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  •  An incident from my youth illustrates the gulf.. (7+ / 0-)

    between the scientifically literate and illiterate.
       On a Sunday afternoon walk along Whip-poor-will Creek, I pocketed a small rock with some interesting fossil shells embedded in its surface. On the way home, I encountered two farmers shooting the bull in a front yard. I stopped a while to be sociable and after a while, one of them noticed the bulge in my pocket. I pulled out the small rock and pointed out the fossil embedded in its surface. "What do you think of that?" I said.
          "That's rock too." was the instant reply and the close of the subject. Any objective consideration of the matter might have forced this man to consider the possibility of deep time. That might cascade into a questioning of other assumptions based on faith.
         Since then, every time I observe someone pushing away from a subject in fear that their fragile faith might be shattered, I think of this incident.

         

    •  Very interesting example (2+ / 0-)
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      princesspat, dot farmer

      of what we are up against. It is probably impossible to break through that. They must not question, just in case there is a god who is watching them.

      "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

      by RonK on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:55:46 AM PDT

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