The Case Against Reason

Jun 7, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Slate Magazine

When Richard Dawkins was named the world's "Top Thinker" in a poll recently published by Prospect magazine , it was hard to avoid the suspicion that the world - or at least that part of it that votes in such polls - must have an impoverished sense of what constitutes a vital or transformative intellectual figure.

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“If God was real”

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One stupid article.
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Jun 8, 2013
 
Did you mean the title of this post to say what it says?

You're actually advocating to be unreasonable? Just quickly - as a good thing?
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It is estimated that a normal educated man or even a thoroughly educated man, only uses one tenth of one percent of the intellectual capacity of his brain cells.

No matter how much you know and understand, you cannot change the fact, truth is fact, no matter how you try to make it into a lie, it stands solid.
John 17:17

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Jun 11, 2013
 
True Christian witness wrote:
It is estimated that a normal educated man or even a thoroughly educated man, only uses one tenth of one percent of the intellectual capacity of his brain cells.
No matter how much you know and understand, you cannot change the fact, truth is fact, no matter how you try to make it into a lie, it stands solid.
John 17:17
Is that your excuse for being a liar with no proof of god?

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True Christian witness wrote:
It is estimated that a normal educated man or even a thoroughly educated man, only uses one tenth of one percent of the intellectual capacity of his brain cells.
No matter how much you know and understand, you cannot change the fact, truth is fact, no matter how you try to make it into a lie, it stands solid.
John 17:17
no modern statement exists. this was a throwback to the 1970's when we has absolutely no clue about the brain.

To demonstrate I am right, and you are wrong - please feel free to scoop out 90% of your brain.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
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Too late, he already did!
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no modern statement exists. this was a throwback to the 1970's when we has absolutely no clue about the brain.
To demonstrate I am right, and you are wrong - please feel free to scoop out 90% of your brain.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
Thinking

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Jun 18, 2013
 
Your bible says birds have four legs and that insects have just four legs. Fact.

So why do I have observational evidence of many two legged birds and many six legged insects?
True Christian witness wrote:
It is estimated that a normal educated man or even a thoroughly educated man, only uses one tenth of one percent of the intellectual capacity of his brain cells.
No matter how much you know and understand, you cannot change the fact, truth is fact, no matter how you try to make it into a lie, it stands solid.
John 17:17
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Thinking wrote:
Your bible says birds have four legs and that insects have just four legs. Fact.
So why do I have observational evidence of many two legged birds and many six legged insects?
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Please cite the Scripture you say, birds have four legs.
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Please cite the Scripture you say, birds have four legs.
Google it, duh. It's a lot faster than waiting around for someone to post it for you because you're too lazy to look it up for yourself. I googled "bible says birds have four legs" and all the links showed me the scripture you're looking for.

Since it's obvious you have the internet, make use of it if you really want to know something. Obviously, you don't really want to know where the scripture is, you just want us to feed it to you so you can spit back some sort of explanation of what the bible 'meant,' rather than what was actually written.

Apparently, god considers wings to be legs, and god also doesn't count some insect legs to be actual legs. If my god didn't know the difference between wings and legs, and legs and legs, I'd stop worshiping the idiot. I'm no genius, but I know that wings aren't legs, so I guess that makes me a little smarter than your god. You should worship me instead, lol!
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By the way, just kidding, of course I don't expect anyone to worship me. I figured I should throw that out there before any christians started freaking out....they're already in enough of a tizzy as it is....every day their god gets smaller and smaller as science explains more and more.
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True Christian witness wrote:
It is estimated that a normal educated man or even a thoroughly educated man, only uses one tenth of one percent of the intellectual capacity of his brain cells.
No matter how much you know and understand, you cannot change the fact, truth is fact, no matter how you try to make it into a lie, it stands solid.
John 17:17
So, how much less do christians use, given that even the founder of protestantism, Martin Luther, wrote on may occasions that thinking and reason are incompatible with faith?
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Jun 21, 2013
 
Typical posts of the blind leading the blind, and they will all fall into the pit, and anyone who tends to agree with any of you false teachers.

