[extropy-chat] Re: Faith-based thought vs thinkers

Al Brooks kerry_prez at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 30 17:58:15 UTC 2006

And there are practical reasons for faith-based families. Why would so many parents want to bust their humps if they didn't believe in the benevolent Creator looking out for them? Familial love doesn't appear to be enough to sustain their fortitude.
  To change diapers by itself must take great faith in the Almighty.

   People need to believe in
SOMETHING. You tell them the ugly truth and their
minds rail against it and reject it. Too honest people
have few friends. Nature's most powerful computer,
designed to look for meaning, structure, and PATTERN
in all things is incapable of assigning a null value
to their own existense. Because they do not have the
will to bootstrap their own purpose, they seek meaning
and purpose from without. Religion, however unlikely
the details thereof, gives them that purpose. It gives
meaning to their metabolism and a sense of worth
beyond the primal yearning of their gonads. 

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