The voids of our knowledge have always been filed with religious and mystical explanations and although we have only began to understand our world, science has done a far greater service than shaman or clergymen in elevating our understanding of the planet and the universe we live in.

There is a view that is often advanced by mystics that the rigor of the sciences stifles imagination and creativity, blinding scientists to other realms of explanation. I could not disagree more. Although the sciences as with any discipline view major departures from the norm with skepticism, I can think of nothing that has done more to blind humanity than the irrationality of mysticism and religion.

Although I understand the attraction that the sense of community and the connection to something greater that religion and many mystical beliefs offer, we must remember that these are sources of comfort and maybe even wisdom but are not the tools for the advancement of knowledge

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on July 3, 2010 at 4:22pm
Miguel, this is a fine post, but please only post one blog post at a time. The blog window on the front page of Atheist Nexus is a hotly contested property. It's good to let everyone have their 15 minutes of fame by only posting one blog post every so often.

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