Ricky Gervais, Philosopher

December 29, 2010

Bravo to Ricky Gervais. A philosopher made good.

If you haven't perused the article "Why I'm an Atheist" by Ricky Gervais , please take the time. A more direct yet eloquent statement is hard to find.

Just a snippet, to entice you to read the whole piece:

The existence of God is not subjective. He either exists or he doesn’t. It’s not a matter of opinion. You can have your own opinions. But you can’t have your own facts.

Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this. If I came up to you and said, “Why don’t you believe I can fly?” You’d say, “Why would I?” I’d reply, “Because it’s a matter of faith.” If I then said, “Prove I can’t fly. Prove I can’t fly see, see, you can’t prove it can you?” You’d probably either walk away, call security or throw me out of the window and shout, ‘’F—ing fly then you lunatic.”

Pretty philosophical. You think of Ricky Gervais as a witty comedian. Did you know that Gervais is a college graduate, and not just any college -- the prestigious University College, London. He was a philosophy major. Probably explains the extra attitude, too. 

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