Seriously, what strikes me again and again about Internet Atheist culture is how, well,dumb these guys are who constantly trumpet their immense intellectual superiority. They can’t even get elementary facts right, much less construe the meaning of those facts. Moreover, they are stupefyingly incurious when you point that out. And this is in addition to the legendary lack of social and affective skills that allow normal people to navigate ordinary human interactions without looking like clueless gits.
As this pattern continues, Internet Atheism look more and more like a sort of mental virus (why, one might almost call it a “meme”) whose sole purpose is simply to mindlessly propagate the thought “I am smarter!” like the ancient mob shouting “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” again and again. The Internet Atheist huddles with his peer group, repeating the same cherished legends over and over, safe in a bubble of epistemic closure in which shibboleths like “Flying Spaghetti Monster!” and “Galileo!” and “Stem Cells” are repeated like old nuns telling their beads. Nothing is allowed to intrude on the smooth worn repetition of this little mental treadmill. No actual questions are asked, on fake questions masking dogmatic negations. No new knowledge is sought because it is imagined that their knowledge is complete and unassailable. And this, these people call “Science, Reason, and Intellect”.
If only these Internet Atheists could be more like our own tim, aka The Godless Heathen.