Saturday, May 12, 2007

God is Death

God is Death

Now that I've given the Dalai Lama his due, praised Buddhism, generally, and shown how much I am a Pantheist, let me express how much empathy I have with educated atheists.
Bill Maher (click), my HBO hero, repeatedly lampoons religious fervor, pointing out the madness of the passion for insane religious doctrine. How can anyone believe today that there is a God who cares whether or not we eat shrimp!

So, on that note, I want to share three delightful reviews:

1. In God, Distrust



How Religion Poisons Everything.

By Christopher Hitchens.

2. Better living without God?

Religion is a dangerously irrational mirage, says Dawkins

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The God Delusion

3. Manufacturing belief

The origin of religion is in our heads, explains developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert. First we figured out how to make tools, then created a supernatural being.

By Steve Paulson

May. 15, 2007 | In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," Alice tells the White Queen that she cannot believe in impossible things. But the Queen says Alice simply hasn't had enough practice. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." That human penchant for belief -- or perhaps gullibility -- is what inspired biologist Lewis Wolpert to write a book about the evolutionary origins of belief called "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast."

There is also a funny interview with C H in New York Mag:

Are You There, God? It's Me, Hitchens.



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