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Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

Posted by Mr DoctorE on July 19, 2014

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santaA study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”

In “Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds,” Kathleen Corriveau, Eva Chen, and Paul Harris demonstrate that children typically have a “sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements in a narrative,” and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative, such as “invisible sails” or “a sword that protects you from danger every time.”

However, children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism. The authors believed that these children would “think of them as akin to fairy tales,” judging “the events described in them as implausible or magical and conclude that the protagonists in such narratives are only pretend.”

And yet, “this prediction is likely to be wrong,” because “with appropriate testimony from adults” in religious households, children “will conceive of the protagonist in such narratives as a real person — even if the narrative includes impossible events.
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Nigeria atheist Bala ‘deemed mentally ill in Kano state’

Posted by Mr DoctorE on June 25, 2014

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity.

Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated by his Muslim relatives, despite being given a clean bill of health by a doctor.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union say a Lagos-based group has asked a lawyer to take up his case.

Kano is a mainly Muslim state and adopted Sharia (Islamic law) in 2000.

The IHEU says that when Mr Bala told relatives he did not believe in God, they asked a doctor if he was mentally ill.

Despite being told that he was not unwell, Mr Bala’s family then went to a second doctor, who declared that his atheism was a side-effect of suffering a personality change, the group says
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Afterlife is Meaningless Without Afterafterlife

Posted by Mr DoctorE on June 8, 2014

If the afterlife gives life meaning, then what gives the afterlife meaning, and why can’t that be the meaning of life? Why does meaning require eternity?

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The Refining Reason Debate: Matt Dillahunty VS Sye Ten Bruggencate

Posted by Mr DoctorE on June 3, 2014

On May 31, 2014 at the Marriot East’s Grand Ballroom in Memphis, TN, atheist Matt Dillahunty and presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate took the stage before a live audience for a formal debate, which was moderated by David Smalley of Dogma Debate.

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A cell phone interrupts a pastor during an exorcism

Posted by Mr DoctorE on May 13, 2014

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The Ten Commandments

Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 28, 2014

There is no greater damnation of the commandments than reading what the Bible has to say about them. Anyone who argues for reverence of the damn Commandments in our government buildings should see this video and shut up afterward. This was my(AronRa) presentation to the Secular Humanists of East Texas at Stephan F Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX on 2014/04/26.

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John Paul II crucifix crushes man in northern Italy

Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 25, 2014

It’s a miracle…

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Jesus appears on pancake

Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 25, 2014

Pareidolia strikes again…

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Crucifixion Controversy: Lee deputies order “Jesus” down from the cross

Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 22, 2014

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Perfect Double Standard

Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 14, 2014

We are often told of the Abrahamic God’s perfect moral standard, but this is a standard God Himself does not follow, a double standard, as clearly evidenced in the bible. So, if God is not subject to His own standard of perfect goodness, how can He possibly be defined as perfectly good?

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