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  • I consider myself a positive atheist.

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  • I consider myself a negative atheist.

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  • I consider myself an apatheist.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by recalcitrant View Post
    You're talking about a conclusion. I'm talking about a point of reference that influences someone to read up on things and think of those things in context of that point of reference. I don't see anything wrong with someone reading up on atheism because of state atheism.
    Posts #26 and #27 clarify the post of mine you just responded to.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    That's always a tough one. On one hand I believe I'm not obligated to affirm or deny the existence of a god since we're born atheists, and were the subject of gods not to take place, I would never have been asked to affirm or deny them at all. That would most likely make me a soft atheist. On the other hand, the conversation does come up (at least on the interwebz, not so much irl), and in that instance I'm forced to make the statement that "as no evidence for gods have been forthcoming it's fair to conclude they don't exist." I suppose that's closer to positive atheism.
    I have seen a few studies that claim we are not born atheist actually. We are born believers, with a section of our brain dedicated to the god theory.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by celticwar17 View Post
    I have seen a few studies that claim we are not born atheist actually. We are born believers, with a section of our brain dedicated to the god theory.
    As has already been pointed out, we're born with a strong pattern recognition. That's not at all the same thing as "being dedicated to god theory." If you want to believe in a god, you have to either invent it or be told about it.

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    Re: Atheists.

    I didn't know there was any such thing as a positive atheist. Apparently there are at least 3 in the world. Good for them.

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    Re: Atheists.

    I personally consider it a fact that gods do not exist as written in most mainstream holy books. They are inconsistent with both logic and reality. To clarify, when I say fact, I mean fact in the same way I consider it fact that this forum objectively exists, or it's fact that Harry Potter doesn't exist. Barring some world shattering paradigm shift (e.g. this world is all a dream in my own/JK.Rowlings head) I will continue to consider it fact. With regards to the holy books, I am a positive atheist.

    I strongly believe that there is no 'god' where god is a general deistic term (some kind of higher power yadda yadda) as it is inconsistent with reality as we observe it. I appreciate that I could be incorrect in this belief and our observation of the universe is limited. I also believe that deistic type gods are barely worth discussing due to their vagueness, and due to our limited observation. You may as well posit the existence of the Force from Star Wars. With regards to a 'deistic god', I am a negative atheist.
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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    As has already been pointed out, we're born with a strong pattern recognition. That's not at all the same thing as "being dedicated to god theory." If you want to believe in a god, you have to either invent it or be told about it.
    Uhmmm I dont think that is necessarily true.... I think we are programmed to invent it, through our genetics and brain development.... and thats what has been shown.

    I think it is more learned behavior to not believe in a "God"

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by celticwar17 View Post
    Uhmmm I dont think that is necessarily true.... I think we are programmed to invent it, through our genetics and brain development.... and thats what has been shown.
    Being born with creativity and the need to draw connections between different events is on the other side of the solar system from being born with a belief in god.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Being born with creativity and the need to draw connections between different events is on the other side of the solar system from being born with a belief in god.
    See this is where you misunderstand... It is literally being born to have a belief in a creator as an evolutionary advantage, and almost necessity as a part of our intellect.

    We are literally biologically destined to believe in a God. Some thoughts are that such a notion developed evolutionarily because it helps curb anxiety and unifies communities, etc. etc.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Most of the time I'm an apatheist. I rarely think about religion or the concept of god and just go about my daily life. When pressed on the subject my simple answer is "I don't believe in gods". Negative atheist.
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    Re: Atheists.

    God simply doesn't compute in my mind. I don't ponder the existence of a god, multiple gods, or any form of supernatural being(s). It's a waste of synaptic energy. To indulge in such pondering, it might possibly kill neurons or shorten one's life.

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