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Katy Cordeth's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by Katy Cordeth

Are most of us not, for want of a better word, guilty of faith-based thinking? I believe with almost absolute certainty in evolutiion, in an ancient universe, in the non-existence of any gods, but I don't have any actual evidence for these things. I could go back to school, study biology, astrophysics, metaphysics, what have you, examine the available evidence and then come to my own conclusions, but I have neither the inclination nor the time.

Instead what I do is put my 'faith' in those people who have studied these things and whom I have come to trust and respect. But that's all it is: faith.

Isn't the ability to put our faith in other people and trust them to do right by us an essential part of our species' evolutionary make-up? We're not solitary creatures; we've always lived together in large and complex hierarchical groups of people to whom we're not necessarily related and who have no genetic interest in keeping us alive and healthy.

I know that there is a big difference between religious faith and faith in one's fellow man. I just think that before we ridicule the beliefs of those we find contemptuous, we might want to consider just how we know what we think we know and whether it's based on our own empirical research or our own blind faith.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:42:22 UTC | #930801