Friday, June 8, 2012

Atheist Heroes: Isaac Asimov

I have always been a fan of science fiction.  One of my favorite authors in the genre is Isaac Asimov. The God's Themselves (my signed copy is a treasured possession) is one of the great classics of science fiction.

Many people don't realize that Asimov wrote on variety of subjects besides science fiction and even wrote a guide to the Bible.  On the subject of the Bible, Asimov wrote: "Property read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

This is another one of my favorite Asimov quotes.  I especially like the point about democracy being interpreted by some to mean that their ignorance is just as good as other people's knowledge.

There is a definite strain of anti-intellectualism in this country.  It reared its ugly head recently when Romney criticized Obama because of his Harvard degree (Obama was accused of being "out of touch" with the common man).  This is ironic because Romney also graduated from Harvard.

The pandering to the uneducated masses by politicians, often by ridiculing education, is a sad reality of our political system because, like it or not, the uneducated vote.  In the primaries, Rick Santorum went so far as to advocate not going to college to avoid liberal ideas that lead to atheism.

I'm not advocating against democracy, because, despite its flaws, it is the best system we have.  But why is there so much ignorance worship?  Perhaps it has to do with the relatively large number of churches in America.  At church, people can scoff at evolutionary biology and receive praise from their fellow believers without having to understand the first thing about evolution.

I like this quote by George Carlin, which is both scary and true.

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