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Old 08-21-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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Why wouldn't the ability to see through mythical nonsense also be a savant style feature of intelligence, with some having no difficulty at all recognizing that the religious claims are founded on air, but others having tremendous struggles with doubts but retaining their faith, and others never questioning any aspect at all of their religious instruction? If you gather 100 people and ask them to solve math problems for comparative purposes, you will get a wide distribution of success and failure because abilities are widely distributed.

Why would that ability distribution not apply to the intellectual problem of viewing the cosmos and speculating on its origins and functioning? I suspect that it most likely does apply, it is just that the nature of theological argument does not permit verification the way it does with math problems.
That's a good question; it is likely partly because the question is more complicated than a math problem. You are ASSuming that atheists think more about the origins of the cosmos than theists, etc., and then reach your conclusion without verification. Sometimes the expectant outcome differs from the actual outcome so instead of trying to fit the outcome into the hypothesis, why not brainstorm scenarios for which the hypothesis becomes false? Just a thought.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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That's a good question; it is likely partly because the question is more complicated than a math problem. You are ASSuming that atheists think more about the origins of the cosmos than theists, etc., and then reach your conclusion without verification. Sometimes the expectant outcome differs from the actual outcome so instead of trying to fit the outcome into the hypothesis, why not brainstorm scenarios for which the hypothesis becomes false? Just a thought.
Actually you are assuming that I was assuming anything. I wrote my posts in such a manner as to avoid giving the impression that I had the matter solved, and making it clear that I was presenting a speculative question to the participants in this thread. I reached no conclusion, yet you seemed to think that I did.

My starting point was the world as it is. If you are born in America, as I was, you are born into a default world of Christian assertions and cultural domination. I specifically referenced "seeing through the religious myths" as the potential savant ability which may or may not be what determines a religious or non religious outlook. The question being addressed was "Is there a compartmentalized element of general intelligence which facilitates the ability to see myths as myths."

Your above advice has no application to the process I am describing.
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