Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quote of the Week-The Amazing Randi




"There exists in a society a very special class of persons that I have always referred to as the Believers.  These are folks who have chosen to accept a certain religion, philosophy, theory, idea or notion and cling to that belief regardless of any evidence that might, for anyone else, bring it into doubt.  They are the ones who encourage and support the fanatics and the frauds of any given age.  No amount of evidence, no matter how strong, will bring them any enlightenment.  They are sheep who beg to be fleeced and butchered, and who will battle fiercely to preserve their right to be victimized."   -the Amazing Randi


Well said Mr Randi!

They are party to their own vicitmization because they fear what it would mean for their world if they were accepted that they were wrong.

Evidence, science and logic are the only ways that we have to assess the nature of reality, and if you can't satisfy the requirements of those tools, then maybe you should look at your belief.

But what is sad is that they fight for the right to be fooled and led down the path to delusion, misinformation, manipulation, slavery and unsupported views.  Their respect for that "right" becomes more important than their respect for the truth about the universe.

You're the man Mr Randi!  Keep up the good work, and spread the love of logic and evidence.  The world is FAR more interesting and magestic than we give it credit for.

Peace

3 comments:

  1. If the believers god appeared before them and told them they were believing in the wrong god they would still not believe it.

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  2. They would likely think that they had been sent to hell and punished to separation from their god. lol

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  3. “To say that we cannot know anything about God is to say something about God; it is to say that if there is a God, he is unknowable. But in that case, he is not entirely unknowable, for the agnostic certainly thinks that we can know one thing about him: That nothing else can be known about him.” In the end, agnosticism is an illogical position to hold to. – J. Budziszewski

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