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Sep 29 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Hypothetically Possible But Implausible

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I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through your own Facebook page, or whatever forum or social networking site you like. Or if you don’t like mine, make some of your own.

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day:

We can acknowledge that something is hypothetically possible, and still reject it in any practical sense if it’s implausible, unsupported by any good evidence, and inconsistent with what we know about the world. Including God or the supernatural. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get through.

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  1. 1
    arensb

    Well, sure. I do this all the time: when I read a novel, I’ll accept for the sake of the story that the Illuminati run the world, or that there are private bases on the moon, or that John and Mary really can live together without killing each other. That doesn’t mean I have to believe it when I close the book.
    I saw a button at a science fiction convention once that said “Of course you can write good stories in a world you didn’t create. Mainstream writers do it now and again.”

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    Valhar2000

    Vjack from “Atheist Revolution” once talked about how some guy couldn’t understand how he enjoyed zombie movies even though he doesn’t believe zobies exist. Yet another mindset I am almost entirely unable to understand…
    While I will not always demand realism from fiction, I do generally demand believability and consistency: I will expect a work to follow its own rules as established in the preceding narrative, and the characters to act according to their personalities. If those conditions are fulfilled, you can throw as many ghosts, chakras, conspiracies and space ships at me as you want.

  3. 3
    Allan Viz

    darn. where are the catholic zealots when you need something to laugh at.
    btw, nice post. any chance the facebook app is up and running?

  4. 4
    Joani Blank

    Why isn’t this meme also true or legitimate (or whatever a meme is supposed to be) or is it:
    “We can acknowledge that something is hypothetically possible [(eg. God or the supernatural), and can beleive in it even though]it’s implausible, unsupported by any good evidence, and inconsistent with what we know about the world.”

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    Maria

    and can beleive in it even though]it’s implausible, unsupported by any good evidence, and inconsistent with what we know about the world
    Well, in as much as that people really seem to do this, but that just seems really weird to me to do that.

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