I couldn't understand why this was the case. So I tested it in this thread, and got what I was after.By that, do you mean that it's human nature to support what you already think is true and to instinctively not look at evidence that contradicts that position? Because that is true. The difference is, some people have trained themselves to overcome their instinctive responses to differing information, so instead of refusing to even look at it, they are willing to look it over and consider whether it actually is true. I think many of the people on this forum, myself included, have so trained themselves, but it's difficult.
Based on your comments it would appear to me that you are one of the lucky ones.
Let me clarify where I'm coming from within the limited scope of a confusing thread which was supposed to focus on the video content:
Based on a fundamental set of inherited characteristics, and environmental constraints, everyone ends up getting a) pushed into position, b) follows a position or c) takes their own position within this phenomenon we are witnessing here, i.e. our existence.
The fact of the matter is nobody knows how we came into this existence and we can only speculate why we exist and even whether we exits in the first place.
For the purpose of participating, and continued participation in this phenomenon every single living entity has evolved to different levels of awareness and understanding of their own environment. For some, the level which is sufficient for surviving in their environment is enough, while for other, like us, it goes way beyond survival.
When we go beyond the basics of survival, you start opening a multitude of pandoras boxes and half the stuff you begin to see flooding out is just a product of your own physical ability to understand the actual situation. Your imagination is stimulated by external fundamental laws of the environment you live in.
An example of this is our very colorful view we have of the universe that we appear to live in. Although we see colors, the universe has no colour, there is no red, green or blue, and even if you could assign it with a color, the universe would be painted in an absolute pitch black. All the universe is doing is radiating. The stars are radiating and to better navigate our surroundings we have evolved detectors in an organ that sends electrical signals to our brain about this radiation and with this information we build a picture of our environment inside our heads. We have become highly sensitive to detecting this electro magmatic radiation, where we now have the ability to notice minor subtleties of the reflective properties of solids, liquids and gases, and our brain is able to use this data to build colorful interpretations of what's around us.
Combining the above with other senses, and time exposed to an environment, this creates our own personal identity and experience. This experience shapes and wires an individual up in a specific way. Depending on how much the person is able to filter and shape their own experience determines the level they end up acting, behaving and believing like others.
To me arguments like mass scale praying for a coin to flip in one direction over another is a stupid childish argument, to "others" its sufficient proof that prayer doesn't work and ticks another box that furter validates their own belief system.
While you read this, you will be stimulated in a specific way. The way that you are stimulated has everything to do with your profile as a person, your passed experience, and how you as an individual were shaped.
Depending on how radically moulded you are, will depend on how constructive your contribution is to society. If you are an atheist who spends most of your life on forums slating the beliefs of others, or contra, a religious fruitcake spending your life slating people like Richard Dawkins, your contribution is being limited, or possibly distructive.
Some of you will be stimulated to rip apart everything I'm saying above, or home in on your interpretation of the command I have over the English language, or point out that my response is pointless and meaningless and is equally as stupid as I feel over the argument made over flipping a coin to prove the pointlessness of prayer. Others will respond differently, maybe with constructive comments stemmed by curiosity or the need to set a record straight.
For others it will just be WTF.
Maybe it's time to get back the focus to the subject that started this thread and comment on the many valid and not so valid points that were made in the video as opposed to going off on this tangent?