Introduction: The Realist

There are certain times when literature is needed and science is needed for the change of mind. These are not the same in that science is dry for the mind to absorb right away and literature is moist but too moist with only the history of one’s mind to analyze it.

The purpose behind why this book came up is nothing but of a noblesse oblige. We feel to have known certain things and find it important to invoke curiosity and more thought about these. Thought is not something that comes out of textbooks, but something that is sought out for and crystallized through. We hope to make our readers think through our lenses for once.

The text will concentrate on two streams of thought. One is about the greater history of science and the arguments from first principles, while the other being motivations from the small history of our species in the context of politics and ideology. The diversity of approach will surely provoke the readers into thinking critically while simultaneously drawing impression to being responsible for the well-being of our civilization.

We are not the ones to judge what is ultimately good or bad. But we surely will concentrate on giving context to the harsh judgment of our readers regarding the topic we discuss. Not having to reach intellectual saturation because of empirical constraints has been more of a privilege to us in having to see the world realistically. The motif of the book is to encourage the readers to have that standpoint and see through.

Culture forms practices, discourses, material expressions and shapes endeavors that we aspire. We personally as writers do not want readers to think that we can do without the culture that we’ve grown up in. It is the usual case of recent unbelievers that they want to get rid of their cultural heritage in emotional disgust that they’ve been indoctrinated into thinking and seeing the world through. It would be a great loss if we persuade them to be rebellious and antagonistic toward their heritage. We do not wish such as a persuader. Reading and listening to skeptic views on faith very much does the case for it.

No defense to Atheism has been made in the form of ad-hoc measures but it has been argued why the world view of atheism corresponds to the true appreciation of nature and our being. The justification of that claim is supported by evidences in the form of numerous examples we have been through so that we won’t have difficulty in acknowledging those. Every claim throughout the book has been through dialectics to prevent any risk going in the direction of unreason: by unreason we mean the absence of rationale to justify ourselves.

Although religion, or unreason for that matter, is the target of critique of the text, we will not only be focusing how it is not healthy, but also focusing on how it is a part of our nature and how we have coped with it during our history as a species and how we can be helped from it.

Generally speaking, unreason is thought to be incompatible with reason and it is the duty of all people to combat its ideas and the people who aspire to live with it. But we’ve become adult enough to live with it and see how unreason is part of ourselves. If we abandon unreason just for the sake of being realists, it is no doubt that we are abandoning the very character of ourselves.

It is not our duty to convince the readers that we can do without it, but to convince them that we can live with it while maintaining the disbelief we have in it. We feel we owe that much to it.

We, at a personal level, are deeply influenced by great thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris and it has been difficult to override our inclination while in this writing. An informed reader might find our arguments to be just another interpretation of theirs. In that context, this work is less of a book and more of a critique that is very persistent in the field.

The purpose of the book is dual in nature. We are trying to spread scientific literacy that is very much wider than what the conventional definition of science has encompassed while on the other, we are defending secularism to encourage being the right human beings we are.

The book will serve as an eye-opener especially to young people who would otherwise be victims of dogmas and unjustified faiths. We provide our readers a worldview so that they can engage in a bigger, grander picture of their existence that will impulse to find meaning of life from within.

For that we submit our work to you dear reader. With love and respect in your voyage to another worldview.

Chapter Outline: The Realist