I love this! My other new favorite is Matt Dillahunty's latin spaniduck example.
Actually, I rather enjoy an irrational "out of the blue" reaction from a Christian friend during an otherwise completely civil religious conversation. It means something I've said has broken through the delusion and forced them to think, if only for a split second. That reaction is their defensive shield going up immediately to prevent the seed of doubt I've just planted from sprouting. Plant enough of them and one find its way through a crack.
I do agree that some people, like professional apologists, are probably too far gone to bother. Even if they did eventually manage to break free from delusion, they'd probably keep pretending to believe because they've dedicated too much of their lives to it and their livelihoods often depend on it.
I really love this! Thanks for posting it.
As for keeping cool in the face of ignorance... I live in the deep South and took recently an online biology class at college. I wish I could post the discussion posts we had there. I felt almost embarrassed that grown people with children could actually believe the irrational creationist things they were going on about. It pretty much became two discussion groups, the "flat-earthers" and the ones who think the evidence for evolution is pretty darn convincing.
Anyway... I do not know why so many of us (Atheists, I mean) spend so much time engaging in fruitless debate and getting angry. The only exception to this for me is when those who are irrational try to force their beliefs on me or my country with ludicrous laws etc. I have learned, being here, that I choose my battles wisely... otherwise I would be endlessly in frays. I prefer to live my life.
One cannot reason with someone who is irrational. We cannot convert to reason. It is like faith: either one believes or one doesn't. If someone is truly open to the possibility of another point of view based on evidence as opposed to religious teaching and personal feelings, they will appreciate the merits of the rational evidence. If not, they are not worth my time and expenditure of anger.
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