Latest Palin Lies Exposed: The Aunt Was a Peacock

3 12 2009

Couldn’t resist the scholarly book pun, for yet another Republican/conservative calling out the ridiculous Sarah Palin for her self-aggrandizing and self-serving public lies. The original Ant and the Peacock is about complex and nuanced scientific truth. Want to lay odds about whether she’s read it? (I have.)

And speaking of Sarah Palin and science thinking, she who claims that God has everything planned out for her and wanted her to run for vice-president (and wanted her son off to war, her daughter pregnant, sister divorced etc etc?) — what a fitting exemplar of the effect discussed in this next story, frisky cock of the snook to Daryl via PZ Myers: divining the divine mind is really about probing the echo chamber of one’s self, how Dan Brown! [see chapter 118-133 note at link]

Epley’s research calls the worth of this counsel into question, for it suggests that inferring the will of God sets the moral compass to whatever direction we ourselves are facing. . .

The brain scans found the same thing, particularly in a region called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) that’s been linked to self-referential thinking. . . The three images below show the differences in brain activity between the three tasks and you can see that the ‘God’ and ‘self’ scans had little to distinguish them. . . . many people, from Rousseau to Twain to Voltaire, are credited with the line: “God created man in his own image and man, being a gentleman, returned the favour.”

Epley’s results are sure to spark controversy, but their most important lesson is that relying on a deity to guide one’s decisions and judgments is little more than spiritual sockpuppetry. . .

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5 responses

3 12 2009
Nance Confer

Sounds like common sense to me. Glad they did a study. 🙂

Nance

3 12 2009
JJ

God must’ve wanted it done. 😉

4 12 2009
Crimson Wife

I’ve got living proof that what I believe God wants is not always identical to what God truly wants. 8 years ago in February, our plans for the future (about which we’d prayed long and hard and thought we had God’s blessing on) got completely upended. DH had just gotten accepted to business school at Northwestern 2 weeks before, then we learned that I was pregnant with our oldest and the Army had put him on “stop loss” on the very same day. Because the Army kept him longer, he was able to re-apply to Harvard and got in on his 2nd try. Also, because he finished grad school in 2006 instead of 2004 as we’d originally planned we are buying a house in 2009 rather than 2007 (which was the peak of the market here in CA). A fortunate string of coincidences or a divine plan? Depends on one’s POV 🙂

4 12 2009
NanceConfer

This is some amazing god, you’ve got, CW. He not only meddles with family planning but micromanages wars down to the individual soldier and has a hand in the real estate market.

Busy guy. 🙂

Nance

6 12 2009
JJ

And did you guys read the Palin lie link, about how vindictively she pursued Trooper Wooten? Here’s another self-serving lie, exposed this time by her own father:
Hawaii made Sarah uncomfortable for college;too many asians, which made her a minority for the first (only) time

Apparently her discernment of god’s will is for White Dominance as the real America . . .

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