About Cam

gribbly.org* is the online home of Cameron Brown. Creative director, designer, musician, mediocre programmer, caffeine addict. Seattle

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Atheism and Magic Dust

"It is strange, indeed, that great scientists who have contributed so much to our understanding of evolutionary arms races and the biological impetus to aggression and violence should now propose that by sprinkling the magic dust of atheism over our minds, the wolves in and around us will lie down in perfect harmony with the lambs."

I got that from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dc7iT75P2I&NR=1 (Scott Atran at Beyond Belief 2.0)

I agree. So much of atheism is strident, born of frustration. It's preaching to the choir, so to speak. Hostile criticism of religion could perhaps be justified on the grounds that - because of their huge influence over believers - they must be destroyed or deactivated before any progress can made. I don't agree, and think there is a better way forward.