I didn't exactly imply that my critical thinking capabilities were applied to my belief. I know it was implied earlier by QoN that they were somehow incongruous in the same person.
... because the only construct that seems available is mutual exclusion or contradictory claims. Mutual exclusion is easily dismissed ...
The inherent implication, (that "superior critical thinking skills" are being applied to religious belief), is not so easily dismissed, as previously iterated.
...and contradiction would would be impossible to prove even if it were true and speculated.
The implicit contradiction is that, if critical thinking skills are not being applied to "belief", then the claims are contradictory.
I found it quite easily dismissed actually.
Of course you did; after all, they contradict your contentions, however easily you
may find your contrary contentions to dismiss, others do not, (because they aren't applied bias self-interest to your
Realize, though, your supposition is flawed as the original contention it is derived from is that critical thinking skills are 'missing' or maybe 'flawed' in those who believe, and not any direct application to the belief in particular.
The supposition was unflawed due to the inherent inclusion of it's opposite; that, if critical thinking skills are
being applied to religious
beliefs, (that is, satisfying such burden of proof requirements for claims made resulting from those religious beliefs), the the claimed "superior critical thinking skills" are flawed/missing in that regard.
Regardless I gave indication that I do apply it to my belief and I also cited a critical thinking skill that can solve for the unknown indirectly. Even if they were not applied to the belief, the statement wouldn't be contradictory. The logical error here is that you are making a connection between critical thinking and belief where no such connection was ever directly indicated.
The "logical error" you're looking for lies within the two contrary, (and therefore, mutually-exclusive), assertions you just made, above. Specifically, that "... I gave indication that I do apply it to my belief ..." and you
thereby " ... making a connection between critical thinking and belief where no such connection was ever directly indicated" and "I didn't exactly imply that my critical thinking capabilities were applied to my belief ...". As you can see from your own statements within this post, you first indicated that you applied critical thinking to your belief, followed that with a statement that there was no such connection being made as to that application and then contradicted yourself by asserted that you didn't "imply" what you'd just asserted.
On my planet, (which is earth - contrary to any speculations that it may be "Vulcan"), that sort of thing constitutes both an irrational/illogical position and an inability to apply critical thinking skills, (despite unsupported claims to the the contrary). Unless you're an alien precurser to invasion from the planet "Contrarian"
, your contentions practically refute themselves. Now we shall apparently speak more of squirrels and sealing wax and sailing ships ...
I didn't see that squirrel I ran over today either -- no really I didn't see it I just happened to swerve that way at the time ...
Metaphorically, that squirrel may be said to represent self-declared "superior critical thinking skills" and hubris, (literally, it represented an bad day for the squirrel).
“Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.”
No, it was just a squirrel and now it is a spot, although it was indeed a terrible day for the squirrel. I haven't salvaged a peach off my trees in years because of these clever thieves. Now my garden is also at risk it seems. I have tried owl and snake decoys, water bowls strategically placed for them, fencing and netting. The only thing I haven't used is fox urine (too many dogs around my parts and here animals are kept free to do that) or bagging each cluster (might try that next year as it is too late this year). In addition it seems that every woodpecker and bluejay and martin within 20 miles of me knows of the 'free meal' (I will not go offensive on the birds though so I have to try moving the owl decoy about a couple times a day I suppose).
Although not a particularly subtle observation on my part, surely you're aware that squirrels are attracted to nuts ...
"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes."
-- Gene Roddenberry