[FoRK] Bullish on Facebook

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Fri Apr 24 11:53:12 PDT 2009


On Apr 24, 2009, at 11:02 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>
> ...the pandering to religious groups...


All politics is pandering to religious groups. It is not as though  
educated, rational, pragmatic people are a significant faction in the  
politics of *any* country or even most political issues.

Anti-scientific denial of reality dominates the political discussion  
of both Republicans and Democrats, and it always has. No change there.  
The government has its hands full accommodating the irrational  
preferences of the majority.  Most dearly held political beliefs are  
nutty and baseless, even if they coincidentally intersect reality on  
rare occasion -- and those occasions are in fact rare. Most days, we  
are offered a false dichotomy where the proffered choices are so  
defective that they are not even wrong.  Two different brands of nutty  
that people choose between on the basis of label color.


Most atheists have beliefs that are every bit as religious in  
construction as those who believe the supposed musings of a Bronze age  
philosopher are the inerrant word of (a) God. Religious belief is a  
very broad type of cognitive failure that transcends things like  
subject matter. Pandering to religious beliefs is a central part of a  
politician's job description.

Cheers,

J. Andrew Rogers



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