To define Intellectual Acrobatics:
Intellectual Acrobatics entails a suspension of disbelieve, the eradication of logic, bad memory, and the talent to string together unrelated events. (false causation of unrelated events)
What is IA in conjunction to religion and blasphemy? Ah, hum, actually the most pure and excessive examples of IA can be found in the piously religious… And to actually say so, and moreover name it ”Intellectual Acrobatics”, surely constitutes serious blasphemy in some quarters. So we are still firmly in the realm of religious blasphemy and I still have not been struck by lightning.
Okeeee, so, let me give an example, the kind of example we see all the time in the real world:
Soccer-club A is going to have a match against soccer-club B.
So, for two weeks the whole fanclub (and family) of soccer-club A is spending every evening in prayer, to God, to make sure soccer-club A will be winning. That should give a serious boost to their chances.
However… Soccer-club B also has a fanclub, who also pray every night, (with their family) for the triumph of soccer-club B…. Now, if soccer-club B wins, then they will claim their victory as ”God’s Will”, they won, because: ”God was with us!”
This is only natural.
And if soccer-club A had won they would have claimed exactely the same thing.
Where Intellectual Acrobatic comes in is that the fan-club of the losing soccerclub does not follow the road of logic all the way, as in proclaiming that God didn’t favour their club but instead is quite happy to leave them to rot.
They completely forget the many nights of prayer, their following defeat, and God’s preferment of the rival club. Instead they happily start the whole thing all over again at the next soccer-game, still completely convinced that ”God is (still 🙄 ) on their side”
Besides this being a really stupid way to think, it also smacks of a revolting arrogance also induced by religion. Which I am sure many people will consider a blasphemous attack on religion and yet I still haven’t been struck by lightning.
You can bet your bottom dollar the post ”Religion and Arrogance” will come up shortly. But as ”Religion and Magic” is very closely related to this one, that will be the next one.
If I’m not struck by lightning beforehand.
Young Chinese acrobats at The 7th International Acrobatics Festival in Wuhan