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) interstellar nebula shaped like a question mark – illustration

Interstellar nebula in the form of a question mark

An image of an interstellar nebula shaped like a question mark – illustration created in Photoshop.
Inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

The “Question mark nebula” shown here is an astronomical phenomenon of my own invention. See the note below about the ‘real’ Question Mark nebula

The nebula 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).

Since creating it I’ve discovered that there is an actual nebula that goes by the same name. The ‘real’ Question Mark Nebula is an area of sky that includes parts of the nebulae NGC 7822, Ced 214, and Sh2-170
An illustration related to philosophy, astronomy, cosmology, science, the meaning of life, the nature of the universe.

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Illustration of an eye with a tiny person inside it looking out. A homunculus?

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A picture of a person looking out through an eye
Illustration of an eye, with a tiny person inside it looking out

Illustration: looking through someone else’s eyes.

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

In this image the eye is a window with someone looking out through it. It may have something to do with the saying “The eyes are the windows to the soul”. Or maybe not.
It’s as though there’s a tiny person living inside the person’s eye, or maybe inside their head. This is related to the homunculus argument (homunculus: Latin for “little man”), which is a philosophical concept that imagines that there is a tiny person inside the head monitoring the activity of the person whose head it’s in.
Homunculus arguments are used in psychology and the philosophy of mind to detect where theories of mind fail or are incomplete, usually betrayed by the recursive nature of the concept under examination (where a problem isn’t resolved but is simply repeated art one step removed, as in “Who’s watching the watcher?” or “Is there a homunculus inside the head of a homunculus?”.

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