Well, once a person stops believing fairy tales, that person will likely become smarter simply because of the fact that they are starting to evaluate evidence instead of deciding what they want to believe and then only look for evidence that supports that belief and ignore all other facts and evidence.
So, in essence, yes. A person who stops believing fairy tales immediately becomes smarter, based solely on that decision.
And, they often stop using bad logic--or, at least, a lot less of it. Also resulting in a sudden net gain in intelligence.
I have always thought that one of the most harmful effects of religion is that it comes with a plethora of lessons in bad reasoning.
Well, I agree with you that it CAN take years of growth. However, it can also come in a "revelation", if you will excuse the pun. If, for years a person has been railing against evidence because of their belief that it is invalid because of a religion, when that vale drops, that person can come to accept a LOT of information as true that the day before, so to speak, they denied the truth of. People change in a lot of ways, it's not necessarily a long, slow gradual process.
That being said, yes, you are right. For a lot of people, it tends to be a longer process.
Welcome to the light! :)
So, would you say it was more effective for people to just point out the "hypocrisy" (as you describe it) with your belief system rather than trying to play on your emotions, so to speak?
I believe that, when trying to get a person to see reason, it is crucial to be as unemotional and concise as possible when having a conversation with them. It seems that once a "personal attack" happens, the unreasoning person just shuts down and almost feels justified in their belief because they were able to fluster their debate partner. Did you find this to be true or am I off the mark in my reasoning?