Actually, it sort of makes sense but:
This line of thought has led to some scientists claiming that “atheism is psychologically impossible because of the way humans think,” says Graham Lawton, an avowed atheist himself, writing in the New Scientist. “They point to studies showing, for example, that even people who claim to be committed atheists tacitly hold religious beliefs, such as the existence of an immortal soul.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since we are born believers, not atheists, scientists say. Humans are pattern-seekers from birth, with a belief in karma, or cosmic justice, as our default setting. “A slew of cognitive traits predisposes us to faith,” writes Pascal Boyer in Nature, the science journal, adding that people “are only aware of some of their religious ideas”.
Today’s atheists are committed to total materialism, which means that all beliefs are an illusion. Including theirs.
But that doesn’t matter, as long as they are holding the gun or the crowbar.
And they now have a fix, in case one of the crowbar thugs has doubts: “Evolution” caused him to have doubts:
“From childhood, people form enduring, stable and important relationships with fictional characters, imaginary friends, deceased relatives, unseen heroes and fantasized mates,” says Boyer of Washington University, himself an atheist. This feeling of having an awareness of another consciousness might simply be the way our natural operating system works.
All just a random dance of neurons.
That is the key reason, by the way, that most people, including themselves, don’t trust materialist atheists. They don’t believe that anything is true except that nothing is true. Not really.
Note: These comments do not apply to non-theistic religious traditions where every moral choice gets counted in the end (karma). All such traditions assume that a moral law underlies the cosmos and such traditions are non-materialist by definition. Whether they are right or wrong in their account of the universe is a conversation that theists can have with non-theists, but not with materialist atheists.
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