The Importance of Bill Nye’s Statement

Hi all,

   I am back from my trip to Boston and my new post is up.  You can read it here: The Importance of Bill Nye’s Statement

Thanks,

        RB

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Comment by Steph S. on August 28, 2012 at 10:49pm
Thanks for the post - going to your website to read it.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 28, 2012 at 3:23pm

One problem with "learning from the mega-churches," Grinning Cat: they depend on group-think and dogma.  Independent investigation and free-thought are anathema to them.  This is one reason why we frequently hear our fellows talk about organizing atheists and "herding cats" in the same phrase.  We as atheists are not always of a single mind, whereas that is the goal of too many churches: a single, unthinking mind, sheep led by a shepherd.

I would rather we maintained our independence of thought and volition while recognizing that there is a common threat out there which must be dealt with.  Ours must be the model of uncoerced agreement versus the coerced or indoctrinated conformity of the believers.

Further, we have to somehow make it clear to the general populace that the efforts of the anti-science wogs is clearly detrimental to a country which is already far from the top as regards math and science education.  They would have us believe that science is a debate with more than one possible answer when in multiple cases, it is not.

1 + 1 = 2 isn't open for debate.

Comment by Tammy S on August 28, 2012 at 2:31pm

Thanks for sharing that, I want to see more prominent scientists taking a public stance on education in the same manner.  We need them now more than ever, these creationist wackos are scaring some of us locals, especially down here in the south.

Comment by Reason Being on August 28, 2012 at 2:19pm

Thanks for the comment.  I agree with you that vehement deniers of evolution are "more than misinformed".  They are a huge problem.  However, I do not think that all people who reject evolution are vehement, but are either uneducated or incorrectly educated on evolution.  Those are the people that we need to reach.  The vehement ones are a whole separate nut to crack, if it is even possible.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 2:16pm

Thank you! Well stated:

Nye ... reminds us, that the U.S. is one of the leading technological and scientific innovators in the world.... Roughly half of our society will support destroying the future education of today’s children. That should terrify you.

I see the vehement deniers of evolution as more than "misinformed". They're exhibiting motivated reasoning coming from deep emotional beliefs (including the belief that we humans are special, and fundamentally unlike those (other) animals).

We need to learn from successful religions... to reach people's primitive brains with multisensory, emotional, joyful, social, accepting experiences... to stimulate reasoned motivation, where emotional underpinnings are formed to get the whole brain to "buy in" to ideals and principles that have passed the test of reason.

... the "drug" is a contagious memeplex. We could  wean people away from theism with Atheist methadone.

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