9th July 2012

“A ridiculous belief, even if sincerely believed, is no less ridiculous.”

Eric Nowell

11 Responses to “9th July 2012”

  1. John Says:

    Stupid is as stupid does….

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It does strike me as extremely odd that anyone would express a belief in god. Far more pathetic than a child professing belief in Santa, the Easter bunny, or the Great Pumpkin.

  3. Xhim Says:

    A “ridiculous belief” is not always self-evident. That the Titanic was unsinkable turned out to be a ridiculous belief, but one held by all the “experts.”

  4. TIGERLILY Says:

    ” Reality is what those in power say it is .”

  5. Shawn Says:

    It doesn’t get more clear cut than that.

    @Xhim

    Experts say lots of things. That’s why rational thinking, research, and verification of claims are crucial.

  6. Xhim Says:

    @Shawn: the builders of the Titanic would have insisted that their claims were rational and based on research. It was verification where they fell down. 🙂
    I guess the corollary of this quote would be: A sound belief, even if sincerely ridiculed, is no less sound.

  7. John Says:

    Yet even the folks that built the Titanic changed the plans for the Britannia while it was being built after the Titanic sank at the place the Titanic broke in two. Thus as Shawn says”…rational thinking, research, and verification of claims are crucial”.

  8. reetBob Says:

    Xhim, the titanic was “unsinkable” until the evidence to the contrary became overwhelming.
    Show me the evidence, overwhelming or not, for any of your religious beliefs.

  9. Dan Says:

    Xhim,
    The Titanic would be an apt analogy for religious faith if the shipbuilders continued insisting that it was unsinkable even AFTER it sank.

    In the case of religion, people still believe not only that there’s a God, but that it is almighty and good (or just), despite the existence of childhood leukemias, cystic fibrosis, severe hemaglobinopathies, etc. The existence of such things provides plenty of evidence that if there is an almighty God, it is one EVIL S.O.B. Yet they continue to say that “God is good,” unlike the Titanic shipbuilders who stopped saying that “The Titanic is unsinkable” once it had sank.

  10. reetBob Says:

    Bravo, Dan.

  11. Dan Says:

    reetBob,
    Yeah – these same people presumably read the Book of Job and fail to recognize that if there is such a God, it is evil beyond imagination. That there are people out there who find comfort in believing in such a God defies explanation.

    For me, I find more comfort in believing that such catastrophes and calamities are due to factors outside of one’s control, than due to a malevolent being such as that.