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Friday, March 21, 2014

"Spreading the Word on the Power of Atheism"

Eccentric omnivores of the world, unite!

"One of the strange, wonderful facts about many atheists is their eccentricity and intellectual omnivorousness. Christopher Hitchens, author of “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (2007), was a literary critic, a journalist in several war zones and a biographer of George Orwell. Sam Harris, who wrote “The End of Faith” (2004), also writes about free will and about lying; his next book promises to expand on his case for psychedelic drugs. Several professional magicians, like James Randi and the illusionists Penn and Teller, work to promote atheism on the side."
This is from a story about a lesser-known eccentric named S.T. Joshi:
“My father insisted that I and my sisters not be indoctrinated into any religion at any age,” Mr. Joshi said, as his three cats padded quietly about. “We were allowed to investigate the matter for ourselves if we felt like it. My mother to this day is a devout Hindu — believes in reincarnation, the whole bit — but has never forced that down anybody’s throat. You might say I was a passive atheist through my teenage years.”
Spreading the Word on the Power of Atheism - NYTimes.com

A Recent tweet of interest:
"I Took Astronomy From Carl Sagan" - @TheScienceGuy tells @secretlifer how class was like @COSMOSonTVbit.ly/NAii8v#Saganpalooza

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