Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Wings of Prayer Ain't Enough

In response to an article on Pajamas Media asserting that we were now at "stage 3" towards proving the existence of a God or any other flightless bird, I couldn't resist the reply,

That's the short answer. And no one is at "stage 3" for any kind of validation of God except in a countdown on imploding reasoning.  Call it belief, call it a desire for some kind of moral code because you can't imagine one yourself, call it a desire to cling to a child-like belief in an all-knowing father figure who will always be there to protect you from a hostile world and your own screw-ups, but let's not pretend it's anything more than that -- a rationalization for a state of unjustified emotional security. It's just an unfounded belief, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown. 
 That last, of course, was cribbed from Ayn Rand's essay on "Philosophy: Who Needs It", a speech delivered to the graduating class at West Point circa 1971.  (You can listen to it here.)

Ed Cline also made a great identification:
Postulating the existence of God or the Big Bang is a form of the classic Abbott and Costello routine of “Who’s on First?“ A long line of philosophers, from Plato to Kant to Nancy Pelosi (she of the pass-the-bill-so-she-can-let-you-see-what’s-in-it school of reality) averred that we cannot know anything for certain or at all. the same approach applies: Why bother contesting the non-rational or the irrational? 
 To get a sense of what he means, look at this:

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