Thursday, February 6, 2014

Credulity

Religion is a gateway drug. Well, drug, in the metaphorical sense, as in an anesthetic for critical, rational, logical, skeptical thinking. But it is a gateway also, in the sense that when you assent to the claims of a religion, you thereby make it much easier to assent to other dubious claims. Claims against which, if you hadn't tied up your critical thinking and thrown it down in the basement, you would have had some defenses.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Voluntary Ignorance

What if you ran a cult, and needed to cut off your followers from the constant flow of information from the outside world?