rational |ˈra sh ənl; ˈra sh nəl|


1 based on or in accordance with reason or logic : I'm sure there's a perfectly rational explanation.

(of a person) able to think clearly, sensibly, and logically : Andrea's upset—she's not being very rational.

See note at sensible .

endowed with the capacity to reason : man is a rational being.

2 Mathematics (of a number, quantity, or expression) expressible, or containing quantities that are expressible, as a ratio of whole numbers. When expressed as a decimal, a rational number has a finite or recurring expansion.

noun Mathematics

a rational number.


rationality |ˌra sh əˈnalətē| noun

rationally |ˈra sh ənl-ē; ˈra sh nəlē| adverb

ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [having the ability to reason] ): from Latin rationalis, from ratio(n-) ‘reckoning, reason’ (see ratio ).


Funny but sad.. there's never really any point to argue about moot god(s)... anymore.. imho
just get done w/your goals and do good. one life one peace.. your own

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Comment by Future on December 6, 2012 at 12:23pm

Not that I disagree with any of the statements in the diagram, but if it were strictly followed, then there would never again be a discussion pitting diehard religious faith vs. atheism.  The faithfully religious participant cannot get past the first step, by the laws of their own doctrine.  While the atheist is convinced in their heart that they will never have an opportunity to witness something so compelling that their mind could be changed, it is easy for us to say "I can envision an event that could make me a believer."  If a god were to make his presence as obvious to all of our senses as any other other object of reality, then it's not like we would be so stubborn as to deny we are seeing, hearing, smelling and touching what is right in front of us.  The same cannot be said about the faithful religionist.  Perhaps they could admit that if god were to appear in front of them, that it may not appear as what they would anticipate, but they are barred by their doctrine from even thinking that god does not exist.

That type of discussion still needs to occur in order for atheism to prosper, it's just that atheists need to accept that part of their work must involve pointing out the irrationally filled gaps in the opponent's circular logic.  This diagram more or less tells to religiously faithful that they are simply too stupid to talk to.

Comment by Frankie Dapper on December 5, 2012 at 10:18am

You are making up your own rules there Charley.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2012 at 7:51am

Question: Can you envision anything that will change your mind on this topic?
True Believer: No chance, no way, no how!  Jesus Christ is LORD!

Expecting an irrational person to have a rational discussion or debate might as well be expecting a fish to ride a bicycle.  One reason why I rarely if ever waste my time any more.

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