Yes Kelly, your point is rational enough.
Don’t be alarmed, though, by how a few people react to Dawkins et al. Atheism is not and never can be a ‘crazy’ sect. It represents the truth as regards an unbiased world view that is not ‘infected’ by the fictions of religious belief.
A difficulty has arisen because of the use of the expression “common sense”.
We must not get pedantic about this.
In common parlance, it means “rational sense”. It does not imply that it represents something that is common to the majority of people. This is because for many matters the people can be wrong when applying ‘common sense’. E.g. to the uneducated human being, common sense tells that the sun is going round the earth because we ‘sense’ that is what is happening by not realising that motion between two objects (here, sun and earth) is relative.
You mention the physicist Richard Feynman. Most people use words without being too conscious about their true meanings, and therefore use them without much thinking (as in a ritual) and so sometimes wrongly
Yes, I see your point. But rationality isn't really common, is it?
I'm interested in why people accept certain things as explanations of causes. I remember Feynmann saying that people the world over brush their teeth every morning and evening, much like a religious ritual. They don't really question it.
To me it points to religiousness that isn't so easily shoved into the box of "those crazy people who worship superstitious nonsense" or the like.
It seems to me that many people worship science in this religious way. I'm not playing Devil's Advocate, or taking sides with any religion (in the common sense of the word)--- this is truly what I observe. Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc. are literally worshipped by many young "atheists" as if they were Greek gods. They rage if you criticism their reasoning.
I wonder how many people can truly lay claim to being rational. I think that's a wonderful ideal, but I don't think it's one that most "atheists" can claim.
I just don't want to replace one crazy sect with another --- do you see my point?
Kelly Jones: "Welcome to Atheist Nexus and the world of common sense." Thanks for your welcome, but does it mean that I have stumbled on to common sense for the first time in my life?
Is reason the same as common sense, or is common sense that sense that the majority have? Isn't the majority religious? ;-)
Terry replies: "Well, the world of religion offers a world view that is nonsense. I see 'common sense' as standing for rationality. The religious /superstitious are irrational, so in terms of theistic debate they display no common sense when proferring their irrational arguments about nonsensical beliefs.
So I suppose that in this respect the word 'nonsense' is the antonym of sense and 'common sense'.
Of course yes, there is 'common sense' present in the everyday common world but in areas other than religion. Rather, I am supposing that in the atheistic world of nontheism we enjoy a special world of rational 'common sense'.
Thank you for welcoming me! It will be fun to join the groups where I can read and discuss matters with fellow free thinkers.
It wasn´t so much as an escape it was more a gradual opposition to the absurdity of religion. In my family we were like a type of cultural Catholics and my relatives’ haven´t really had a problem with it. They just follow the traditions anyway so they don´t take offence to any comments that I might make. Although it would be fun if they joined me in being attentive to the damage that religion does to societies.
Have you got a link to "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humankind, religion, Darwin..." I would like to join that group.
Thanks for the comment and the group suggestions... I will definitely check them out. I loved reading your bio. My daughter also figured out that "Santa" or "Father Christmas" was impossible and therefore a lie when she was only 6 years old as well. She is 12 now and already a fiercely strong free-thinker. Also, thank you for providing such a wealth of research and information on your page - I'm looking forward to many hours or reading.
Hi there! Nice to meet you! I would definitely like to have a conversation with you at some point, you sound very interesting!
Not so long ago, whilst in Aberdeen train station, i was infuriated to see a large poster reading 'and the fool hath said in his heart. there is no god' - Why is that allowed? Atheists wouldn't be allowed to put up a poster saying 'and the fool hath said in his heart, there IS a god' (even though i often find myself thinking this! hee hee.
Thanks for your welcome. Its really hard to find people in India speak out boldly that he/she is an atheist. Moreover, once you declare before people that you are an atheist , you are looked as an alien from another planet.
My only statement is "If God is true/truth whatever...it need not hide".
Truth never hides. If it hides it is not truth and what we see through our eyes is the truth. The UK bus ads.. i think its waste of time and energy. When we involve in converting people there will be little difference between them and us. Atheism is like knowledge and rational spark that rises in one's mind. It cannot be triggered by others.
Thanks for your welcome. The atheist group in Singapore were having some discussion on the UK bus ads. I am agnostic, so I didnt quite agree with their argument that we should spread a message against conservatism