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  •  quite right (4+ / 0-)
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    I´d add that as a scientist I see no problem with humans having magical thinking - its one of our properties, and it would be just as much denial of reality to pretend we didnt have it. Belief in heavens or gods is the same sublimed, but it can coexist in people with science and reason, they are both faculties of ours. We don´t get to kill off our animalic side just because we´ve recognized it as such, and we should not either, as it would render us inhuman.

    After all, nothing in science says we shouldnt make people suffer and torture others like they did in the middle ages. Nothing in science says we should not destroy this planet that has evolved us. So, for me I don´t want to get rid entirely of magical or rleigious thinking.

    •  it's true that science doesn't make (4+ / 0-)
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      those kinds of value-based prescriptions. But depending on what you mean by magical thinking, I don't think that is necessary either. I think their can be other sources of the desire to protect the planet, and I don't think we would be driven to commit violence simply due to the lack of magical our religious thinking. Of course, religious thinking has also been used to justify the very torture you mention. And while collectively it is one of our properties, I don't think that means every individual necessarily has that property, and it may not be a fundamental aspect of our nature.

      "I have more than two prablems" - The Coach Z

      by AaronInSanDiego on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:37:56 AM PST

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