The most boring constellation: Triangulum Australis. A profound lack of imagination – any 3 stars in the sky makes a triangle
Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
Astronomy’s much more fun when you’re not an astronomer.
I started an amateur astronomy website. Check it out.
The God Excuse: The last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument. It came from God
Within 10 seconds you’ll see “what faith can do to an otherwise sane mind” - Richard Dawkins
Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
Personally folks, I believe that if your rights came from God, he would’ve given you the right to some food every day, and he would’ve given you the right to a roof over your head. God would’ve been looking out for you.
George Carlin - It’s Bad for Ya
The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, “atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
To all those Christians who take the bible literally:
Being gay is wrong. Unnatural. Sinful, right? After all, God mad Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22 NKJV). Many people hold this to be true. But Leviticus also tells us it is wrong to eat shrimp and lobster (Leviticus 11:10-12) and that any animals like cats and dogs are unclean and should not be touched (Leviticus 11:27). What about these rules? Why not follow them too? After all, it is the word of God…isn’t it?
God is love
"Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord." (Leviticus 10:1-2)
"God is love" (1 John 4:8)
I have a journal that I write down all my thoughts and criticism on religion. But I find it funny that when my mother gave it to me a few years ago, she intended for it to be a “prayer journal” for me… Oops.