Re: Re: Are faith and religion irrational?
Although I also happen to agree that there is clear evidence for the utility of religious belief in dealing with questions of our mortality, its extension into so many other realms of experience is more often than not distracting or sometimes downright harmful.
I would have preferred an answer to the actual question, namely regarding the rationality of religious belief. Rationality and utility are not identical. I doubt that religious believers of any stripe consider the usefulness of their faith as a rationale for holding their belilefs - at least not in those terms.
I'm interested in any responses you folks out there might have, as well as Dr. Ariels's.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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