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  1. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on F Minus 2 days ago

    My ideas are not, to the best of my ability, either prejudiced or unreasoning. It is precisely because I understand religion so well—having lost the bulk of what could have been a productive life to it—that I oppose it so decidedly.


    The mere fact that at a previous time many scientists lived in a largely religious culture is more or less beside the point. That point is that as science has progressed, it has replaced the mythical (and provably false) view of reality with one that is demonstrable, that leads to unquestionable progress, and that frees the mind from the strictures of self-appointed authority, whether clerical, military, political, or merely cultural and customary.

  2. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ziggy 3 days ago

    Could be worse; could be they were building a hyperspatial express route through the solar system…

  3. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on F Minus 3 days ago

    I’ve previously replied to your take on myth; as you did not respond then, but just parroted it now, I feel no need to belabor the issue.

    Also, dude, work on your math. Yes, a minus time a minus is a positive number. However, i is not a negative number; it is an imaginary number, the square root of minus 1. And, in fact, you can have “-i” as well; squaring it, in fact, also gives you minus one.


    However, I’m glad to see that you implicitly understand that the Adam and Eve myth is imaginary! ;-) There is no sense in which that story is true. There was no “first man and first woman,” people were not created by any god (if the Hebrew creation myth is “true,” is the Cherokee creation myth also “true”? The Japanese? The Greek?), they do not have dominion over the earth (despite what they might think), Adam is not representative of all humanity, there was no magic garden with a talking snake, and to pretend that any of this is true—whether literally, figuratively, symbolically, or allegorically—while ignoring the true story, which science has been piecing together since the time of Galileo, is simply puerile.

  4. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Clay Bennett 4 days ago

    The comic is presumably referring to an article such as this one.

  5. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Walt Handelsman 4 days ago

    Why Ted Cruz? Because Mike Pence isn’t theocratic enough??

  6. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Rubes 4 days ago

    Actually, none of the rest of us were taking myths literally.

  7. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 4 days ago

    Not just twitter feeds. All political bloviating too.

  8. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on F Minus 4 days ago

    I would, as I don’t take myths to be true, pipe dreams to be literal, and have no trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality.

  9. markjoseph125 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 4 days ago

    Very nicely put.