QOTD


"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake.

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

--Bertrand Russell

(In honor of adding Russell's Teapot to my blogroll. These are some of my favorite strips).

Comments

Written by Mike Goodspeed -

I thank you for a good night's entertainment. I started reading these strips and started talking to my roommate (Catholic) about them. She has a similar sense of humor, but honestly believes, so we had a good time walking through the bible's little fun areas. She got particularly insulted when we got to the parts about women. God > Christ > Man > Women. Remember, Chris, when you get married_ And the man shall be head of the woman, like Christ is head of the Church.

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