thanks for the welcome. Looking at our comment wall I see you welcome lots of people!
Just wanted to mention that I, too, am in academia. I'm a graduate student in the Petroleum Engineering department at Texas A&M University. Also thought I'd mention that my brother-in-law is a student at Kinds College. He's studying classics. Hope to see you around!
Thank you for the welcome, Dr. Meaden. I only found out about this site yesterday, but joined as soon as I possibly could. I'll be spending many enjoyable hours perusing, and hopefully contributing to, the various groups, including yours.
Thanks for the welcome! You may not see me here much, I'm so busy with other endeavors, but I love it that this group exists.
A few days ago I was thinking about a subject you touch on in your bio ...
"Disbelief is the only solution to the religious paradox. Unfortunately, many men and women are not rational enough to understand — they will not listen. Years of indoctrination have seen to that. Each shelters with friends and relatives inside their cocoon of belief, and close all ears to what is impregnable criticism."
... and was considering the MECHANISM by which this takes place. I had some thoughts I've never read anywhere else, and I wrote about it on my blog – if you're interested, it's at www.HankFox.com .
Mostly, I've been offended that these people are so stupid as to not listen to countervailing views on religion, but now that I've realized there's a neurological basis for it, I don't get quite as offended. I still get angry about it, but I don't blame them as much and assume they're making a conscious choice not to listen.
I think I've figured out that it's not "they WILL not listen," it's "they CAN not listen." They're neurologically impacted, handicapped, and have no choice about it.
Thinking about it in this way makes me think recovery is possible for many. The atheist/secular communities have to find the tools to begin to make this happen.
I'm wondering what sort of results we might get by thinking of godders (my pet name for religious people) not as "them," but as "us ... with problems."
Of course, while we’re doing this, we shouldn’t forget that they hugely outnumber us, and might still – ha-ha – rise up in their demented religious wrath and kill us all.