God creating the animals – cartoon

Michelangelo God pastiche

Michelangelo pastiche

A cartoon of Michelangelo’s God creating Adam, showing God creating the rabbit

God creates the rabbit using hand shadows
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Cartoon based on Einstein quote – God doesn’t play dice with the universe

A cartoon based on the famous Einstein quote, “God doesn’t play dice with the universe”

In the cartoon God is playing a game of cards instead

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Brian Cox cartoon – ‘we are stardust’

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Professor Brian Cox cartoon
“We are stardust”

A cartoon about the fact that all of the elements in the universe (other than hydrogen and helium) were created inside stars and then expelled into space – meaning that everything in the universe is made of ‘stardust’

The joke here is that when the tv astronomer Professor Brian Cox says that everything is made of stardust it has a particular effect on women (who find him very attractive). So here the woman is actually betraying that she finds Brian Cox attractive and hangs on to his words, which even affects her attitude to slugs

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Moon cartoon. A person in front of the full moon and the crescent moon

Moon cartoon. People in front of the full and crescent moons

A woman in front of the full moon, a man in front of the crescent moon – illustration

The woman silhouetted against the full moon looks as though she has a halo. The man looks as though he’s got devil horns

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A cartoon about unicorns.

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Unicorn cartoon. Do unicorns exist?

In the illustration a unicorn is reading a newspaper article stating “Unicorns don’t exist – the proof”.
The humour is that something that a creature that doesn’t exist is reading an article proving that it doesn’t exist, which is a paradox.
The cartoon is illustrates the concept that generally you can’t prove a negative such as “There are no unicorns”. For instance, in Britain all native swans are white, so all swans were assumed to be white – so it was easy to say “There are no black swans” – until they were discovered alive and well in Australia.
The argument is often applied to religion and the subject of attempting to prove the existence of god – can you prove the non-existence of god?

A cartoon about mythical or mythological creatures, the burden of proof
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Culturally biased science – cartoon

culturally based science cartoon

A cartoon about culturally determined world views and pseudo-scientific theories

A cartoon illustrating the idea that different cultures will tend to attempt to reinforce their established philosophy of how the world works.

The cartoon shows scientists from a fictitious cultural group planning to build their own large hadron collider (LHC) to obtain results that are consistent with their own cultural heritage.
It is a cartoon about the misrepresentation of science or the lack of use of the scientific method. A cartoon about theological determinism, cultural bias in science, cognitive dissonance, pseudoscience, anthropology
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Social control through the ages – cartoon

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Cartoon – social control through the ages
In medieval times social control was imposed by the church and religion.
In the twenty first century social control is imposed by surveillance technology

A cartoon showing society in the middle ages being controlled by the church (symbolised by a cross), contrasted with society today being controlled by technology (symbolised by a cctv surveillance camera)

A cartoon about coercion, repression, repressive societies
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Atheism cartoons

atheism cartoons

Welcome to my selection of cartoons about atheism
(and about religion and spirituality and so on)

To see my atheism cartoons please click the image on the right, or click atheism cartoons here.

Philosophy cartoon – people are insignificant dots in the vastness of th euniverse

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Cartoon – human insignificance in the universe

A cartoon about the question: does the enormity of the universe mean that people are insignificant?
Personally I think that the answer is no, as physical size is not a measure of complexity or importance

A cartoon about life, the universe and everything
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A (fictitious) Question Mark Nebula – digital illustration

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A fictitious interstellar nebula shaped like a question mark – illustration created in Photoshop.

The image symbolises humanity’s quest for meaning, especially when confronted by the enormity of the cosmos.

(Having said that, my own opinion is that the size of the universe is irrelevant to such matters – but that’s another story).

The “Question mark nebula” shown here is an astronomical phenomenon of my own invention. There is however a ‘real’ Question Mark nebula (which I didn’t know about when I created this one) The ‘real’ Question Mark Nebula is an area of sky that includes parts of the nebulae NGC 7822, Ced 214, and Sh2-170
The image relates to astronomy, philosophy, the meaning of life.
The image is inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

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Image of an eye with a small person inside it looking out

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An image of a person looking out from inside a human eye

Illustration, possibly illustrating the concept of looking through someone else’s eyes or the eyes as windowss to the soul

An eye with a face looking out through the pupil as though it’s a window or the entrance of a dark cave

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Cartoon – the web of life – and the spider of death

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Cartoon about the web of life – and the spider of death.

Illustration about the web of life & the spider of death.
The term “The Web of Life” is generally taken to imply something positive, about the interrelatedness of all living things. However, in nature, webs are generally dangerous things, constructed to ensnare prey. I like this dichotomy. In fact, rather than it pointing out the inappropriateness of the ‘web’ metaphor I think it gets it right, even if it does so inadvertently.

The image is an attempt to overturn the rather anodyne and pseudo-spiritually reassuring notion of a benevolent web of life, replacing it with a more ambiguous and unsettling notion based on the same metaphor.
It’s partly about the notion of nature, red in tooth and claw.
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Cartoon – people following each round in circles

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Illustration showing a procession of people following each other.

A cartoon that is possibly about inward looking insular groups in society that have social or cultural traditions that stifle progress.

A cartoon about leadership, leaders, following like sheep, insular groups, conservatism, orthodoxy, narrow mindedness.

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Happiness illustration – how to be an optimist

happiness cartoon

Cartoon about how to be happy

An illustration showing happiness. A person thinking happy thoughts that act as a protection or as a buffer against unpleasant aspects of the world

Psychology cartoon about positive mindsets, positive thoughts and thought processes, optimism, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Optimism cartoon

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Psychology illustrations. Optimism.

A cartoon showing how optimism works.

Psychology cartoon about positive thoughts, happiness, therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt).

See also the accompanying illustration about pessimism.

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Cartoon – the Ten Commandments on digital tablets

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Bible Cartoon

The Ten Commandments on stone tablets with self-righting text
(just like modern digital tablets)
A Biblical cartoon showing Moses descending from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.
Moses is pointing out that the text on the tablets rotates when the tablets are turned, which must be a miracle because it defies the laws of physics. It is “Truly the work of God!”

A cartoon about iPads, digital tablets, the bible, religion, religious myths, tablets of stone.

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Religion and science cartoon. Galileo and the Pope

Galileo cartoon - discussing his discoveries with his telescope with the pope

Religion and science cartoon

In the cartoon the Pope is thinking of hitting Galileo on the head with his telescope.
Thejoke is that Galileo’s telescope made the discoveries and the church wants to use the same telescope to shut him up.

A comment on anti-scientific religious thinking, suppression of knowledge, God and science, doctrine, the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
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Cartoon – finding your “True Self”

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Cartoon – seeking the “True Self”

A young person on a spiritual quest to find his true self in the mountains of the east
He comes across a version of what he will be like a few years in the future, dressed as a businessman.
This is the course taken by many people as they grow older.
The cartoon is a comment on the idea that people contain an uncorrupted good inner being that is better than the external personality that they present to the world (and to themselves)

A comment on spiritual quests, seeking enlightenment, mysticism, religion, buddhism, eastern spirituality.

This cartoon was published as a very popular greetings card by Paperlink.

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