May 19, 2004

Definition of a Fanatic

A fanatic is one who is unwilling to consider evidence that his or her beliefs might be wrong.

It is NOT one who has strongly-held or unpopular beliefs.

I offer this definition as a public service, and out of respect to Scott.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at May 19, 2004 06:22 PM
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I certainly know what a fanatic is. Not sure what you mean by this. I grew up in a liberal household and believed evolution was received scientific truth. However, I never stopped seeking and searching and kept an open mind about my encounters and explorations, and, well,while in college concluded that things were not as I believed.

I don't believe I am fanatic that way, just very demanding for rigorous proof to be convinced otherwise. Many renowned scientists acknowledge the problems with Darwinian evolution (and it's academic offshoots like punctuated equilibrium). Some recognize the religious implications and remain silent. Others however, are uncomfortable with those implications, then insist, without any evidence at all, that earth must have been seeded long ago by an alien species. I am not making this up! Names like Hoyle and Crick.

Until the 1960's the vast majority of scientists (something like 85%) insisted, despite the growing body of evidence to the contrary, that the universe always existed. Did you know this? Big ones. Like Einstein. Only when the proof became so overwhelming (mainly by Arno and Penzias' inadvertant discovery of the cosmic background radiation) was the final nail driven in the coffin of the steady-state theory.

These types of people listed above are fanatics. They refuse to see what's right in front of them.

I don't put myself in that category. I am interested in the truth. I have no horse in any particular race. I'm not attached to any particular view other than the truth. Got it?

Posted by: Scott at May 19, 2004 07:13 PM Permalink

Scott, I was trying to say that you're NOT a fanatic! (The evidence was that you asked for examples of cases where it's hard to tell the difference between micro and macro.)

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at May 19, 2004 07:35 PM Permalink

Me bad! Sorry about that.

Posted by: Scott at May 19, 2004 07:53 PM Permalink

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