Seven Brides for One Brother
Date: February 24, 2021 06:52AM
> 80% of Americans believe in Heaven/Life after
> Delusion: maintaining erroneous beliefs despite
> superior evidence to the contrary.
> Start out with the egotistical delusion that we
> survive death because God loves 'us' more than
> 'them' (others, other religions, other races,
> other animals, other life forms) and you can
> convince people of anything.
> "Convince them of absurdities and they'll commit
> atrocities." Voltaire
The irony here is Voltaire. Voltaire supported a new, logical
France, cut off from superstition and the "ancien regime". He got what he wanted, but it was not what he hoped for.
When this new scientific did emerge, it introduced logical changes such as the metric system which is still used to this day, and is very practical. But there was a very dark side. The new "scientific" goverment started executing large numbers of innocent people, and there was the Great Terror under Robespierre. They also did away with juries for a while, because they were inefficient and illogical - instead three judges decided cases.
Then there was the decimal week... It was a logical decision on paper. Ten days is much easier to work with mathematically than seven. Yet when it was introduced people started breaking down from exhaustion and dying. They were lucky to get three days off a month.
It turned out a seven day week wasn't so illogical at all, since somehow it reflected most people's needs. So after an experimental period, revolutionary France had to revert to it.