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Study reveals six types of non-believers


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#1    Jessica Christ

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:26 PM

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Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga report that atheists are just as heterogenous of a group as people of faith, in a study done by doctoral student Christoper F. Silver and project manager Thomas J. Coleman III.

Many previous religious surveys placed people without religious beliefs into a catch-all category known as the "religious nones," but that oversimplifies the wide spectrum of opinions that fall into that group. The report idenfified six different groups of religious non-believers: Intellectual Atheist/Agnostics (IAA), Activist Atheist/Agnostics (AAA), Seeker Agnostics (SA), Antitheists, Non-theists and Ritual Atheist/Agnostics (RAA).

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

Wow, what a bunch of rocket scientists.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

Seeker agnostics were found to be the happiest and were also, "open to possibility when it comes to belief."

Anti-theist fell on the most angry and dogmatic end of the scale.

Any study that reveals variance and shows heterogeneity among a group does well especially by breaking the stereotypes that non-believers are just angry which is not true.

Our world can draw closer and believers can let go of some of their prejudices and dogmatic reluctance towards non-believers. Equally, any atheist who actually is angry can find other example to lessen that and release some of their dogmatism.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:59 PM

Here is a link to the actual study as opposed to the Huffpost article

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:08 PM

I do not identify with these labels. I belong to no groups. I need no such labels to identify me as to not believe in what I do not believe in. No identity required, just a simple thought process in critical thinking.

illogical research/study!

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:42 PM

View PostPurifier, on 15 July 2013 - 11:08 PM, said:

I do not identify with these labels. I belong to no groups. I need no such labels to identify me as to not believe in what I do not believe in. No identity required, just a simple thought process in critical thinking.

illogical research/study!

It took them 6000 years to figure out every atheist person is different.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:53 AM

i'm not really a non-believer per se, i just don't take anything seriously enough to commit to something as involved as an organised religion. if others want to, then that's fine by me, but i'm not sure what category that would put me in?
there didn't seem to be a "meh/woohoo!" option.....

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:56 AM

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Good grief. They receive research grants for disproving a nonsensical assumption like that?
Embarrassing.

Guess the climate change trough is not enough...

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:22 AM

Why do people feel the need to put a label on everyone who is different, or has a different opinion/belief system than another..

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:56 AM

What category would simply not caring if religion is true or not land me in?


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

View PostWickian, on 16 July 2013 - 06:56 AM, said:

What category would simply not caring if religion is true or not land me in?

How about the category of, 'heading for eternal damnation'! :yes:


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

Atheist are no different than anyone else, the ones I know are no more intelligent than anyone else, though they do want to be unique and special just as we all do.  Some are ass holes, others very nice and respectiful, just ordinary folk and like human beings in other groups, once you get to know them, yes they are all different, with diffent levels of intelligence and emotional intelligence.  

For Wickain...Apatheism:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism

View PostWickian, on 16 July 2013 - 06:56 AM, said:

What category would simply not caring if religion is true or not land me in?

Apatheism   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

View PostFishface, on 16 July 2013 - 11:53 AM, said:

How about the category of, 'heading for eternal damnation'! :yes:
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Posted 16 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

Where does that put me I ask with whom especially did the Yahweh and Allah believers make a deal with. To who or what did they sellout the rest of us to.


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:02 PM

View PostFishface, on 16 July 2013 - 11:53 AM, said:

How about the category of, 'heading for eternal damnation'! :yes:

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