Gil Gaudia

Gil Gaudia (1929-2021) was born in the Bronx two weeks after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. He earned licenses to operate passenger-carrying sailing vessels and airplanes, and to practice psychology. As a member of the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia for seventeen years, he taught classes; published over a dozen articles on topics in education and psychology; worked with Native American educators on the Seneca and Onondaga Reservations; and, as an amateur astronomer, directed the college's planetarium for two years. In 1977 he was a fellow at The Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan.

Gaudia authored Outside, Looking In, a work of fiction based on accurate portrayals of real people and actual events. Gene Geminni, the main character, believed that relying upon God or prayer was illogical, and often enthusiastically practiced by those who are the least ethical. He had come to know fair and honest people who were extremely skeptical of theistic claims and beliefs--and that's the way he wanted to be, true to his rational ideals and ethical standards at the same time. Did he succeed? You be the judge.


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My Friend Peter and Possibilianism

I share with my friend Peter the idea that organized religion and contemporary beliefs about God are not credible, but I think he still possesses some of the elements of a “seeker.” He recently expressed excitement after learning about neuroscientist David Eagleman’s “possibilianism.” After listening to one of Eagleman’s talks, it seemed to me that he made an argument from ignorance when he concluded that “our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism.” What does “ignorance of the cosmos” have to do with atheism? I think he does not understand what atheists actually think. Simply stated, we think that there is no evidence to support the supernatural in general or God in particular. It seems that Dr. Eagleman has created a straw man, but unfortunately many people, including my dear friends, are impressed with his presentation. Nothing about the astronomical information he cites refutes the idea that there is no evidence for God or the supernatural. Indeed, if anything, that information reinforces that science and reason offer the only possible hope that we will ever understand the cosmos.

On Miracles

“When anyone tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened.”

–David Hume

Nones Sense

The group of people commonly referred to as Nones includes atheists agnostics, secular humanists and a variety of other skeptics and freethinkers all of whom have one thing in common–they are not affiliated with any organized religious group. Although some of them do believe in a Creator or some form of Supreme Being, most are nonbelievers, albeit with varying degrees of conviction. But they also have one other characteristic in common. If they reveal their disbelief–especially if they use the word “atheist,” then they become targets of criticism, victims of ostracism and charges of “anti-Americanism.”