Brandon, your comment about light, or lack of light, reminded me of this very old quotation:
“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.' This stranger is a theologian.”
Addition to Philosophical Thoughts (c. 1762) Denis Diderot 1713-1784
"The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom"
Dr. Meaden, I must say I was thrilled to stumble across your profile. It’s been a dream of mine to be a medieval archaeologist and study at Oxford ever since I was seven. While I’ve been getting closer to becoming an archaeologist, I doubt I’ll be able to study at Oxford, being a yank and all and not the valedictorian of my class. In the meanwhile I’m almost done getting my B.A. in European history; I’ve taken a field school in historical archaeology, two archaeology internships, and am taking French, German, and Latin courses. If I am lucky, I’ll find a study abroad medieval archaeology program for next summer or my senior year. Anything else you might suggest? And is there a specific concentration within archaeology that you focus on?
Hello Dr. Terence Meaden , Thank You for the welcome , i am glad to find this page , my englisch is so bad , i must learn more the next month , allways i was a freethinker, humanist & Skeptic , before 1989 in GDR and now to , let's see what there comming .
We wish you well, Andrea, with your desired career in and following vetinerary medical school.
Yes, there are good scientists on Nexus, and absolutely everybody on Nexus has a high level of commonsense. That's what it takes to be an atheist: deep commonsense.
Hi, thanks for the comment. I read physics at St Catz some years ago :-)
And I never believed a word of my Catholic upbringing from since I can recall - and this must be some achievement as I lived in Rome right next to the Vatican. But my grandfather was a devout communist who hated priests, so I guess there was a balance. Sundays were devoted to black and white movies in the local cinema, rather like the film Cinema Paradiso. By he age of about 8 I'd invented my own meditations... but that's another story :-D