Here's where I got the idea from.
What is your most absurd belief? By that I mean what is the belief you hold that, if you tell it to other people whom you respect, they would think is absurd?
I suppose I should go first.
I have many beliefs that I've glommed onto for, I think, various reasons. I'm a kind of introspective person and I like it when I'm able to find a trail that my intuitions have led me on, and then take a notably counter-intuitive rout. Many people think these are absurd. Some people may recall me talking about panopticons, plastic surgery, immigration, evolutionary psychology, and believe it or not, I used to be the go-to guy for anti-religion tirades (fortunately for this thread, too many people I respect agree with my orthodox position on that last one, so it's not absurd). A sneak preview of future absurdity from me is my belief that the current authoritarian Communist Chinese government is one of the most significant forces for good the world has ever seen. But that's just a sneak preview.
I believe that science should be established as a religion. That's somewhat of a vague way to put it, but essentially, my view of religion is that, by and large they're not so hot, mostly because of the content and epistemology contained therein. That said, religions are compelling. They tap into some pretty primal intuitions that humans have, they provide communities, they provide ritual, and I see no reason that a perfectly reasonable faith* could be established. I believe that scholarship and reasonableness and skepticism are worth revering, but not in the way that Humanism goes about it. I think the fruits of science are things that adherents of science the religion can feel proud of.
In the sense of the myriad other faiths having the audacity to declare themselves as having a special relationship to truth, I believe scientific adherents should do the same.
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
Now, my absurd belief isn't really fleshed out. To be honest, I haven't thought about it for a while. I might come back and have a follow up post about it later.
But enough about me. What is your most absurd belief? And please, explain!