There was no Nederlog yesterday, and there is
only a brief one today, but then it does give links some may enjoy a
lot, others may dislike a lot, and that probably leaves few indifferent:
Altogether, it is over 97 minutes with
Maher on religion,
can be seen in the Vatican, in Israel, in Amsterdam (on the spot
were Theo van Gogh was murdered
and in "a coffeeshop"), in England,
and talking with many true believers of the Catholic, Protestant,
Jewish and Islamic faiths.
Bill Maher is an American comedian, and as I
have said before - see
- he and I live in a time where you almost have
to be a comedian to speak the truth and be widely heard (**). There is a lot more that's both amusing and
educational in the last two links, and it also doesn't take 97 minutes.
The first link does, divided into 10 videos,
but it is worth seeing, whether you are into religion or not.
I am not - see in my
Philosophical Dictionary e.g. Atheism, Religion, Faith, Fanatic, God, Religion, Wishful
thinking - and neither is Bill Maher, but he does explain why in a
clear way, and also interviewed many religious believers, in front of
the camera, who can't be all right, to put it very
Anyway... have fun: The above links should
help you having it. (That is, unless you are cognitively challenged or
a fanatic: Surely, if you are religious, it must be a problem for you
that most religious people believe folks of your religion are mistaken,
wrong, immoral, or what not, and your God(s) created them too.)
(*) The video is mirrored
- which is most visible in text - and I suppose this is because it may
break copyright, but it is on the internet, and since I have no TV and
no health to go to the cinema this is the only way I can see it. Also,
it may help some to come to their senses.
Incidentally, dr. Francis Collins, the present director
of the NIH, also briefly appears among Maher's interviewees (namely
in part 2 of 10).
(**) Scientists - the
only profession where people are, provided all is well, as it regularly isn't that first and
foremost concerned with finding what the real truth is (rather than in
political party, nation, or product) -
are in fact rarely heard or read, other than by a few other scientists
of their own kind, and considerably less often really understood than
heard or read.
What's much more serious is that relatively
few people have clear ideas about logical reasoning, scientific
argumentation - in consequence of which, so many are and have been
taken in by
propaganda of all kinds.
philosophers that are in the news and in the media are
mostly of some fraudulent kind. There are exceptions, to be sure,
but it is as with sane, rational, educated men and women of good will:
They exist, but in a small minority, and neither beloved nor understood
by the media or the general public. Then again, thus it has always
been, and you find the main reasons in a list of links below.