If there was no God and I knew that was a fact, and I knew believing that fact would make me miserable, I'd still prefer being miserable.
Quote from: noncontingent on July 31, 2020, 10:42:47 amIf there was no God and I knew that was a fact, and I knew believing that fact would make me miserable, I'd still prefer being miserable.No, you're not given any additional information about reality. All we know is that atheists start seeing theistic reasons to be far superior once the atheist neuron (which has a cascading effect) becomes deactivated by the pill and permanently by having the surgery.
To me, this seems more like jacking with emotions. All the atheists I've had discussions with have emotional reactions when it comes to God.
At the end of the day, I only want to believe theism if it is true, not because it is comforting.
Blue pill..red pill..the idea works both ways.
Imagine a scenario where neuroscience discovers that certain beliefs were a result of certain key neurons in the frontal lobe. Let's say it was discovered that atheism itself was a result of one neuron in particular and through surgery atheists were disabling that neuron and reporting a strong belief in God. Suddenly theistic arguments made a great deal of sense. A company called Theism4u began shipping a pill that at least temporarily made you a theist. After 48 hours the pill's effects wore off and then suddenly the arguments that 24 hours ago seemed so convincing lost their appeal. So here's my question, do you take the temporary pill and, if so, do you have the surgery to permanently disable the atheist neuron knowing full well that life feels much more meaningful as a result? If cost is a factor you find that theists are paying for the pills and the surgery so you can enjoy the comforts of being a theist.
But there are already pills and drugs that make you feel great and comfortable. How would it be different from taking, say, heroin?
Heroin would make an atheist think more poorly (from the perspective of a theist), but a pill by Theism4u would improve a persons reasoning (also from the perspective of a theist).
Heroinists might also approve of the way of thinking of other heroinists. So?