Good reading

December 14, 2006 | Atheism |

I am ridiculously busy for the next few days so I doubt I’ll have any updates (though in typical blogger fashion I have some great posts all written out in my head!) In the meantime, go read the latest over at the Darwins’ blog.

I thought this observation about the lack of species solidarity we see lately was very interesting.

And I particularly enjoyed this post in response to an atheist’s doubts that people who believe in God can really be rational. A brief excerpt:

In any given situation, there is often more than one conclusion which explains all of one’s experiences with logical consistence, and at such a point, one must make a decision what to believe. This decision is not merely arbitrary. Usually you will make it because you are convinced by one of the experiences or observations which make up the “evidence” that you are weighing.

In a classic example, it is logically consistent with one’s observations of the world to conclude either that there is an outside world populated by other thinking, acting entities or to conclude that one’s entire experience of the world is the result of a demented imagination, and there is in fact one reality but one’s self. Both explain all of one’s experiences and are logically consistent. However, since solipsism if profoundly un-useful, few people choose to believe it. […]

At the end of the day, belief in God, or belief in a spouse’s love, or belief that all men are created equal, or what have you may be supported by an incredible amount of evidence, but the belief itself is a choice. The evidence will take you so far. Belief does not have to be some sort of “blind leap”. But it is a crossroads, and one must decide which way to go.

Be sure to read the whole thing. Good stuff.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

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