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  •  Oops, a bit of pejorative stereotyping there (1+ / 0-)
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    denise b

    Juxtaposing "spiritual and imaginatively holistic" vs "completely uncurious" is a bit of a judgment call, isn't it?

    Just because a particular atheist chooses to apply the same criteria to alleged spiritual phenomena as they do to alleged divine phenomena - and, finding no evidence, similarly lack belief in the spiritual kind - does not mean they are completely incurious.

    In fact, I would argue precisely the opposite. It is profound curiosity that leads the rational skeptic to explore and question all things, using consistent method and applying consistent criteria.

    Disbelieving in one thing for which there is no evidence and which contradicts known physical laws, and then turning around and believing in another thing for which there is no evidence and which contradicts known physical laws, is not "imaginatively holistic", it is just superstitious. And it is the opposite of curious.

    Phrases like "true spirituality" are no more rational than "true religion" or "true theism".

    When one believes one has the answer to something, one stops asking questions.

    Certainty is the death of curiosity.

    Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

    by RandomActsOfReason on Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 01:14:36 AM PDT

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