I’m an atheist by birth. I have never believed in any supernatural beings, not ghosts, not demons, not gods. It’s not a conscious choice, it’s just the way I am. It turns out PZ weighed in on this and some of his thoughts are quoted at CNN today:
PZ Myers, an American scientist and prolific blogger on atheism, echoed Hutchinson’s comments, and called Bell’s experiment “simply ridiculous.” “It’s not a set of superficial practices, it’s a mindset,” Myers said of atheism. “What’s he going to do at the end of the year, erase his brain?”
Since the responses have been so varied – and so interesting – we wanted to know what other thinkers and scholars have to say about Bell’s experiment with atheism. In short, we asked a whole bunch of smart folks if it’s really possible to “try” atheism for a year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we got a wide variety of answers (The old adage about “three rabbis, four opinions” seems to apply to atheists as well.)Some of these submissions have been edited for length and clarity.
My first reaction is this a marketing scheme for the pastor’s church or upcoming book or national tour on the hardships and evils he endured — Christlike for all humankind you see?
Haha! Via comments: “Chapter 1: I thought about how a Godless universe means there are no objective moral standards, so I pushed an old woman in front of a bus.”