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Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Sep 29 10:22:01 UTC 2006

On Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 08:27:36PM -0400, Mike Dougherty wrote:
>    "religion" is a dangerous meme?  Not a particular religion, just
>    "religion" in general?

Right you are, Sherlock.

>    Why denounce religion?  I can understand your personal decision to not

Because in the modern world it's a major source of problems. You haven't

>    partake of religion, but how is it productive to actively campaign
>    against it?   Let's say you could 'wipe out' the religion meme, what

It would remove a major source of problems.

>    would you go after next?  Prevailing public opinion?  That would be a

Now that's a strawman. You sound somewhat miffed. Say, are you religious?

>    good way to ensure that everyone is forced to think for themselves
>    too.  Maybe once you accomplish that, you can denounce general
>    consensus just for the fun of it.

Now this is a yet another bunch of strawmen. Say, where are you getting these?

>    sorry about the sarcasm.  I'm aware of it, but rarely turn it off.
>    Honestly though, I am curious what you think about the value of even
>    attempting to 'fight' a religion meme.

If mental illness was contagious, why should one use public health
methods to prevent an epidemic? 

(It's a flawed analogy, because most mental illnesses are not dangerous
to anyone else but the sufferers themselves).

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