November 27, 2007 § 4 Comments
Via Planet Waves:
Remember, you are a world citizen. Well, really a cosmic citizen. You are of this Earth, but you feel your roots in something deeper, and that is (on the one hand) the sense of being different and (on the other) the odd impulse you have to live a mundane life, to be grounded, to be an anti-spiritual reactionary: a humanist. You need real ideas, actual evidence for what is so, and the freedom to chuck established dogma into the nearest municipal waste incinerator. Therefore, seek evidence for your most outrageous beliefs, and you will indeed find it. Contrary to the late Carl Sagan’s perfectly illogical (but seemingly sensible) pronouncement — that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof” — you need tangible evidence for what you observe and base your life on. You also need to subject it to question and ask what other outcomes are possible. Stick to the ordinary and what is close to home, and you will encounter that which, somewhat inconveniently, defies all rational belief.