Doug Scown, Converts, #(2043)

Sep 30, 2014

I wasn’t raised in a religious home but my father attended church until being ejected for ‘asking too many questions’ and still retained a type of theism. So questioning was encouraged but so was ‘respect’ for various beliefs which really just resulted in a non critical social acceptance of faith. An intellectual inertia really. So as I now understand from cognitive science in particular I spent a good 30 years just accepting all manner of bullshit as valid knowledge. I practised buddhism, even wanting to become a monk, became a chiropractor and felt uncomfortabke with the overt fundamentalist dogma of much of it but never really questioned it until I came across a few colleagues who had established one of the first credible professional educational facilities within my field and taught me the difference btn the products of science and scientific thinking. In some resepcts it was difficult but clearly the right path IE just prefering to believe based on compelling evidence., getting used to uncertainty. As hitchens remarked its so simple and refreshing not to pretend to know things you dont. The most difficult thing has been learning how to be honest without being rude because when you start thinking its clear we all overlook a great deal of unethical behaviour due to faithism. You have to make a decision to either be silent or point it out and humans do not appreciate the pointing out. But you cannot be silent, that is the worst. You have to be inventive and keep reading and challenging your own beliefs.

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