Sketches on Atheism

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    • Hi my learned Irish friend! Interesting articles, and I agree. Belief in something grander (perhaps something unseen) is delicious on many, many personal levels, and pure Humanism wonโ€™t quench that in many, many people. Weโ€™re an imaginative lot, and existential death anxiety is very real. Letโ€™s be brutally honest: the Abrahamic religions are nonsense, Aesopโ€™s Tales have far more wisdom than the OT and NT put together, but as these antique religions wane I have a feeling our species will come to embrace things like panpsychism. I see real benefit in that. Gone is the displacement of responsibility which comes with some external overseer, and that can only ever be a positive thing. Buddhists are, in essence, panpsychists; theyโ€™re atheists, but spiritual, so the two are not mutually exclusive. Apologists like to try and claim sole dominion over the nebulous thing we call spiritual, but that canโ€™t be logically defended.

      Curious, where are you on the sliding scale?

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    • Thanks. I donโ€™t, however, see atheism as some sort of intellectual one upmanship, rather a reflection on a personโ€™s interest in the world around. I can be interested in art, for example, but utterly horrid at it. Honesty also comes into it, and to be honest (genuinely honest) takes emotional courage, not intellect.

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