Thoughts for Today (and Tomorrow)

Arthur C. Clarke

Athough I hesitate to criticize whoever is responsible, I cannot help feeling that the Universe is just a little too—ostentatious.

  • Perhaps we should thank the Taliban for finishing the task the Crusades began nine hundred years ago—proving beyond further dispute that Religion is incompatible with Civilization.
  • Religion is a disease promoted by starvation, because hungry people hallucinate, and then pray for food. This is why so many religions encourage fasting: it weakens the mind.
  • Although religious beliefs mainly result from brain damage acquired in early life, the worst symptoms (e.g. churchgoing) are often delayed for years.•God invented Religion to hide Herself from Mankind. (See Joseph Campbell’s Creative Mythology: The Masks of God, Volume IV.)
  • Of all the evils that God, in Her inscrutable wisdom, inflicted upon Mankind, Religion is by far the worst.
  • “All evil things come from the East—Religion and the Plague.” (Anonymous)
  • “The best definition of Faith: believing what you know isn’t true.” (Anonymous)
  • Nothing matches Religion in its power to make good men do evil, e.g. witch burning and the Inquisition.
  • The psychologist who famously remarked that chastity was the rarest of all sexual perversions might have added that Religion was the most common. (See Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudon, and especially the atrocious Malleus Maleficarum, by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger.)
  • As the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer demonstrate, monotheistic religions are pathological artifacts of sexual reproduction. They rarely occur among such entities as intelligent egg-layers, clones, computers, colonial organisms, hive-minds, slime-molds, or sentient networks, etc.
  • Ockham’s Principle—“Plurality should not be assumed without necessity”—favors the hypothesis of a single Creator. The “infinite regress” objection—“Who created the Creator?”—may be taken care of (translation: swept under the carpet) by a useful recent invention.

Welcome to the Singularity.


Arthur C. Clarke is the author of more than sixty books, co-screenwriter (with Stanley Kubrick) of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the inventor of the concept of geostationary satellite communication. He is a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke is the author of more than sixty books, co-screenwriter (with Stanley Kubrick) of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the inventor of the concept of geostationary satellite communication. He is a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.


Athough I hesitate to criticize whoever is responsible, I cannot help feeling that the Universe is just a little too—ostentatious. Perhaps we should thank the Taliban for finishing the task the Crusades began nine hundred years ago—proving beyond further dispute that Religion is incompatible with Civilization. Religion is a disease promoted by starvation, because hungry …

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