The core (false) promise of all magical beliefs is everyday language-based “Mind over matter.” and “Action at a difference.” Praying, to some god, is just subjective reports of individual experience. So is voodoo, belief in the tooth fairy, belief in free will, philosophy, etc.
Well, philosophy is just more of the same. It presumes that words and everyday language matter to human behavior and explain the world. Well, it doesn’t and never really has. But, it is a very popular marketing/sales promise – look at religion! VERY profitable. Economists make the same false promise.
Disclosure: My comments have been blocked from the Why Evolution Is True Site from the beginnings pretty much. Also, banned on many other sites and censored on Maestro Pigliucci’s site Scientia Salon, the master himself moderates my comments and requests for me to stop posting occasionally. All in good humor.
Although I did make a dry ironic comment about JC’s shirt once, I just post on the latest brain science research I read. That’s it. I also ask probing questions of other statements. I am direct and professional at all times, never an ad hominem or intemperate comment – wastes of time.
My experience is that website folks simply cannot tolerate the challenges to cultural and personal myths that just reporting brain research triggers. Continue reading