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Monday, September 14, 2009

Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?

A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American religion.
According to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.
People have been saying this is the best film they've seen all year, yet nobody in the US has picked it up.
There's still a great belief that He made the world in six days.
The Film portrays the naturalist as a family man tormented by the death in 1851 of Annie, his favourite child.
"We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them "religious"; otherwise, they are likely to be called "mad", "psychotic" or "delusional" ... Clearly there is sanity in numbers.
And yet, it is merely an accident of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts, while it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window. And so, while religious people are not generally mad, their core beliefs absolutely are.
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