19 February 2009

An irritating sales call from Maybank

A month ago, I was fed up with Standard Chartered Bank after receiving a huge, irritating number of calls. So, I moved my deposit to Maybank. At the premises, I filled up a form that had a section with check boxes allowing me not to receive any telemarketing calls, email, and other forms of silliness from the bank. The bank officer who assisted with my accounts checked all the boxes and she assured me that I would not be receiving any calls. A few minutes ago, I received a sales call peddlings some silly insurance plan from Ace Insurance on behalf of Maybank. Doh.

Wishful thinking

"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."

-- Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Faith is the great cop-out

"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."

Richard Dawkins

Sadly, it is only too true. Too many are blinded and are afflicted by the god delusion. If only they thought.