Re: Dawkins was right all along

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    On Sun, Sep 23, 2001 at 01:03:30AM -0400, Wade T.Smith wrote:
    > Hi Bill Spight -
    > >Anyway, learning is not necessary. :-)
    > Non sequitur. A belief is a learned behavior, especially when taking your
    > definition into play. It's only when one speaks the truth that
    > remembering is unnecessary, to paraphrase S. Clemens.

    So we don't need to remember facts?

    Clemens meant that that we have to do much more remembering when spinning
    a tissue of lies, than in simply recounting what we honestly believe.

    Your interpretation is off the wall, and driven, I'd suggest, like your
    other deviations, by the emotionality of your attitude to religion.
    You need to get some detachment. Meditation might help.

    > To speak to the doubters of atheism (or science) from infancy, a child
    > will examine to a cause, if it can, not create a fairy tale.

    Kids can spin great yarns. But I'll agree it takes an adult to make a
    "true believer", in ordinary religion or in militant atheism, the anti
    religion. It takes time for the memes to gain such a strong hold.

    Robin Faichney 
    "True believers are pathetic memetic victims -- they need our sympathy"

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