How can anyone believe that the world is 6,000 years old?

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25 May 2009, 11:45 am

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If people want to believe the earth was created for 6,000 years ago, it's because such a timescale confirms their need that human beings have a cosmic purpose, which gives meaning and comfort to their lives. It doesn't mean they believe in witchcraft or that prayer can fix broken engine parts. As long as they are rational in practical matters, the fact that they don't chose to accept geological or astronomical evidence doesn't matter to me. Only a small fraction of people have any serious interest in non-practical matters anyway; trying to force-feed unpleasant truths to the other +95% is a complete waste of time.


Right. Keep them dumb and domesticated. That's the way to scam the hell out of them economically, politically and philosophically.
Makes them much more docile and easy to manipulate and that's the best way to run a pseudodemocracy.

What else can you do with them? The average person is not only stupid, but willfully, frighteningly, arrogantly stupid.


I'll agree with that


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25 May 2009, 11:48 am

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If people want to believe the earth was created for 6,000 years ago, it's because such a timescale confirms their need that human beings have a cosmic purpose, which gives meaning and comfort to their lives. It doesn't mean they believe in witchcraft or that prayer can fix broken engine parts. As long as they are rational in practical matters, the fact that they don't chose to accept geological or astronomical evidence doesn't matter to me. Only a small fraction of people have any serious interest in non-practical matters anyway; trying to force-feed unpleasant truths to the other +95% is a complete waste of time.

:lol: I was reminded of Sherlock Holmes, who said, when Dr. Watson expressed shock that he did not know that the earth orbited the sun, etc, that not only did he not care, but that he would try to immediately forget that Watson had told him so as not to clutter up his mind with useless information.

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A.Conan Doyle who created Sherlock Holmes permitted himself to be scammed by a spiritualist during his lifetime. Ignorance can be detrimental.



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25 May 2009, 11:51 am

ouinon wrote:
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If people want to believe the earth was created for 6,000 years ago, it's because such a timescale confirms their need that human beings have a cosmic purpose, which gives meaning and comfort to their lives. It doesn't mean they believe in witchcraft or that prayer can fix broken engine parts. As long as they are rational in practical matters, the fact that they don't chose to accept geological or astronomical evidence doesn't matter to me. Only a small fraction of people have any serious interest in non-practical matters anyway; trying to force-feed unpleasant truths to the other +95% is a complete waste of time.

:lol: I was reminded of Sherlock Holmes, who said, when Dr. Watson expressed shock that he did not know that the earth orbited the sun, etc, that not only did he not care, but that he would try to immediately forget that Watson had told him so as not to clutter up his mind with useless information.

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I wouldn't want to go on an around the world trip with Holmes, nor would I want him to be in charge of a space ship launch.


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25 May 2009, 11:54 am

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A.Conan Doyle ( who created Sherlock Holmes ), permitted himself to be scammed by a spiritualist during his lifetime. Ignorance can be detrimental.

Very detrimental! :roll: He never created anything memorable! Noone has ever heard of him. He didn't manage to earn his living with his writing. ( Heavy sarcasm ).

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25 May 2009, 12:00 pm

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how can anyone believe anything?

Good question. Apparently enlightened buddhist monks laugh at the absurdity of it, ( belief ). 8)

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25 May 2009, 12:01 pm

ouinon wrote:
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how can anyone believe anything?

Good question. Apparently enlightened buddhist monks laugh at the absurdity of it, ( belief ). 8)

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I wonder why there aren't very many Buddhist inventors...


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25 May 2009, 12:24 pm

Annnnd now the debate once again descends into a discussion of epistomology - and since that's a philosophy, not a science, it will go nowhere, as various nonfalsifiable concepts are presented as if they were debate points (a feature of every philosophical debate I've been exposed to thus far). I'm out of this one, before it goes too far into the realm of namecalling.


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25 May 2009, 1:05 pm

Henriksson wrote:
ouinon wrote:
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how can anyone believe anything?

Good question. Apparently enlightened buddhist monks laugh at the absurdity of it, ( belief ). 8)

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I wonder why there aren't very many Buddhist inventors...


they invented the orange robe!

didnt they? :/


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25 May 2009, 1:33 pm

ZEGH8578 wrote:
Henriksson wrote:
ouinon wrote:
b9 wrote:
how can anyone believe anything?

