20th September 2011

“In no other domain of knowledge is belief without evidence considered a desirable quality.”


24 Responses to “20th September 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    it would seem to me that ” domain of KNOWLEDGE ”

    might be a misnomer.

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    I think you’re right, R J. No evidence, no knowledge.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Faith: is belief without evidence considered a desirable quality
    Ignorance: is bliss considered a desirable quality

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “What you don’t know cannot hurt you.”


  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    When virtue is made of stupidity and no one objects, no one fights back.

    “We are the Borg. Existence, as you know it, is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.”

  6. William P. Jacobus Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this quotation. Generally acctepting something as true (such as belief in a supernatural power)or skirting logical analysis I continue to find more common and extremely horrific. Lets at least encourage rational analysis(RA), in a pleasant way. I believe RA should be applied to everything from what is the best coffee maker to the existence of God.remove our heads and live in caves. hmm. Not a bad idea.

  7. captainzero Says:

    RJ nailed it. Faith seems to be useful mainly when you have no facts to rely on or when the facts in hand oppose your deeply held conviction. One is willfull ignorance, the other, willfull stupidity.

  8. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “So the number of people thinking critically about religious belief is small. The uncritical believers are many.”

    Critical Thinking in Every Domain of Knowledge and Belief

  9. Defiantnonbeliever Says:

    I gave the quote to someone who then claimed that Belief is a different Domain than Knowledge and that evidence wasn’t required. There seems to be no convincing them that that’s a problem.

  10. CaptainZero Says:

    Ahhh! Non-overlapping magisteria e.g. reality and fantasy.

  11. R J Says:


    my copy of jennifer hecht’s ” DOUBT ” arrived today.

    looks fantastic.

    just finished the intro. thanx for the tip !!

  12. s0l0m0n Says:

    There’s abundance of evidence around but the atheists simply deny it.

  13. Dan Says:

    Don’t lie, you’ve never been able to show us any evidence to deny.

  14. s0l0m0n Says:

    Everything except God must have been created.
    That’s evidence.

  15. Dan Says:

    Oh great, I love hearing about this god of yours which you don’t believe in enough to tell us what its name is. I’m gonna guess it’s the Muslim god, Allah. Which was clearly created by a guy in Arabia in the 6th century CE.

    So clearly you’re wrong, your god WAS created. And you WEREN’T created, you were born. So you’re wrong twice in one sentence.

    And you still have ZERO evidence that you’re not suffering delusions.

  16. s0l0m0n Says:

    I am created thru a process called “born”. My God is not created in the 6th century. You may be a little ignorant on the facts of his origin. He exists on his own, that’s it. You are bound for ((((HELL)))) I tell you.

  17. Dan Says:

    Being born and being created are two entirely different things. You can’t be both.

    Okay, you’re not Muslim. Which god do you worship?

  18. s0l0m0n Says:

    Why do you say I’am not Muslim. You don’t know much about religion don’t you?

  19. s0l0m0n Says:

    Everything except God is created, even processes. Born is just a process of creation. You have to understand the essence of things Dan.

  20. Dan Says:

    You just denied association with Muhammed. I’d say that makes you not a Muslim.

    You can say that about creating things, but deep down you must know that it’s not true. At best it’s changing the meanings of words. But I tend to think that it’s just plain old-fashioned making things up.

    Which god do you worship anyway? Not that you actually believe in this god all that much – why on earth would you be afraid of saying its name if you believed in such a thing? Oh, right: “I might insult him,” you’ve said in the past. Your big almighty god might get his feelings hurt. Why would anyone call a being with such a fragile ego a “god” anyway?

  21. Solomon Says:

    You have to be patient Dan. I will eventually reveal the real God when God gives me the inspiration to do so.

  22. S0l0m0n Says:

    You have to be patient Dan. I will reveal the true God when God gives me the inspiration to do so.

  23. Dan Says:


    In other words you’re waiting for your cowardly “god” to get up the courage.

  24. Derrik Says:


    When is that? And no, burned toast won’t do. Redefining reality won’t do. And if you’re going to use the Bible as proof of anything – save all our time and don’t bother. One book isn’t proof of anything, unless you have some other source to back it up. (Guess what? There aren’t any.)