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SailPosted By: lackofcheeseIt isn't a belief system. It's a single belief, or in fact the absence of a belief.It's actually more of a default. A single person, out in nature, with no more knowledge than what he can identify with it's five senses, is an atheist.
AndrewI've thought about this for quite some time. Honestly, I disagree with this idea. Humans are innately irrational and have a tendency to create false positive associations. We are pattern making machines, but horrible at making accurate predictions. Personally, I have no doubt that a human raised in isolation would eventually come up with some sort of spiritual/supernatural belief system to explain the world around them. It is only through the discipline of the mind that we can become rational beings.Andrew is completely right. But what unsettles me about this is, if that's true, then I really don't want to call myself an atheist any more. I'm sick of hearing religious people calling my lack of belief a belief. I want to really know no god, not know an absence of a god. The late and great Perry DeAngelis once said that the only intellectually honest stand to take is agnosticism, but I don't like that either. It implies too much that there is real evidence of any specific god of any religion existing. I want to truly identify myself as a person who can look at the world at face-value and not have to even entertain the idea of something supernatural superimposed over it. If not atheism and not agnosticism, what do you call this?