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    You can't "do both at the same time" because, as I explained, they are opposites of one another. "Faith is belief without evidence. Reason is the formation of beliefs by drawing logical conclusions based on evidence." If you draw conclusions with one method, the conclusions are drawn and the other method was not used.

    There is a large body of evidence from dispirate fields including neurocognitive research (I am a neuroscientist), economics, psychology, and game theory which explores the ways in which people make decisions and form their beliefs. Acceptance of authority, prayer, exploring divine revelation, divination, and so forth are all methods employed in "religious thinking". These methods are specifically excluded in models like rational choice models.  

    Articles of faith, by their very definition, are accepted with little or no evidence-- many are actually contrary to available evidence. This would be the opposite of rationality, and one cannot simultaneously seek and not seek evidence.

    Articles of faith are are accepted without studying competing views, whereas a rational or scientific mode of thought seeks to compare and test the available conclusions whenever possible. One cannot simultaneously seek out and not seek out such views.

    Similar points can be made about the type and levels of certainty people have in their articles of faith, and about those for which they gather evidence and make decisions. One cannot be simultaneously a "true believer" and open to being persuaded by new evidence.

    Do you understand?

    You were both extremely condescending and wrong in your response. I'm sorry if you felt insulted by mine, but it seemed warranted given the combination. I admit that I haven't been so condescended to since at least around the time I obtained my second doctoral degree so maybe I was just surprised by it.

    In any case, you made the claim that you were going to demonstrate for me this ability to "dualthink" as well as "how the world works". I was hoping to see these wonders in your reply but only saw you whining that I hurt your feelings. I always like learning new things, so I anxiously await the groundbreaking neurocognitive findings only you seem to have at your disposal-- and the "world working" data sounds thrilling. Please, have at it.

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