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Hmm, I appear to have posted twice..

My apologies, I blame the red wine with lunch.. (a form of SPIRITuatlity, ahem)

I am aware that FMRI is leading to a greater undertsanding of brain function and agree that the subjective experience is something we may never fully agree upon.

The less defined something is, perhaps, a hope or desire for something more. This may occur in the not too distant future if, as proposed by British Telecom several years ago, we are not too far off of being able to upload/ download our conscious self into a machine. This, of course, leads to some interesting possibilities, such as making copies of oneself and sending them off in different directions...

From a purely personal perspective, I would welcome the opportunity of an "eternal life" where I could continue to learn and experience new things, although there is a danger of becomeing a real bore at parties :-)

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:17:29 UTC | #515410

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Agreed, "spirituality" is an issue that atheism has yet to fully engage with. Strictly speaking, because it has no deity... However,

It is very difficult to combat the comment from someone who has a feeling of being "at one with the universe", or the wish fulfilment of hoping that there is something more to experience post death. I know, I've tried to explain the "there is nothing else" to a close friend...

Almost everyone, I suspect, has had a moment of "spirituality", or most probably a form of ecstasy, at some point. At my age I can get a bit of a high just by standing up unexpectedly..

It is, hopefully, something that will be studied by science in due course, to provide an answer as to why we get these feelings.

Yet, I suspect that when we do know the answer, we will be a little bit disappointed that it is just some neurochemical reaction...

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:38:19 UTC | #515379

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Agreed, "spirituality" is an issue that atheism has yet to fully engage with.

It is very difficult to combat the comment from someone who has a feeling of being "at one with the universe", or the wish fulfilment of hoping that there is something more to experience post death. I know, I've tried to explain the "there is nothing else" to a close friend...

Almost everyone, I suspect, has had a moment of "spirituality", or most probably a form of ecstasy, at some point. At my age I can get a bit of a high just by standing up unexpectedly..

It is, hopefully, something that will be studied by science in due course, to provide an answer as to why we get these feelings.

Yet, I suspect that when we do know the answer, we will be a little bit disappointed that it is just some neurochemical reaction...

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:02:01 UTC | #515321

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Being British, I was going to post a comment, but I really can't be bothered....

and what about the proportion of the population that declared themselves Jedi???

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:28:31 UTC | #515294

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Surely, it's not so much "the cause" as "the effect"...

Sorry, been a bizarre week in the office.

Conversed with my senior god bothering cousin at the weekend, who suggested I read the Dawkins Delusion as it is written by her local church leader.

I read the reviews on Amazon and decided not to go further...

Still I did suggest to her that all of her church productions should add a phrase saying:

"Other Gods are available. Terms and conditions apply."...

Fri, 28 May 2010 13:46:13 UTC | #474410

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