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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ever feel like you are dumber after reading Ray?

It started of with a quest to find some sort of reasoning as to why Ray would frame evolution in such a ridiculous way. We know Ray is deluded, but there have been several instances where he has shown slyness in baiting responses.

We can be easily led to some romantic notion that Ray is some sort of sociopathic genius, but then there is the conflict that anyone with any sort of intelligence could create such inanity with such amazing persistance and consistancy.

So how are his followers convinced that his particular brand of religious nonsense is more factual than evolution?

"Every time we recall [a fact], our brain writes it down again, and during this re-storage, it is also reprocessed. In time, the fact is gradually transferred to the cerebral cortex and is separated from the context in which it was originally learned. For example, you know that the capital of California is Sacramento, but you probably don’t remember how you learned it.

This phenomenon, known as source amnesia, can also lead people to forget whether a statement is true. Even when a lie is presented with a disclaimer, people often later remember it as true." 

The Ray fanatics have no doubt processed in their brain that evolution is some completely ridiculous and nonsensical from Ray's little factoids, but my question is this: Is Ray just a victim of source amnesia himself?

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  1. Vagon.

    You just ruined the surprise party for Mac.

    Thanks for nothing.

    By the way, you just got the one thousandth post. /sarcam/ off

  2. Hail, Hail.
    The gang's all here
    What the hell do we care
    what the hell do we care........

  3. Haha nice I had no idea!

    Its also my first post, so I found myself reformatting it half a dozen times...

  4. Vagon-

    That was an interesting article written by Sam Wang.

  5. Vagon,

    My wife and I have often been at odds over a simple event that ocurred a few days before.

    Yes, the memory molds to the present paradigm.

  6. Ben - yeah he's also referenced in the paper by Lakhan.

  7. I remember learning about this in some class I took in college about the brain and its functions. Appropriately enough, I can not remember what class.

  8. Congrats on the 1,000th post Vagon! Keep on posting!


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