22nd February 2008

“If millions believe a lie, it is still a lie.”

Dave Bruemmer

4 Responses to “22nd February 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    I like this little quote. “Ten thousand Frenchmen can’t be wrong” Oh yes they can. Hmm…what kinds of things did millions believe and then come to find out that they were absolutely, conclusively, dead fucking wrong?
    1. Eclipses (like the spectacular one I saw last night) are caused by angry gods.
    2. Evil spirits cause disease.
    3. Mental illness was actually demonic posession.
    4. The world is flat (a few holdouts, I’m told)
    5. The sun goes around the earth.
    6. Condoms cause AIDS (hats off Catholic church!)
    7. Bathing causes sickness.
    8. Evolution is wrong.
    9. There’s a sky god that made everything.

    This could be a long list! I invite anyone reading to contribute their own gem from the “wisdom of crowds”. Every now and again you get some mental midget who attempts the “You’re smarter than all these billions of believers?!? What an arrogant bastard you are” gambit. It’s so stupid it’s not even an argument.

  2. Critic Says:

    Chris – well said, I’ll ad the following:

    10. God is on our side so lets go and kill those filthy pig-fuckers in the next valley (country, continent, etc.).
    11. Intercessory prayer has been scientifically proven to be effective.
    12. The Book of Mormon contains wisdom.
    13. Easter and Christmas really are Christian holidays.
    14. All scientific knowledge that man was meant to know is contained in the Quaran.

    and, being a geologist, my all-time favorite

    15. The Grand Canyon was carved by the, “Great flood.”

    But then the saddest part of this quote is that it is commonly used by all religions to justify their specific stupid beliefs in exclusion of the stupid beliefs of the other religions.

  3. Chris Says:

    “Great flood”…you kill me! When someone utters those words, walk away. They are beyond all aid.

  4. Terence Meaden Says:

    Written by Bertrand Russell some 50 – 70 years ago, with religion in mind:

    “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”