The Best Argument for Atheism: Emotional Attention





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Published on Jan 15, 2011

A response to the YouTube topic: The Best Argument for Atheism.

Emotion directs attention. God is unsatisfying and hence is pushed out of our attention.

For example, many atheists feel no desire for God. Or they feel no presence of God due to lack of compelling evidence. Or they dislike a God who demands obedience based on scant evidence. Or they desire mental freedom rather than God's voice in their head. Or they value today over a possible afterlife.

The brain seeks pleasure, ignores the useless, and avoids the painful. That's how the brain works. God is unsatisfying and pushed out of our attention. That's my best argument for atheism.

Whilst some atheists confidently assert there is no God, most atheists are actually not 100 percent sure. Hence truth is not the final arbiter of their decision. Rather, emotion pushes an unsatisfying god out of attention. For example, knock on doors and talk to people about God and, rather than being met with calm assertions that there is no God, instead you may have doors slammed aggressively in your face. Such atheists are simply kicking the idea of God out of attention because it's an unsatisfying topic. Humans are primarily emotional, not rational. As philosopher David Hume famously said: "Reason is and ought only to be the slave of the passions".

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