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  •  There's a difference (6+ / 0-)

    There's a difference between calling a belief fantastical or ridiculous and in implying that we should scan people's brains and condemn them for having a scannable disorder.  

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      Yes there is.

      The biggest difference is that the latter is hyperbole.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:06:55 AM PST

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      •  Which is dangerous. Which is why I HRd (1+ / 0-)
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        Gould we also make Mormons who fail Plutos brains can wear little blue cut outs of the Angel Moroni too?  Because that's what it is related to

        This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

        by Mindful Nature on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:00:13 AM PST

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        •  Not sure how hyperbole is dangerous (0+ / 0-)

          in this perspective.

          I didn't read Pluto as calling for a medical diagnosis and categorization of believers - she simply has strong feelings on the nature of how healthy religious faith can sometimes be, it seems.

          Yes, her categorization in this case was harsh and unnecessary, but I also see it as a provocative device.  So, it's good to debate whether that was an appropriate method to use, but I honestly don't see it as dangerous or the start of a slippery slope.  Especially given the context of mega-churches, blind faith in voting with a church's political direction vs. one's personal rationalization, etc. that came through in this diary.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:03:27 PM PST

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    •  There is also a difference between (0+ / 0-)

      hyperbole and sincere medical advice.

      I took this diary as using the former device to gain a reaction, but also reflect their perspective that believers may want to reconsider if their belief system is healthy.

      Of course some folks will react severely, since our society is traditionally used to considering religious faith as a mainstream concept.  Challenging that common acceptance is part and parcel of this diary's core message, I feel.

      I wouldn't have used that device, personally.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:59:18 PM PST

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