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Closet Creationists? You Never Know!

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Re: Closet Creationists? You Never Know!
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2011, 03:17:25 PM »
Much of it has to do with social conditioning, submission to perceived authority, fear of being ostracized by family, friends and other social groups and the overall tendency for people to conform to the majority view of the social sphere in which they find themselves.  Evidence and education usually have very little to do with it unfortunately.  Just because someone has the ability or skills doesn't necessarily mean that they will use them.  Just because I have a shed full of tools doesn't mean I'll get off my ass and build something  :D

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Re: Closet Creationists? You Never Know!
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2011, 05:30:44 PM »
That is always really awkward and baffling. I know a lot of perfectly intelligent people who, by all means, have the cognitive tools to ditch religion. But they don't. And they're good people, really good people-- they tell me they worry about me, but for the most part, they don't bring up religion. And I wonder how much they really believe, or what exactly it is they really believe, because if I knew absolutely for sure someone I cared about was hellbound, I wouldn't "agree to disagree." Eternity is serious business.

I think a lot of it is just people rationalizing because they're scared. Christianity especially forces a mindset on you that can be hard to escape, because it has all of these failsafes (the devil is leading you on!). On the rare occasion I debate with my theist friends, the discussion usually ends with them panicking and sticking their head in the sand... and I never get any clear answers out of them. They just "don't want to discuss it anymore."

I think that's kind of sad, actually. People being that afraid...

Anyways, back to the topic: let's face it,  most people are both scientifically illirerate, generally ignorant and know less than high school level beyond their specialised areas. Not only that, but they don't apply any measure of critical thinking to their relgious beliefs, even people who can't be as easily dismissed as stupid.
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Re: Closet Creationists? You Never Know!
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2011, 08:05:45 PM »
I'm gobsmacked at this sort of denial.

You and me both, but I guess we all have areas were intellect is just no match for emotion.

I wonder how she would cope with the fact that we share 60% of our genome with bananas? Not well, I suspect.

I'm having trouble dealing with it -- I'm going to feel like a cannibal the next time I eat a banana!

I am eating one right now ;___; so yummy.
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Re: Closet Creationists? You Never Know!
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2011, 08:10:09 PM »

I'm having trouble dealing with it -- I'm going to feel like a cannibal the next time I eat a banana!

I am eating one right now ;___; so yummy.

When I read that, I immediately flashed on another post about cooking Indians for Thanksgiving dinner -- it gave me a weird turn, I don't mind telling you!
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