At least 64% of people are blithering idiots.

via the mighty Pharyngula, via Improbably Research, via the Pew Forum: (that last link is the meat.)

When asked what they would do if scientists were to disprove a particular religious belief, nearly two-thirds (64%) of people say they would continue to hold to what their religion teaches rather than accept the contrary scientific finding, according to the results of an October 2006 Time magazine poll.

And as PZ notes on his blog, people espousing such views regard this behavior as a virtue. I’ve tried to beat up on faith before, but it bears repeating.

Faith is not a virtue. To exercise faith is to deliberately attempt to be more certain of something than the available evidence warrants. Why would doing that be a good idea if what you want to do is find out what’s really true? Faith is dishonest, in that it involves lying to yourself about how certain you should be about something, and stupid, in that if you’re wrong, you’ll never figure that out by exercising faith.

People who like using faith don’t like my definition of faith. They don’t like it because I’ve tried to make it as simple as possible, and as accurate as possible and the combination of those two makes it very obvious that faith is idiotic.

But, as stupid as I make faith seem, I can’t touch the those Time Magazine pollsters. My definition of faith doesn’t say anything about actively ignoring not just evidence, but proof just in order to cling to coddled beliefs. Those Time Magazine pollster guys be some hard core atheists. <— sarcasm alert. They make the faithful look a hundred times dumber than my definition of faith makes them look.

~ by scaryreasoner on August 28, 2009.

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