Howard Carter’s Diaries

Here is his entry for Nov. 5, 1922:

Though I was satisfied that I was on the verge of perhaps a magnificent find, probably one of the missing tombs that I had been seeking for many years, I was much puzzled by the smallness of the opening in comparison with those of other royal tombs in the valley. Its design was certainly of the XVIIIth Dyn. Could it be the tomb of a noble, buried there by royal consent? Or was it a royal cache? As far as my investigations had gone there was absolutely nothing to tell me. Had I known that by digging a few inches deeper I would have exposed seal impressions showing Tut.ankh.Amen’s insignia distinctly I would have fervently worked on and set my mind at rest, but as it was, it was getting late, the night had fast set in, the full moon had risen high in the eastern heavens, I refilled the excavation for protection, and with my men selected for the occasion – they like myself delighted beyond all expectation – I returned home and cabled to Ld. C. (then in England) the following message:-

“At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley a magnificent tomb with seals intact recovered same for your arrival congratulations ”

George Carlin on Religion

The ultimate bullshit:

In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can’t hold a candle to a clergyman.
‘Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit,
big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time
champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No
contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.
Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an
invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute
of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does
not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special
place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he
will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry
forever and ever ’til the end of time!

But He loves you.

The Atheist Replies

I should probably do something like this except I am extremely lazy.

A couple weeks ago I solicited questions from people who’d like to know how an atheist — or this one, at least — would respond to them. I started out with some based on blog and forum postings I’ve seen, and some people added a few more. I’m now going to tackle them.

A couple of things to establish: I don’t claim to speak for anyone except myself. Please do not use my responses as a guide to “What Atheists think”, but rather as points for such data collection. Also, I’m not looking to argue anyone into a certain point of view — I doubt I could do that even if I wanted to. I’m just trying to provide some real answers. And finally, I’m not trying to be That Guy who always has to make sure everyone around him is aware at all times of his lack of beliefs. So here goes.