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Book review: In God We Doubt, by John Humphrys.

I've just posted my review of this book on my site.

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John FLoyd on :

I think this is an illustration of "cognitive dissonance," which is far more prevasive than the public understands. I think the "war" in Iraq illustrates the point well. If an administration accepts facts to mount a war and later those facts are proved false, that administration will find other reasons to justify that war, not capable of accepting that they could have made such a very bad decision, and thereby not able to make a correction in their actions.
Perhaps this is what happens with people who spend many years living on the basis of the religious traditions with which they were indoctrinated early, and even after accepting the lack of evidence for those traditions, cannot accept that they have been wrong all along, i.e. congnitive dissonance. Unless one truly believes there was no mistake and continues the same path or truly accepts that a mistake was made and takes another path, then he will live in that grey zone between thiesm and athiesm, as it seems does Humphrys, and perhaps many people.

Anthony Campbell on :

I agree that cognitive dissonance is important. The ability to ignore it is required for religious belief. I'm just completing a book about my experience of this, called The Casaubon Delusion. I will publish it via Lulu in the coming month or two.

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