Matthew 7: 14 and 21

“Formerly "Richard"”

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True Christian witness wrote:
Typical posts of the blind leading the blind, and they will all fall into the pit, and anyone who tends to agree with any of you false teachers.
Matthew 7: 14 and 21
"Then said Isis unto Ra, "What thou hast said is not thy name. O tell it unto me, and the poison shall depart; for he shall live whose name shall be revealed." Now the poison burned like fire, and it was fiercer than the flame and the furnace, and the majesty of the god said, "

The Book of the Dead
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And who did the Egyptians plagiarise from, I wonder?
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"Then said Isis unto Ra, "What thou hast said is not thy name. O tell it unto me, and the poison shall depart; for he shall live whose name shall be revealed." Now the poison burned like fire, and it was fiercer than the flame and the furnace, and the majesty of the god said, "
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bnzo wrote:
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no modern statement exists. this was a throwback to the 1970's when we has absolutely no clue about the brain.
To demonstrate I am right, and you are wrong - please feel free to scoop out 90% of your brain.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
It's an interesting thing that 90% of the volume of the brain is taken up by glial cells as opposed to neurons. it is the neurons that form the circuitry of our brain that allows us to think, feel, plan, etc. The glial cells are there to help nourish the neurons.

But, yes, we do use only 10% of our brain. But that 10% is the part that has any chance of actually thinking.
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Jun 21, 2013
 
What percentage of a silicon chip is actually circuits, not gaps, I wonder?
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It's an interesting thing that 90% of the volume of the brain is taken up by glial cells as opposed to neurons. it is the neurons that form the circuitry of our brain that allows us to think, feel, plan, etc. The glial cells are there to help nourish the neurons.
But, yes, we do use only 10% of our brain. But that 10% is the part that has any chance of actually thinking.

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True Christian witness wrote:
Typical posts of the blind leading the blind, and they will all fall into the pit, and anyone who tends to agree with any of you false teachers.
Matthew 7: 14 and 21
Typical response from someone who didn't want to take the time to look up a verse in their precious book. Why would you expect that we haven't already read those verses? You obviously don't care enough about your beliefs to even study them so I don't think you should be the one to start throwing people into some pit of fire by your false teachings.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

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Thinking wrote:
What percentage of a silicon chip is actually circuits, not gaps, I wonder?
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I am old enough to remember "discrete" electronics-- individual transistors, resistors and capacitors.

And you are correct about those-- mostly it was packaging (usually epoxy resin or plastic) the actual working bits being either quite thin (resistors) or very tiny (transistors were mostly packaging to make them easier to handle).

But these days? With super-large scale integration? Take your typical micro computer processor: the "working" part is literally the size of a small person's little fingernail in area, and not even that thick. The rest is packaging, again. But in that CPU is millions of components.

That used to be individually wired.

So closely packed are modern electronics, that the #1 engineering issue is one of overheating. The second one being the speed-of-light issues with length of conductors.

Interesting stuff.

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I_see_you wrote:
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Typical response from someone who didn't want to take the time to look up a verse in their precious book. Why would you expect that we haven't already read those verses? You obviously don't care enough about your beliefs to even study them so I don't think you should be the one to start throwing people into some pit of fire by your false teachings.
What is worse? Is that your typical atheist likely knows the verse already.

But your typical True Christian™ does not.

They only know a short list of a few, selected favorites.

Classic Salad Bar Christian™.

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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What is worse? Is that your typical atheist likely knows the verse already.
But your typical True Christian™ does not.
They only know a short list of a few, selected favorites.
Classic Salad Bar Christian™.
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When I actually started to look up verses that atheists had thrown at me for years...I was appalled! I couldn't believe that I had spent my entire life believing the things that I did and never questioning. It's amazing the amount of conditioning that goes into the youth of a church (any church). We were trained to only know certain responses, and I did like most people do and never actually read the bible in it's entirety. I still have yet to do it, but I am becoming more and more inspired to, simply because I want to dive into the fiction of it as just a book lol. I also want to be able to attempt to show people the insanity of it all. I may never change someone's mind, but I'm certainly glad that my boyfriend has been around for the two years that I have been finding the truth. He's always been there to kindly tell me where my thinking has been trashed over the years. It has really helped.

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