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PSA: The Fireplace Delusion



Today's entry will not be an original work of my own.  Instead of writing one my usual essays, I'd like to share an important work of someone else: Sam Harris's The Fireplace Delusion.  I think that this essay is vitally important, and should be read by every single person living in a developed, first world country.

You can either listen to the essay as read by a narrator on youtube (not Sam himself):



Or, alternatively, you may read it on Sam's blog if you wish:


The analogy with respect to religion is extremely important, of course, but I also want as many people as possible to read this, if for no other reason, so that I might have cleaner air to breathe and not have to pay the price of my neighbors' ignorance.  Thanks for stopping by.  Next time I will have another of my original works.


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On 8/31/2019 at 12:12 PM, 2nd Amendment Brony said:

What does that have to do with religion?

It's an analogy.  Sam found that many of his secular friends and fellow skeptics didn't understand what religious believers felt like when their cherished beliefs were criticized, and he stumbled upon this analogy.  Most people, even highly educated skeptics, become offended and defensive when confronted with the reality of the harm of wood smoke, and refuse to believe it.  To many, fireplaces are a comforting tradition that is too cherished to be reconsidered.  The idea was to demonstrate to secular readers why religious believers often get offended when their beliefs are questioned.  This analogy illustrates how easy it can be for long held, cherished beliefs and traditions to blind even very smart people to the facts, and thus it shows how dangerous bad ideas like this can be.

I've always fought against religion, but in this instance, my primary reason for sharing this was to try to convince people to stop burning wood in their homes so that we'd have cleaner air.  I think that wood fires (at least within city limits) should be illegal.  I wouldn't go so far as to say that we should ban all campfires, but I do wish we could reach a point where people no longer burn wood in their homes.

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I won't disagree with the fireplace, except to say a "stateless free society," rather than laws, should handle things.

But I would say that fighting religion is not the best use of your time. I used to be like that and then I realized that Christians going to church on Sundays is not the worst thing in the world. Is that really the hill you want to die on? 

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On 9/4/2019 at 8:46 AM, 2nd Amendment Brony said:

Is that really the hill you want to die on? 

No.  Not really.  But I do think it's important to talk about.  I want to focus my attention on more positive things that I'm interested in, but then I think that if nobody ever fought against irrational ideas, then we'd still have a medieval world where people are tortured and burned for heresy.  I go back and forth on it.  I try to strike a balance.  Write an essay, speak my mind, and then move on.

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