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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 04:16 PM
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38. You're right.
Atheism is the default position. It is the null hypothesis when applied towards belief in the supernatural.

That said, as others have pointed out, humans are essentially 'hard-wired' to see patterns and connections where there are none (i.e. superstition). This doesn't mean that it's natural to believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent, intercessory, personal god at all, but it does mean that it's easier to believe in something superstitious like an omnipotent, omnipresent, intercessory, personal god.

This doesn't mean that any specific type of superstition (e.g. animism as others have mentioned) is the default position either and whether we're 'hard-wired' to be superstitious doesn't mean that being superstitious is better than not. We have to learn that mommy still exists even if we can't see her, so the religious arguments claiming that it's better to believe because it's more natural are actually making the claim, "better to think like an infant than an adult."

No thanks, I prefer to see the world as it actually is, rather than as ignorant, superstitious people saw it thousands of years ago.
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