An open letter to a religious planet

Dear religious planet, I know you are probably not reading this if you are a theist, as you are probably put off by the title. However if you do decide to read, let me tell you now. While you may not like what I write in this letter, this is not intended to be merely a chance for me to offend you and your beliefs or sensibilities. Nor is it a chance for me to ridicule anyone, or say “I am right and you are wrong.” What I intend to do...

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If You Open Your Mind Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out

Humour me while I ramble off a bunch of random thoughts I’ve been having. I like to think that when I write  I try to see the things from a reasonable perspective. Without having too much preconception, I try to use the information I have gathered and show my opinions in a rational and reasonable manner without flooding the ideas with too much preconceived dogma or un-backable opinion. But inevitably I will show my weakness and just write...

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The Search for Hollow Unicorns

People like to feel that their lives have meaning. Let me just examine that statement. In this context, people like to feel that their lives are worthwhile, that their actions are of some consequence, that there is a reason to get up in the morning, to go to work, to earn money, to go through the daily routines that we do to support ourselves and our families. We need to feel that there is a sense of purpose to our daily existences or we can...

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A Universe Without Meaning

We as a species tend to think of ourselves as pretty special. We have mental abilities that far surpass those of any other creature on earth, and we have social structures that we can maintain without constant infighting or always resorting to violence and territorial squabbles. We have a natural tendency toward togetherness and community where each of us can be included as a part, and we have created governments and infrastructures to make our...

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Steven Pinker – How do you make sense of the unknown?

This is a transcript of an interview with Steven Pinker on the Big Think website recorded On: 6/13/07. I thought it was some of the clearest thinking I’d heard in a long time. The whole interview is below, and I’ll make noteds in between as I see fit. You can watch the video here. Question: How do you make sense of the unknown? Steven Pinker: I think that using the word God or the attitude of faith toward that which you don’t know...

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