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At 7:19pm on January 17, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Yes Kelly, your point is rational enough.
Don’t be alarmed, though, by how a few people react to Dawkins et al. Atheism is not and never can be a ‘crazy’ sect. It represents the truth as regards an unbiased world view that is not ‘infected’ by the fictions of religious belief.
A difficulty has arisen because of the use of the expression “common sense”.
We must not get pedantic about this.
In common parlance, it means “rational sense”. It does not imply that it represents something that is common to the majority of people. This is because for many matters the people can be wrong when applying ‘common sense’. E.g. to the uneducated human being, common sense tells that the sun is going round the earth because we ‘sense’ that is what is happening by not realising that motion between two objects (here, sun and earth) is relative.
You mention the physicist Richard Feynman. Most people use words without being too conscious about their true meanings, and therefore use them without much thinking (as in a ritual) and so sometimes wrongly
At 6:21pm on January 17, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Kelly Jones: "Welcome to Atheist Nexus and the world of common sense."
Thanks for your welcome, but does it mean that I have stumbled on to common sense for the first time in my life?
Is reason the same as common sense, or is common sense that sense that the majority have? Isn't the majority religious? ;-)

Terry replies: "Well, the world of religion offers a world view that is nonsense. I see 'common sense' as standing for rationality. The religious /superstitious are irrational, so in terms of theistic debate they display no common sense when proferring their irrational arguments about nonsensical beliefs.
So I suppose that in this respect the word 'nonsense' is the antonym of sense and common sense.
Of course yes, there is 'common sense' present in the everyday common world but in areas other than religion. Rather, I am supposing that in the atheistic world of nontheism we enjoy a special world of rational 'common sense'
At 4:20pm on January 17, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and the world of common sense. We encourage you to join good groups and join in whenever you can.

Terry Meaden
of the active science group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humankind, religion, Darwin..."
This busy group has fine discussion, good writing, about 100 science video clips including 10 recent Stanford University lectures on evolution. It seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe and how life and everything began.
At 2:53am on January 17, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Hi Kelly! Welcome! Hope you enjoy Nexus!



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