I am Tweeting Again

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 15, 2010 in News

Many readers love my weekly smorgasbord-o-links. Well, now you don’t have to wait until Saturday to hit those links, because I’m tweeting again. Follow me on Twitter.

I could say it’s because I’m trendy, but really it’s just easier for me to tweet links as I come across them and then collect them later all at once into a weekly post than it is for me to open up WordPress every time I want to add a link to the upcoming post.

However, there will still be content in the News Bits posts that aren’t put on Twitter.

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Hermes December 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

FWIW, the following from Prof. Georges Rey may be worth a look;

“Meta-Atheism: Religious Avowal as Self-Deception” / “Does Anyone Believe in God?”

A dozen reasons for thinking that most avowals of belief in god by educated Western adults are self-deceptive.

* Old, brief: http://stairs.umd.edu/236/meta-atheism.html

* Current, long version: http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B8i8vAmYNuSOZDI0YTdkOWUtOWVlNy00NGQ2LTgzZTUtYzhjNDdkYzllMzQy&hl=en

Professor Georges Rey: http://sites.google.com/site/georgesrey

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Hermes December 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

Excerpts from the long version of Meta-Atheism: Religious Avowal as Self-Deception;

… At any rate, I find it hard to believe that anyone really buys the “ontological
argument,” or any of Aquinas’ “five ways.” … these arguments don’t remotely establish their intended conclusion, the existence of anything like the traditional Christian God … . … So, I began to wonder whether the arguments were ever really seriously endorsed; and this led me to wonder whether anyone actually believed their conclusion. That is, I began to wonder whether anyone really did believe in God.

In addition to these difficulties, there’s also the phenomenon of self-deception: people often claim to believe things that they merely want or are in some way committed to believing, even though “at some level” they know the belief is false.

My hunch about what passes as “religious belief” is that it frequently involves self-deception particularly along the latter ideological lines (although I suspect the other issues about expression and intended audience may also play a role). And so I find myself taking seriously the following hypothesis, which (for lack of a better name) I call meta-atheism:

Despite appearances, many Western adults who’ve been exposed to
standard science and sincerely claim to believe in God are self-
deceived; at some level they believe the claim is false.

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