mercredi 21 septembre 2011

What Religion Teaches

From an interview with Richard Dawkins in the New York Times (

"Aren't the theologian's questions - Why are we here? Is there something larger than us? Why do we die? - central to the human project?

Professor Dawkins shakes his head before the question is out. His impatience with religion is palpable, almost wriggling alive inside him. Belief in the supernatural strikes him as incurious*, which is perhaps the worst insult he can imagine.

'Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers,' he says. 'It's a sort of crime against childhood.'

And please spare him talk of spiritualism, as if that were the only way to meditate on the wonder of the universe. 'If you look up at the Milky Way through the eyes of Carl Sagan, you get a feeling in your chest of something greater than yourself,' he says. 'And it is. But it's not supernatural.'"

Dawkins just published a children's book, _The Magic of Reality_, which I'm very excited to read!

*incurious: Not desirous of obtaining knowledge, information, or news; uninquisitive, uninquiring, indifferent; devoid of curiosity.

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