A human lifespan is less than a thousand months long. You need to make some time to think how to live it.
Epistemology teaches us that the key point is about rationality. If a person gets wet every time he is in the rain without an umbrella, yet persists in hoping that the next time he is umbrella-less in the rain he will stay dry, then he is seriously irrational.
Faith is a commitment to belief contrary to evidence and reason.
Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner table of life.
I do not believe that there are any such things as gods and goddesses, for exactly the same reasons as I do not believe there are fairies, goblins or sprites, and these reasons should be obvious to anyone over the age of ten.
If I see two men do good, one because he takes himself to be commanded to it by a supernatural agency and the other solely because he cares about his fellow man, I honor the latter infinitely more.
If there is anything worth fearing in the world, it is living in such a way that gives one cause for regret in the end.
Inculcating the various competing- competing, note- falsehoods of the major faiths into small children is a form of child abuse, and a scandal.
It is time to refuse to tiptoe around people who claim respect, consideration, special treatment, on the grounds that they have a religious faith, as if having faith were, a privilege endowing virtue, as if it were noble to believe in unsupported claims and ancient superstitions.
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.
Look at the blogosphere- the biggest lavatory wall in the universe, a palimpsest of graffiti and execration.
Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at least, sincerely try.
Mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.
Middle age has been defined as what happens when a person's broad mind and narrow waist change places.
Misuse of reason might yet return the world to pre-technological night; plenty of religious zealots hunger for just such a result, and are happy to use the latest technology to effect it.
Nothing is truly unnatural, because everything that exists, including human intelligence, is a product of nature. If human intelligence can devise ways for the genes from two men to result in a child, their doing so is an entirely natural event.
People should be left to believe what they like, so long as they harm no one else. Apart from normal expectations of politeness, it is not however clear why people should require their personal beliefs to be treated with special sensitivity by others, to the point that if others fail to tip-toe respectfully around them they will start throwing bombs.
Religion and science have a common ancestor- ignorance.
Religions survive mainly because they brainwash the young.
Religious apologists complain bitterly that atheists and secularists are aggressive and hostile in their criticism of them. I always say: look, when you guys were in charge, you didn't argue with us, you just burnt us at the stake. Now what we're doing is, we're presenting you with some arguments and some challenging questions, and you complain.
Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty and therefore a mark of maturity. It embraces doubt and loose ends.
The meaning of life is what you make it. There will be as many different meaningful lives as there are people to live them.
The media no longer hesitant to whip up lurid anxieties in order to increase sales, in the process undermining social confidence and multiplying fears.
The wise say that our failure is to form habits: for habit is the mark of a stereotyped world.
To believe something in the face of evidence and against reason is ignoble, irresponsible and ignorant.
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