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15 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 09 March 2009 08:03AM

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Comment author: zaph 09 March 2009 04:56:19PM *  2 points [-]

Sorry for the pedantry, but I believe that's Philip K. Dick's quote.

To the "sky is green" idea, I'd counter that the verification path might not work for converting people to atheism. Mormons for instance, suggest to people they will feel a burning in their heart when they read the Book of Mormon, which proves the books veracity. You need to logically piece together that any such physical sensation wouldn't be sufficient to objectively verify anything. There isn't an easy falsification of religious/magical thinking, just following chains of inference from observation. Non-believers just make a commitment to the minimal contortion of facts to fit their paradigm. As obvious as the Silence seems to be, some people don't seem to hear it.