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Re: [ontolog-forum] {Disarmed} Reality and Truth

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From: Waclaw Kusnierczyk <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 22:05:42 +0200
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> On 5/2/07, *Cassidy, Patrick J.* <pcassidy@xxxxxxxxx 
> <mailto:pcassidy@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     Debbie -
>      Not sure how formal your work needs to be, but Richard Dawkins in
>     his book "The God Delusion" has reclassified all discourses on
>     theology as "meaningless nonsense".  Does that fit?    (01)

Dawkins says:    (02)

"The dictionary supplied with Microsoft Word defines a
delusion as ‘a persistent false belief held in the face of strong
contradictory evidence, especially as a symptom of psychiatric disorder’.
The first part captures religious faith perfectly. As to
whether it is a symptom of a psychiatric disorder, I am inclined to
follow Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance, when he said, ‘When one person suffers from a
delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from
a delusion it is called Religion.’"    (03)

Perhaps it would be interesting to argue, chaining to previous 
discussions, that if *all* people suffer from a delusion, it is called 
'science'.    (04)

vQ    (05)

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