Quote of the day, from PZ Myers

"[There] is more to my atheism than simple denial of one claim; it's actually based on a scientific attitude that values evidence and reason, that rejects claims resting solely on authority, and that encourages deeper exploration of the world. My atheism is not solely a negative claim about gods, but is based on a whole set of positive values that I will emphasize when talking about atheism. That denial of god thing? It's a consequence, not a cause."

Thank you! Geez. Believers are all too often under the impression that atheism is a belief system from which we derive a presumably naturalistic outlook. It's the other way around: atheism is an inevitable outcome of a worldview in which claims to knowledge must be rooted in empirical evidence and reason. 

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