“Gods are all in the mind. They are the imaginations of wishful thinkers who do not think enough because they have not learned enough. In short, gods exist only inside the head, and not outside of it.” Terence Meaden. Atheistweb 17 February 2008
A declared atheist since the age of 6 when I discovered the deception that is Father Christmas. By the time I was 7 or 8, I was convinced that the biblical stuff coming my way, chiefly through school, was largely mythical and therefore nonsense too. The bible was nothing but a collection of largely unlikely stories either fabricated or exaggerated and with only a few being possibly factual.
As a boy, I was soon deeply interested in the true ORIGINS as with cosmology, stars, Sun, Earth, Moon, Evolution, Life and Humanity. With the passing years as a freethinker in a Christian school and being a deeply curious enquirer, I had come to conclude that Jesus was probably a historical figure about which little was truly known, but about whom much had been grossly exaggerated—and that indeed a complex mythology had built up about this man and his ordinary parents.
By contrast, I respected and admired the discoveries of all the scientists, and that in them dwelt the real truths about our world and the universe.
So by the age of 14 I was determined to be a scientist or archaeologist.
At 15 I told the teachers that I hoped to do archaeology at Oxford but I was not allowed to try because Ancient Greek (not taught at my school) was then a requirement of the entrance examination. So I did physics and mathematics for the entrance exams age 17.
In my Oxford college I was at once dismayed to find a high number of evangelical Christians among the non-scientists. How could these people swallow the nonsense of superstitious dogma with which they had been fed? What made them prostrate themselves before scenes of human torture and make out they were drinking the blood and eating the flesh of Jesus!? What weakness of the brain had allowed otherwise bright children to be indoctrinated thus? Of course, the answer was that they had been ‘got at’ when very young, first by their parents and then by school and church.
Posts at Oxford, Grenoble (France) and Dalhousie (Canada) where Associate Professor of Physics.
Founded the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) in Britain 1974. Editor The Journal of Meteorology 1975 to 2002. By 1981 I was studying archaeology again, and got degrees at Oxford to M.Sc. level.
Married, French wife: 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren.
Special interests: Archaeology, astronomy, atheism, classical music, commonsense, cosmology, evolution, languages, low temperature physics, meteorology, Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments and beliefs, palaeontology, physics, prehistory, solving Stonehenge, storms, tornadoes. I am also a diarist.
I offer my sincerest thanks to my parents for sparing me from the time-wasting world of the irrational beliefs that constitute religion and religious practice.
In Atheist Nexus on 15 September 2008 I founded the group ORIGINS which discusses fundamental origins from the Universe to Life, from simple cells to humans and their beliefs.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science”. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man.
“Disbelief is the only solution to the religious paradox. Unfortunately, many men and women are not rational enough to understand—they will not listen. Years of indoctrination have seen to that. Each shelters with friends and relatives inside their cocoon of belief, and close all ears to what is impregnable criticism.
It is fundamental that atheists do not believe in gods for the straightforward reason that there aren’t any.
Gods exist only inside human heads.
Religion is but a human fancy. It is as simple as that.” Terence Meaden: July 9 2008 Atheistweb
Trowbridge Boys High School (Wiltshire) / Oxford University
Academic physicist, consultant meteorologist and archaeologist