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Posted by Aurino Souza on October 10, 2002 17:12:36 UTC

" Maybe Sam is so brainwashed by the teachings of those around him that he cannot possibly recognize a rational argument if it hit him like a rock dropping from the sky "

I'm not sure about Sam, as I find his posts extremely boring, but I've come across many people who cannot possibly recognize a rational argument if it hit them like a rock dropping from the sky. For some strange reason they are all religious fanatics, although the cause and effect relationship is not clear to me. I believe it's quite possible that these people, for whom social intercourse with ordinary folks extremely difficult, invariably end up finding comfort and support in fundamentalist religions.

I also think there might be some neurological correlate to irrationality, which would imply that trying to bring these people to their senses is as pointless as shouting to a deaf person. You certainly wouldn't blame a deaf person for not hearing you, and perhaps you can't blame some people for not understanding a simple logical argument - it might not be their fault.

We are all crazy to some extent, so perhaps we shouldn't get too upset by the craziness we perceive in others.

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