Industrial Grade Linguist
- May 28, 2017
- Bellevue, WA
- Basic Beliefs
- Atheist humanist
You've said exactly that just not using the same words. It's as if you think the brain isn't something physical like the rest of the body, that it's some kind of magic organ that determines its own path. If you've ever coached kids you know that kids vary tremendously in their physical abilities. Why exactly do you think the brains in those kids are any different? Some will have a natural gift for math and languages or something else. Some will have difficulties concentrating. You maintain that all these differences are primarily external to the brain. Are you afraid of the truth?That isn't even remotely what I said, but nice try.You are saying we're different but still all the same. Alright then....
It is obvious that we are born with different cognitive abilities, yet do those genetically inherited abilities make a difference when it comes to the acquisition and maintenance of religious faith?
No, that was purely you trying to put words in my mouth to change what I actually have been saying, and I don't understand why you are doing that. Surely, you have been reading my posts, haven't you? I've been very clear that the brain is a physical object, that minds are the product of physical brain activity, and that cognitive development is influenced by genetic predispositions. I have never maintained that "all of these differences are primarily external to the brain". Never. Not once in any post. What I have been very careful to maintain is that we cannot attribute general behaviors, attitudes, and belief systems to a genetic predisposition without some reasonable evidence to support such a conclusion. It strikes me as particularly unlikely that a propensity for deep religious faith is attributable to genetic inheritance, but I'm willing to consider evidence to the contrary.