence_antiquity_man.htm

    Yours sincerely,

    G. Terence Meaden

  4. Nefari Says:

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  5. Critic Says:

    Chris,

    I just took the time to check out your video playlist and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the effort.