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02.12.2010 – Happy Darwin Day

February 12, 2010 1 comment

In honor of Darwin Day, I thought that I would just post some Charles Darwin quotes that I really like. So here goes:

* We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.

* I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can.

* There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

* It has often and confidently been asserted, that man’s origin can never be known: Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin. Today I celebrate the life of a man who we may find, ultimately, caused more change in the worldview of human kind than any other in history. At least that’s my hope. Maybe one day everyone will find the path that I found and shed superstition and replace it with reason, science, and critical thinking. Maybe one day Darwin’s theory will be so common place that the debate is finally put to rest.

Maybe one day!

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12.04.2009 – I’m an atheist…and I like Christmas!

December 4, 2009 4 comments

There! I said it! And I’m not at all upset about it. I do like Christmas, and it doesn’t really matter why. Though, this wouldn’t be much of a blog entry if I didn’t go into it anyway would it? So here goes. 

It’s probably just because of cultural reasons that I feel this way. I was raised with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Christian holiday, and every December, I almost literally crave all of those things. It’s the ‘warmth’ of the season. The family get togethers that happen so infrequently throughout the year. The seasonal specific foods. And the many other things that go on this time of year that really separate it from all other times. 

I realize that most of those things are just aesthetic. But for me, I don’t need the supernatural elements that the ‘origins’ of this season claim, for me to be able to enjoy, embrace, and celebrate this time of year. Yeah, I could call it a Solstice Celebration or something of that sort. But then, it seems to lose that cultural history that makes Christmastime a unique part of who I am. Those things are a PART of me, whether I believe the religious elements or not. 

So, I will probably be saying a lot of ‘Merry Christmases’ again this year, and not feeling the least bit conflicted about it.