In the movie The Seven Percent Solution, Freud and Holmes use different, but empirical methods to come to the same conclusions. Using empirical reasoning they converge on the same understanding of how a murder took place. In contrast ideologies diverge as people go off on different ideological tangents. Ideologies seem destined to diverge into increasingly fragmented sects. 

Are Atheists converging on an increasingly common understanding? As faith based groups splinter into increasingly hostile sects, can Atheists expect to have an advantage as we rely on empiricism to become an increasingly cohesive group?

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Comment by Michael Penn on November 7, 2013 at 6:30am

While alive the thinking person will always arrive at atheism if there is enough time. If his process is slower, then he arrives at death first. At this stage the atheist and the believer are the same.

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2013 at 11:16am

Experience here on Nexus shows many roads lead to Atheism.  Some journey from Catholic, some from Baptist, some from Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Jain.  Some from Apatheism and parental Atheism.  Some from East, West, Midwest, North South, Mideast, Europe, China, Asia, South America, Australia.  Some from academic study, some from reading the bible, some from scientific training.  Some from seeing through personal abuse,  via family, church, culture, community.  Some from feminism, some from LGBT struggle.

All of those journeys, individually very different, with some common threads and some unique.

There is a universality to Atheism.  Convergence is a great way to view the journey. 

And what Loren said.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2013 at 5:10pm

You all got on this boat for different reasons ... but you all come to the same place.
-- Capt. Malcolm Reynolds, "Serenity"

As I've said a few times on here, atheism is a Conclusion, a deduction arrived at, mostly personally, through learning and interaction with the world.  Each of us started that process from wherever we were in our lives, with our own personal background and history and experience and baggage.  We each lived with religion in one manner or another at one intensity level or another.  We looked at religion at one point and wondered, "Something isn't quite right here."  Questions arose, contradictions were observed, proffered explanations or apologies were examined and more times than not were found wanting.  However we approached the issue, however we saw it or processed it, we each came to the same conclusion: that religion has problems too severe to allow it to be credible.

Some of us express our conclusion in hard terms: There are no gods.  Some more in terms of disbelief: I don't believe god exists.  And some in terms of agnosticism: we cannot know that there is any kind of god.  Are all these places the same place?  Yes and no.  Because these conclusions were reached by individuals, they are as individual as those who gave birth to them.  Still, the common thread of the rejection of superstition and myth and the dictates of an organization we see no rational point to is considerable common ground, and as more people engage the process we went through, that common ground can only get larger and more accepting.

So yeah, we all started this process ... "got on this boat" ... for our own reasons ... but in the end, we all arrive at the same place:



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