Friday, 5 December 2008

Russell's Teapot

On a similar theme to my post regarding my atheism, I today came across a comic strip all about that very subject. I'm not the type of atheist that preaches, but I do like this subtle and funny way that religion is shown to be quite a daft idea. Russell's Teapot is based on a quote by Bertrand Russell.

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

As always, click to enlarge.

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