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Go to: The End of Religion

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@Jeff - re:correlation

Your sentence, that I quoted above, is the core idea underlying TMT. The "cruel burden" of being aware of our inevitable non-existence is so terrifying that we must find a mechanism to deal with it just to function. Religion is the most popular solution.

This implies that merely discussing that another's religion is a delusion feels to them like an existential threat, which explains the instant irrational and passionate grip they maintain on their defense mechanism.

Atheists are not immune either, as they may react similarly to "free will" challenges.

And, yes I did take "programmed" as you intended, and it's a wonderful post as well. I will visit your site.

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 21:42:48 UTC | #507196

Go to: The End of Religion

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As a matter of survival, we are programmed to fear death, but perhaps unlike other animals, we have the cruel burden of contemplating this fear.

note: I suggest replacing "are programmed" with "have evolved" to avoid the sense of purpose.

Anyway, this sounds like "Terror Management Theory," which is supported by quite a bit of research.

@Jeff - Are you familiar with TMT ?

Updated: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 20:44:15 UTC | #507179

Go to: Atheists, it's time to play well with others

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When AAFT's approach a third of their populations, then it's time to play well with others.

What I find particularly annoying is that even the most religious use the scientific method about 99% of the time. A first sip tests the hypotheses that it is safe to drink.


Tue, 25 May 2010 06:41:37 UTC | #473282

Go to: Martin Gardner: Rest in peace, good old man

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I first read Martin Gardner on my father's lap, "Mathematical Games" was my introduction to abstract thinking, perception beyond our primitive senses.

Decades on I still feel his influence upon my life, from Escher's Waterfall to the wooden Soma cube above the fireplace. I learned from Martin Gardner that insightful understanding emerges from play.

Sun, 23 May 2010 17:27:16 UTC | #472754

Go to: Author Sam Harris joins plot to have Pope arrested

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Secular civilization needs to send a clear message to ALL institutions (magic or otherwise) that the law of the land(s) takes precedence over institutional policy.

If they aren't held to account for conspiracy to harm children, we encourage all religions to disregard human rights.  With changing demographics, now is the perfect time to establish a precedent.

Mon, 17 May 2010 04:28:20 UTC | #470727

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