Instead of Readers’ Wildlife today, we’ll have a new ten-minute interview (courtesy of reader Barry) of comedian Ricky Gervais on religion. He is, of course, an atheist. And although the YouTube video is labeled “Ricky Gervais destroys religion funny interview,” there’s no humor in it: it’s a serious and thoughtful dissection of the follies of faith.
I particularly like the distinction he draws between scientific truths and religious “truths” at 5:32, and his statement, which I’ve often made, that if you profess agnosticism toward God, then you must also say you’re agnostic about Santa Claus and (as I add) the Loch Ness Monster. “Nessie?. . .Well, I just don’t know. She may exist, or may not.” Nobody says that for, like God, there’s simply no evidence for Nessie. People are willing to dismiss her as “Nessie-Atheists”, but not so with God. That’s irrational.
And reader Ivan, an old friend, fellow grad student at Rockefeller, and lanzmann, sent me this photo with the caption, “Bill Clinton sure does know how to don a yarmulke at Shimon Peres’s funeral.”
Doesn’t he have advisers to help him with stuff like this?
If you can’t see what he’s doing wrong, do some Google imaging. It’s like wearing a hijab around your neck!