I first wrote this theory on Myspace when they had the blog function. That was the back when the Atheists the Hitchenites and the Dawkinites were coming into their own and they were the most nasty and arrogant. I had escaped the Jehovah’s Witness religion and it was interesting how the same processes in that religion were being repeated in the atheist community. The JW religion started out pretty cool they had drawings of breasts in the literature and they used themes like Illuminati eyes in pyramids for the watchtower, at one time you could smoke. What is interesting is that all of the awesomeness and freedom very quickly went away as the organization got bigger and tried to take its message to more people. The same thing happened with the atheist proselytizing of science. Some things shouldn’t be evangelized. Just because you convert to paying lip service to a different god doesn’t mean that you understand science any better. Some people shouldn’t think that they have anything to do with science.
At that point I had just read Rene Girard’s scapegoat theory and I was interested in his concept of Acquisitive Mimesis which I assume he got the main inspiration from Aristotle and his writing on how humans were acquisitive. Human’s want to win, to gain, to accumulate and they mime people that have been successful. What I observed was anti theists copying arguments that they had heard being successful but they didn’t understand the argument and they weren’t using it correctly. Atheists weren’t magically smarter because they had switched allegiances, but they felt smarter. They were making the fundamental attribution error about themselves. Science is smart, I am now an atheist, therefore I am smart. They thought science now had something to do with them. Not only that some of the people that were switching camps really didn’t care about learning, understanding, or science, they were just full of venom and anger and they wanted to feel superior to someone else. They wanted to ridicule and humiliate some one else, and this was stimulated by the need recognition that they didn’t like themselves, instead of changing themselves in some meaningful way that they could become a person that they liked they changed themselves superficially and became cheerleaders of science. Some of them just hated religiosity or the concept of any kind of god.
Fundamentalist Drift Theory was based on the concept that their was in society a self destructive pattern that ever increased leading the the eventual degradation of everything good. People are enticed to your philosophy out of personal gain and as they adopt your philosophy they start to change it and to exert an influence on it. You have to reduce and corrupt the philosophy in order for them to approach it, you have to simplify it and make it appealing through tacit propaganda and emotional appeals like the conflation of the Atheist symbol with the Scarlett letter. This is conflation and it makes an emotional appeal to Dawkinites and Hitchenites to feel victimized and persecuted by religiosity, thereby championing themselves and retaliating.
The problem that we run into is this, people having converted to your religion, having adopted your corrupted and reduced philosophy do not exert an influence on themselves to understand the uncorrupted, unreduced, form of the original and actual philosophy. You have to lower the bar for entrance into the community, but once they were in the community you could no longer exert a negative influence on them for them to increase their understanding and since they had joined out of self interest they had no motivation to exert an influence on themselves. Which means that they would never relinquish their faulty understanding and future generations would be indoctrinated into the corrupted and reduced understanding thinking it was correct.
Another interesting pattern was that future generations would copy their parents behavior and intensify it. If their parents ridiculed and persecuted and bullied religious people their children would do the same and with more venom and vitriol. In propagandizing, evangelizing, and proselytizing you have left the praxis of the rational by offering rewards other than reason, rewards for the ego, bribes. And the people joined not for the reason but for the bribes, the byproducts.
So combining the Acquisitively Mimetic behavior of humans( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron#In_humans) with the normative bias(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias) and factoring the generational increase of the Creeping normalcy of strategic behavior where they become used to the environment(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creeping_normality). It creates an increase and an expansion of the negative strategic behaviors leading to an eventual and permanent corruption of the form of the good. Science becomes SCIENTISM.
- Fundamentalist Drift (terminclature.wordpress.com)
- Why the New Atheists are disingenuous (religionron.wordpress.com)
- Alister E. McGrath, “Evidence, Theory, And Interpretation: The ‘New Atheism’ And The Philosophy Of Science.” (clineeh.wordpress.com)
- American Atheist Leader Calls for the ‘Eradication’ of ‘Fundamentalist Christians’ (theblaze.com)
- Does Science Know The Truth? (discoveringwisdom.com)
- Alister E. McGrath, “Evidence, Theory, And Interpretation: The ‘New Atheism’ And The Philosophy Of Science.” (fryebt.wordpress.com)
- To the anti-theists (religionron.wordpress.com)
- Eradicating Religion (atheistfallacies.wordpress.com)