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Go to: Why We Don't Believe in Science

wdbailey's Avatar Jump to comment 41 by wdbailey

I believe the term for this phenomenon is Fideism. That being the belief that reason alone is insufficient and that all human knowledge ultimately relies on faith in some ultimate authority.

This leave reason and rationality to play the role of producing neat toys.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 13:31:26 UTC | #946559

Go to: Classroom Clashes: Teaching evolution

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Putting aside what the weedy little girl did it appears that boys brought up with the literalist POV seem to engage in what can only be described as primate dominance displays if you don't put your foot down. I know I've seen it myself.

A few years back I was visiting my parents who are both VERY devoutly Baptist and for some reason they were watching a NatGeo show featuring a troop of chimpanzees. As they watched this show they began labeling different chimps with the names of people who attended their church. "Brother Willy" was an alpha male who was very aggressive, etc.

They totally failed to see just how ironic they were being.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:53:44 UTC | #946221

Go to: Moral Clarity and Richard Dawkins

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I'd have to say that the author of this article got it backwards. The foundation of your morality is what you really believe and act on. Pretty siding and a fancy roof will ultimately crack to reveal the rottenness of a bad foundation.

If you believe fairy tales about the nobility of genocide committed by a pack of Bronze Age savages then you've got no moral foundation.

Wed, 23 May 2012 02:54:39 UTC | #943037

Go to: Want People to Trust Atheists More? Remind Them of Cops and Courts, Says New Study

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One shouldn't allow his own issues with authority to blind him to what is revealed by this study. The righteous will profess their faith till they are blue in the face but despite the assurances of that faith when the righteous are confronted with crime and disorder they don't pray but rather dial 911. Though they will never admit it they know deep in that righteous heart of theirs that god won't respond but the police will.

Fri, 18 May 2012 00:42:14 UTC | #942117

Go to: How Critical Thinkers Lose Their Faith in God

wdbailey's Avatar Jump to comment 39 by wdbailey

I believe the faculty that informs you that the Earth is flat and that the Sun moves across the sky is "Common Sense"

Here's my very rough example of what may be intuitive.

We lay a guitar and a loaded Glock handgun on a table in front of a person whose only exposure to these objects is from watching television.

Firing the Glock would be intuitive, playing the guitar is not.

If we disassembled the Glock and scattered its parts and the loose ammunition around on the table then it'd no longer be intuitive.

Intuition is a very short term mental process. Valuable under some conditions but not to be relied on.

Sat, 05 May 2012 14:04:09 UTC | #939899

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