"Hmmm. I look at it a couple of different ways. 1. The peer-reviewed studies speak for themselves. We are not the sole contributors, but we contribute disproportionately compared with, say, bovine flatulence. 2. Our greedy exploitation of our…"
"You hit it on the head when you noted that he has to see it for himself. Nothing you can do will pull him out of Plato's allegorical cave. On climate change, you could ask him --if you're prepared for him to get ugly-- why the…"
"There is a really terrific book that gets into this topic from a different angle, but definitely digs into cognitive dissonance by theists with respect to their own religions. Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Reality ~ I've been…"
"I think the population is larger than is plainly perceived, primarily because of the deeply-rooted religious traditions embedded in many Hispanic cultures. Using my dad as my closest example of cognitive dissonance (not to spotlight him, but because…"
"I'm all for yoga, taichi, qi gong, pilates, etc. They are excellent stretching exercises, and yeah, moving meditation is a way to relax all the senses. I also agree with Alex that science supports meditation from a cognitive therapy…"
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There are certainly worse role models to have than Dawkins, for sure. I admire him, though I don't always necessarily agree with his approach. Same thing with…"
To share thoughts...to be around like-minded thinking people, since in the "real" world, I'm surrounded by conservative christians - one downside of living in the South.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
Gradual process. I was taught *how* to think by a very devout parent who didn't expect that I actually would. Once I did apply the *how* - and started asking the more intense questions...well, the answers in truth were what pulled me away. Faith was not ever big on my list, so losing *belief* was pretty easy...and mostly painless.
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