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I had this conversation with a colleague at 5am the other morning, as we were wrapping up a dead body together.........

Her: Do you believe in creation?
Me: No, I do not.
Her: What do you believe in then?
Me: In something far bigger than gods, in Nature.
Her: But who created nature?
Me: Nobody did.
Her: What about her [the dead patient]? Will she be come back as a tree or something?
Me: Her atoms will almost certainly end up in a plant at some point, yes.
Her: But what about her soul?
Me: Souls do not exist.
Her: They do!
Me: No. They are a religious fantasy.
Her: But what about ghosts?
Me: So are they.
Her: No, no, they are real!
Me: How can all these ghosts, elves, goblins, voodoo spirits and Buddhas be real?
Her: Ach! That Buddha is the worst of them. That terrible fat man......
Me: No more absurd than your religion.
Her: Haha.
Me: Anyway, thanks. It's been nice working with you.
Her: And with you too.

I do find myself liking fundamentalists more and more. They're the only people who dare to raise this sort of subject at work. It makes life so much more interesting.

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