A woman said to write like a man.
There is potentially useful science in a question that asks whether belief in the immaterial (or the ability to think about the immaterial) might be genetically predisposed and even beneficial to species survival. Bear in mind that all humans have to deal with questions of materiality and immateriality -- questions that extend far beyond religious concerns. What do we think happened to the thing we called a tadpole when it became a frog? What do we think happened to the object we called a sandwich when we ate it? Which objects do we think persist when we look away and what makes us continue to believe in them when we can no longer see them?That there is a language centre in the brain doesn't mean that we're all speaking English. It only says that - whenever we speak - a certain area in brain is "active" (= flooded with blood). This is part of the old debate: Is atheism a belief?
You don't know that. Maybe God came down and gave somebody a swift kick in the pants and said, "Hi, I exist. Have a piece of fairy cake. Would you like fries with that?"
They would not be able to proove that they met God but they'd know. And they'd have some really awesome fries...but of course they would have already eaten them so they couldn't proove that the fries existed either.
I don't think you're saying I am doing that, but just in case: I've simply said that I do not believe in God. I've also stated that I believe the idea of god(s) came from man's need to understand and cope with the unknown. But my lack of belief in God is not based on any one thing. I used to believe. I no longer do (and not because anything bad happened to me or I had some crisis of faith or someone was mean to be in church, which people often assume).Understandable.
I was speaking in terms of how some atheists use the phrase "God of the gaps" to DISMISS religion.
It's a logical fallacy to use "God of the gaps" as a dismissive reason as to why God doesn't exist.
That may be saying more about you than atheists. But at least you're stopping short of making a negative generalization and instead speaking only of your experiences.Personally, I've discovered that atheists are extremely dismissive.
Now we're not just dismissing God; we're also dismissing people who believe in him?I'd much rather debate the existence of a God with an agnostic than an atheist, because, in my experience, atheists are as close-minded as they claim the people they dismiss are.
It only says that - whenever we speak - a certain area in brain is "active" (= flooded with blood).
...where it's a non-issue I think. If someone were to claim that religious belief were innate to our brains then they'd be saying that the irreligious are somehow defective or deluded, which isn't allowed.Moving this from Lit/Crit to our shiny new comparative religion forum.
...where it's a non-issue I think. If someone were to claim that religious belief were innate to our brains then they'd be saying that the irreligious are somehow defective or deluded, which isn't allowed.
...so one thing believers and unbelievers agree on is that there's nothing limbic (primordial and terrifying)about religious experience even though all the hard evidence and adaptive uses suggest otherwise.
Yours....from the limbic void: Higgins
One of the things that seem to separate humans from animals, (when I was in middle school they used to teach us the difference was the use of tools, which they had to change) is burial and reverence for the dead. The earliest civilizations discovered all seem to have this, no mater how poor their circumstances seemed to be. IMO this points to some sense of eternity in spite of all the evidence that everything is temporal.