The Atheist Experience

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Here's a fairly long cartoon from The Oatmeal.

In it, the artist describes his perception of the terms "happy" and "unhappy" and the disconnect that occurs when people use those words in conversation and assume that others use those same words to describe similar emotions and concepts. As the artist shows, sometimes that's not the case.

While reading it, it occurred to me that a similar thing happens when some theists encounter the word atheist - they apply their notion of religious belief systems to the atheist, and surmise that the atheist believes that a certain set of assertions is true, and that although the atheist's set of assertions is different from those of the theist, they have common ground because they both believe in something.

But that's not the case. Unbelief in any set of religious tenets does not imply that the atheist has changed the direction of his/her belief vector, and that it's just pointing at some other set of assumptions. For the atheist, there is no belief system. And even though some theists understands this, they will still try to convince atheists that there's something missing in their lives, and that unbelief is a void that must be filled.

As the author of the cartoon points out, it's possible to live a full and meaningful life, interact with the rest of the world in positive ways, and not conform to the majority view of what life's purpose is or should be.

And that's OK.
 

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As the author of the cartoon points out, it's possible to live a full and meaningful life, interact with the rest of the world in positive ways, and not conform to the majority view of what life's purpose is or should be.

And that's OK.

I agree.
 

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Here's a longish (~1 hour) youtube video from Dr. Richard Carrier.

It's a talk he gave at a Skepticon conference about 10 years ago.

One of the parts that resonated most strongly with me occured near the end of the talk, was when he was discussing why atheists should debate Christians - basically it's because whenever you ask someone to examine their beliefs, there's a chance that rationality will overcome irrationality.

 
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