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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.
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.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority , mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes. [ 1 ] Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.