Friday, December 25, 2009
[a little carried away perhaps]
One statement which I frequently hear made by Jewish heretics is “Do we really live in a world where to admit that the global consensus of academic research might just be right is such a terrible thing? Is that the kind of world we have to live in? Is it?”
In other words, since most professors and scientists are not Orthodox Jews, then obviously Orthodox Judaism is false. I have a feeling this is really the main "argument" which Orthodox Jews who convert to atheism tell themselves to rationalize what they are doing.
First of all, this is a logical fallacy known as an "appeal to authority". The fact that an authority says something does not necessarily make it so. We know from history that most professors three hundred years ago were devout Christians and most professors a century ago were socialists. We know that most of the attendees of the Wannsee Conference which planned the Holocaust held doctorates.
Recently I read something which made me wonder a little more about what our great intellectuals are actually doing. A report from the National Science Foundation says employees were watching, downloading and e-mailing porn, sometimes for significant portions of their workdays, and over periods of months or even years. In one particularly egregious case, the report says one NSF “senior official” was discovered to have spent as much as 20 percent of his working hours over a two-year interval “viewing sexually explicit images and engaging in sexually explicit online ‘chats’ with various women.” Investigators calculated the value of the time lost at more than $58,000 — for that employee alone.
It sounds like a few of our distinguished academics should be checking into Dr. Drew's Sex Rehab.
It remains my belief that any honest, sober person who reviews the evidence will quickly be convinced of the truth of Orthodox Judaism. How many academics that includes may be very few.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 5:57 AM