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Old 25.08.2011, 11:48
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Oh, I wish I wasn't. Some people I know laugh at religious belief, yet read their horoscope every morning and have it set the tone for their entire day. Just on this forum you have people posting info about chem trails and bashing religion in another thread. Go to a UFO convention and take a survey to see what percentage don't believe in God. I think you'll be surprised by the results.
For this reason I think it's good to make a distinction between atheists and people who simply don't hold religious beliefs, for reasons other than reason. The latter group is able to entertain other silliness (ESP, astrology, etc) even though they reject religion, since there isnt necessarily any principled basis or rationale for their non-belief in gods (or maybe better stated, their *belief* that there aren't gods - since proper, rational atheists would tend to employ that rationalism to all aspects of life, and therefore couldn't accept astrology, etc)
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Re: Does non-/anti-religion = non-"alternative"?

Yup. I've also noticed an interesting phenomenon of people using atheism as carte blanche to believe other silly stuff. Which becomes another form of religion as they're filling a hole. Ultimately, most people are just waiting to be led. Obviously not all religious people are stupid, but all religions attract stupid people. The nature of these movements (be it religion or anything else) is to surrender a measure of rational thought, idiots just happen to already be half-way there. It's equally difficult for otherwise smart people to let go of the indoctrination of their upbringing. So you'll find the same person yell at a homeopathist for being irrational one day, and drink the wine/blood of Christ in church the day after.
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