Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The problem of smart people

As one of the self-identified "unsmart" people, I found John Messerly's Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith very entertaining. I even found at least one truth on which we agree:

"The simplest answer is that people believe what they want to...not what the evidence supports."

I want to believe that is so, based on the evidence. Scientists and intellectuals embrace evolution based on the evidence they want to believe, and reject the evidence they don't want to believe. The evidence for evolution as the origin of existence is philosophically puny, logically ludicrous, and mathematically mind-blowing, yet many people believe it because they want to. Count me out.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called

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