The Happy Atheist

By PZ Myers

“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by way of well-meaning, solid individuals with whom I percentage a tradition and related issues, and there’s just one factor i will do. i need to laugh.” —PZ Myers
 
On his renowned technology blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained thousands of readers along with his infectious love of evolutionary technological know-how and his both infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, clever layout conception, and different items of godly illogic. This humorous and fearless booklet collects and expands on a few of his hottest writings, giving the non secular fanaticism of our instances the gleeful disrespect it merits by means of skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical pondering, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories complicated via non secular fundamentalists of all stripes.

With a fit appreciation of the absurd, Myers not just pokes enjoyable on the ridiculous tenets of renowned religions but additionally highlights how the endurance of Stone Age superstitions may have darkish outcomes: interfering with our politics, slowing our medical development, and restricting freedom in our culture.

Forceful and articulate, scathing and funny, The satisfied Atheist is a reaffirmation of the revelatory strength of humor and the truth-revealing powers of technology and reason.

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Extra special! If you’re a waitress attempting to make a dwelling off low wages and information, you’d be loopy to not take a couple of seconds to scribble whatever like that at the cost. instantly after analyzing approximately that learn, my spouse and that i all started noticing, at eating place after eating place, that our waitresses have been drawing smiley faces forever. (And now you’ll detect in addition. ) I doubt that the majority of them had learn the educational article, yet models of this tale had made it to the preferred press, and it used to be beautiful to determine humans employing empirical learn to their paintings. other than, lamentably, my very own notion shifted. Now whilst i glance in the back of that payment and spot the traditional iconographic smiley face, I’m brooding about if I’m being psychologically manipulated: Do dots and a curved line quite make up for negative carrier? I’m getting inoculated opposed to the optimistic reaction, and the sight of a smiley face makes me imagine as an alternative approximately what the waitress really did. after which what if there's no smiley face drawn? Does that suggest my waitress is gloomy in her state of affairs, and perhaps I may still tip a bit extra in sympathy? or maybe I may still exhibit my remorse at a foul process that justifies low wages for labor. The present reaction for an easy cue crumbles with ease. expensive signs are regularly extra trustworthy symptoms of sincere communique than those reasonable and simple markers. The ubiquity of push-button pop psychology can lead basically to a rise in suspicion and significant pondering, that's, perversely, an excellent factor, i guess. We don’t like insincerity. We’re clever to query reasonable and straightforward solutions. think encountering a guy smiling expectantly. Q Why are you smiling? A simply because industry learn says I may still. It backfires immediately. We don’t belief that guy one bit. yet wait, you say—his solution undermines the sign he offers! Here’s a extra life like model of that come upon, then. Q Why are you smiling? A simply because I’m satisfied and assured and an individual you have to take heed to! Q fairly? A No, yet that’s the reply marketplace study says I should still provide. There are an excellent many formulation for non permanent good fortune, and lots of of them are sponsored up through sound mental examine; a lot of them also are subsidized up by means of the pop-psych prosperity gospel on reveal on late-night infomercials, which use suggestions which are winning in profitable gains for his or her makers—for some time, ahead of they need to movement directly to the following lucrative fad. i wouldn't argue with demonstrable good fortune or replicable information. yet I do query the goals of such workouts. I’m no longer attempting to win humans over with glib patter, a cheerful smile, or intercourse allure, and neither are any of the favourite voices of the hot Atheist stream. We’re out to unsettle humans, lead them to imagine, cause them to query, and occasionally lead them to angry—so that they are going to, we are hoping, imagine extra deeply themselves and are available to their very own conclusions. i've got no testimonials from humans asserting I introduced them round to my mind set with a pointy, cogent argument. That’s easily no longer the way in which the human brain works whilst faced with not easy principles.

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