21st May 2012

“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.”

Bertrand Russell1872 – 1970

4 Responses to “21st May 2012”

  1. Atheist MC Says:

    It’s also one of the most widely misunderstood positives about a scientific world view.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Like when you know god exists, I mean really know with absolute certainty that god is present in your life?

    Where your claims of a personal relationship with god and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are an absolute? No evidence necessary!

    Sounds to me a formula for justifying the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literary works of fiction.

    I mean if the Bibles author could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.

    Cognitive estrangement in religion involves using a person’s ignorance or lack of knowledge to promote suspension of disbelief.

  3. The Heretic Says:

    Only death and taxes are a certainty in this world. The first of which has caused untold horror on this planet in the form of religion and other nonsense. Deal with it people, death happens. Invariably it happens unfairly to the wrong people far earlier than it should. A tragedy to be sure. Get over it!! Death is not a good enough reason to saddle a planet full of people with ludicrous fairy tales. And taxes…well I don’t even want to discuss those!

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition, and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia (Post-Contemporary Interventions) by Patrick Parrinder Permalink: http://amzn.com/0822327732