Originally Posted by white_lytning
Belgosuisse you give fellow atheists such as myself a bad name because of your elitism. No where in this topic did anyone say anything about religion but you use it as a way to attack other people beliefs.
I'm sorry but i think my post was exactly on topic. OP is a psychology researcher trying to figure out how people can develop the skills to become good poker players and what leads to problem gambling.
In my expert opinion as a significant winner at this game, the primary factor is not practical skills, it's your ability to see through the magic cloud of short term luck to discern the rational patterns that will make you a long term winner.
And rationality versus magical thinking is obviously an issue that is heavily correlated with religiosity. All religions do require faith from their followers, don't they? And given that OP is a psychology researcher, I think that that correlation would be an excellent topic to research.
In short, my post was strictly on topic and not in any way a pointless derail.
You have no right to attack what other people hold dear to them whether you think its a rational belief or not.
I disagree. Faith is an opinion, and opinions can be attacked. Of course, it's a little unfair because opinions that are backed by facts can defend themselves while faith can't. But that's not MY problem.