Human beings are capable of astounding feats: Verdi's Requiem¹, the moon landing, discovering the Higg's boson⁵, and so on. But for all our incredible achievements, we still are hopelessly enslaved by superstition and logical cul-de-sacs. Our brains still favor prejudice over reason. I could go into the Monty Hall ("Let's Make a Deal") problem² which seems to be hard wired into our brain, wrongly, but I fear it would derail the discussion and send us down a route that, while fruitful, is nevertheless tangential to the point.
Why do human beings believe in idiotic bullshit? Why are we biologically programmed to believe in it? There has to be an evolutionary reason for it otherwise it would not be so. Knowing perfectly well that turtles all the way down is fanciful, we choose to hand down mythical metaphors from generation to generation.
At the time of this writing there are 7,515,284,153 homo saps on the planet, and better than 90% of them believe in some 'tarded bullshit. From zombie Jesus to Ganesh avatars to UFO space saviors. We know better. I'm somewhat certain of that. But less certain than I am that there is something about the act of "faith" that is corrosive to reason, i.e., that fundamentally undermines it. Which is probably why you continually hear so-called "spiritual" people³ talk about the importance of faith. How nothing else will do.
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"When it comes to bullshit, big-time major-league bullshit, you have to stand in awe, in awe, of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims...religion. No contest."
1. Grand theatre, but not supassing Mozart's Requiem in magnificence.⁴
2. The Monty Hall problem is a brain teaser, in the form of a probability exercise. After the problem appeared in Parade, approximately 10,000 readers, including nearly 1,000 with PhDs, wrote to the magazine, most of them claiming vos Savant was wrong. In fact, they were wrong. But they stuck to their guns. No joke. Fist fights broke out among mathematics professors. Seriously. And still do.
3. "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual." Have you ever had to endure this line of new age drivel bullshit over a Manhattan? I commiserate. Waiter. Double please.
4. Has the mongrel, tattooed "jungle culture" ever given us anything remotely close in terms of pure grandeur and moral elevation? No! I think is the one and only correct answer. Has the tatted up, impregnated, stroller-pushing thugs at the local mall done ANYTHING to advance human civilization? See answer above.
5. Not captured is collective gasp when he put the first slide up. They (the audience) knew what it meant.