Neglect of social and community and family dimensions

Irrational-300x222Atheist PZ Meyers responds to a post discussing why “normal” people are drawn to fundamentalism:

We’d like to believe that the triumph of secularism is inevitable — how can we fail when we’re going up against such nutty ideas? — but maybe it isn’t, if we neglect social and community and family ideals and pander only to nerdy asocial guys in tech.

We really need to wake up to the reasons normal people find value in weird religions.

I think you could substitute “rationalism” or “scientism” for secularism and this would go a long way toward improving drug treatment and policy discussion.

It really grates me when people talk about a “rational” approach to treatment and policy, as though their approaches address all relevant dimensions. It’s hubris.