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Chimps Learn and Children Ape
Thursday. 12.2.10 5:05 pm
A fascinating set of experiments done with human children and chimpanzees. And a perfect (if frightening) example of why religious indoctrination of children is so easy.

Chimps VS Children 1/2
Chimps VS Children 2/2
4 Comments.


It was only partially you
It's been a lot of people lately, and not even all from nuTang. I didn't notice you changed your post. No worries!

Sorry for being so rude about it. I'll look into your update.
» middaymoon on 2010-12-03 11:17:00

Probably should have done that first.
RE:
The point I was trying to make is that atheism isn't as "neutral" a stance as people seem to think. If you compare it to all the religious paradigms of the world, it's on the same playing field. It's not a more basic assumption. You assume there is a god or that there isn't, and you work from there. No matter how strong the science, there is always the possibility of something else. That doesn’t mean you have to believe in God, but it does mean that as a scientist you should acknowledge the possibility. When you subscribe to Atheism without that acknowledgement, you're "taking sides" the same way someone might subscribe to Christianity.

So as far as religious influences on politics and popular culture, I agree that religion shouldn’t be a state-mandated thing. It should be with and from the people themselves (if at all). I agree to a certain extent with most of what you said (teaching flexibly, not interfering with people’s personal lives, etc). When I said fanaticism I was referring to where you mentioned lobbying against Christian politicians and the like. Politics should be neutral, and that doesn’t always mean atheistic. I figure the best way is to let happen what happens. If you don’t like a nominee, down-vote or lobby against them because of the issues you disagree on, not because they’re religious or not. If you’re trying to oust them just because they’re Christian than you’re doing the same thing that the fanatic Christians are doing to atheistic politicians. Most Christians don’t even care about the politician’s beliefs; they just care about what he/she will do in office. Sometimes beliefs play a part in that, and sometimes they don’t. Atheism, like any other paradigm, should be with and from the people, if at all.

Also, I really like your music.
» middaymoon on 2010-12-03 11:46:53

Although I do favor atheism over religion, I agree with middaymoon that it's taking sides. If you REALLY want to be neutral then agnosticism is the way to go... :P
» randomjunk on 2010-12-04 03:15:14

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