Being an atheist doesn’t necessarily mean you’re rational

I watched this terrific Potholer54 YouTube video last night before bed and it was very funny in the typical Potholer style and quite scathing and derogatory. Potholer54 is the YouTube handle for a British science journalist who produces a series of videos debunking nonsense on the internet. I think it was he who used the phrase – “Science is not a pick-n-mix” – to describe how people choose which science to believe and dismiss based on their beliefs. Why do some people accept the science of vaccinations but reject the science of climate change? Or why do some accept the science of vaccinations but reject the science of evolution? Why do people reject evidence in favour of conspiracy theories? It’s very strange and unfortunately widespread. You can feel how frustrated Potholer is as you watch the video and it is understandably frustrating especially when the nonsense is spread using technology that depends on the very science some of these people choose to reject.

4 Replies to “Being an atheist doesn’t necessarily mean you’re rational”

  1. I had a conversation with somebody about this exact subject the other day – about conspiracy theorists – the fact that nearly everybody in the developed world now had a video camera in their hands, but we had no film of UFOs going viral – balanced against some Z-List celeb leaves a club, and photos of her underwear will be all over the world by the morning…

    1. Good point! It’s quite amazing what people will believe without having any evidence whatsoever.

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