Day: December 18, 2011

Sunday, 18 December 2011

09:55 – Barbara gave me a haircut this morning, so I’m feeling weak. Only kidding. Actually, the bogosity of the Samson and Delilah myth was one of the first things that caused me to question religion, when I was about three years old. I knew I didn’t feel any weaker after a haircut. A guy who lived down the street from us was former military. He had a crew cut so short he might as well have shaved his head, and he was built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. And, anyway, why should hair length have anything to do with how strong a guy was? That got me started thinking about how clearly bogus a lot of other religious stories were, from the parting of the Red Sea to transubstantiation to dead people coming back to life. I wrote off religion as a bunch of myths and outright lies. I’d learned to question dubious claims and demand evidence for them. I became a scientist in all but name before I started kindergarten.

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