Exactly. During my teaching career, I found children would think they were not 'allowed' to give their opinion on something if it was not what a teacher had said. I gave them confidence to think for themselves and to appreciate the value of making what may turn out to be mistakes. And on a slight tangent, I would on occasions tell them to look up the answers in maths and they'd say, 'we're not allowed', so I'd say well, if you know the answer then you can find out why you didn't get it and if not, then ask!Quote
agree wholeheartedly. One of the virtues we should be cultivating in children is critical thinking.
Yes, but there are enough who want to go that step further and find out answers, to follow the logic and see where it leads without putting a mental barrier against it.Quote
However, I would add that I think there's a pitfall on the non-religious side that many fall into - a purely materialistic view of reality, with the assumption that the laws of nature can account for everything, there are no limits to science, and everything in reality will ultimately be reduced to equations.
Certainly there are quite a few of them on message boards!Quote
A lot of people see only two positions, monotheism versus naturalistic atheism, with no nuance in between.
And because of the word God's deeply entrenched position, it will take an extremely long time for things to change. I visualise it as a pendulum which has begun to swing from a very strong and dominant position of religious beliefs and dogmas towards a centre where there would be a more equal distribution and then across to the other side, where finally, after a very long time, things in logic and reality are seen to be different from all the things that can, and still will be imagined.Quote
Monotheists wrongly elevate man by saying that we were made in the image of God, but atheists also wrongly elevate man by putting the human intellect above everything. Myth is the tool that we can use when we become aware of the limits of the intellect. And that's why words like "God" don't quite disappear in philosophy.
At that point, there would be a majority, however slight, of people who really appreciated the evolved, naturalness of our fantastic, evolved brains.