Monday, March 28, 2011

Is Rational Thought a Bias?

Well, no. Rational thought is what everyone ought to partake in. Reason is a drink that instead of weakening cognitive processes like alcohol, promotes clarity of thought.

Is that the same to a theist?

No, it is not. Theists maintain their beliefs by repeating this mantra over and over. Smart people suck. It's just that easy! Smart people take away from supernatural imagination, from fictional thoughts of joy.

Well, I wouldn't go as far as saying they think smart people suck at all times, just when it suits their needs. There is a continual pattern of denial theists display when taken to task. Usually it comes in the form of dismissal. Say what you want, but when a theist sees the road of reason ahead, he backs out. He has to. It is the fear of being led astray.

Yet, a theist could make the claim that you are biased. You are biased because of your lack of faith. If you had faith, you would not question certain parts of life. The answers are there, written in their favorite book.

At this and many other life happenings, atheists really do hold the high ground. The tables turn. The theist is the person of bias. He is the one that will not, or cannot, open his mind to the world that he lives in. The bias is centuries old and has been instilled with pain and suffering.

There are times when I think this is the only problem; no matter how many different ways you may state the thought, the bias is the problem. The bible is never very fair when it comes to unbelievers, in fact all writers despise those who lack faith.

I would think that if you could get the imagination, the wonder, the joy of discovery that you may feel when a new idea plants itself in your world, that bias can be changed.

The religious can of course be in awe of the universe, but most only in a superstitious manner. There's always the exception, but your run of the mill theist just doesn't look at the reasoned world in wonder, he saves that awe for ideas that have no base in reality.

I think it's as simple as this. If you can express a scientific or reasoned thought with the same intensity that a priest or pastor can whip up, you will get their attention. If, by inflection and purpose and intensity you can explain a simple scientific thought and excite someone's imagination of where that thought may lead, you've basically set them on a path that gives them the same wonder that religion's slight of hand conjuring does.

Go for it.

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