“Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing “Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!” If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about the concept.”
“If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion”.
re Why religious people cling to beliefs even when contradicted by evidence.
….the religious dogmatist’s mind appears to be dominated by empathy, while the atheist’s is ruled by the analytic network
I have always been very analytical and a career as an engineer reinforces that. Empathizing with a victim does little to solve the situation that made them a victim. I tend to skip over right to the problem solving and people have expressed that they view me as a cold fish. For instance I avoid funerals even when friends have died. The dead don’t care and I really do not want to fake head nod as some moronic preacher goes on and on about Jesus’s welcoming arms and the gates of heaven. I will attend a celebration of life as they are good therapy compared to a funeral. Another example is pets. Millions of pets especially cats are murdered each year because pet owners don’t have the brains to research breeds. Am I to empathize with all the sad pet lovers as they watch abused animals on TV commercials. Many of them are the problem. So much empathy is fake anyways. Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers.
For instance I avoid funerals even when friends have died.
Mostly I do too. I will usually spend time with them a few weeks later when everyone else has more or less “forgotten” about them. It is often when it means the most to them because there is too much to take in at the time of the funeral. Sometimes nobody will call to ask them how they are feeling because they think it will be upsetting. If I can I take them out of the house and go for a walk or a coffee and spend a few hours talking about whatever they want to talk about.