02 October 2010
The Autistic Nature of Secular-Humanist Philosophy
But Wilf's argument is that to win more to their cause non-believers need to appeal not merely to rational argument backed by evidence but to the listener's 'hearts' and feelings. Offer comfort, reassurance, etc., be less prone to arguing over points in seeking truth, be accommodating and forgiving...
Can't see it happening myself so we may be condemned to permanent opposition!
That was for animals but the authors go on ...
"We are also at the mercy of our feelings. We too are profoundly ignorant of what motivates us." Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan 'Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Ch 9.
Or, as the robot says (I think in 'I Robot') "I choose to do what I am programmed to do."
Artist Piero Manzoni put his excrement up for sale as a work of art symbolic of all that was sh-t in advertising.
Animals mark their territory with smells. Humans do it with symbols, signs, barriers, prisons and uniforms; all symbols. Animals differ from humans in that they have virtually no imagination. People can visualise what might be rather than what is, frequently their imagination creates fear then instinct takes over.
When fear grips they instinctively adopt pack behaviour with others of similar attitude.
In the light of the above - belief or not - in god cannot be a “cause”.
Belief or non-belief when branded as a “cause” is a symptom not the disease. The disease in my understanding is fear – the rationalist “cause” is to overcome the fear that makes people want to become part of a pack whose objectives are irrational. It’s uneducated unthinking people that are profoundly ignorant of what motivates them. Education and knowledge CAN overcome emotion. We are NOT robots programmed to a fixed course of action but we do need information to allow us to come to rational conclusions. That’s why a free press is essential to a free society and far more important than railing against a church that lost control of peoples minds two hundred years ago. Consumerism has in general terms replaced religion and the media and advertising have supplanted the priest in the pulpit.
Jewish Media mogul and inveterate truth distorter Rupert Murdoch has received a papal knighthood and with Henry Kissinger and Mortimer Zuckerman is on the Anti-Defamation League dinner committee. According to a New York Times report on the recent ADL fundraiser the indicted Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlesconi who has his job courtesy of the CIA received the ADL’s distinguished Statesman Award.
With individuals like these running the world’s media people are frightened and so they should be.