Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On the usefulness of geologists

It's always important to have a geologist around so that if you end up in space, there's someone to die first. At least that's what happens on Star Trek.
— Penn Jillette. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday (New York, Penguin: 2012), p. 74.

Of course, I'm a philosophy instructor by trade, so I'm in no position to throw stones (so to speak).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Heroism

Moishe had talked to his father about becoming an atheist. Moishe felt his dad loved him but was still secretly hoping Moishe would end up in jail or something, some deep trouble, to vindicate the faith of his father. Moishe said his dad had asked him if he was happier without religion. If he was happier without his family and community. If he was happier as an atheist. 
Moishe had explained to his father that what made him happy didn't matter. What mattered was the truth. 
That may be the definition of a hero.
— Penn Jillette. God, No! (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011), p. 37