Argument for Tolerance from Harmless, Incorrect Belief

 
Silver Bullet
 
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Silver Bullet
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13 April 2009 19:53
 

Jefe,

No - I had no sinister or sneaky plans. I honestly thought that NickC’s original post was an interesting one.

I was just trying to come up with a harmless irrational belief. The story about my aunt is completely true, (though she does believe many other religious items along with the irrational notion that her husband’s spirit has survived his death and accompanies her in the present).

[ Edited: 13 April 2009 19:56 by Silver Bullet]
 
 
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burt
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13 April 2009 22:29
 
Silver Bullet - 13 April 2009 11:53 PM

Jefe,

No - I had no sinister or sneaky plans. I honestly thought that NickC’s original post was an interesting one.

I was just trying to come up with a harmless irrational belief. The story about my aunt is completely true, (though she does believe many other religious items along with the irrational notion that her husband’s spirit has survived his death and accompanies her in the present).

Since she is living in the same house there are undoubtedly many reminders around in her environment, partial patterns associated with experiences with her husband, that evoke emotional impressions she interprets as impressions of her husbands spirit.  In that sense, his spirit is still “alive.”

 
 
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zelzo
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18 April 2009 18:36
 

“burt”

Since she is living in the same house there are undoubtedly many reminders around in her environment, partial patterns associated with experiences with her husband, that evoke emotional impressions she interprets as impressions of her husbands spirit.  In that sense, his spirit is still “alive.”

The “spirit” you refer to are memories and contextual connections in the aunt’s mind/brain.  His spirit is alive in her memories. That is a different context than what Silver Bullet was referring to as a spiritual entity.  The former is a human experience, the latter is an implied supernatural phenomenon.

I don’t think you are suggesting they are the same, but IMO religious people confuse the two frequently.