Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Another comforting thought, no charge.

Here’s a thought for those who have studied a bit of history and have some idea of how societies and institutions grew and changed up to this very minute. Now, imagine if every trace of one of the world’s three major religions disappeared today. It doesn’t matter which one. But, every thought, every memory, and every word ever written about it, gone. What is the likelihood that the exact same structure would spring up again? Effectively, zero. Human nature suggests that something else might spring up in its place, but never that exact thing. If science and all scientific knowledge disappeared today, there is not doubt that people would figure out how to do it all again. And, most crucially, they would come up with the exact same answers. Again. Comforting, isn’t it?

This is blatantly restating the words of Penn Jillette.