The Dangerous Nature of Blind Faith

I was halfway through writing this blog when the Boston Massacre, circa 2013 happened. Since, at this point, the perpetrator is not known, I’m not sure the content of this blog applies. But, my guess is it does, “religious” terrorist(s) topping the list of the usual suspects.

I grew up in and about Boston and watched the Boston Marathon on several occasions from in and about the Pour House on Boylston Street, near the site of second explosion.  If you’ve never gone to a Boston Marathon, you must. It’s a fantastic event. I know I plan to be there next year and I hope it’s the biggest and best event ever. I’d try to run it, but some things are impossible and walking five miles is on my can’t do list, so running 26 is out.

In my blog, I planned to drop my usual wise-ass routine and promote my book, BILLY GRIST, by discussing one of its main themes, namely the dangerous nature of blind faith. I’m continually amazed how seemingly learned folks can believe complete nonsense. I recently read an article by Michael Shermer (@MichaelShermer) called Logic-Tight Compartments, http://www.ScientificAmerican.com/jan2013. This article presents information supporting the claim that the human brain is formed of conflicting compartments that compete for brain-time, like pop-up windows in a hyperactive browser,  for example the love compartment battles hate module and greed sub-routine competes with altruism.  My guess is this is an oversimplification, for I don’t think we understand much about the human brain, especially its interconnection to things other than ourselves. But, the article does present an interesting proposition by claiming some of these modules are logic-tight, meaning no level of facts can alter them. This would explain why religious zealots smart enough to make a bomb are dumb enough, and evil enough, to use it. Somewhere in their warped upbringing their tragic vision of good versus bad was established in a logic-tight compartment, never to be altered by the stubborn things called facts.

It is my hope that someday the religions and people of the world will stop to carefully consider the content of their blather and then edit all that is not consistent with the greater good of man, for many things are obvious, such as the virtue of us all getting along and the value of keeping an open mind.

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