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5 Popular Beliefs That Are Holding Humanity Back

Interesting link from my brother.

Humans believe in a lot of stupid shit, and we do something stupid as a result of those beliefs about, oh, once every five seconds. And sure, most of you reading this are educated types who don't believe in Bigfoot or psychic readings, but there are a whole bunch of equally stupid/harmful superstitions out there that are so commonly held that we don't even think of them as such. Very few of us don't fall victim to at least a few of them.

In fact, I'm something of an expert on this because I believe literally hundreds of idiotic things, and also because I wrote a ridiculous best-seller about an apocalypse brought about by people believing in apocalypses. And I say that, in order to keep humanity from imploding, we have to give up believing ...

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Very insightful. I love

Very insightful. I love Cracked.com. I always lol there.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Great article.

Judging by a couple of the comments I thought it was going to be anti-religion, but it was just anti-stupid. I don't necessarily agree with everything in it, but it was well-written and made a number of good points (nailed the pseudo-Christians who think Israel is somehow a fulfillment of a prophecy that had nothing to do with the state).

Something to consider -

Anyone who is observant can identify the problems that exist within a broken system, but observing and decrying these problems does not fix them. Within a social system that demands relief without compromise or autonomy, new problems will always arise to replace those that such an incitement to action inspires.

This is impressive. On many

This is impressive. On many of these, I went in expecting to be disapointed with what he was saying, and found exactly the opposite. Esspecially the last one.

Agree, Being smart is believing in nothing

"clearly a smart person does whatever the opposite of that is."

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Thank you

It always confused me. People always demand proof of things they dont like, but superstitions, end times, prophecies and religions dogma is perfectly acceptable with no evidence required.

It truly is sad that superstitions still exist in the modern world. Here we have space exploring robots, probes that have left the solar system, telescopes that detect countless galaxies millions and billions of lightyears away, genetic research exploring the very workings of life and computer technology that is able to take simple 1s and 0s and form incredible and highly complex programs, functions and calculations. And yet people still believe in ghosts, angels, end times and other bullshit.

Sometimes it saddens me that in our high tech inter-connected world people still cling on to philosophies and beliefs from the dark ages.

"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."- James Madison

Why do you give a flip?

Why do you care what others believe if it's not impacting you?

I wouldn't care if it wasn't

I wouldn't care if it wasn't impacting me. The problem is often times these people are congressman, senators, governors, etc. and use their beliefs in the supernatural to justify actions and laws.

"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."- James Madison


Let me get this straight: you're saying that we should not believe in things beyond the physical universe because we've discovered more about the physical universe. This may just be the ultimate non sequitur. We have cool computers and space probes, therefore there is no reason to believe in a creator. I'm stunned by the brilliance of it.

So far none of the

So far none of the predictions of the supernatural, whether religious or folklore, has ever provided a concrete guide to understanding how the world that we live in works.

Believing in the supernatural is the same as believing in the tooth fairy, its a nice story for a child, but not much more then that.

"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."- James Madison

it's also dogmatic to just

it's also dogmatic to just assume that other people's superstitions are bullshit considering how much assuming you just did in your statements, sounds like you've got a bunch of superstitions of your own like assuming that various chemical reactions popped us into existence (it amuses me how many of the 'science is the bestest' types are incapable of unbiased reasoning themselves, but hey..science is pretty biased, too)

just remember, it's almost always hard to see past one's own biases...the older I get, I realize just how little I know (but thought I did), and how arrogant humanity is capable of being with their 'knowledge', yet how far off course we can be, humanity is pretty damn arrogant and stupid a large part of the time, combine that with our very short-sighted views

superstition noun

noun \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\

a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
- Merriam-Webster

Superstition is by definition bullshit because it is either irrational, without causation, or both.

"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."- James Madison

I don't believe all this "we" or "humanity" talk.

There is you and me and other individuals.

If any of this in the link is, in fact, true, then it sounds like there may be a capitalizable profitable opportunity that can fill one or more of the gaps.

If there's not, then is there really a gap? Perhaps only if one goes back to the collectivist view. And what use is a collectivist view? None, because there's nothing you can do about it, unless you identify a capitalizable profitable opportunity, or make an attempt at global social engineering via government - and no one here wants that, right?

So, that narrows it down to non-existent/not worthy of mention or capitalizable profitable opportunity.

I can think of one other one, which is to focus internally and individually on change and not worry about others.