The the purpose of this fundraiser is to request donations to cover startup operating costs incurred by the Ingersoll Foundation for the Study the Effects of Faith on Cognition. Read on, or visit our website at https://www.ingersollfoundation.org for more information. Even before The Foundation gains tax exempt status, there are many minor operating expenses it will incur in preparation for the time the IRS approves its (501)(c)(3) exemption.
What is The Ingersoll Foundation? The Foundation is a startup organization, not yet tax-exempt, that will fund unbiased studies of the potential neurological and mental health effects of the long-term exposure of children to instruction in the validity of faith as a means of perceiving reality. Faith is the embrace of beliefs that are not grounded in reason and that encourage blind acceptance while strongly discouraging questioning of their reasonability or grounding in verifiable evidence. This raises questions about the potential effects of these influences. It asks: What effects do the encouragement to suppress the capacity to subject ideas presented as factual to critical scrutiny or to subordinate rational assessment of assertions of fact to instruction that certain things are exempt from such scrutiny or assessment and that they require blind acceptance through the lens of faith that regard them as belonging in the realm of a separate kind of reality?
The mission of The Foundation is not to challenge or discredit the acceptance of faith, and it remains neutral on other aspects of religion, but it recognizes that the selective suppression the human capacity to require reasonable evidence to support assertions of fact may have the potential to affect cognition, mental health and other neurological aspects of brain function. It considers that the likelihood of these effects are plausible enough to warrant research to investigate them, and that, if unbiased research happens to reveal that they are associated with harmful consequences, the findings that result may warrant serious discussions about the ethics of exposing children to these influences.
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