Good question. Apparently enlightened buddhist monks laugh at the absurdity of it, ( belief ). 8)

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I wonder why there aren't very many Buddhist inventors...


they invented the orange robe!

didnt they? :/


And the prayer wheel which is a robotic wind driven something or other that sends repeated messages to the gods automatically. It is the fore runner of automatic telephone message advertising which drives everyone crazy. No wonder the world is going to hell. Those damned prayer wheels have driven the gods mad.



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25 May 2009, 1:46 pm

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And the prayer wheel which is a robotic wind driven something or other that sends repeated messages to the gods automatically. It is the fore runner of automatic telephone message advertising which drives everyone crazy. No wonder the world is going to hell. Those damned prayer wheels have driven the gods mad.


Think of it as Junk Prayer.

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25 May 2009, 4:22 pm

:D


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26 May 2009, 2:48 am

It is possible to be a creationist and not believe in a 6000 year old universe. The oldest cities are 10-12,000 years old. I think you guys have overlooked the fact that believeing in a young universe is not a prerequite for faith.


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26 May 2009, 3:19 am

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It is possible to be a creationist and not believe in a 6000 year old universe. The oldest cities are 10-12,000 years old. I think you guys have overlooked the fact that believeing in a young universe is not a prerequite for faith.


Absolutely not. There are lots of other untenable illogical hooks people use to hold on to their faith. But the young Earth is one of the most vulnerable.



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26 May 2009, 2:06 pm

Maybe this is slightly OT, but I think maybe an even weirder belief I've heard mentioned in this context is the whole 'lion and the lamb' thing.

Basically: it is believed by some Creationists that, as according to Genesis, all animals were originally created as herbivores. It's further believed that after the Fall, some animals started preying on others. (Genesis is not explicit on this; it just says that after the Flood, humans were given the go-ahead to eat meat, and it's assumed that other animals were also carnivorous from that point onwards, if they weren't already.) They further believe, mainly due to some passages of prophecy in Isaiah, that at the end of time when creation is restored, all animals will again be herbivorous and harmless to humans. (I could argue that anyone who thinks herbivores are harmless to humans by dint of not eating meat has never been kicked in the guts by a deer, but that's another subject.)

The thing is, a lot of these creationists claim to have a huge sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world, but I wonder how you can say that if you think like this. Because if you look at, say, a lion, and you imagine what kind of changes you'd have to make to that lion to turn it into a herbivore - well, a lion is a good example, because the cat family are the 'purest' of carnivores and the most specialized for that purpose. Not just the teeth and claws but more or less everything about a lion's body has developed for that particular hunting niche. If it had developed to fit any other niche, it wouldn't be a lion. And to say there's something 'wrong' with a lion because it hunts seems to me to be lacking all appreciation for it.

(I chose this example for another reason: C. S. Lewis - of all people! - used precisely that animal in his own argument for this idea of all animals being herbivores in the restored Earth. And he didn't even disbelieve in evolution. Rather makes you wonder whether any faith that requires that amount of mental acrobatics is really worth believing.)


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26 May 2009, 2:17 pm

ThatRedHairedGrrl wrote:
Maybe this is slightly OT, but I think maybe an even weirder belief I've heard mentioned in this context is the whole 'lion and the lamb' thing.

Basically: it is believed by some Creationists that, as according to Genesis, all animals were originally created as herbivores. It's further believed that after the Fall, some animals started preying on others. (Genesis is not explicit on this; it just says that after the Flood, humans were given the go-ahead to eat meat, and it's assumed that other animals were also carnivorous from that point onwards, if they weren't already.) They further believe, mainly due to some passages of prophecy in Isaiah, that at the end of time when creation is restored, all animals will again be herbivorous and harmless to humans. (I could argue that anyone who thinks herbivores are harmless to humans by dint of not eating meat has never been kicked in the guts by a deer, but that's another subject.)

The thing is, a lot of these creationists claim to have a huge sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world, but I wonder how you can say that if you think like this. Because if you look at, say, a lion, and you imagine what kind of changes you'd have to make to that lion to turn it into a herbivore - well, a lion is a good example, because the cat family are the 'purest' of carnivores and the most specialized for that purpose. Not just the teeth and claws but more or less everything about a lion's body has developed for that particular hunting niche. If it had developed to fit any other niche, it wouldn't be a lion. And to say there's something 'wrong' with a lion because it hunts seems to me to be lacking all appreciation for it.

(I chose this example for another reason: C. S. Lewis - of all people! - used precisely that animal in his own argument for this idea of all animals being herbivores in the restored Earth. And he didn't even disbelieve in evolution. Rather makes you wonder whether any faith that requires that amount of mental acrobatics is really worth believing.)


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