Science, computer, video game, and board game nerd. Knitter and hooker. Coxswain and occasional bow seat.
"The word 'atheist,' meaning 'no God,' is negative and defeatist. It says what you don’t believe and puts you in an eternal position of defense. 'Rationalism' on the other hand states what you DO believe; that, that which can be understood in the light of reason." -- Issac Assimov
"...Humanists believe that human beings produced the progressive advance of human society and also the ills that plague it. They believe that if the ills are to be alleviated, it is humanity that will have to do the job. They disbelieve in the influence of the supernatural on either the good or the bad of society, on either its ills or the alleviation of those ills." -- Issac Assimov
"Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.” -- Christopher Hitchens