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My current guide in this is "The God Virus" which is a current application of meme theory. Following Dawkins and Susan Blackmore, positing the human mind, social aspects and all, as the substrate, the meme as virus can very productively be traced through many biological viral behaviors, especially reproduction and competitive techniques with other viruses, such as secularism and scientism.
Anyone who's ever argued with a religious person about the existence of gods knows the shutdown of reason that occurs in defense of faith. Transferring those crippled rational faculties to everyday life might be the reason for all these failures to function in voting and consumption of more than one's share.
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"Educated from birth" brings in another wonderfully annoying element: what part is the government allowed to play in the education of children in evidentiary thinking, or to be blunt, religious education?
yup, that's a very slippery fish to hold.
i appreciate your tact, it's obvious you fully understand just how close to the nerve that one can go.
i don't see why atheism and (comparative) religion can't both be taught, and then let the child decide.
anything more religiously specific should be a matter of family and individual choice.
allow for respect for all belief-systems, as long as practicing them does not impinge on others' space.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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