The Scientific Indian

Religion is like

Religion is like Pornography sez PZ. Indeed, they both leave a nasty aftertaste. No amount of sugar coating can rectify what happens to be a fundamental perversion of the intellect. PZ is taking the offensive one step further. The offensive is necessary when you consider how entrenched religion is in our society and minds.


  1. #1 Edward the Bonobo
    October 4, 2006

    Thanks for that link, which I’ve just quoted here

    It’s refreshing to here support for atheism from someone in a society which is commonly regarded by outsiders as being inherently spiritual. Whatever the hell ‘spiritual’ means.

  2. #2 PZ Myers
    October 4, 2006

    Although I should say that I picked that analogy specifically because I think we should also be tolerant of pornography, in the same way: it doesn’t make you a better person, but if it floats your boat, OK. Let’s just make sure the participants aren’t abused in any way, and maybe we should help parents keep it away from kids.

  3. #3 Arunn
    October 5, 2006

    Edward (of the first comment): That is funny…India has more than a billion population of a species that also farts (apart from being “inherently spiritual”). Point is, I guess you have met the wrong samples from India… 😉

    Just to drive my point, I could put links for some of my blog posts here, that trashes “religion”, but then it would become a “shamless plug”… 😉

    PZ: I guess it should be the other way… we should keep those parents who indulge in “pornography” away from the children…

  4. #4 somnilista, FCD
    October 7, 2006

    It seems a good opportunity to mention the Carvaka and Lokayata, an Indian atheist and materialist movement preceding the classical age of Greece, and lasting at least 2000 years.

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