I've "debated" with Christians for years. We've talked about god, evolution, science in general, Noa's ark, bible prophecies, abortion, politics,
and pretty much everything else under the sun. Something I've noticed, from the first debate to the most recent debate, is that the fundamentalist
believers have no grasp, understanding, or utilization of logic.
Worse than just not making
logical arguments, they seem to take the opposite approach, ignoring not just common sense, but methodically
dissolving consistency between their own arguments. In other words, if a christian doesn't want A=C, and yet states A=B, and B=C, no amount of
talking to them will convince them that A=C.
Instead, they'll make some off the wall claim, like "When B=C, it's a different B." You can explain to them the error they're making, but the
fact is, they simply wont accept that A must equal C. Logic be damned, A can not equal C, so it is not they who are wrong, but it's all of logic that
I think this is no accident. Religion is the science of staying ignorant.
Think about it -- in religion, there is no proof, no experiment, no evidence, etc, to make a case with. In religion, you're trained to think with
your emotions, rather than your brain. You're trained to look at lack of evidence as a GOOD
thing, because without evidence, you're only
recourse is to blindly follow, and faith is looked at as a "virtue" necessary to get into heaven
Religious people are masters at restating what they previously believe, regardless of what the evidence, or logic, demonstrates to be true.
How do they do that? It's simple -- by spending years teaching themselves to simply ignore reality, and instead focus on imaginary preconceived
notions of what's right. They force-fit their
idea of reality into the universe.
It's not just a mistake on their part. It's a willful ignorance, which they have spent a great deal of time and energy practicing in order to
satisfy their indoctrinated view of the world.
I bring this up because religion is detrimental to progress. When you turn people into robots, who's programming only allows one false
paradigm of reality, then it's natural to think that this poisonous thinking can spill over into other cognitive exercises. Reality changes from
being a pursuit of knowledge and wisdom to one of emotional fighting over which version of fantasy everyone should be forced to obey; and as soon as
they have an idea which they want to be true, even if it's wrong, you'll never be able to convince them otherwise -- because they spend their lives
turning what they want to be true into what they really believe is true.
Evidence be damned -- if they say it's true, then there's no room for other opinions!
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.