R/atheism. The New Atheism. Secular Student Alliance: Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics & Others. Freedom From Religion Foundation. Dawkins Website. Sam Harris. Why Atheism? Just about everyone is an atheist when it comes to other gods — the gods that other people believe in or that nobody believes in anymore.
I’m an atheist about all gods because there's no reliable evidence for any god, or even for Jesus. There is also extensive evidence that Jesus and all gods are fictional characters — myths created mainly by primitive people who had little understanding of how our universe operates. We all like myths and other stories, but we don't have to believe them. Let’s start with a quick experiment. You can grab three coins and actually do the experiment, or just do a thought experiment. Drop one coin and watch it fall.
If you were to the release third coin, what do you think would happen? Our understanding of the world around us, and our abilities to predict what will happen are based on naturalism — the basis of science. To be explicit, modern science relies on methodological naturalism. OK, let’s do another experiment. Galileo and Empirical Science Why God(s)? TalkOrigins. For your convenience, the archive's files have been divided into the categories listed to the left.
Read the archive's FAQ for answers to questions that are frequently encountered in talk.origins. Check out the must-read files for detailed essays and FAQs on some of the central issues in the creation/evolution controversy. Try the index if you're looking for a FAQ or an essay on a specific topic. The outline is a site map that provides an alternative way to find a topic. Iron Chariots. Atheists Know More About Religion Than the Pious. Atheists Know More About Religion Than the Pious Posted on Sep 28, 2010 Well, this is awkward.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life undertook a study in which nonbelievers correctly answered more religious knowledge questions than the devout. Mormons and Jews also scored well and, like atheists, know more about Christianity than Christians. Here are some of Pew’s surprising findings: More than four-in-ten Catholics in the United States (45%) do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion do not merely symbolize but actually become the body and blood of Christ. More Below the Ad New and Improved Comments If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Dunning–Kruger effect.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate.
This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University conclude, "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others". Proposal Dunning and Kruger proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will: tend to overestimate their own level of skill;fail to recognize genuine skill in others;fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they are exposed to training for that skill. Awards
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