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Matt commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"If you mean the belief in a specific god, then yes ideed. Also a lot of the tenets of religion do not come naturally or even easy to young children, unless carefully packaged and force-fed from a young age. If you mean belief in the supernatural…"
Mar 18, 2010
Gary Epstein commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"This would depend on if the concept of God, is abstract? Obviously for some, its a simple fable and for others a very complicated philosophical reasoning process. If we limit and cab distinguish between, what we may wish and what we can see, and use…"
Mar 17, 2010
TNT666 commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"I totally agree that we, just as any other animal, are born without any sense of belief. A genetic predisposition certainly, but one that needs induction. I think if humans were born into the wild, among wolves or as Tarzan the legend did, children…"
Mar 17, 2010
Sonny Mobley commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"Henk Bolhuis: Exactly, my friend. I had an imaginary friend when I was a toddler until kindergarten. I even created an extended family for him. I remember it as clear as day and my mom still won't shut up about the things I did in his…"
Mar 17, 2010
Sonny Mobley commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"It's far too simple to say that either babies are born atheist's or born theist's. I have never seen anything to make me doubt that children weren't inclined towards at least some sort of anthropomorphizing of the world around…"
Mar 17, 2010
J.P.M. commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"Thinking about this objectively, I kind of suspect that their may be some innate susceptibility to deism at birth. I have no doubt it is is reinforced through upbringing, but the ubiquitous evolution and persistence of religion (in pretty much all…"
Mar 17, 2010
Henk Bolhuis commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post No Title
"John, Thanks for the comments .... in fact...short after pushing the SEND button...i was also thinking on the beautiful imaginary world that i had as a child.(and still have) ..however, there were just no gods....but i myself could do lots of…"
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Is atheism the default setting at birth?

v 0.1 Atheism is the default setting at birthIt requires harsh and strict child abuse to turn children into non-atheistsv 0.6 after some thought I think is should change these statements into questionsIs atheism the default setting at birth? Would a child growing up ina free world in which reason and a humanistic world view are thestandard invent its own gods? Does It require harsh and strict child abuse to turn children intonon-atheists?See More
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Is atheism the default setting at birth?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:00pm 7 Comments

v 0.1 Atheism is the default setting at birth

It requires harsh and strict child abuse to turn children into non-atheists





v 0.6 after some thought I think is should change these statements into questions



Is atheism the default setting at birth?

Would a child growing up in a free world in which reason and a humanistic world view are the

standard invent its own gods?

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At 12:57pm on March 17, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello to Henk Bolhuis and welcome to this great meeting place
where we recognise gods as nothing but fictions inside people's heads, that religion is a fraudulent superstition for controlling people, and that it is tragic and inexcusable that women have been oppressed these last 2000 years.

Terry Meaden (physicist, academic, Oxford; retired)
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 250 discussion topics.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
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