Ricky Gervais on atheism
I love Ricky Gervais – he's a great comedian and a very smart guy to boot. Last week he wrote an essay about why he's an atheist. This week he answers some of the most commonly asked questions about his essay. Here's an excerpt, about an all-too-familiar misconception about atheism:
In your piece you write, that “Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know.” In fact, mainstream scientific thought has sometimes been wrong, and it is constantly changing and revising itself. So how can you be so sure that science supports your belief that God does not exist?
Ricky Gervais: Science doesn’t concern itself with the non-existence of something. The periodic table of imaginary things would be too big for a classroom- infinitely big in fact, and rather pointless. It’s not trying to prove the non-existence of anything supernatural. All it knows is there is no scientific proof of anything supernatural so far.