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Proof-Burden Shifting

Boiled down, ninety-nine percent of religious apologetics (and for that matter, new-age and psychic apologetics) consists of shifting the burden of proof. This comes up so often that it almost seems to be a defense hard-wired into the human brain when presented with any kind of inconvenient factual problem. This leads me to wonder what selection pressure might have favored this trait and for what reason. An interesting study for the evolutionary psychologists.

But no matter how often believers tout this tired defense, it never becomes any more intellectually honest or less absurd:

 

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Comments (13 comments)

Happy&Free: .) / September 9th, 2008, 12:48 pm / #1

Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa………I LOVE THIS CARTOON ! ! ! ! ! ! Haaaaaaa
AWESOME !!!I
I immediatly thought of Kieran Bennet, commentor at the Juliette July “08” post who is responsible of a Rabid web site he made available to access ! !
This is what he looked like when he developed it ! ! ! ! No this is what he looks like when u don’t agreew/ him about GOD !
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT !!!

John Morales / September 10th, 2008, 1:49 am / #2

Pithy, and O! – so true.

absent sway / September 10th, 2008, 10:44 am / #3

*cracking up*

OzAtheist / September 11th, 2008, 3:43 am / #4

** Brilliant ** encapsulates the whole argument in one little cartoon.

Smoke / September 13th, 2008, 7:42 am / #5

Great cartoon. My favorite thing ever written about this phenomena was Sagan’s “Dragon in the Garage” essay from The Demon-Haunted World. Blogged about it a long time ago at http://www.religiousbullshit.com/2007/06/hightime_to_fan.html

bulldada / September 14th, 2008, 7:14 am / #6

A scientist has made a device that creates religious/mysical experiences. He calls it the “God Helmet”.

Basicaly, it shoots electromagnetic waves into your brain in a pulse. After a few minutes, 80% of participants in the studies reported mystical experiences.

It should be noted that everyone invovled had experiences with the “local God” (i.e. Christians saw Jesusey things, Buddhists saw Karmaey things, UFO people saw UFOey things etc.)

The study reveals that throughout evolution, a part of the brain became hard-wired to have these experiences, possibly as a way to release anxiety about death. Of course, religious people cite the experiment as “proof” of God, saying “He must have put that there for a reason!”

What I draw from the study is that we have proof that believing in God is purely natural. Worshiping, fear of death etc. is as natural as any other instinct we have.

It seems illogical to me to believe in God or anything “supernatural” based on the lack, er, absolutely no evidence.

However, the hatred and superiority complex that fills the comment sections in these pages and the general state of mind most Atheists possess today, is close minded, stereotyping and condescending.

We shouldnt be such pricks to religious people. Afterall, they are only doing what is natural, just as they shouldn’t try to regulate our sex lives as we are only doing what is natural.

And perhaps we (the atheists) are the weird ones. It is in our DNA to want to worship something, or at least believe in something bigger. It could be argued that we are denying a biological imperative with our disbelief, that we, are unnatural.

Happy&Free: .) / September 14th, 2008, 7:56 am / #7

NO!
THE YIN THE YANG IS IN ACTION HERE
WE R DOING WHAT IS NATURALLY CIVIL TOWARDS THE HYSTERIA OF RELIGIOUS FANATICS
THIS CARTOON DOESN’T REFER TO CALM PEACFUL CHRISTIANS WHO DON’T SHOVE THEIR BELIEFS IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES OR FACES !
THIS CARTOON MOCKS THE VIOLENT MENTAL ONES WHO NEED PSYCHOTHERAPY !
I UNDERSTAND UR INTENSIONS
BUT GET FOR REAL
THIS ISN’T BEING BROADCASTED ON EVERY TELEVISION CHANNEL OR RADIO STATION
LET ALONE PUBLISHED
ANYONE COMING TO THIS SITE KNOWS WHAT IT’S ABOUT & RELIGOUS INDIVIDUALS HAVE THEIR FUN TO AGAINST THE ATHEIST’S!!!!!!
PLAYFUL HUMOR TO THE STRESS OF THE SITUATION
BETWEEN THEIST’S & ATHEIST’S IS HEALTHY !
SHOVING THEISM IN PEOPLE’S LIVES IS NOT !
GOD IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, COURT ROOMS & DOLLAR BILL
IS SHOVING IT TO PEOPLE’S FACES & LIVES!
NO ONE IS SHOVING THIS CARTOON TO THEIST’S !

Liquid Egg Product / September 14th, 2008, 12:34 pm / #8

LISTEN 2 ME, MY EPEEN IS PROOFEN BY THE SIZE OF MY ALL CAPS L2BLOG N00B

Happy&Free: .) / September 16th, 2008, 2:42 pm / #9

L.E.P.
NO THK U FOR WASTING MY TIME, EVERYONE’S TIME FOR THAT MATTER.
UR WEB PG IS USELESS AS UR COMMENT : >’

bulldada / September 16th, 2008, 5:12 pm / #10

Happy & free:

Do your parents know you are on their computer?

Happy&Free: .) / September 17th, 2008, 3:29 am / #11

Bulldada & L.E.P., u two have got to be registered sex offenders by the way u comment !
I don’t believe u have any women in ur life or u wouldn’t be taking any effort to type useless comments.
Man what a pig stye ur places must be !!!!!!!

Flava Flavinoid / September 17th, 2008, 10:11 am / #12

We kick things “Pig Style”, boyeeee!

Happy&Free: .) / September 19th, 2008, 6:13 am / #13

Flava F. very funny = ) ! thks really, I laughed, had fun reading ur added remark for lighting up the situation of our juvenile delinquency ! boyeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smiles !

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