Nothing kills pain like the opium of blind faith. It is easier to gaze upon death without eyes. What better way to engage with the horrifying fact and material inevitability of your own non-existence than by denying it exists?
The entropy of difference provides discrete patterns of information and thought with the energy, complexity and momentum they require to self-propagate.
Justice or fairness is not implicit in the world; we have to continuously define, cultivate and maintain it ourselves.
I think we should practice respect for cultural traditions but not at the cost of recognising that the interpretations and translation of faith and its various assertions of truth exist in an altogether different dimension of belief than does science and the rational analysis of reality…