Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Common Atheist Question

"Why don't traditional religious believers - who, as I and my fellow atheists often and loudly say, are ignorant, stupid, irrational, child-like, evil, twisted, crazy, and dangerous - feel comfortable with the idea of an atheist president? It's so bigoted."

2 comments:

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

Crude, ol' boy! I need a citation or link to Sam Harris's study on pleasure feelings in atheist rejections of religion, ASAP, thanks!

Crude said...

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007272

Quote:

Finally, there were several regions that showed greater signal in both groups in response to “blasphemous” statements (i.e. those that ran counter to Christian doctrine). The ventral striatum signal in this contrast suggests that decisions about these stimuli may have been more rewarding for both groups: Nonbelievers may take special pleasure in making assertions that explicitly negate religious doctrine, while Christians may enjoy rejecting such statements as false.