Pressures to Believe Without Doubt
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in theism - 082301)

I just saw a commercial with singing belly-buttons on
TV. A jeans commercial. Cute.

Taken a step further, digitally speaking, how difficult
is it going to be, in the very near future, for anyone to
create a movie with a 'false reality' conveyed, akin to
the digital technology used to 'manufacture false reali-
ties in movies'?

Taken another step forward, in the not-too-distant
future, would it not be difficult for an observer to
view a video and ascertain if it was or was not a
digital creation rather than reality?

So, here you have a child in 2122, viewing a video
of ______________ (insert video digital fantasy or
reality here), how would that child be able to differen-
tiate between whether or not that video was reality or
digital make believe, other than by the influences that
directed him or her in his or her perceptions of what
he or she was viewing?

If a parent or authority figure says "here is the video
showing when George Bush was anointed by the pope,
as the modern-day icon of christ on earth, holding his
hands up in praise to god, lifted by the holy spirit into
the heavens and returning 3 days and nights later with
the saintly glow of the almighty" ... [video plays, in 3d
reality, rich in sound/smell/texture/commentary/the look
and feel of reality] ...

How in the world would that child have any clue that
the whole charade was 'make believe' rather than reality
if he/she had been instructed it was reality?

You see where I'm going with this? Technologically,
the scenario I've described is a distinct possibility.
Falsification of reality, rich in evidential substantia-
tion, is a distinct technological possibility in the not
too distant future ...

Now, that's speaking of the future with a reference
to the present, a present we're close to and in touch
with, but might I ask and probe further ...

How difficult would it be, with nary a technology
but the quill and ink and papyrus, to create a false
impression of reality, pass that on to children,
and impress upon them the 'reality' of said stories,
in times past (the ancient version of digital manipu-
lation)?

How would that ability differ from the ability we all
shall possess in the very near future?

After all, with the child depending on the parent
and authority figures for their very lives as well
as their position within the social structure they
were born into ...

Well ...

Perhaps, looking to the future manipulability of
children, based on our current knowledge of what
is and will be technologically possible in the very
near future, might ...

In a moment of enlightenment ...

Lead those in the present day ...

To seriously consider the merit of doubt ...

When pondering the stories we've been led to
believe ...

Based on nothing but ...

Ancients with the ancient version of technological
manipulation/deceit known as the quill and ink and
papyrus ...

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That might lead one to inquire ... so, just because
one *can* deceive, that doesn't mean one *will*
deceive ...

And we come back to the facts of the matter.

In times past, folks used stories to explain unknowns.
We now call most of those stories myths. In those
days, they were treated as of merit based on the posi-
tion/status of the persons conveying the stories as
well as the consequences if one disbelieved the stories
being conveyed.

In essence, the explanation for unknowns was "the
stories", and the social pressures and facts of life
(death/sickness/helplessness/dependence on support
systems for food/clothing/shelter/survival/meaning)
for believing and repeating the stories were enormous.

- - - time phase - - - Back to the future ... see how
the whole story-telling adventure operates? Children
believe whatever version of 'reality' they are immersed
in, whether it be a falsified video in 2122 or a falsified
story in 422, 'tis the nature of life that children are solely
dependent on others for their versions of reality ...

And all of us, every last one of us, are children who
have grown to our current state of being, and we all,
in the present day, should aspire to be like ...

The child in 2122 who, after maturing and receiving
education of the ways of the world, knowing the tech-
nology and the ability to 'manufacture false realities',
would try to reach out for validation, for substantia-
tion, for *evidence* that the stories they had been told
were veritable rather than 'make believe', and finding
*no* validation, refusing to believe ...

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The SIZE of the claim matters not as to the truth or
falsity of the claim, as the claim is either true or false,
no matter the threats, no matter the seductions, no mat-
ter the temptations or promises, no matter the conse-
quences, the claim stands or falls based solely on
whether it's true or false, whether it's loaded with evi-
dence -or- empty of same, no more, no less.

Think back to the quill and ink and papyrus ... what
was claimed then ... what we now know ... and ponder
the all-but certainty of 'superstition' rather than 'reality',
of 'make believe' rather than 'contact', of 'desires to fill
unknowns with magic beings' rather than 'falsifiable/test-
able assertions held to the highest standards of doubt
and evidence', and then one might be empowered with
the confidence to ...

Be free from the ancient quill and ink and papyrus ver-
sions of magic beings and places and fantasies that just
don't measure up to critical thought and careful examin-
ation ...

Especially not when compared to what we now know of
our natural place in a natural world ...

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