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  • Jamie G.

    Hemant,
    Check out this link to this research article, “Losing the Big Picture: How Religion May Control Visual Attention”. Interesting. No one on the atheist blogosphere has touched this yet.

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003679

  • Johnny

    The religious usages of the term ‘fundamentalist’ have a flavor that I would not apply to atheism. However the term ‘dogmatist’ can easily apply if ‘dogmatism= any belief that cannot be demonstrated to all honest and rational persons.’

    I would say that dogmatism is a vice in any context, can exist in any context, and must be fought in any context.

  • Jesse

    I can’t help but think that they could have come up with a better analogy then cupboard design, but it was a well made video and I enjoyed it.

  • Richard Wade

    This is an excellent video. I cried for the heartaches of several of my friends whose story this tells. Thanks to Richard and Hemant for bringing it.

  • http://www.bagnecaude.blogspot.com Enrico

    This video is very nice! Also without audio, though (I’m at work…)

  • Kourou

    That was a lovely video – very moving. Thank you, Hemant!

  • mikespeir

    I like this a lot.

  • Einmaliger

    That’s a great metaphor, and a very well made video. Love it!

  • PrimeNumbers

    A well put together and well thought out animation. But I was waiting for the little boy to visit with someone who doesn’t have a cupboard!

  • SarahH

    I interpret the cupboards as worldviews – both religious and non-religious. Some of those cupboards are clearly built around the interests and preferences of the individuals, vs. what any book tells them.

    I loved it :-)

  • BK

    Wonderful. Thank you very much!

  • Cafeeine

    The religious usages of the term ‘fundamentalist’ have a flavor that I would not apply to atheism. However the term ‘dogmatist’ can easily apply if ‘dogmatism= any belief that cannot be demonstrated to all honest and rational persons.’

    I don’t think that encompasses the concept. Dogma is any idea that is accepted uncritically and axiomatically as true. This can even include ideas that can be demonstrated to honest and rational persons, but that are not held for such reasons. I may be dogmatic about my football team being the best. That it might currently be the best team is irrelevant.

    There can most definitely exist dogmatic atheists in that context, both atheists dogmatic in their atheism and atheists who are dogmatic in other issues.

    I would say that dogmatism is a vice in any context, can exist in any context, and must be fought in any context.

    Agreed.

  • Dallas

    Wonderful! Thanks, Hemant and Richard.

  • Wes

    Wow. That video gave an almost point-by-point description of my own experience. It’s nice to know there are others out there who went through a similar process.

  • Kris

    Did anyone notice that the letters on his ‘monstrosity’ cupboard could spell ‘bullshit’?

    Great video though, and beautiful animation!

  • http://www.myspace.com/youreundoingmybeltwronghun Tim D.

    Did anyone notice that the letters on his ‘monstrosity’ cupboard could spell ‘bullshit’?

    It also had what looked like the word “hail” on it, and so I was waiting for him to rebuild it to say, “Hail bullshit,” or something like that…..

  • Joanna

    I had a strange urge to go to IKEA after watching this animated video!

    Seriously, I liked the message very much and plan to share it with close friends and family.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com hoverFrog

    The really was beautiful.

  • Miko

    I interpret the cupboards as worldviews – both religious and non-religious. Some of those cupboards are clearly built around the interests and preferences of the individuals, vs. what any book tells them.

    Yes, indeed! I’m not sure that the creators were thinking that broadly, but they should have been. As much as I find religion illogical, I’ve always consider its attack on individualism as its worst aspect and the same certainly holds true for non-religious outlooks (especially in modern left-vs.-right politics). In individualism, we build community through common interest and tolerance for diversity. In authoritarianism, we let forced community dictate what our common interests should be and stamp out diversity.

    But, just as FGM is primarily perpetuated by mothers, I fear that the message will have little effect on the target audience since I suspect they’ll disagree with its underlying premise.

  • A.Ou

    I can’t help but think that they could have come up with a better analogy then cupboard design

    That’s exactly the point. Just as it seems odd and unsettling for people to hurt each over something as trivial as personal preference in cupboard design, conflicts over religious beliefs are equally stupid.

  • Maria

    that was a good video

  • Brandon Gordon

    i don’t like this video very much, it doesn’t agree with what i believe in. It seems very stereotypical in nature, and if any of you would like to talk, i’m up for it.