Premiere of my blog--Featuring Dumbass Comment of the Day Award

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From: The Ages, Australia
Apr. 15, 2007
Thornton McCamish

In this article, apparently a few months old, the author reviews some of the current books and trends in this "New Atheism" thing we keep hearing about. He seems to maintain journalistic integrity and doesn't appear particularly biased--until you get to the last sentence:


And that’s the main problem for atheist evangelisers: just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean it’s not real.

Huh? Could you repeat that? O_O

deludedgod's picture

Quote: And that’s the


And that’s the main problem for atheist evangelisers: just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean it’s not real.

This reminds me of a recent South Park episode where the boys go to "Imaginationland", where all the various characters that humans have made up over the ages reside (Jesus is in there, btw), and Kyle (because he lost a bet with Eric that if Leprechauns were real, he would have to suck Cartman's balls) kept insisting that Leprechauns did not exist. And the mayor of "Imaginationland" says "Well, of course not. But just because they did not exist didn't mean they were not real, at least, not in Imaginationland.

So, then, Religious people spend far too much time in Imaginationland, and evidently, the author considers this a good thing. When he says "its real" he means "Its real for them, who are we to take away their magical thinking and fairy tales"? 

"Physical reality” isn’t some arbitrary demarcation. It is defined in terms of what we can systematically investigate, directly or not, by means of our senses. It is preposterous to assert that the process of systematic scientific reasoning arbitrarily excludes “non-physical explanations” because the very notion of “non-physical explanation” is contradictory.


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I know it's off-topic, but that Southpark 3 (or 4? 5?) part episode is HILARIOUS. Especially the whole Cartman/Kyle thing.


 On topic --

 I've found other religious individuals with similar bizarre notions of reality. It's like, they can logically reach the conclusion that it's a little silly to believe in God, but want to believe anyways because it makes their reality more comfortable for them.

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Congrats on the premier of

Congrats on the premier of your long overdue blog.  I can't think of a better inaugural "dumbass comment of the day."

It seems like the only problem with this award is how to find the time to actually read all the potential winners.


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grammatically true

Hmm.  I suppose "true" and "real" are not entirely the same thing.  But they are holding hands.


I remember reading a review for the movie What the bleep do we know, where the reviewer ( I think it was in Canada's National Post) pointed out that just because grammatically you have made an english sentence, doesn't mean it makes sense.  Like saying, "tensions arose on the Brazil-Belgian border today" (or, "quantum-healing&quotEye-wink.  It's english, but being not true and real at the same time makes no sense.

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