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← Who would rally against reason? [Also in Polish]

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Schrodinger's Cat

Thanks to evidence-based reason we are blessedly liberated from ancient fears of ghosts and devils, evil spirits and djinns, magic spells and witches’ curses.

True...but those things are the superfluous baggage in a more encompassing battle between reason and the real culprit....teleology. People hang on to their elves, fairies, ghosts, djinns, etc not so much because they make sense in themselves, but because they come as part of a package labelled 'meaning in life'. Attack those things and the person will defend them, not so much because they are in any way evidently true, but because they are a protective shield of nonsense within which a person can feel ther life has some 'meaning'. Thus the cure seems to me to be not just to attack unreason, but to show how science can also provide a meaning context to life.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:55:03 UTC | #929370