13th March 2012

“If I were granted omnipotence and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts.”

Bertrand Russell1872 – 1970

7 Responses to “13th March 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It is rather absurd to think that god’s creation is all that much given his much touted capacity. Given the eye, bladder, et cetera.

    If you would say god wasn’t a biologist that he was an artist instead, you still haven’t explained the bad design. Too many people are just fugly.

    If you say he wasn’t a biologist or an artist, or wasn’t good at either, then it begs the question: If all this works fine without a perfect god what would we need god for?

  2. R J Says:

    sinjin……………….

    i’ve read a lot of russell. one of my 2 degrees is in

    philosophy……………… and i will tell you that as the

    years have gone by , my opinions about , and

    feelings toward the man have changed .

    sure, the guy was a hotshot……..but i think that

    in his OWN mind , he was a HUGE hotshot.

    there’s lotsa stuff he wrote that was very snotty

    and petty…….and , i might add, kinda over-rated.

    that’s how this quote strikes me……….it comes off

    as snotty.

    now i agree with the general idea……..but i believe

    that his REAL BITCH was with the centuries and centuries

    of on-going human stupidity…………..generation after

    generation of nitwits. but he used the observation

    as kind of a limp zinger to take a poke at the

    faithful.

    to me , more than anythig else , the quote demonstrates

    that at times , even a first rate thinker can be as shallow and

    childish as those he feels he’s above .

  3. Dan Says:

    RJ,
    I’m sure this quote might be seen that way to someone accustomed to discourses with proper philosophers. But in a common sense kind of way, for when dealing with theologians, isn’t the dismissive attitude in this quote just a bit justified?

  4. Scarlett Says:

    Ah but maybe we are in the celestial shed of half finished paint pots, broken bikes, garden tools and failed projects. Perhaps out there is the finished, perfect version.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The artist speaks Scarlet? I suppose if the bar is set low enough anything is possible.

    Dan I think I identify Russell as perhaps the shock jock of his day, or whatever that equivalent might be. R j I acknowledge the asnotty quality but I’m not sure how that is different than what Jon Stewart or Craig Colbert are doing today. Not suggesting Russell was a comedian, my reference is more to the “social commentator” that Stewart and Colbert are. Russell, and his many interviews, were provocative and as such probably needed some edginess to have much stick?

    If I really step into apologizing for Russell m,aybe I might add that religionistas are forever making outlandish and arrogant comments. I don’t honestly believe Russell ever really came close to the stuff that passes for acceptable from too many religionistas to mention.

  6. Axel Says:

    I like it! Is it really that snotty? But then I’m only a humble earth scientist.

  7. R J Says:

    scarlett……………. at 954

    i like your post. here’s one of my own snotty

    thoughts……………..

    assuming the existence of an all-powerful god……

    and assuming he creates humans……

    perhaps he decides his creation (( read prototype ))

    is actually flawed !!!!!

    so…instead of quashing these creatures that, after all ,

    he has blessed with LIFE , he decides to move them to a

    far, far corner of the universe, and let them and their

    little world flourish in infinite isolation. i think this sort of nicely

    explains just why we are located such vast distances from

    everything else !!!!

    bu.t, then again, i’m just a snotty old cynic…….and

    i might say ANYTHING !!!!!!

    hing

    else !!

    .