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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 07:15 PM >>>

exact nonsense

Wednesday,  11/20/13  04:57 PM

From Penn Jillette:

There is no god and that's the simple truth. If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.

Such a penetrating observation, right?  Imagine another inhabited planet.  Of course, their laws of physics would be the same as our laws, their mathematics, their chemistry.  Even their biology (though of course exact forms might differ).  The science would be exactly the same.  But if the planet evolved intelligent life, what are the chances that their religion would be the same?  Zero.  Some of the concepts might be similar but all of the details would be different.

In fact you don't have to imagine another planet, just use ours.  Science is the same everywhere, in every country, in every culture, but religion differs widely.