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Old 11-07-2011, 08:03 PM
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[quote=WhipperSnapper 88;21619876]

I think it'sjust easier to trust that someone else has done the research and confirmed everything rather than take the risk of shaking ones own faith.

But where was their brain? { no offense to your freind }
Yeh - that's the problem. It's not that they lack a brain - nobody does. Not everyone starts out skeptically, or has scientific training, or even has training in independent thought. We tend to rely on authority figures for much of our information - whether it's the media, our teachers, our pastors, a certain author, a certain organization, etc, etc. It's not just Christians who are guilty of accepting the words of perceived authority figures, either - Atheists do it too on a regular basis. We all do it, so some degree. It's just that some of us make the wrong decisions in picking who our authority figures are, or in how much trust we give to them.

Personally, I think a lot of it has to do with our life experiences, how we are raised, how we are raised to look at the world. The social instinct makes us want to fit in, conform, find our niche, and then feel comfortable that we have made the correct decision. Not everyone receives rigorous scientific training, or is skeptical by nature. Not everyone receives a good education, and even this is no guarantee. As a personal note - another acquaintance is going through college, and she has absolutely no desire to learn anything other than "how do I pass this test in the easiest manner possible". Her only goal is her degree, she it quite reticent to being corrected - heck, to being taught. Maybe this is because she's an adult and adults usually resent being told what to do, or that they must improve in certain areas. She certainly does. She sees all of it as one big chore, just another high school. Oh well.

It's complicated - I just don't think people automatically shut down their brains on purpose, in order to follow a certain path. Some of the most profound minds in history have been under the influence of various ideas and philosophies that would make us laugh ourselves silly today. They weren't idiots, they weren't lacking brains - they just had various social, familial and educational influences that steered them in certain directions. We can't choose our parents, they say, so sometimes we have to deal with the hand dealt to us in our environment.

Ah well - most people break out of it eventually, whatever ails them!
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