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30-07-2013, 07:01 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
(30-07-2013 06:43 AM)knowlegelover Wrote:  Edit: oops, supposed to read 100% certainty of THE NONEXISTENCE of a supernatural deity. My bad

Yeah, that's what I was giving you shit about. Thumbsup

Another thing, though, is that I am a gnostic atheist. Tongue

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30-07-2013, 07:05 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
Well, all this categorization is getting on my nerves too.

Which is why I call myself a freethinker and that settles the whole thing.

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30-07-2013, 07:07 AM (This post was last modified: 30-07-2013 07:10 AM by knowlegelover.)
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
@ Bucky Ball I am protesting this BECAUSE the researchers have the "simplistic preconceptions" you are speaking of. I don't have a "neat little predefined box", what im trying to say is atheism can't be defined this simply. The research does no justice to the flexibility and wide scope that atheism encompasses. And im not against them conducting studies on it, its just that i question the effectiveness of trying to fit atheists into such rigorously defined categories. And, they have too small a sample. Only 59 people participated in this study.

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30-07-2013, 09:44 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
I think the solution to this label problem is to end all religion, then we won’t have to define any of these.

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30-07-2013, 09:59 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
Yeah.....

I would say the categories are broken since most atheists are a mix of all of those.

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30-07-2013, 10:45 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
(30-07-2013 03:33 AM)knowlegelover Wrote:  4)Antitheist
This isn't even a category! Atheism is unrelated to antitheism, people can be both but it does not mean the same/ it is a part of it!

This is my problem with all of these categories -- they aren't mutually exclusive. It's like trying to divide the world into bagel lovers, waffle lovers, and cereal lovers. What I have for breakfast one morning may put me in a certain category, but it doesn't define me.

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30-07-2013, 11:05 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
What? They didn't include the Homosapien Dinosauria Atheist? Unbelievable. Ohmy

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30-07-2013, 11:20 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
Nothing like taking something relatively simple and turning it into something completely convoluted.

So we have like a baziilion different types of chruchies....so atheists need to be broken down too?

Rubbish!


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30-07-2013, 11:41 AM
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
(30-07-2013 11:20 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  So we have like a baziilion different types of chruchies....so atheists need to be broken down too?

Rubbish!

Your point about the churches is probably the basis of the thinking behind this, without realising the fundamental difference between church worshipers and atheists.
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30-07-2013, 12:00 PM (This post was last modified: 30-07-2013 12:50 PM by Bucky Ball.)
RE: Six types of atheism too restrictive
(30-07-2013 07:07 AM)knowlegelover Wrote:  @ Bucky Ball I am protesting this BECAUSE the researchers have the "simplistic preconceptions" you are speaking of. I don't have a "neat little predefined box", what im trying to say is atheism can't be defined this simply. The research does no justice to the flexibility and wide scope that atheism encompasses. And im not against them conducting studies on it, its just that i question the effectiveness of trying to fit atheists into such rigorously defined categories. And, they have too small a sample. Only 59 people participated in this study.

Your OP's intro implied that not only were there not 6 categories, there was only ONE category, in which everyone fit.
Statistically, the sample could be valid, depending on what their intent and results were.
The authors have further clarified (elsewhere) what a Pandora's box, ("sleeping giant") they opened.
They already have admitted they were shocked by the response to their categories, and that they need to expand them.

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