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Introducing Dr. PZ Myers:
Here’s his longer take at ScienceBlogs, which is now owned and under the editorial control of National Geographic:
The first panel (DPR Jones, Lone Frank, Richard Dawkins) at the Wotld [sic] Atheist Convention has got us off to a roaring good start. …
The basic conflict raised was by DPR Jones, who expressed a rather pessimistic view that religiosity was an inevitable consequence of human psychology, and we’re not going to escape it….
Psychology is not an issue of inevitability. We grow and change all the time, and to suggest that one state is determined because we can developmental evidence for it is misleading. An example: there is a game that children play that palls for us adults. It’s called peek-a-boo. That one year olds can be naturally thrilled by hiding and reappearing says nothing about adult behavior. Unfortunately, we live in cultures that have enshrined peek-a-boo as an act of reverence, that couples weekly peek-a-boo sessions with sociability, and tells everyone they’ll be horribly punished if they aren’t good at peek-a-boo. Don’t tell me it’s an inevitable aspect of human nature, because my response will be to tell you to just grow the fuck up. Some of us already have.
about a blogger in our Society’s editorial stable
who tells religious people “to just grow the fuck up”?
Update: Another tweet from Dr. Myers: