What I believe: sums it up for me very nicely. I'm grateful to live in England, where compassion, empathy and, above all, morality trumps religion.

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I love Ricky...a bit too snarky for me sometimes, because I think people should believe in a god if that's what they need to believe in, but I've thought this very same thing all throughout my adult life.

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Cognitive Dissonance | "Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief." --Frantz Fanon

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You know, everyone says this... they all claim that their beliefs fit this model. Then they act totally antagonistic to one another. What we need to do is define what people think these empty platitudes actually mean before just tossing them around.

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Yup, even if I am a commited non-theist and think the possibility of a omnipotent God is extremely unlikely, I love that the universe is still so full of secrets and our understanding of the meaning of life and the universe is so beautifully incomplete and open to philosophical wondering. Because of this I will never truly identify as an atheist except in polerised debate.

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