I think we pretty much don't have a reason to trust out belief systems IF I was to be an atheist, id have to assume that all concepts of thought and reason are invalid. They are products of an unguided irrational process of evolution (note that the theist can belief in evolution but a purposefully guided process).
Evolution is NOT concerned with truth, it simply doesn't care whether your beliefs are true or not. What matters is what helps you survive so there are natural limitations to brain chemistry in that we have no reliable basis for believing that we can form reasoned thoughts that are true. We cannot discern one thing as true from another. To be an atheist means that one HAS to believe that evolution that our brains are a product of an irrational process unconcerned with whether your beliefs are true or not.
Your beliefs to form any concept of truth are all equally unreliable and untrustworthy including those very same beliefs that you believe you hold that make one an atheist.
As Dawkins puts it - "You're nothing more than a collection of molecules dancing to the tune of your DNA. Free will is wishful thinking but we have no scientific reason to believe it" - Garden of Eden - Dawkins
Some obvious examples of the unreliability of our brain if Atheism is true:
- We know that there are more colours in the universe because we know certain animals have a wider colour gamet than we do and are capable of seeing colours that we can't. Yet we commonly believe we can accurately identify the colours around us.
- We are predisposed believers in God from birth, and 95% of the planet throughout history has always believed in God past and present. So if atheism is true, we've always been oriented towards something untrue which makes us doubt our reasoning capacity.
- We're often tricked by our brains into thinking we see certain patterns in nature which aren't really there.
I just struggle to understand whether atheists have actually thought about this question and how some can put faith in their belief faculties as atheists
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" To be an atheist means that one HAS to believe that evolution that our brains are a product of an irrational process unconcerned with whether your beliefs are true or not. "
Well, no. Atheism is simply a lack of belief in god (s). That's all you need to qualify as an atheist. An atheist could reject evolution.
"there are natural limitations to brain chemistry in that we have no reliable basis for believing that we can form reasoned thoughts that are true."
Yes, we do have limitations. We've developed the scientific method to account for those limitations. The scientific method is a systematic approach to observable, testable, repeatable, and falsifiable experimentation. Is it possible for science to get something wrong, due to a lack of full information, human bias or error, etc? Of course. But within the field of science, if it is discovered that, say, a theory is wrong, it is either changed or discarded to account for the new information. While science seeks truth, it doesn't claim to be absolute truth.
Here's the thing. Even if we may get things wrong, there are tons of things that we've at least been able to get close enough to right (or 'truth") to use reliably and practically in our every day lives. All of the technology, all of the medical advancements, and so on. These things are based on scientific discovery and understanding, and converting this understanding into practical uses.
Like, humans have discovered and studied electricity. We've been able to harness and utilize electricity in all kinds of ways. You can say, "Oh, but the human brain is irrational". Yeah, but we've still been able to do this and seem to have gotten it right.
Science is the most reliable way that we've been able to understand our universe, and unless you are proposing a better way, then people will continue to use it to try to understand our universe to the best of our ability.1