Monday, April 05, 2010

Fundamentalist Projection

According to psychoanalysts, projection is the process of attributing one’s own ideas, feelings, or attributes to other people or objects – the guilt laden adultery accuses his spouse of adultery, the homophobe actually harbors latent homosexual tendencies. A subtle form of projection is at work when fundamentalists make the accusation that secular humanism and evolution are ‘religions’ or announce that skeptics are themselves a cult and that reason and science have cultic properties, a claim that is absurd given that a cult is by definition 180 degrees out of phase with reason.

Michael Shermer,
Why People Believe Weird Things

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