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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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